A couple weeks ago I flew to Europe for the weekend (again).
That’s right. More than 8 hours of flying, each way, just to spend a couple days exploring Holland.
I would say that the trip took a lot of thought and planning, but that would be a lie. In fact, I went from idea to itinerary in less than 30 minutes.
Here’s how it went down.
It was a cold February day in Columbus with the temperature hovering around 0 degrees. Which is beyond just “cold”. It’s “none-of-my-friends-want-to-leave-their-apartments-to-do-anything-fun” cold.
I’m sitting on my couch thinking about my weekend plans for the rest of the month. A quick glance out the window confirms that my entertainment prospects don’t look good.
So I Googled “Best European Weekend Getaways”, saw that Amsterdam was consistently on the top of everyone’s list, and booked a flight for my wife and me to go there the following weekend.
It cost about $60 in taxes and fees.
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Yesterday was one of the biggest first-world-problem letdown days of my life.
The day began with me booking a $20,000 first-class itinerary for $142 (which would have only been my second best booking of 2015), continued with the news that House of Cards had released their 3rd season early, and ended with both of those things being taken away from me.
I realize that these are small problems in the grand scheme of life, but I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t bummed for a couple hours yesterday.
The ridiculous flight booking was the result of what is called a “mistake fare”, which is a relatively common occurrence in the airline industry.
Mistake fares are exactly what their name implies; an airline fare that is so cheap it is obviously a mistake on the part of an airline.
Today we are going to talk about the most underrated and misunderstood method of earning points and miles there is.
A method that moves fast, is somewhat controversial, and is used by only a fraction of travel junkies world-wide.
What is this glorious, secretive method you ask?
It’s called Manufactured Spending, and it’s a game changer in the points/miles world.
Let’s take a look at how it works.
Manufactured Spending (MS) is the process of using a rewards credit card to purchase something that can easily be converted back to cash.
The goal of this process is to increase the amount of money that you spend on your rewards credit card without actually having to “spend” money out of pocket.
Let me make a quick analogy to explain how this works.
This is a 5,000+ word guide on how to become a master of all things credit and credit scoring.
Yup, you read that right. 5,000+ words.
I am not a big fan of using 5,000 words when 500 will do, but a topic this important demands a thorough write up.
First, because your credit score is a vital part of your financial health, and therefore your overall well-being.
Bad credit = more stress, more frustration, and more money needed to buy things like houses and cars. (Read: less freedom)
And secondly, because 90% of the things that you read and hear about credit scores are completely false.
Everybody thinks they understand credit scores when in truth, less than 10% of these people have any idea what they’re talking about. (10% figure based on my own experiences. Scientific accuracy be damned)
Today you become a part of that educated minority.
Over the next 5,000+ words you’ll learn everything you’ll ever need to know about credit and credit scoring.
Go ahead and bookmark this page because you’ll probably want to refer back to it a time or two.
At the very least it will help you diffuse your friend/roommate/coworker/neighbor who keeps telling you that credit cards are evil and to be avoided at all costs. (Face palm)
Ready? Let’s get started.
Alright, travel junkies.
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