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As you may have heard a million times, I participated in the Charlotte Milemadness Seminar this past weekend. While attending, I paid special attention to the presentation given by Marathon Man about how to be a good steward of MS. As he was speaking, I thought it would be really cool … [Read more...]

Charlotte Milemadness Thoughts and Review


Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at and attending the Charlotte Milemadness event with Amol. It was created to help people who manufacture spend meet up and discuss different topics. There were over 100 people and the event itself was a huge success! The day kicked off … [Read more...]

How Credit Cards Affect the Cost of a Free Night

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During an on-going analysis of hotel loyalty programs, I decided to take a look at the credit card bonuses each offered. There is an opportunity cost when you use a co-branded card rather than some other credit card. For example, you may give up 2.14 Ultimate Rewards points you could have … [Read more...]

Are Vanilla Reloads Going Cash-Only?

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There are always off-and-on reports of CVS making Vanilla Reloads and other prepaids into cash-only items.  Usually it’s a particular store or a particular clerk who doesn’t know the published limits - $5,000 per 24 hours and an ID swipe required at $1,000 in a transaction. However, … [Read more...]

#Milemadness Mid-Month Update & 100,000 Miles in 7 Days

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I'm currently participating in Saverocity's Mile Madness Tournament. If you haven't heard of it before, it's basically a group of bloggers who are competing against each other to see who can earn the most points in the month of March. I wrote a post at the beginning of the month outlining … [Read more...]

How I’m Preparing for The #milemadness Manufactured Spend Challenge

If you haven't heard yet, I am competing in Saverocity's Mile Madness Manufactured Spend Challenge. The aim of the competition is to see how many points and/or cash back someone can earn in one month by manufacturing spend. The rules are quite simple: The Game: To set a level playing … [Read more...]