As this year winds down, we’re all hoping for a better 2021 in terms of travel. However, this week we saw one major retailer crack down and ban manufactured spending. Here’s a quick recap of the stories we covered this week.

Walmart to place a ban on all manufactured spending

As more data points roll in, this seems to be real as opposed to a rumor or a trolling job, which many had suspected. However, we still don’t know how broadly Walmart intends to enforce this. The memo clearly explains what manufactured spending is as well as cites the reason for the ban. Is this deal closed for ever? We will know in due course of time as to how broadly Walmart employees are enforcing this, but it does seem like they’re slamming the door shut.

Top travel destinations that people are booking for 2021

As travel gradually opens up, we’ll see a lot of pent up demand come to fruition. This set of data provides some great insights as it compiles some of the most searched travel destinations on Google. A few of these destinations are definitely on my bucket list for sure.

Ending Soon: 60,000 points + $470 with the Amex Gold Card

If you haven’t had this card before, then now is a great time to get it. Firstly, you can get a healthy 60k bonus. If you play your cards correctly, you can end up with $470 in statement credits in the first year, in addition to all the points you’ll earn my maxing out some of the categories that offer 4x Membership Rewards points for each dollar you spend.

Ending Soon: Buy up to 225,000 Marriott Points at 0.83 cpp

Marriott’s limited promotion is currently offering you a bonus of up to 50% when you buy points. This limited time offer ends tomorrow.

Ends soon: 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points with the Chase Freedom Cards in the first year

If you’re eligible for this offer, then it’s a great way to quickly rack up 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points or $800 in cash back in the very first year. For a card that charges no annual fee, that’s a great return on for everyday spend, especially on a category like groceries.


You can buy Hilton Honors points currently with a 100% bonus. What’s better? You can buy up to 320,000 points in total, at a price of just 0.5 cents per point. This limited time offer ends on December 31st.

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