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Top 10 Ways To Meet Credit Card Bonus Minimum Spending Requirements

March 18, 2014

A lot of readers have applied for the 100,000-mile bonus on the Citi Executive AAdvantage card since it appeared a couple months ago and are now thinking of ways to meet the minimum spending requirement of $10,000 in 3 months. In my own recent round of applications, I was approved for four cards – the […]

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Tax Time Pointers: Earning Points on Taxes

March 17, 2014

It’s tax time again, and as we all prepare our annual statements (that is, if you don’t do it quarterly like many small businesses do), chances are you’re wondering if there are any opportunities to earn points on all those dollars you’re forced to fork over to Uncle Sam. One of the questions I get […]

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The Top Reasons To Get Bluebird from American Express

February 6, 2014

The Bluebird from American Express is a checking account/debit card alternative with a lot of great features that can save you money and earn points in the process, and for all you new readers out there, I thought it was about time for a quick refresher post on Bluebird and all the ways it can […]

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Can Married Couples Have Separate American Express Bluebird Accounts?

January 26, 2014

TPG reader Eric asked me a question about Amex Bluebird via Facebook: “Can my wife and I have separate Bluebird accounts and purchase separate Vanilla Reloads?” I’ve written a lot about the Amex Bluebird, which is a checking/debit account alternative that you can fund with Vanilla Reloads – prepaid cards that you can purchase at […]

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Will Credit Card Companies Flag $60k A Year In Purchases When My Annual Income Is $95k?

January 19, 2014

TPG reader Andrew emailed asking about the Amex Bluebird: “I signed up for a Bluebird account last year in Q4 and have been maxing out the $5k spend per month on Vanilla Reloads at CVS.  Here are my two questions: 1) My yearly Vanilla Reload spend on the one credit card (the one that provides […]

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Will I Still Get Points For Auto Bill Pay?

October 13, 2013

TPG Twitter follower Michael tweeted me @thepointsguy this week asking: “Will I still get points if I set up automatic payments for bills (utilities, cell, rent, car, etc) using my rewards card?” Yes, absolutely. Whether your credit card payment is automatic or not, if a vendor accepts your card payment, you will get the points. […]

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No More Bluebird Debit Card Online Load Fees

October 4, 2013

The Bluebird from American Express is a checking account/debit card alternative with a lot of great features that can save you money and earn points in the process. You don’t undergo a credit check when you apply for it, and from your Bluebird account you can do everything from paying bills and sending money to […]

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Maximizing Fee-Free Chase Gift Cards With Bluebird

September 9, 2013

Chase announced to its cardholders on their most recent credit card statements that they would stop selling Visa debit gift cards as of September 22, 2013, and because branches are not selling them at this time, the bank is waiving the standard $4.95 per-card shipping fee. So for the next two weeks, you can buy […]

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What is the Maximum Amount I Can Write a Bluebird Check For to Cover a Car Purchase?

September 1, 2013

TPG reader Thomas has a question about the Bluebird account from American Express: “I am planning to buy a new car in 6 months or so. Is it possible to write a check from my Bluebird account for $25,000 or $30,000 after using Vanilla Reloads?  Do you have any other suggestions for obtaining cards with […]

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Free Amex Bluebird Checks Extended Through January 1, 2014

August 27, 2013

Since its introduction last year, Bluebird by American Express – a debit card-checking account alternative – has been one of the most powerful tools in every points collector’s aresenal thanks to the ability to purchase Vanilla Reloads using points-earning credit cards and load the amount from the Vanilla Reload directly onto the Bluebird card then […]

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Updated Options for Earning Airline Miles from Debit Cards

August 14, 2013

While points-earning debit cards are few and far between – and getting rarer by the day! – there are still some out there that offer a good alternative to getting a credit card if you want to maximize your miles. I can’t value travel credit cards and the points they can earn you enough, but […]

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CVS Raises The Daily Vanilla Reload Purchase Limit To $5,000

