Friday, January 11, 2013
January 11, 2013 - Trillion Dollar coin madness, the end of caviar and more!
Lots to cover, so let's get on with the show! Oh, I burned 63k points today, woohoo!
MVP POST OF THE DAY
The US Mint is back in the news again at the Wall Street Journal! "Do you get dollars with that Trillion-Dollar Coin?" This brings back the glorious memories of hauling heavy boxes to local banks to earn miles! The ride was fun while it lasted. I had no idea that the famous (or infamous) article that Scott McCartney wrote was his most popular, wow! And I think he may have been off a bit off on that final tally number attached to MrPickles. And I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the closing:
I have long found the creativity and passion of frequent-flier mileage enthusiasts to be inspirational. It’s good to know that serious students of fiscal policy do, too.
Darn right!!! Together we can save the country from any cliffs coming...but I am not so sure how we can save ourselves from the biggest cliff of all...Rev based loyalty programs. Hey Gary Leff and Ben, fear for your caviar!!!
Comment from a reader at JohnnyJet site on a post about Delta Skymiles: "delta says all levels at all times. what a farce. i tried to book a trip from miami to portland , maine 11 months in advance. the cheapest ticket was 40,000 miles. i am giving up my delta credit card as this program is useless." [40k is a super deal for Skypesos!!!!]
I missed this somehow from two days ago. Hack My Trip on "United Airlines or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love. Bomb". Very comprehensive post about flying United. As I am debating where to burn my $200 AmexPlatinum credit (it will NOT be on Delta again), can someone confirm four $50 gift cards will be reimbursed (as it is possible with AA?). Thanks!
The 10 most overrated tourist traps (and what to see instead). by USA Today. I have been to some and tend to agree! Especially on the ridiculous "Little Man Pee" statute in Brussels!!
Frequent Miler's wife churns for 305k. Not bad. I just want to let you all know that the likelihood of me getting a Kohl's card is as high as finding a low level ticket on Delta to any desirable location:-)
The Deal Mommy has her own post on Club Carlson and some properties she has already visited or would like to. I must say that the Radisson on International Drive in Orlando at just 9k Club Carlson points is an amazing value. Not aspirational of course but who cares, it is clean and beds are fine and you won't be spending much time in the room, save your money and spend it elsewhere!
Beautiful and Creepiest graves you will ever see? Take a look at the hanging graves of the Toraja. Somewhere in Indonesia from the Matador Network.
Moonwalking a Highline over Cathedral Peak, California This amazingly mesmerizing video was found at Vagabondish. I absolutely dig these inspiring HD videos!
Rooms with a View - Oh, and what a view it is! From Landlopers.
The World's 20 Safest Airlines. Not even one from the US. Southwest came in at 21. Sad!
Weird items left in hotel rooms. Please, please do not leave your breast implants behind, thank you!
NOT SO BEST OF
Ok, I am struggling to find stuff here as I have managed to silence all blatant abusers (or would like to think that it was me). So, here comes a news release telling us how Delta came first in on-time arrivals. Ok, good job I guess. But you will remain first in sucky award website, so sucky...it hurts!
Have I lost my "cutting edge?". Absolutely not! Was it because I was implicitly threatened with a lawsuit by suits from a public company? Of course not...
I am just bored. I kind of miss those reliable "This offer is expiring by midnight!" alarming posts! If you don't click NOW you will rot in eternal hell!). I wish Chase or Bent Offers or whoever brings them back, you can spot the greedy bloggers a mile away....It just has become a little, shall we say, "subtle"?
ODDZ & ENDZ
Drive thru Invisible Driver Prank Too funny!
Hank Greenberg Should Be Shot into Space For Suing the Government over the AIG Bailout
From Rolling Stone. Come on Matt, tell us how you REALLY feel dude!
I am so exhausted...I can not believe I am keeping up this pace...I must be insane! Oh wait...