Why Do Points And Miles People Buy So Many Gift Cards?

If you’re following other websites that talk about points and miles, you’ll often see articles about purchasing gift cards and you might wonder “Why?” What’s the purpose of using a credit card to buy gift cards?

Before we get started, know that the topic of gift cards is one that people who are really into the game will talk about endlessly. This is not that type of article. Nothing I’m going to include will make you think, “Should I do that?”  Still, there are a few basics you need to understand.

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Farewell Google Express, We Never Really Knew Why You Existed, Anyway

Google Express was the shopping website/portal that never really knew what it wanted to be when it grew up. Not to be confused with the “Shopping” tab when you Google an item, this was a separate service. You could search for an item and it would show you which one, of several online stores you’d never heard of before, carried it and what price you’d pay.

It always felt as if this was the idea of a VP at Google who said: “We need to compete with Amazon.com for online shopping, but we sell no merchandise.” The reason the service existed seemed unclear. Why would you need to buy items to get shipped through Google’s shopping portal? Google already provides you information about where you can buy an item with their main service and that search isn’t limited to the stores who are signed up for the Google Express platform. So why bother?

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And now they’ll never get a chance to figure it out:

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Hidden AMEX Offers Revealed, New Lounge Fees, Don’t Be THAT Guy, Would YOU Do This?, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Time To Sign Up For My Favorite Discover 5% Cash Back Categories Of The Year

One of the only reasons I put any spending on my Discover card is the rotating 5% cashback categories. Every three months they have a category, or categories, where you can earn 5% back on the first $1,500 spent. That’s a max of $75 back and that’s not bad for a card with no annual fee. You can net $300 per year if you max out each category.

I’ve been a bit underwhelmed with the offerings so far this year, mainly because I can earn about the same amount or more with other cards.

  • Jan – March – Grocery Stores
  • April – June – Gas Stations, Uber & Lyft
  • July – September – Restaurants and PayPal

However, I am excited about the category for October-December. No question that it’s designed to arrive just in time for holiday shopping.

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Ten Really Cool Places For Geeks & Nerds To Visit In NYC

If you’re a visitor to New York City, there are literally hundreds of attractions you can see. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Museum of Sex, or maybe even get some cheap tickets to a Broadway Show. But if you’re a geek or a nerd, you may want to experience some things that are more up your alley. Well, the Big Apple has that, too. Take a look…

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