ATW: Manufacturing Free Nights, Fuel Points for Food, Overblown Credit Card Perk & More!

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From Around the Web

Roundup: Articles From Around the Web

Here are some posts that caught our eye that I thought you may find interesting!  Let me know if there is anything good I missed.  Email me anything awesome that you find, or write, at

You can see my previous editions here! 


Here are the articles for this edition:

Manufacturing free nights (Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott) – Frequent Miler

This is a follow up to Greg’s article on which was the best option for hotel spend.  As expected Hyatt comes out on top a majority of the time when you add in Ultimate Rewards as a transfer partner.  Nothing can top racking up UR points with your Chase Sapphire Reserve or Ink Cash and then transferring them to Hyatt for award stays.

You can now use Safeway Fuel Points to Buy Groceries – Doctor of Credit

This would be amazing if it ends up going to other locations and other brands…come on Kroger!  PDX Deals Guy tried to pick a store in the promo as his home store and then use it at his actual store but that didn’t work. So it is truly locked to the stores involved in the beta testing. Hopefully they consider it a success.

 I Just Booked My Cheapest Ever Flight To China – Seat 31B

This sounds like torture to me but I look forward to the follow up article of how it went when it is all said and done!

Starbucks adds voice to head-tax criticism – The Seattle Times

I can’t see how this ends well.  I wonder if it was to get passed if anyone would pull out of the Seattle area.  It may do more harm than good…a lot of large employers in the area.

Getting my money back from sending Venmo to the wrong person – Miles Per Day

Some good pointers if you ever run into this issue.  Stroke of bad luck that someone picked the exact same name though.

Let’s talk about the Visa Infinite companion discount – The Free-quent Flyer

I agree that the Visa Infinite $100 discount on 2 cash tickets is very overblown, maybe because I believe you should (almost) ALWAYS use points.  It is a marginal deal at best and just something people use to justify carrying a card (most of the time).  The comments are interesting as well and worth the price of admission :).


Which article did you find most interesting?  Remember to let me know of anything you come across that you want added into the next edition at

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. “I wonder if it was to get passed if anyone would pull out of the Seattle area”

    It passed, at half the proposed amount. It’s very flawed. It’s impact will almost certainly be minimal in every sense.


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