|Priekestolen, Norway as seen in MatadorNetwork (see below)|
By the time you read this I am on a Delta flight to San Diego via Salt Lake City. One of the last flights as a Delta Platinum and the upgrade has not cleared! I think Delta may have been reading my blog? I am at a conference until Saturday night. I will try to keep up the Buzz posts but I will likely fall short. There will be at least one guest post one of these days while I am gone. Thanks for understanding.
I have some good stuff for you today, especially in the Best of Travel section!
BEST OF MILES/POINTS
Gary Leff of View from the Wing is killing it with his brilliant post from the other day to ask readers what is on their minds. He has started answering the questions, including "Citibank "Two Browser Trick" Dead (or on Life Support)." I actually sensed something was up on Sunday night...and waited before I opened my mouth. I am running hehind on FT posts so please let me know what the consensus appears to be...Are the banks slowly killing all non affiliate "zombie" links? Oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Travel Playbook wrote "[Coach's Huddle] The Dirty Side of Travel Blogging" Hey, it is not only me who did not like the post on Business Cards by the Points Guy! Yes all bloggers are contributing to the country's borrowing problem/culture!! And yes undoubtedly people let things spiral out of control and...banks can continue these practices. Please allow me to go off in my Not So Best section below, thank you!
When I hear or read about a rewards program I immediately take notice. Here is a new one: Belly Bites. Free samples anyone? If there were rewards given to people who eat the samples at Whole Foods stores I would be Lifetime Titanium Elite Plus by now!!
NOT SO BEST OF
The Points Guy has a major chaching post with "Travel Tuesday Top 10: Reasons to Get a Business Credit Card". You don't have to stretch to reach ten points you know each Tuesday! I would love to see a disclosure post on the top for a change saying "Guys, going on safaris in South Africa is REALLY expensive! If you think I provide some value to you please click the s**t out of my credit card links because this is how I get paid. Thank you and if I ever run into you I would love to buy you dinner/lunch/breakfast not just coffee". Shaking my head...
Milevalue wrote "Best Practices for Maximizing the PointBreaks List for $35 a Night Hotels". Ok, this was actually VERY well written so why is it here? This "trick" has been around for some time and has been written about many times. It did not even have a single credit card affiliate link, hooray! So why TBB why here? Because of this: "If you think you want to stay at the InterContinental Fiji for five nights before March 31 during a two week period, but you’re not sure which five nights, book 14 one-night stays." Please please don't do that, this is so wrong! How about the fellow traveler who wants to book the hotel only to find out it was sold out in three hours because some selfish (to put it mildly) people booked every single night! This crap just drives me nuts, please don't do it. How would like to be on the other end huh?
TBB is above all. I have managed to piss off friends here and I will likely continue to do so! When I find posts I do not like I will feature them here. Nothing personal, it is all about your blog:-)
Ok, welcome Points, Miles & Martinis who wrote "Even More 100,000 Business Platinum Offers from American Express". Ok, the title interested me as it appears I am the only one who never gets these offers and have had an Amex for almost 20 years! And the post was fine..and then BANG (BA Visa), BANG (Chase Ink Bold), BANG (Chase Ink Plus). Hold on...BANG (non affiliate AMEX OPEN w/ no signing bonus, seriously??) and BANG (AMEX Business Gold Rewards).
When I saw "The Bluebird Financial Experiment: Manage Family Spending" post by guest Cajun Mama at TravelingMamas I immediately thought "Oh boy, here we go with yet another Bluebird type post!". And then I started reading it...and it felt like a commercial...and at the end "This was a sponsored experiment and compensation was received. It in no way affected the opinion of the author." Yeah...right! TBB will NEVER have sponsored posts here! Nobody ever offered me one anyways...oh well. Then it hit me...there are lots of mamas on this part of the internet, lol.
BEST OF TRAVEL
MatadorNetwork has "50 places you can't reach without climbing". AMAZINGLY AWESOME pictures! This one went into my Evernote!
tnooz has videos with the the "top 10 heavenly descents/airport approaches". For all my airline geek readers, enjoy!
Yomadic is at it again with "Snow Covered Hrelic Flea Market, Zagreb. This sure beats the Mall." My wife will definitely disagree with the mall statement;-) I LOVE the every day life snippets and the amazing pics of common people. I actually prefer these trip reports to the numerous First Class/Lounges/Suites trip reports most other miles/points bloggers post.
LLWorld Tour reports that Marriott will build the only four star hotel in Haiti!
Very Good Points, the Thailand expert, wrote "Bangkok's Most Unique Hotels". The "River Nest" with its...floating bed and its description " It’s a unique but simple concept, float a bed on the gentle river and sleep there for the night. The tides rock you to sleep and the morning sun rise is your alarm clock." Interesting but I will only do it if they pay ME:-)
A Luxury Travel Blog shows us the "Top 10 Places in Europe to take your loved one this Valentine's". Nice to window shop...no hotel points, boo!
Air Canada flight attendants, crew and some passengers lip sync to "Call Me Maybe?". This is actualy kind of fun video, nice job! HT to Jaunted.
Migrationology has "16 Incredible Photos of Kolkata, India"
ODDZ & ENDZ
This is for the bloggers, you all need it:-) 22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don't Have a Clue. Awesome infographic from Copyblogger.
SNL's Rosetta Stone "ad" This is major LOL stuff! If you do not laugh I will give up 10% of today's cha ching credit card affiliate income that hit my bank account...ok, just to make sure you are laughing!
From Marc and Angel Hack Life: 8 Happy Ways to Spend 80 Years Guess what is number 1? Travel Often!