1) You may have heard about CVS going (supposedly) cash-only on purchases of Vanilla Reloads. For me personally, it’s a non-event, but I did send out several tweets about this change. If you participate in manufactured spending, this is probably a big deal. So, what now?
You could purchase Amex gift cards on Be Frugal (affiliate link), where you would get 3 percent cash back. Make sure not to use CITI cards, as the purchase may be coded as a cash advance. Then go to Walmart or another store that sells Visa or MasterCard gift cards and purchase those with Amex cards. Load them to Bluebird at Walmart money center or buy money orders.
Be aware, this is technically against the rules, but do whatever you are comfortable with. For more on different m/s strategies, go to Point Chaser blog, which has many good posts on this activity.
2) Via Million Mile Secrets, there is an offer for Amex Hilton Surpass card, that comes with 75000 points after spending $3000 in 3 months and $75 annual fee. Apply HERE
3) You can now book US Airways routes with your Avios miles. Check BA.com for availability by logging into your account. Remember, Avios program partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards and SPG program. The first two transfer instantly, SPG can take a few days. There is a good post on Miles, Points and Martinis on the best value US Airways routes HERE
4) Some Staples coupons, including 20 % off, that you can access HERE (h/t Big Habitat blog)
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Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.