Frequent Miler’s Top 10 of 2014


I’ve taken a momentary break from vacation at the Andaz Maui (paid for with points, of course) to look over this site’s stats for the past year.  I owe a huge THANK YOU to readers for visiting this site.  Every reader helps make this blog successful!

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Here are the top posts of 2014 in ascending order (e.g. the top post is at the bottom):

#10 Maximizing Amex Sync offers. Part 1: sync multiple cards

This is the only post written in 2013 to make it to the top 10 list of posts viewed in 2014.  Amex Sync offers have been an amazing way to save and earn money. This post was the first in a series showing how to maximize value from these offers.

#9 Confirmed: REDcard likes Vanilla and more

In the first week or so of the appearance of REDbird (the Target Prepaid REDcard) at some Target stores, it was a lot of fun exploring this card’s new features.  This particular post is a bit out of date based on what we’ve learned since, but it generated a lot of buzz at the time.

#8 The complete guide to Bluebird, REDcard, Serve, and SoftServe

All of these Amex prepaid cards are worth having if you’re into collecting points and miles, but each person can have only one.  Which is best?  Why?  Details can be found in this post.

#7 Pay bills online with debit and prepaid cards

When Evolve Money first hit the scenes it was an amazing new option for liquidating gift cards and other prepaid cards.  Since the writing of this post, though, Evolve Money has implemented so many restrictions that it is now has limited use to most in the points & miles loving crowd.  Of course, it can still be a very useful tool for its intended purpose – paying bills.

#6 Best options for buying Visa and MasterCard gift cards

Visa and MasterCard gift cards with PINs are great tools for points & miles collectors.  How best to buy these cards is a key part of the puzzle.

#5 How to find REDbird

REDbird (the Target Prepaid REDcard) is awesome, but it is only available at this time in select Target stores around the United States.  Here’s a map to help you find one.  Note that the data used for the map is taken from Target’s own website, but it is not perfectly up to date.  For example, REDbird has been removed from all North Carolina stores due to technical difficulties.  Also, REDbird has been spotted at numerous stores that are not on the list.  Still, this is a good start.

#4 The complete guide to Amex gift cards

Amex gift cards are interesting because it is often possible to earn cash back or airline miles when buying these cards online through portals.  This guide gives all of the needed details.

#3 Bluebird vs. Serve once again

As people struggle to decide whether to get Bluebird or Serve (you can’t have both), posts like this are relevant. Note, though, that this post is out of date in many ways.  Please see The complete guide to Bluebird, REDcard, Serve, and SoftServe instead.

#2 The Target Prepaid REDcard

This was my first attempt to write a complete overview of REDbird, the Target Prepaid REDcard.  For more up to date information, please see: The complete guide to REDbird: The Target Prepaid REDcard.

#1 REDcard changes everything

Every now and then something happens that significantly changes the points & miles game.  REDbird, the Target Prepaid REDcard, is one of those things.  This post was written the day that I discovered that REDbird could be reloaded at Target with credit cards, for free.  Why is that so exciting?  Details are in the post.

Happy New Year everyone!


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Another great post and a great year………..I’m anticipating your top 10 list on Maui as we head there in February for a little whale watching……


Are you still using Redbird? Has it expanded to be able to get it at other Targets? I currently live in Kansas–nowhere near any in the maps. Can I get a card?

Additionally, can you use Target RedCard to pay mortgage, car payments, etc?


Happy New Years! Thanks for all the info and hard work you put into this site! It is very rewarding for me! 🙂

Sports Traveler

I’m staying next door at the Marriott Wailea on points. I’ve got a one night stay at the Andaz on Sunday using my Hyatt Diamond upgrade certificate. Maybe I’ll run into you!


LOVE the Andaz Maui! Be sure to say hello to Chef Brent, Ben and Greg from Danielle & Markus. It’s all about the food!


Fm, THANK YOU for all the great posts this year! Wishing you and your family a very special new year.


Not surprised that your Redbird posts were the favorites. I’m new to this credit card sign-up bonus world, and your Redbird posts are what convinced me to jump in with both feet. I wasn’t sure I could make the minimum spends to receive the bonus miles/points…that is until I read your posts. RedCard IS Awesome!! Thanks for teaching us all how to play this game, and WIN!


Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! Thanks for such great advice in 2014. Looking forward to 2015.


Amazing work FM. I thoroughly enjoyed following your site and learning tons of more stuff this year. Wishing for a much busier 2015. Enjoy!!!