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The Best of Million Mile Secrets – April 2013

The Best of Million Mile Secrets – April 2013

Million Mile SecretsThe Best of Million Mile Secrets – April 2013Million Mile Secrets Team

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Here’s what I consider the most interesting and useful posts in April 2013.

1.   Buy Visa and MasterCard gift cards from grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations etc. and then use those gift cards to load your American Express Bluebird at Wal-Mart and pay your mortgage, car loan, etc.

Even Better With a PIN!
Buy Gift Cards with a Credit Card

2.   You can even load your Bluebird using an automated kiosk at Wal-Mart.  Some readers are reporting that the machines aren’t working or require a manager to authorize the transaction.

Bluebird Reload Wal-Mart Kiosk-004
Load Bluebird at the Kiosk

3.   50,000 Membership Rewards points (~$500+ in travel) with the American Express Business Rewards Gold card.

4.   How to fill out an American Express Business card application.

5.   Donate to the Captain Jason Dahl Foundation (by May 10, 2013) for a chance to fly in one of American Airlines’ oldest surviving planes!

 Jason Dahl Scholarship
Donate to The Jason Dahl Scholarship & Fly in a 1929 Stinson Tri-Motor

6.   The best cards to earn extra miles & points on groceries and why it often doesn’t matter.

Grocery Stores Also Have Gift Cards!
Grocery Stores Also Have Gift Cards!

7.   ~$420 in travel with the Barclaycard Arrival.

8.   How to add additional drivers to your car rental for free!

You Have to Wade Through a Lot of Fine Print to add an Additional Driver for Free!
You Have to Wade Through a Lot of Fine Print to add an Additional Driver for Free!

9.   What are the new rules to get 2 Citi personal cards?

10.   What’s the impact to your credit score if you’re denied for a credit card?

FICO score pie chart
What’s the Impact if I am Denied a Credit Card?

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@ Mike U

Thanks for your post. Could you go into a bit of details how to register your Visa gift card @ the

gift card mall. Do I need to register? and then go thru login? Thank you Mike U

Since the debit card BB loading shares the monthly limit with vanilla reload, it doesn’t make sense if you can easily buy VR, right?

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@TravisZ – If you have access to Vanilla Reloads, it doesn’t make sense to make a trip to buy a gift card and another trip to load the Bluebird at Wal-Mart.

Once again thanks for all you advice. I’m fairly new to this, but with your help have been accruing and using points for the last few months. I plan on attempting this Bluebird/gift card challenge. But before I do I’m hoping you (or some of your readers) will offer some advise. I do not have an Ink Card (maybe next yr), but I do have United, American, Southwest, American Express (Delta), and a Freedom card. Of those cards, which one would you pick to buy gift cards (I’m planning on starting small, enough to pay my mortgage). Except when Freedom offers 5X, do any of them offer more then 1X for buying a visa gift cards at a department store? Separate question: When you use the Freedom Card program and spend $1.00 and earn 1 point, will I be able to transfer that 1 point for 1 mile? Thanks! Yvonne

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@Mike U – Thanks!

@Yvonne – If you have the Ink Bold/Plus or the Sapphire Preferred, you can convert the Freedom points to airline/hotel points. I’d use the United card because if you cross $25,000 in year, you will get an extra 10K United miles. But perhaps the best card is one which gives you a category bonus or one which you’re completing a minimum spending on.

The gift card was is a light green package with a picture of a silver gift with a silver bow on it. It was issued by MetaBank.

Here’s a link to a picture of the gift card.

http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Staples/s0445781_sc7?$splssku$

It was issued by MetaBank and came in a light green package with a picture of a silver gift with a silver bow on it.

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