So, I pay my surreal tuition with loan money- $15,000 at a time. It dawned on me the other day that its dumb to just let that money slide by without cashing in on it somehow. I hatched a hairbrained scheme: Put the 15k on a credit card, cash in on rewards points / airline miles, then immediately pay it off with the loans.
Two Q's below. [more inside]
posted by GilloD
on Jun 24, 2013 -
I've just recently been alerted to the fact that there's such a thing as reward points on my Visa. I checked into my account for the first time and found out I have about 35,000. I have no idea how to use them. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved
on Mar 28, 2013 -
I have to be at work earlier than usual for the foreseeable future, and I am not much of a morning person. Still, I have had considerable success by breaking my routine down and gamifying it by giving myself points for hitting different markers (e.g. 2 points for getting up without hitting the snooze button, 1 point for hitting it only once, 1 point for heading out the door with the dogs at a certain time, 1 point for arriving at the office on time, 2 points for 5 minutes early, 5 points for more than 5 minutes, etc.). I then give myself little rewards for certain numbers of points (e.g. two days' worth of on-time arrivals equals a latte at my favourite coffee place).
I think it would be fun to be able to track this on my iPad, and am looking for something that will allow me to re-use the same checklists and will count points as items are completed. I've looked at the various checklist and "to-do" apps, but none of them seem to fit the bill, especially the point-tracking aspect.
posted by rpfields
on Mar 16, 2013 -
I want a super-simple iPhone app that will let me keep track of my discretionary spending. [more inside]
posted by peacheater
on Oct 21, 2012 -
Looking for recommendations on how to implement a token reward system for a 4- and 6- year old. If you've done this, what's worked best for you? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim
on Oct 14, 2012 -
EXPERIENCED TRAVELERS. I need to stay for 68 days at a hotel in the Hanover/Odenton/Serven area of Maryland. How can I maximize this in terms of an awards or mileage program? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack
on Mar 4, 2012 -
Can soldiers in US accept awards/rewards beyond those within the military structure, such as cash rewards and such, for actions pursuant to their military duties? (I'd be interested in other Anglophile or closely-allied nations, too.) [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath
on Feb 16, 2012 -
I am a grad student in the early years of my PhD program. I am just starting to travel for conferences this year, and I anticipate no fewer than 4-5 trips a year in the future, and even more once I hit the job market. I want to start accruing rewards points/frequent flyer miles, whatever. What credit card or rewards program do I want? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti
on Sep 8, 2011 -
Where should we go on vacation in the contiguous US (with credit-card-reward conditions and preferences inside)? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes
on Feb 15, 2011 -
Which rewards program should I join for the best non-travel rewards? [more inside]
posted by Joleta
on Jul 10, 2010 -
My get rich quick scheme's downfall - How much of a security risk is it to have your frequent flyer number out in the world? [more inside]
posted by mrsshotglass
on Jun 7, 2010 -
How do I stop credit card offers from rewards programs that we belong to? [more inside]
posted by Leezie
on Feb 22, 2010 -
My work now offers bonuses if our performance meets certain (fairly high) standards. I'm concerned this will hurt more than it helps. Are my fears unfounded? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 9, 2010 -
Do consumer loyalty programs make sense or is it generally better to pick hotels and flights based on price and convenience? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus
on Oct 27, 2008 -
In order to earn 4.5% APY in my checking account, I need to make 12 debit card purchases/month. What is the cheapest, most automatic, least time consuming way to do this? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper
on Oct 8, 2008 -
What does it indicate about my formerly-bad credit that I could be accepted today for a regular contract by a cell phone company? How can I tell when it's the right time to apply for a credit card again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 26, 2007 -
I've lost a website that correlates rewards in frequent flyer miles for money spent various retail partners. [more inside]
posted by sled
on Jan 17, 2006 -
Aussie Mefites: Are there any credit card reward programs worth using?
More inside... [more inside]
posted by skybeedoo
on Jan 11, 2006 -
I'm dealing with some boring things to do at work. I'm wondering what things you do (mentally, emotionally, procedural 'tricks', self-benefits/rewards, discipline, etc.) to get yourself through stuff you find excruciatingly boring, but necessary. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Jun 1, 2005 -
What's your favorite credit card and why? I'm currently using a Bankone Amazon.com Visa, which corresponds to 3% back for amazon purchases and 1% back for all other purchases in the form of $25 amazon gift certificates. I pay off my balance in full every month. Anyone particularly happy with the rewards they're getting from their credit cards?
posted by sirion
on Mar 18, 2005 -
I've recently trained a person in each of our branch offices into roles where they will be the IT Liaisons for the 40 or so people in that office. What should I get them for "graduation?" [more inside]
posted by pomegranate
on Mar 15, 2005 -
This may sound like a dumb question, but I can't find any basic info online. I've never used my airline miles before, and I'm trying to take a vacation to London and Ireland this xmas. But how do I try to score business or first class upgrades using the miles I have? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mathowie
on Oct 11, 2004 -
I have about 100K FF miles on USAir and I'm wondering if I should try to use them now or sit tight. Anybody else in the same boat? If so, what are you doing?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Sep 20, 2004 -
While chasing down a $16 dollar copy of $30 Film School
, I learned Half.com
has been doing business with Reservation Rewards.
In spite of ignoring the offer to join the service, I may still end up becoming
an "instant member"
, as shoppers on buy.com and other sites have.
Anyone else discover any suprises while shopping for the holidays?
posted by Smart Dalek
on Dec 10, 2003 -