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I always say that it’s a good idea to take advantage of as many opportunities you can for miles and points.  That’s one reason I posted this roundup of currently active deals / giveaways a few days ago, and why I spent a few hours filling out envelopes in an attempt to get at least 100,000 IHG hotel points.

Although I don’t do a TON of manufactured spending, I’m familiar with the basics and try to diversify my points earning.

Citigold checking account

A few months ago, I wrote about a deal where you could get 50,000 American AAdvantage miles (or 50,000 ThankYou points!) for opening up a CitiGold checking account (and meeting a few minimum requirements).  But the true beauty was that Citi lets you fund your new checking account with a credit card!  You do need to be sure that the bank of your credit card won’t count it as a cash advance, but Bank of America is one such bank that typically codes things as a purchase.  There was a bit of drama trying to fund my Citigold checking account, but eventually I was able to combine the credit lines on my multiple Bank of America Alaska Airlines cards and make a $39,000 “purchase”.

Then, once it cleared, all I had to do was do a bill pay from my new CitiGold checking account to pay off my credit card bill, and then it was just time to wait for the statement to close.

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And then…. VOILA!  Here we go!  You can see the signup bonus I got, along with some miles earned from shopping portals (remember, diversify!)  Time to plan that round the world trip with Alaska miles on Emirates First Class!

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