Blue Print

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So let’s say you were persuaded by my argument. Let’s say you’re a Mustachian who wants to spread his/her wings and play the miles game.

It can all be a bit overwhelming, I think. So many moving parts. So antithetical to conventional wisdom. So hard to take that first step.

My way of dealing with this ambiguity at the start was just to jump in and learn by trial and error. But this approach was just a reflection of my own manic tendencies. And I do know that this approach would not be comfortable for everyone.

So I thought it would be useful to take a deep breath, take a couple of steps back, and look at the whole endeavor from a distance.

What I propose to do is to paint a rough sketch of the miles game at its most basic. And then to deconstruct every step and every tool at your disposal in a series of short blog posts.

This is going to take a while so stay tuned. But if you stick around and read these blog posts you should end up with a pretty granular understanding of how to go about playing the miles game my way.

Oh and I really love writing about investing and philosophy, so about every other blog post will be non-miles game related. Feel free to skip those if they’re not your cup of tea. (But who knows you may like them.)

In the coming weeks this is the terrain that we will cover.

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So stay tuned… It’s about to get real!

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10 Responses to “Blue Print”

  1. Tarmac October 21, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    rad. THIS is what I need. It’s like you read my mind.

    • Miles Dividend M.D. October 21, 2014 at 11:19 pm #


      Great, Stay tuned…


  2. Constance Burris October 21, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Eagerly awaiting instruction.

    • Miles Dividend M.D. October 21, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

      Glad to hear it!


  3. Ryan October 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

    Would be great to have an updated view on manufactured spending.

    I like the idea of Bluebird given check-writing capabilities but appears a big loophole was recently closed regarding Vanilla Reloads. When looking at other sites, there’s a lot of different information out there.

    Would be great to have your take as well as pointers to trusted, current sources of information for those of us looking to potentially get into this space.

    • Miles Dividend M.D. October 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Stay tuned Ryan, every square on the flow chart willl be covered by the time I am done…


  4. Sebastian October 24, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    Alexi, I need some quick advice to meet the minimum spending ($5K in 90 days) on my INK BOLD. I was planning to add it to my SoftSERVE and generate $1500 per month plus normal spending… piece of cake. But SERVE started coding the initial pull as cash advance and INK, being a purchase card, doesn’t have a cash advance allowance.
    What technique should I use to generate spending? I still have 2.5 months…

    • Miles Dividend M.D. October 24, 2014 at 9:55 pm #


      Lots of options on this one.

      Off of the top of my head,

      1.Buy gift cards (non-vanilla brand) and load up your serve card at Walmart.

      2. Buy a green dot moneypak cards with your ink card to reload your serve account.

      3. Buy gift cards and use evolvemoney to pay off mortgage/car payment/student loan payments etc.

      4.Buy gift cards with your credit card and use the gift cards to buy money orders which you deposit into your bank account.

      5. By PayPal money pack cards with your credit card and then load your serve card using the PayPal business debit MasterCard.

      6. Pre-pay insurance bills, etc.


  5. 5280 Miles October 31, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    What a great little chart! I will be referencing this when I talk to others who are interested. Thanks!

    • Miles Dividend M.D. November 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

      Thanks. Stay tuned. More charts to come…

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