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The ridiculous race is on to get readers to click on the SPG Amex 30k affiliate links! Make fun of them and enter to win two AA Admirals Club passes! GREAT odds, only 20 valid entries! Update: Say anything you want now to enter, the Milepoint people do!
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Masterful Mountain Biking. Found at The Adventure Blog. Totally awesome video!
Timelapse of Europe. Found at Gadling. Wow!!!!! You.Must.Watch.Period!
40 Maps That Will Make You Make Sense of the World. By Twisted Sifter. Way way cool stuff! Most interesting #22: “Average age of first sexual intercourse by country“. Most hilarious #36: “Area codes where Ludacris claims to have hoes“. Holy crap, slow down you Scandinavians and…Ludacris!
Craters, gold statues and the Karakum:The crazy land of Turkmenistan. By Two Thirsty Travelers. Very nice post and loved the pictures!
Oceania Cruises has an around the world in 180 days luxury cruise! Prices start at $40k for an inside Stateroom and go up to $115k for the Owner’s suite. You get A LOT thrown in and, please sit down, I think if you have the time and the dough this could be a good value! I do not have the time and for sure I do not have the dough (this blog is not helping…yet!) and I do not play the lottery either lol! (HT to Mileage Update) Free wifi is thrown in, relax!
12 surprisingly spectacular city beaches. By USA Today. Did you know Amsterdam had a beach? Me neither!
If you are contemplating to give Airbnb a try, please read this article at Matador about a horrific experience and absolutely do the steps the author lists at the end!
Travel is Free (is not) wrote “Warning: The Ultimate Rewards ravel booking is never a good deal“. I agree!!!
Done already with my SPG Amex card! I can do more but I am bored.
ON MY MIND
I need to go through my vacation pictures one more time and start taking out duplicate type pics to reduce the number from about 450. I think WordPress will be choking when I try to upload/save them!
I learned something about affiliate marketing today. One step closer to make Bent Offers come after me lol.
As some of you know I have been playing soccer every Monday night for years. My team’s name is appropriately named Gasping for Air. The league is for over 40 (and not over the hill) men and it is a great joy to compete and shed some calories. We play 8 games in each season. We started the slow summer season 0-2 in a totally embarrassing fashion (we managed to lose the first game 5-4 after going up 4-0, wtf!!!). But then something clicked (pride)…we were not going to throw it away. Noooo!!! We have now won 4 games in a row and are in a two way tie for first! And we finally beat our nemesis 3-2, a team that we have ALWAYS lost EVERY game in our careers! The feeling at the end of the game=priceless. I don’t care how much you made pushing credit cards to sheep yesterday blogger I don’t care…I doubt the high was as good as mine seeing the final score on the board 3-2. If we take care of business the next game, the final game against this team will be a showdown for the championship (yeah, they have won every single one!)
Sending Mrs TBB and daughter to Paris next week. Have miles, will travel. Yeah, they love me and tolerate my addiction:-)
ODDZ & ENDZ
The most expensive house in every state. This is what you call house porn?
Note: This section is intended for long time readers and miles/points addicts who follow the blogs in this space. Readers not familiar with this crazy hobby could skip this section!
It is getting really really old watching the “travel” or “miles/points” bloggers blog about stuff that masquerades as content but ONLY exists to push financial products (credit cards) in a totally non transparent manner (by contract, hey they can not break the contract!). Is it any wonder this is what you see left and right, up and down the blogosphere? They are not doing it to share information, they are doing it primarily to line up their own pockets! You bet my Award Wallet miles balance that if it was not for the lucrative compensation they receive for each credit card approval these posts would not exist. Heck, these blogs would not exist!
Numerous examples abound for blog posts dictated by this perverse incentive ultimately paid by banks! You credit card pushing blogger, you can insist all you want about how fair you are and all that, but I am, heck most blog readers who have been around a while, can see through your “craft” and, frankly, is pissing us off! The more you push this crap on us, the more we are determined to throw you under the bus (meaning: no cc app clicks for you, we will give it to others who treat us with more respect instead of sell sell sell target shooting practice!)
Ahhh there, I feel better already:-)
So, about the Blog Buzz. Ok, let’s start then:-)
One Mile at a Time had an idea suddenly to tell us all about “10 Awesome Uses of Starpoints”. Bologni I say!
There is a blog, Help Me Travel Cheap, that specializes in forcing credit cards down newbies’ throats. It has been around for a long time and the owner has likely done very well. But when he shoves inferior Citi AA cards because there is dinero, ignoring the much more lucrative non affiliate cards, well….I, personally, would never ever EVER give them a click. You hear that Milevalue?
The Points Guy blog does what it does: Pumps out affiliate credit card links resembling a freaking assembly line. It now goes to hit a segment of the population that a new credit card is the last thing they should be looking into: college students! “Top 7 Ways For College Students To Build Credit and Rack Up Points and Miles”. So nice to suggest a basic card; it would come as genuine if the post was not full of pretty much every other credit card available on the rack! And nice job on serving the Bluebird affiliate link too, do not leave a penny behind! And never a disclosure in the BODY of the post. Of course, it reduces
Roms Deals conveniently picks a reader question to answer. Guess the question. How about this “What is the Best Credit Card for my Family?” The convenient answer is….Chase Ink Bold of course! I can see the lady with the two toddlers answering the questions from Chase about her “business”. Ludicrous!
To give you an idea this is totally out of control…it’s when mainstream bloggers get a hold of it and pounce. Who? Lee Abbamonte wrote ‘My favorite credit card”. Of course it is the SPG Amex card, how convenient! And check out this disclosure language: “The Starwood Preferred Guest credit card from American Express does not endorse my site or compensate me directly for posting this or recommending their product. I recommend this product because I have used the card since 1999 and I love it and I love Starwood Hotels. I may receive some compensation through affiliate ads that are associated with my site but not directly from American Express or Starwood.” Why say such crap? You may, seriously? Last time I checked you get paid only because Amex pays. And that’s that.
Frugal Travel Guy (the blog) wrote “5 Ways to Spend Your SPG Amex Sign-up Bonus”. Why bother to come up with more than 10, it’s too much work!
And Delta Points, right before midnight, posted how FAST the SPG stay credits showed up in his Starwood account and that you have only until September 6th to get into the act to earn some dinero. I always loved the deep, deep analysis and commentary in this blog (that was a joke). No wonder DP is a fan of Chris Elliott and even sponsored CE’s email newsletter some time ago. When I saw that I almost spilled my coffee all over me:-)
It is amazing to me seeing how many “aviation” expert bloggers are out there telling us what they thought of the DOJ lawsuit to block the AA-US merger and yet, I do not remember a single one predicting such a move!