Today was my most successful day in manufactured spending! My local store was fully stocked with gift cards and I picked up $5,000 worth! Their POS terminals actually can’t charge that much in one transaction so I had to put $4,000 on one swipe and then $1,000 on another swipe. Thankfully the credit card I used didn’t get shutdown! I though for sure some sort of fraud alert would go off, but it didn’t! I just need to swipe $5,000 more in gift cards on the same credit card I used today and then I’ll have just over 125,000 AAdvantage miles for a free first class ticket over to Europe!

$5,000 in gift cards - Manufactured Spending

(Picture of my $5,000 in gift cards picked up today. I’ll deposit these into BlueBird next month and then send the money right back to my credit card company and collect the miles!)

The most I’ve ever purchased in gift cards in one day was $4,000, so this is a new record for me. Since I actually need $5,000 more to top me off to 125,000 AAdvantage miles, I thought about going back today, but I figured that might be a bit much.

What’s the most amount of gift cards you’ve purchased in one day?