|TBB kids at the Great Wall of China in 2009...being stupid just like Dad!|
BEST OF MILES/POINTS
Head for Points has a post on several recent deals that are...updated! The forever running Hilton MVP method of getting Hilton Gold status is now dead. There remains another way he outlines. Apparently the generous method of transferring from Accor to Iberia and THEN to Avios is back. And finally the recent Air France Flying Blue status match deal is now valid only for specific European residents. You can read up the details in his post. Do what you feel comfortable with, I am just reporting it here as it may be useful to some readers, that's all!
Million Mile Secrets lays out a great argument to avoid the "hot" 75k AMEX Business Gold Reward Card that pretty much everyone else is pitching...screw pitching, I meant pimping! I agree with it. AMEX will most likely continue these limited promotions so it is okay to pass all right?
I absolutely LOVED this comment by Loyalty Lobby in his post about how Delta plugged the hole in its website. He said: "Delta has not been able to fix the award calendar display on Delta.com, although it has now been broken for several years. They were, however, able to fix this hole in a day. Makes you wonder?" BINGO!!!!
Point Chaser has a great "Best Club Carlson Hotel Redemptions: Category 1" post! Love spending only 9k Club Carlson points as I have a gazillion of them now. Guatemala City anyone? The Radisson Blu in El Quseir Egypt looks great, here is your chance to participate in a revolution too! This post is going to be saved in my Evernote and I am looking forward to the next series of posts with the other categories!
Chris Elliott (yep, he is in the right category!) has a great article this time titled "Warning! Soon, airline loyalty will cost you". And you know what, I think he is right on when he writes: "
As painful as these changes are, they make sense. Air travelers who may be tempted to give their loyalty to an airline like Delta now won’t cling to an empty promise that they can reach elite status any other way than by spending their way there. Some will refuse to participate and will instead purchase a ticket that makes sense for them, and not for their loyalty program.
Also, airlines will no longer find themselves in the awkward position of having to reward customers who don’t deserve it. That includes travelers who exploit loopholes in loyalty programs by engaging in end-of-year mileage “runs” designed to rack up enough miles for elite status. Those customers contribute little if any real value to the airline and consume perks that probably weren’t intended for them."
Gary Leff at View from the Wing wrote "Hyatt Confirmed Suite Upgrades: What Do You Do if You're Downgraded". That was excellent, I learned a lot about the whole process. If this happens to me I demand the number of points for a night as compensation! Hey Gary please,could you tone it down a bit "Hyatt is insanely generous". Some Hyatt exec may decide to do something about it, thanks!
BAcon BLOGGING CONFERENCE
Check out the agenda at the website for the first Boarding Area BAcon Conference. "Only Invited Bloggers Eligible to Register". I guess I won't be receiving an invitation to this one. Because I will be attending this session below & have material for TBB to last me for months! My comments in brackets below...
AFFILIATE PROGRAMS | Chase (invited), FlexOffers (invited) [just threw up in my mouth again], CardSynergy (invited) [sounds BentOffery to me!]
- Comparing various commission options
- How to manage the online chatter of distraction [ let me see,censor comments, ignore them?, etc]
- Managing referrals and approvals
NOT SO BEST OF
It may get crowded here...Did you think that TBB takes weekends off or something?
Unroad Warrior has a post titled "Booking Flights with American Express Membership Rewards". Is there any doubt that this post would not see the light of day if it was NOT for the affiliate link and the opportunity to make some money? And WTF is this advice paying with points for flights and even redeeming for Macy's gift cards, seriously??? I am all for redeeming what/when/how you want to do it if it makes you happy. BUT...this goes too far and can absolutely hurt readers! The author should make it absolutely clear it is his personal choice for burning the points this way. Then again...Will this blog be around if affiliate links did not exist? How many blogs would not exist? I say A WHOLE LOT!!!!!!!! And you can take this to the bank (pun intended of course!).
Miles Momma has a post titled in caps "HAWAIIAN REDUCES MILES EARNINGS FOR AMAZON PURCHASES". It starts with the old news that miles for Amazon purchases through the Hawaiian Airlines shopping mall no longer earn miles! Ok, thank you. But she does not stop there! She proceeds to hit her readers with an amazing barrage of three affiliate credit card links (Hilton Surpass Amex, Citi Hilton Visa and Cith Hilton Reserve cards)...wait a minute, what was the title again? And then, for the grand finale, at the bottom of the post as "Helpful Links", we get served another 6 affiliate credit card links, including all the Chase Ink cards. Unbelievable!
The Points Guy decided to respond to a reader asking whether to pick the Chase Sapphire or Starwood AMEX card. First, let me thank you for not replying with "Get Both!". Second, couldn't you wait to embed the affiliate links until your own answer? Did you really need to stick them in the reader's questions as I doubt the reader stuck them there himself/herself!
Mommy Points has a "The Best Credit Card Sign-up Bonus Offers Right Now" post. Commenter #2 gomike said "cha ching" and commenter #4 spinergy7 said "it is about time to pay those holiday bills". No additional comments:-) These are the types of posts that most bloggers with affiliate links HAVE TO do to get paid, we are all used to them by now. If you are not, well you WILL get used to them! Kudos for including the AA & US Air links. But still...My reputation was at stake here:-)
BEST OF TRAVEL
d travels 'round has a fascinating post about participating in a trip "To rescue elephants". Wow! What a powerful story, no need for eye drops. It ends with "In this moment, I could not be happier". Sometimes I feel like that when I hit publish in each of my blog posts:-) I am changing this world one reader at a time...ok, stop laughing and take a few minutes to read this story, it may move you, it sure moved me!
The Planet D has a beautiful post with "People of India in Pictures". Amazing pictures indeed!
Everything Everywhere has a hilarious post titled "Help Eliminate Pretentious Travel Douchebag Syndrome". Major LOL stuff, we all know people afflicted by this syndrome..but it is never us;-)
The Wandering Aramean found this very cool time lapse video from Norway's railroads!
ODDZ & ENDZ
THIS is how you win $75,000 in an NBA Game! And then you get buried by LeBron!