August 8, 2013

Vanilla Reloads are prepaid cards you can purchase in amounts up to $500 for a fee of $3.95 each. You then load your value onto a reloadable card such as the MyVanilla, Mio or netSpend and then use those cards either to make your credit card purchases as usual, withdraw money from ATM’s, or pay […]

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Maximize Monday: Buying Vanilla Reloads at 7-11 and CVS To Generate Points and Credit Card Spend

July 15, 2013

Using Vanilla Reloads in combination with reloadable cards such as the Amex Bluebird is one of the most lucrative way to rack up points and miles using points-earning credit cards without having to actually spend that much money because you can buy the cards, load them and then essentially turn them into a cash equivalent. […]

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Amex Bluebird Lowers Checking Deposit Limit…And Life Goes On

May 29, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Like many of you, I was one of the Amex Bluebird customers that received an email yesterday, which stated: “We are writing to inform you that we are making a change to […]

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Last Day to Order Free Amex Bluebird Checks (Update: Extended Until 8/13)

May 21, 2013

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Since its introduction last year, the Amex Bluebird card – a reloadable card that is hybrid credit card-debit card-checking account – has been one of the most powerful tools in every points […]

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Video SRQ: Does Amex Count Buying Vanilla Reloads as an Eligible Purchase Towards a Spend Bonus

May 19, 2013

Our first question this week is from TPG reader Tony who is looking to meet spend bonuses by purchasing prepaid cards: “Some credit cards, such as the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express, define eligible purchases as ‘Eligible Purchases means purchases for goods and services minus returns and other credits. Eligible purchases do […]

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Video SRQ: What Credit Cards are Best for Big Spenders ($100k+)?

April 14, 2013

TPG reader Laura sent in a question via my Facebook page this week about how to strategize some big annual credit card spending. “What credit cards do you recommend for someone who spends over $100,000 a year on credit? Should I get a bunch of cards or stick with the top 3?” You might not […]

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Fees Waived For Limited Time on Chase Prepaid Visa Debit Cards – Good Way To Pay Taxes

April 10, 2013

Note: I am not a tax advisor, so before you make any decisions, you need to consult your personal tax professional. Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Chase is now offering Visa gift cards of denominations up to […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: Limited Time 75,000 Points For Amex Business Gold Rewards Card

March 5, 2013

Update: The offer mentioned below for the Platinum Card from American Express has expired. View the current offer here. Update: The offer for the Business Gold Rewards card has expired. Please find the current offer here.  Offer expired March 8, 2013. Amex periodically runs 75,000-point limited time offers for the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express […]

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Office Depot Pulling $500 Amex Prepaid Cards? Report Your Experiences

February 3, 2013

Several TPG readers reported today that Office Depot will be pulling $500 American Express gift cards, which could be the end of a major points-earning portal for many. For those who are unaware, the leverage here is that the Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards both offer 5 points per dollar spent on “office supplies.” […]

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Amazing Deal Alert: 75,000 Points for Amex Business Rewards Gold

January 22, 2013

Update: The current offer for the American Express Business Gold Rewards Card is 50,000 points after $5,000 in spend during the first 3 months. Amex periodically runs 75,000-point limited time offers for the Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN using Bonus ID A3P6 prior to termination of this offer, but in no event later than […]

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Santa Came… And Allowed Me to Buy Vanilla Reloads at Walgreens!

December 26, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday (whether you celebrate it or not). Whether you were doing last-minute mileage runs to attain elite status or just relaxing at home, this time […]

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Maximizing Reload Cards for Points and Miles: Vanilla vs. Green Dot vs. PayPal vs. Reloadit

December 18, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Yesterday TPG contributor Jason Steele took us through the basics of Maximizing Prepaid and Reload Cards for Points and Miles with a series including Maximizing Prepaid and Reloadable Cards for Points and Miles: Reloadable […]

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Maximizing Prepaid and Reload Cards For Miles and Points – The Basics

December 17, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. I’ve asked TPG contributor Jason Steele to take closer look at the various prepaid and reloadable card options out there that have allowed him to personally accrue thousands of points cheaply in […]

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