|Band playing in Madrid, 2011|
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BEST OF MILES/POINTS
Million Mile Secrets wrote about how to save money renting cars through the Chase Ultimate Rewards and Citi Thank You Portals. I must admit this was new to me and I will certainly give it a spin next time. I usually find CarRentalSavers and Autoslash and Priceline work fine if National is too high. I will excuse the numerous affiliate links because bloggers need to eat and I always appreciate the full disclosure on the top of each post. I never understood the fascination with Emily modeling cards but, then again, I could never understand why I am so obsessed about North Korea either! Our blogs, our rules:-)
Maybe I should not be the one promoting the prepaid cards & Bluebirds even more! I apologize. But I really liked this comparison & especially the table comparing the three different AMEXPrepaid cards Traveling Well for Less put together. I like to scan this table to keep it straight as you can go mad trying to keep it all together...you know, if you have a life:-)
Gary Leff at View from the Wing wrote "Delta Isn't Done With Changes to Make Skymiles More Revenue-Based". Come on, what did you all expect? The floodgates have opened and you cheap mileage runner types have been warned, your time is limited! I always appreciate Gary's views but I do not necessarily agree with them. My take on the whole thing is this: Airlines have been notorious money losers for many years. The only airline that has consistently made money is Southwest. Last time I checked they have an excellent revenue based program! Yes, frequent flyer programs are very profitable! But OVERALL airlines always head to bankurptcy! So, something MUST change! So, the fees are sticking, capacity is being reduced, costs are getting back into line. And now it is time to FIX the frequent flyer programs. Expect more tweaking and the only ones who will bitch and moan are...the cheapo mileage runners. Even they have an out...get the Amex cards! We will see who is right in the end. My gut feeling is Delta has the upper hand and will drive the knife deeper and...most customers will take it. They are already so used to expet to burn a lot more miles for any Delta award...just wait. My 2 cents.
Dan at Dan's Deals breaks the news that it appears ANA does not charge fuel charges on United and USAir now! This can mean great savings! But beware that transfers to ANA from both AMEX Membership Rewards & Starwood are NOT instant (come on Amex, you are falling so behind...can you at least fix this with both programs???). With my luck, when the transfer is complete, the award could be gone or fuel surcharges would be back:-)
NOT SO BEST OF
Ben at One Milea at a Time admits to himself when he says "I realize I’m a bit late to the game on this, though better late than never I suppose." when he also pushes the AMEX 75k offer...I knew he would do this when he finally landed. Hey Ben, you need to hire a staff person to pump these posts out before everyone else uses other bloggers' links. And give him/her a title...how about Managing Editor, sounds pretty catchy;-)
Even later than Ben we have Deals We Like pitching the Amex 75k card. It is hilarious to read how bloggers try to differentiate themselves from the other bloggers when they are ALL really saying this...just click me! I just want to say I am going to do this because I did not know of the Roadside Assistance Anywhere benefit, really? Wow! <roll eyes>
BEST OF TRAVEL
Kim Jong II's corpse goes on display. Will I ever get to pay my respects to the Great Leader? lol
And Rapid Travel Chai can get links featured here with his North Korea adventures almost every time;-)
Another Chris Elliott story creates online controversy, I think he does that on purpose? His "Is it Ok to steal from an airline?" was interesting. He calls out one of his readers as a thief and what she did was stealing and that is criminal. Going a bit too far Chris? I actually would be happy with the "thieves" not suing to get what they want when they knew all along it was a mistake! I better stop there before I flip! Some of the comments are hilarious! And oh boy he really does not like FlyerTalk! Was he warmly welcomed there by a "friendly" moderator years ago?
tnooz has a great graph titled "Snapshot of the Expedia Business Traveler".
The Reviewer Card to get special treatment? Costs $100 per Gary Leff of View From the Wing again. Hilarious! I left this comment: "A giraffe pic would look really good on the card!" I think I am going to print my own and license the feared TBB name with the tag line "I Write Reviews". Only $25 per card, u in? :-)
ODDZ & ENDZ
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