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*Most* Bluebird and Serve Accounts DEAD for Manufactured Spending

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It was a good, long run, but it looks like my favorite method for manufacturing spend is finally coming to an end. Today I received an email from Amex Bluebird titled “Termination of Funds Loading Capabilities On Your Bluebird Account”. The email said following: “We are writing to let you know that we have observed…

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The Best Way to Earn Points – An Oldie but a Goodie

People ask me all the time what the best way to earn miles/points is, and for me it’s a very easy answer. I of course start with “credit cards” and point them to my Beginners Guide to show them the power of miles and points. But many people are looking for something beyond credit cards.

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Bluebird vs Redbird (Target Prepaid Redcard) – Which is Better for Manufactured Spend?

Bluebird vs Redbird

Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet?     If you haven’t heard about it yet, the Target Prepaid Redcard, which we in the miles/points world now refer to as Redbird, is a brand new product that is very similar to Bluebird but has some key differences. These differences are rather significant for those…

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How to Use Gift Cards and Money Orders to Manufacture Spend

This one is a favorite among MSers.

Update: Note that Vanilla branded gift cards (like the ones pictured below) no longer work. Other Visas, like the ones sold at grocery stores and certain malls, do still work.   One of the most popular ways to manufacture spend (i.e. rack up a ton of miles/points cheaply) right now is by buying PIN-enabled gift…

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Make Money and Earn Points from Staples!

PayPal is essentially cash.

    There’s currently an opportunity to earn Ultimate Rewards points for free and make money, or alternatively just make a good amount of money and not earn points if that’s what you’re interested in. This is brought to you by our good friends at Staples. Here’s what you need: An Ink Bold/Plus card from Chase. A…

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Vanilla Reload “Cash Only” Policy Seems Regional Right Now

"The Memo"

Is the Vanilla Reload/Bluebird method dead? UPDATE: Yes, yes it is dead. Cash only everywhere, hard coded into the register, as of April 5, 2014. I’ve received several text messages and emails from friends and several more messages on Twitter about “the memo” that CVS stores received this past week. That memo tells stores that…

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How to Use Bluebird and Vanilla Reloads

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Have you signed up for TravelCon OC yet? UPDATE: Note that you can no longer purchase Vanilla Reloads from CVS and most other locations using a credit card. Some locations do still allow it, but it’s VERY regional and VERY YMMV. You can still load Bluebird with PIN-enabled gift cards by taking them to any…

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The Aftermath of the Home Improvement Gift Card Deal

The recent Home Improvement Gift Card (HIGC) “deal” makes for a very interesting case study. I’ve written about the secrecy that exists in the points world and even wrote a post called “Is there a ‘Code’ Among Points Bloggers?” The main idea is that there are tons of deals that exist in the points/miles world…

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The Home Improvement Gift Card, and Free Points

HIGC

UPDATE: Many people on FlyerTalk are reporting this deal as dead. Buy at your own risk! It’s out there now, so I don’t mind posting this. Shortly after Chase and Office Depot changed the rules for Visas and Vanilla Reloads, another opportunity has presented itself. You can buy a fee-free Home Improvement Gift Card from…

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