The biggest source of miles for me are rounds of applications for new credit cards. Almost all of these new credit cards require a major minimum spend.
My recent round of applications required a total of $20,000 in spend over just a 3-month period! Now we outlined a number of manufactured spending techniques lately that will get you there rather quickly. There is only one problem – you can't use any of these easily when you are not in the US!
That's where GiftCardMall.com comes in. The site allows you to buy gift cards incl Visa gift cards online. Instead of going to your local drug store or grocery store, you can now buy as many cards as you want online. Also the fees are lower – just $3.65 instead of $5.95 (which is what my local store charges).
GiftcardMall.com sells Visa gift cards issued by MetaBank which you can use as debit cards. This used to work perfectly at Walmart where you were able to buy $3,000 a day in money orders using these gift cards. My local Walmarts do not accept gift cards anymore but yours might still. You can try any store that sells Moneygram money orders.
Up until recently, it was possible to earn 0.5% Cash Back on any purchase with GiftCardMall. As of now, the cashback for buying Visa gift cards is exempt. Maybe it will come back?