I want to give a shout out to the Frequent Miler, and suggest if you like his work please consider using his affiliate links to sign up for new cards. Bloggers use affiliate links to earn income; typically we blog about things that are passionate to us, and in my case that is Life Hacking, where we try to squeeze the last cent out of every dollar in order to live a fulfilling and enjoyable life. Personally, I see Travel Hacking as a subset of Life Hacking, which is why I talk about Financial Intelligence alongside Travel Hacks; without balancing your finances you will never be able to find the time to travel, despite all the points earning schemes.
As a reader myself, I have used Affiliate links to say thank you to the blogger for their content, and as a way of supporting their development and continuing the blog. For Adsense this is just a case of click through, the end resulting in a purchase is not important. However for Affiliate programs such as Credit Cards and others then it requires a click, and a sign up in order to pay out.
Whenever I apply for a new card in an App O Rama I do the following:
- Search for the best current offer (Factoring in Sign up bonus, Annual Fee Waived, and Any other factor such as Statement Credits)
- Search for my current favorite blogger or bloggers and see if they can match that offer from their site – click through and sign up with them.
My favorite Travel Blogger is the Frequent Miler, here is his blog http://boardingarea.com/blogs/frequentmiler/ he has shared some really informative concepts when it comes to Travel Hacking and is one of the most active out there trying new things (many bloggers plagiarize ideas from others, but this guy is an innovator).
Credit Where Credit is Due
Yesterday I wrote about monetizing Staple Ink Recycling Rewards using Free After Rebate (FAR) Items – effectively cashing in coupons and having them mail you a check. Whilst the Frequent Miler hasn’t posted about this offer he certainly laid the foundation and idea for it in terms of explaining the FAR concept to his readers, and in the post I built upon it. If I hadn’t read the post from him then I wouldn’t have formed this concept (heck I even used the same ship to store address in Concord, NH to avoid sales tax on downloaded software!). So I want to give the credit to him for planting the seed and helping me get started on this type of Manufactured Spend concept.
You can read the post here Manufactured Spend at Staples if you haven’t already. This offer is limited to 1 per person so the max rebate is $65, however I recommend you do this anyway just to familiarize yourself with the steps in the process – because last year I did this several times when the limits were 10 per person – often getting a FAR of $500-$1000 per transaction, netting serious points. The concept is the same and dipping your toes in for $65 is a good start.
I don’t have Affiliate links on this site for cards other than the Discover Card, so if you are planning on getting any of the others please consider keeping people like the Frequent Miler supported by cross checking his links, and if the deal seems as good as you can get click through from there.
Here are his links http://boardingarea.com/blogs/frequentmiler/best-credit-card-sign-up-offers/ the current ones for the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Ink Bold are as good as you can get right now, so if you haven’t got those cards get them (they’re great for earning tons of Ultimate Rewards) and use the links supplied to share the love.