From the desk of the Devil's Advocate... I'm starting today's Devil's Advocate column with an announcement. For over 2 1/2 years now, Scott Mackenzie - the owner of Travel Codex - has been … [Read more...] about Why Am I Looking Back At My 2016 Predictions Now? Well, I’ve Got Some News…
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… As everyone knows by now, last Friday the proverbial "second coming" occurred when Amex shut down another large swath of Bluebird and Serve accounts for "unusual … [Read more...] about Did Following My Own Advice Save My Serve From Armageddon? (Part Deux)
I LOVE this topic. Specifically, I love reading other peoples' discussions about it on Twitter, FlyerTalk, or Reddit, because people quite simply make stuff up. For those of you that have manufactured … [Read more...] about How Much Manufactured Spend is Too Much?
We're not even at the end of February yet, but 2016 has already been a very tough year for Manufactured Spending. My favorite tool to MS was Bluebird, but that's not worthwhile anymore after account … [Read more...] about The Best Way to Manufacture Spend Today and in the Future
A brief note before we get started. To be frank, I was reluctant to post this week's Devil's Advocate column. I honestly didn't want to bump Scott's wonderful tribute to his father from the top of the … [Read more...] about Are The Feds Trying To Shut Down Manufactured Spend?
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… When Bird Armageddon hit last week you might have gotten lucky and had one of your Amex Bluebird or Serve cards emerge unscathed. Maybe you even had a couple of … [Read more...] about The Best Way to Load Your Amex Bluebird and Serve Survivors
American Express just sent me an email announcing that they will discontinue the Target Prepaid Card program effective March 21. Current cardholders have just over two months to spend down the balance … [Read more...] about Amex Is Discontinuing Target Prepaid Cards
It was a good, long run, but it looks like my favorite method for manufacturing spend is finally coming to an end. Today I received an email from Amex Bluebird titled "Termination of Funds Loading … [Read more...] about *Most* Bluebird and Serve Accounts DEAD for Manufactured Spending
Yesterday I released my new award chart search tool. Two of the most common requests were to provide a cleaner format and to include award valuations. Update: Expert Mode has been discontinued due … [Read more...] about Introducing Expert Mode: Cleaner Results Plus Award Valuation
From the desk of the Devil's Advocate… I have to admit I write a lot of nonsense. It comes with the territory of arguing against normally well-reasoned Conventional Wisdom. But occasionally I hit … [Read more...] about Targeting Conventional Wisdom in 2015 (and 3 Predictions for 2016)