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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.


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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