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Thanks for the feedback on what form TBB should take going forward. I think I will go to once a week post starting next week highlighting really amazing MVP like stuff and my own editorial on developments in the miles/points world. I will have another daily Buzz post tomorrow to accomplish my goal to be blogging for three months straight! It has been a hell of a ride, I have enjoyed it so much! I hope I have contributed to the community and to the improvement in blogger practices.
But life took an unexpected turn at 12.01 on February 4th. I have a place in a nationally prominent business publication's website in a new project they are doing (yes it involves a new type of blog!) among some people you most likely have heard of. It takes some time and I need to focus on it so I do not screw it up, such opportunities do not come often. I just can not go on here ripping on bloggers' cc pimping practices, an angry one may do something really crazy and I just can't risk that! Some colleagues are trying all their careers to get quoted in this publication and I have my own reference page with all my material/quotes in it! Talk about humbling. You will not believe the teasing I am getting lately. Don't worry, I won't let this get into my head. I will still be one of you cheap miles/point crazies:-)
TBB will always be watching...You have been warned you blogger preparing yet another Chase Ink credit card link RIGHT NOW!
MVP POST OF THE DAY
30+ of the most beautiful abandoned places and modern ruins I've ever seen. Blog of Francesco Mugnai. MUST CLICK! JUST CLICK IT!
BEST OF MILES/POINTS
View from the Wing wrote an amazing post on "How to Make Sure You Really Have a Ticket When You Redeem Your Miles". So timely for me too as wife and daughter are going on a UA award next week, I better check! Gary followed up with another superb post on the latest Starwood & Delta crossover partnership. Dang, it is bigger than we all thought. Lets see how well they execute this. Watch this space! All this innovation, all this required IT brain trust...if they could only apply that to the Skymiles award side...
The Wandering Aramean has the gory details on the US Airways sudden devaluation of its award chart. That should cut down on blogger cheering from the rooftop the amazing things you can do with a US award...no it won't!
Frugal Travel Guy (ok, hear me out) had an interesting post "State of the Game: Manufactured Spending?" Why is it here? Because FTG allowed several comments that did not agree with him---->did not censor! That is progress! I loved one comment by DavidHAL so much I will post it here:
I think the issue at hand is the aggravation of us from bloggers promoting things for their own sole profit. In otherwords, talking about VR's at OD to promote Ink Bolds/Ink Pluses so that said blogger will net over $200 per Chase application. Or growing membership of said blog at whatever cost to sell said blog for a hefty profit, while at the same time exposing tricks that die soon after. We aren't mad that bloggers learn about different tricks (usually though from FT), we're just mad when it starts to make it's way into the large scale media (WSJ, USA Today, etc). In fact, isn't that how the Mint died? Obviously there weren't near as many bloggers in those days, nor was Chase paying huge commissions to bloggers for Chase apps, so the big thing that has changed since the Mint days was a) a ton more bloggers, and b) huge affliate commisions for different credit cards that are posted, and reposted by every blogger.
Yep, a & b. Even FTG agreed with that and I am shocked that we agree:-)
I better stop here...
BEST OF TRAVEL
A walk through Florence. From Landlopers. Wow!
From USA Today Nancy Trejos. "Travel can improve couples' sex life"
I am not sure this belongs in the Best Of category. I have never seen Ostrich Riding before. I am not sure if I am supposed to be offended or amused by it. From ThePlanetD.
NOT SO BEST OF
To get a great run down on these you can read the comments from yesterday:-)
ODDZ & ENDZ
100 Startling Facts About the Economy. From Business Insider. Very startling!
9 Unconventional Habits of Extraordinary Success. From Marc and Angel.