Manufactured Spending in Canada
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Ricky’s love for travelling and learning more about the world is unbounded. He’s on a mission to document and understand every square inch of the globe, and travelling on points will be an essential tool along his journey.
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Welcome! If you're reading this, chances are you're probably wondering how "manufactured spending" works, and how you can use it to travel the world for almost free.
In fact, this website, Prince of Travel, is all about helping Canadians achieve exactly this: see more of the world, often in business class or First Class, at a fraction of the cost. Manufactured spending is one of the strategies used to achieve that goal.
Manufactured spending (MS) involves finding ways to make purchases on your points-earning credit cards, convert those purchases to cash of equivalent or near-equivalent value, and then pay off your credit card. You are then left with "free points" as a result of your original purchases.
People who have perfected the art of MS can earn millions of travel rewards points every year, allowing them to fly around the world in luxury cabins and stay at fancy hotels for virtually free.
You can read the following articles for some more information:
- The Mileage Mindset: Manufactured Spending, Part 1 and Part 2 – A high-level rundown of MS, drawing upon some current and historical examples of MS methods
- A Field Guide to Manufactured Spending – A detailed guide to the do's and don't's when engaging in MS
MS methods tend not to be discussed publicly, because they could be shut down if they were spread too widely. Nevertheless, there are always MS methods available here in Canada – the best way to learn more would be at in-person events, where people are a lot more willing to share information, such as the Prince of Travel reader meetups I host every now and then.
Feel free to have a look around the site for more information on how Canadians can travel the world on points. And if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me via my contact form or via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.