I had set a pretty feasible manufactured spending goal for March, yet I ended up falling significantly short. It didn’t help that my website was down for a full week. I got very little gift card churning done and fell behind. In total, I did manage to earn 75,520 points and miles from Visa gift card purchases and a few Kickfurther co-ops. My total cost? Thanks to eBates, plus cash back cards like the Fidelity Rewards and Discover It Miles cards, I off-set all of my expenses. In addition to earning $366.94 profit.
Total Points and Miles Earned
11,140 AAdvantage miles
2,670 Citi ThankYou points
12,153 Korean SkyPass
13,660 Marriott points
9,117 Amex Membership Rewards points
26,780 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
You can read a more detailed breakdown in my weekly manufactured spending reports. While I didn’t publish one for week 4, I decided to instead include a summary at the bottom of this post.
- Week 1 Manufactured Spending Report
- Manufactured Spending Report: Week 2
- Manufactured Spending Report: Week 3
Week 4 Manufactured Spending Report: 3,825 points + 178,66 cash back
The final week was slow because of that IT issue I mentioned before. I was busy sorting it and didn’t really get a chance to churn any gift cards, side from a $1517.85 GiftCardMall order on my Citi AAdvantage Card. With the 1% cash back eBates will pay out, my out of pocket cost is just $2.85.
I did invest twice in the same Kickfurther co-op. Both transactions were for $923.50, using the Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Sapphire Preferred. It didn’t cost me anything to invest, but there is a 1.5% withdrawal fee when I eventually cash the profits out. The payout of 11.49% will earn me a $212.40 return on my investment in six months.
1517 AAdvantage miles
2,308 Ultimate Rewards
Total cash back
Kickfurther profit: $212.40
eBates cash back: $15
Visa gift card fees: $17.85
Kickfurther withdrawal fee: $30.89
Total cash back: $178.66
It actually doesn’t look that bad when I tallied up the numbers, but I was hoping to hit at least 100,000 points and miles. I’m still happy with the outcome, considering I didn’t try that hard. I can always increase my numbers in April (and definitely plan on it). That being said, I want to hear from you all. How many points and miles did earn in March and how much did it cost you?
Disclosure: I will earn a referral bonus if you use my eBates and Kickfurther link to sign up and make your first purchase. If you would like a referral for the Discover It Miles Card, shoot me an email and I’ll send you a link. I will earn a $50 bonus for every successful application. Thank you all for your support!