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In 2015 I want to learn some additional ninja techniques for accruing extra points. With that in mind, I recently attended Frequent Traveler University.
At FTU I met amazingly creative people with a history of and knack for optimizing point accrual and redemption opportunities.
Or, as FTU banners read, “Learn, Earn, & Burn.”
In my previous post I defined stackable travel discounts.
Another technique I learned more about is manufactured spending.
My quick definition of manufactured spending is altering spending habits to maximize point earning potential.
- Instead of paying for Amazon purchases with a credit card, buy Amazon gift cards at a grocery store with a credit card earning double points.
- Pay for bills not accepting credit cards (mortgage, utilities) with a debit card loaded with point earning gift cards (MasterCard and Visa).
Manufactured spending is something I want to explore more in 2015, in hopes of earning points for purchases I currently do not earns points for.
Future FTU conferences and more information can be found at the Frequent Traveler University website.
Have you used manufactured spending for travel points? Tell me about it.