The blogosphere slows way down over the weekends! Even over two days finding material worthy of featuring here is quite hard. I may start doing these promotions or add guest bloggers in the weekends. We shall see.
Did you enter the TBB $50 Marriott Gift Card giveaway yet? Please do so now. You can't win if you can't enter!
MVP POST OF THE DAY
An absolutely fascinating post by Eric (Google) Schmidt's daughter from their recent visit to North Korea. This is a must read. And I love her style of writing, such a great amount of good natured sarcasm! Or I am just one of the few sick individuals fascinated by the incredibly bizarreness of this land. Oh how I wish them to be liberated from the Great Leaders cult of personality one day soon!
BEST OF MILES/POINTS
Only Dan at DansDeals can get his 185th Amex card approved AND receive the signing bonus! When we mere mortals try it we get stonewalled or shut down by Amex. Hey Dan, do you have a relative in that Amex Dept or something? :-) He now has 10 active Amex and 13 Chase cards!! Wow, and you are all wondering if you can go for your fourth or fifth card respectively! #muststepupgame
Gary Leff tells us how Sun Trust now allows everyone to apply for its Debit card. Whenever I see Sun Trust mentioned I get a bit depressed thinking what happened there. I never participated in any dealing with the bank and I feel great about it! Yes, I gave up some major Delta Skypesos in the process. You need to pick your spots. I chose not to mess with this as I am busy enough earning more valuable miles/points in other ways with less hassle. I am actually surprised Sun Trust is still offering Skypesos and debit cards!
Million Mile Secrets finds and prominently features a non affiliate Marriott credit card. It offers 50,000 Marriott points after spending just $1k within 3 months, 1 free night in a category 1 to 4 hotel AND a $75 statement credit and no annual fee in the first year! The disclosure at the very TOP is...beautiful! Well done, let's hope this disclosure is imitated!
"[Disclosure: The Chase Marriott credit card with the $75 statement credit in this post is better than my referral link to the Chase Marriott Premier credit card which doesn't offer the $75 statement credit.]"
Loyalty Lobby has the best analysis of the Priority Club Recategorization/Devaluation. Cosmopolitan cities got hammered pretty hard. Other than that, it was not too bad! You can check the mega chart showing old & new redemption rates: In a nutshell:
- Number of properties that moved down 1313
- Number of properties moving up 1192
- Average number of points required for an award night 20174 vs 20219
Seen this handle on a comment by one of ThePointsGuy readers: "Mileswhore" and I flashed my evil smile!
BEST OF TRAVEL
The world's five most romantic restaurants.
Matador Network's Video Ode to 2012 WOW!
An awesome video by Trans Maldivian Aiways I found at the Luxury Travel Blog that shows the sheer beauty of the Maldives!
NOT SO BEST OF
Nothing that made TBB lose it over the weekend. I just want to state for the record that I think censoring comments absolutely sucks! Either allow comments or don't. Handpicking comments to publish is very North Korean like to do! Of course spam and pure personal irrelevant attacks should not be tolerated. If those attacks had a point they are okay!
In my own opinion of course as always.
ODDZ & ENDZ
From boredpanda, a very heart warming story "Window Cleaners Dress up as Super Heroes to Cheer Up Kids at Hospital". Amazing pictures too! I am a sucker for stories like this!