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Ethics of Manufactured Spend White Hat Vs Black Hat

I’ve written about two unethical situations: Gift Card Churning – Is This Another Scummy Move? and most recently Unethical, Profitable Gift Card Churning Machine. Both eliciting a good and bad response that I appreciate to see all the

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Orbitz launches a new credit card: 2% back on all purchases, no annual fee

Orbitz has launched a new credit card, with Comenity Bank doing the underwriting. I’ve never actually used Orbitz, so I don’t have much to say about this one. I’ll just pass along the details to

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4-22-14 35x FTD Delta Bonus; JCPenney 15x – 20% – 30% = Resale Opportunity?

I love big portal bonuses.  And today there are two active for JCPenney: a 15x portal bonus for the Southwest shopping portal a 12x portal bonus for United MileagePlus Shopping Mall Cardpool has JCPenney gift

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The Loyalty Program Charade

I have to admit, I find it really confusing when people are upset about loyalty programs devaluing. It really makes no sense to me, but I guess that comes from my position being different from theirs.

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Protected: Chasing The Points milemadness Secret Revealed Latest Updated

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Chasing The Points milemadness Updated Post

Hey folks, I updated the password protected #milemadness post that just went live. For those that already have the password, it is the same. For those that have not received it, below are instructions to

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Is Plastic Jungle Fading Away?

Around this time last year, Plastic Jungle made the announcement that they will become a business to business operation instead of a business to consumer company. I think they were by far the best gift card

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Travel Hackers Anonymous- understanding spread and volatility in asset acquisition

Repeat after me: My name is <insert name> and I have a travel hacking problem.  I want to acquire points for travel and I keep on finding all these new ways to do it, but

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4-21-14 Staples $50 Computer/tablet coupon; $30 off Monitors / OfficeMax 20% off

Staples Tech Coupons $50 off computers over $499 (code 98628) $50 off tablets over $399; (code 73445) $30 off monitors over $149 (code 15145) Remember, these thresholds are for the original retail price, NOT THE

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Invest in Gold?

People often ask me if investing in gold is a good idea.  Having progressed through some of the finest financial planning education in the US, I like to give the answer ‘it depends’. I personally hold

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