The 4 Things I Miss Most In This Hobby – Share Yours
I feel like reminiscing today. I am going to be the old timer that talks about how good we used to have it. This is two fold, one I think it is important to see what was possible and I am curious to see other people’s list. One thing from my list could have meant almost nothing to you and vice versa. Please leave your list of 4 things you miss most in this hobby in the comments section.
The List Of Losses
Without further ado here is the list of things I miss most in our hobby:
The US Mint dollar coins was before my time and I still think Target REDBird was easier. You didn’t have to lug thousands of dollars of coins to the bank to deposit them. This was simply as easy as it gets. Especially early on when you could load the REDBird with a credit card and then pay off that credit card with your REDBird account. I burned through welcome offers right and left because of this little beauty. I couldn’t get new cards quick enough!
This goes somewhat hand in hand with the REDBird. Because without being able to easily get approvals back then I wouldn’t have been able to rack up as many points. The days before Chase 5/24, once per lifetime language, and when you could get multiple BOA cards at the same time. The economy was just coming out of the great recession and the banks were bouncing back from almost all going under. This made them hungry for new patrons and they were giving away their goods like candy. The economy has been on the longest bull run in history and the banks have put the candy under lock and key. Until the next recession at least ;).
Stacking eBay Bucks & Portals
eBay used to be a gold mine! They used to pay eBay bucks on gift card purchases. Not only that but portals used to pay cash back on those same gift card purchases. 10% eBay bucks plus 2% back from the portal on discounted gift cards, can you say easy money? Buying discounted Target gift cards on eBay and using those to buy discounted eBay gift cards which would in turn buy more discounted Target gift cards. It was an endless circle of profit! RIP eBay. I am surprised the discounted gift card offers have gotten worse since they limited all of these things. The demand is way down so you would think the prices would drop and not rise.
Many 5X Ink Earning Avenues Dried Up
My favorite way to rack up tons of Ultimate Rewards points has been earning 5X points with my Ink+ card. With the launch of 5/24 I was no longer able to rack up UR points via welcome offers. Earning 5X points with my Ink+ card was the next best thing. But slowly more and more avenues have dried up, most notably PayPal Digital Gifts on eBay. You used to be able to pair these purchases with eBay bucks and portals. Earning 5X Ultimate Rewards points, 10X eBay bucks, and 2% cash back was some kind of amazing! Not long after GiftCardMart, CardCash and others followed suit. The options are more limited now but there are still options available.
Those are the 4 things I miss the most in this hobby. They all revolve around earning points easily. I am sure my selections are very different from yours. Some of you may have Hilton’s massive devaluation atop their list or American Airlines changing their earning structure etc. There are many options to choose from. I personally can deal with devaluations as long as points are easy to accrue. That is probably why mine focus more on the earn side of things.
Share your list of 4 in the comments below. I look forward to reading all of them!