Manufactured Spend


Tuesday, September 27, 2016 A Guest Post by John @laptoptravel A lot of frequent flyers who are deeper into what many call ‘the hobby’ look for techniques and strategies to lower their cost of travel. Following RenésPoints blog, many of you are kept aware of strategies for flying cheaply to get great trips for less money or to get qualifying miles for status. One of my strategies is to use methods to achieve elite status with hotels much like many do with airlines. Often, this requires a certain number of nights or stays in a year to reach a certain level.  Obviously, doing this at the least out-of-pocket expense is the goal. Over the past two years I have noticed a trend of discounted gift cards being available for purchase online; many of these through gift card resellers such as Raise, GiftCard Zen and a few others. EBay also offered a…