Let’s go on a $1,700 First Class “Deal” trip, learn how to book Star Alliance Awards, IHG Rewards scary developments, how Evolve is devolving, check out the scariest hikes, visit 1964 year, read Nerd’s Eye View on travel blogging, laugh on yet another ridiculous 3x First Friday Dining post, again sell business credit cards, check out crappy pajamas and more!
TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order
Matt at Saverocity wrote “Do you think a $1700 Flight is a great deal? Really?” after View from the Wing posted this “deal”. This was my comment there: “Wait a minute. I have millions of miles in the bank. Why would I pay $1,700 for a plane ticket…like…ever? Yes I can afford it. I can afford lots of things. But I prefer to burn miles for plane tickets and points for hotels.
Looks like Evolve finally started getting serious with abusers by shutting down accounts and/or limiting accounts to just four payments per month per this blog post by Frequent Miler. To me, it is shocking they have managed to stay alive. I know some people are hitting it hard and, you know, are we responsible for expediting the death sentence of young companies trying to do something innovative? As far as this company is concerned, I was always, like, WTF are they thinking? I finally set up an account and may even start using it myself for my car lease payment to Ford Motor Credit Co. I move much slower since I started this blog!
The 10 Scariest Hikes in the World. By the CHIVE.
26 Wonderful and Unusual Apartments around the World. By Bored Daddy.
1964: The World 50 Years Ago. By The Atlantic. An awesome collection of photographs!
On (Travel) Blogging in 2014. By Nerd’s Eye View. Hey, I am not the only one who rants. I empathize with the writer. Letting it all out sure helps inner peace! (HT to reader TWA44)
Personal Finance: The Seven Deadly Sins of Investing. By the Wall Street Journal
Million Mile Secrets managed to make a ridiculously long post on the most ridiculous promotion post in the blogosphere. Yep, I am talking about getting 3x points with your Chase Sapphire Preferred card on the first Friday of each month. We are talking the following:
10 affiliate credit card links (dropped a few Freedom card links, because you know, why not?]
1 pic of Emily holding the CSP credit card AND a Chase Bank brochure [hey look at me I work for the bank, click the links u sucka. Picture caption says "Get 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards With Dinner Tonight" Deep!]
1 pic of Emily in front of Southwest ticket counter [shockingly, holding nothing in her hands, what is wrong??? No worries, caption captures it all "Get ~248 Southwest Points When You Spend $40 at Rewards Network Restaurant With Your Chase Sapphire Preferred" Hey, we may entice a reader to fall for this!]
1 pic of both in a swanky restaurant with the Chef [ First of all, I don't do bow ties. Never, ever. Unless I get invited to an Academy Awards ceremony one day! Second, caption has this, please sit down, this will rock you "No One Will Suspect a Thing" WTF!!! Really? Is this a joke? Or are the blog readers so gullible to buy a credit card from you because "no one will suspect a thing" Flog me por favor!]
1 pic of a $25 gift card [Caption: "With Gift Cards You Earn the Bonus Points Now and Eat Later" I kid you not!]
1 pic of the whole family plus friend ["Chase Sapphire Preferred Works the Same Whether You Eat in the US or Mumbai" I think I am going to Mumbai and will certainly make sure I am there the first Friday of a month, thanks!]
I had to stop at this point…I lied, next blog post was the regular Friday interview, where a new blogger wanting some traffic does all the work, MMS drops some affiliate links in the body of the interview along with just pasting the text plus a few pics and voila. Anyways, why did I bother? Because in the end the interviewee drops this: “I am very thankful for the opportunity to be interviewed. I really enjoy this “hobby” and hope to grow it into something more in the future. Blogs like this one, help inspire those thoughts.” [Have seen this so many times before, not going to bother...But what stood out was the last sentence...blogs like this help inspire those thoughts"!!! I need a drink right NOW as I am just out of WTFs!!!]
The Grand Daddy of credit card pumping remains ladies and gentlemen—–> Frugal Travel Guy blog. Just because we didn’t know already, we get a “My favorite business credit card offers for June 2014” . I suggest each FTG writer do the same type of post! Oh wait, they may just do it! Yikes! Wait, we are not done! FTG Editor drops “5 Ways to Meet the $5,000 Spending Requirement on the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card” and guess what is number 1? “Pay Bills”…the rest are almost equally brilliant. Smh.
View from the Wing wrote and modeled some ugly looking pajamas courtesy of Virgin Atlantic. One Mile at a Time had to make a blog post about that too referencing View from the Wing. Are these guys tremendously so out of touch with the real world or is it me? Every day I feel that all three of my Blog Review Lists are absolutely terrific! If you think they suck, that is your problem, I am keeping them!
Pointchaser did the hard sell on the Barclays Arrival Card.
The selling in this space just never stops…On Sunday it felt like gouging my eyes out in the morning so I deleted them all and left to have some gyros in the Ann Arbor Greek Festival and watch my daughter dance!
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