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Not much in this post, I had a late start as life got in the way.
The largest ever picture ever taken. Tokyo Tower Gigapixel panorama. Must click!
60 Seconds Timelapse of the Perseid Meteor Shower in Joshua Tree Park. Found at The Adventure Blog. Wow, sit back and just watch this show!
Footage from a time-lapse workshop during the Perseid Meteor Shower. Shot on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in Joshua Tree National Park.
Please note that not all of the light trails are meteors. Some of them are airplanes or satellites crossing the night sky. You can tell by the direction and length of the trails.
Well, two big news dominated the day: 1) It was the day after the Department of Justice decided to become Doug Parker’s worst nightmare and prevent him from becoming what he always wanted to become, run the biggest airline (Hey Dougie, maybe keep your mouth shut huh?) by suing to block the American Airlines and US Air merger. 2) Delta continued with reason #898 to hate Sky
milespesos. Why are you still there with your beloved airline, hit them where it hurts and only place they understand! Ok, I need to restraint myself…Breath, breath…
I was surprised to read the Million Miles Secrets piece on the non merger “Why You Should be Happy That the US and American Airlines merger won’t go through“. I thought it was the best out there, even better than the one posted at a View From the Wing (wow!). And yes I am VERY happy about this. Consumers win! I think AA should do a ridiculous promotion now….oh wait. Coming up:-) Hey, I call it as I see it. I am talking to you AgendaGuy, take it easy:-)
Delta, to remain competitive (hahahahhaahaha), decided to “enhance” Skypesos…again! More devaluations & no more award holds. For the gory details read post #1. For the official news release (haha) by Dwayne (no kidding) read post #6. Can you believe the spin? Well, I left last year. So long suckers! Abuse the ones who don’t know better. Yeah, leave! They don’t want you anyway. Bitches, what goes around will come around! Ooof. Yea, everyone else will follow now, that’s the way the industry has rolled for a while. I need to hire someone for the TBB Burning Department!
The specific Delta Skymiles low level Business Class awards change as follows:
US to Europe from 100k to 125k
US to Asia from 120k to 140k
US to Australia 150k to 160k
Us to South Africa 140k to 160k
Then, in a bizarre announcement, AA appeared to let everyone register for an Elite Status challenge for truly ridiculously low elite-qualifying miles. We are talking just 6k for Gold, 12k for Platinum and 30k for Executive Platinum. I even thought about un-retiring from the game (and you could have rightly started calling me Brett Favre?) Well, it appears that some one in AA’s IT Dept noticed and the offer was pulled. Now everyone is waiting (and hoping) that AA will honor the registrations…which, to me, will be quite absurd as it appears that this must have been targeted. Hey, if you do not get it honored, please do not sue:-)
Amol at Hack My Trip wrote “Is Delta Showing You the Lowest Price Award Available?“. Good post. You can switch from “Best Match” to “Miles per Passenger” and you may get lucky! On another note, talk about a day to post this when Delta rips another reverse enhancement to the SkyPesos program.
One of the best explanations on how to redeem AA miles by Saverocity “Getting the Magic Dashes on AAdvantage Reservations“.
IHG Rewards ended its online shopping mall. Did you care? I sure didn’t!
ON MY MIND
Every day it appears to be the same thing. I never get to look into doing some blog enhancements or work on any other (trip report) blog post. I could delete hundreds of my Feedly list and start making up filler stuff for you guys here while I research monetization opportunities but I have been avoiding it for more than nine months. Am I delusional, a communist or just clinically insane? Ok, please don’t answer that. I did manage to post an internship position for a WordPress whiz kid at a local college. We’ll see if anyone responds.
Just a week left with my free Mercedes Benz. Dang it I am going to miss it!
ODDZ & ENDZ
The USA National soccer team is on a giant run these days, something like 13 wins in a row!
Delta Points on what to do if Delta kills(?) your bag. Not to worry, get the AMEX Delta Platinum, or the Delta Reserve, or the Platinum or the Premier Rewards Gold. Please note that Delta Gold personal is not good for this but the business card IS, wow! How about this for you to consider? First, why are you flying Delta in the first place? And second, why are you checking a bag? And third, why are you reading….ah, never mind.
Noob Traveler, shockingly, had a post about some unexpected points. And I get to the end and I see signed by “Ethan Carter”. Who is that? I was worried something may have happened to Noob…all is okay!
One Mile at a Time, in his ANA glowing short report, has this to say: “The lavatory has a bidet-style toilet. Does anyone really give a crap, though?” Ok, this is hilarious!
Lenticular Travel will be the Friday interviewee at MMS who is super excited by the way to have launched his website! I see SPG AMEX writeups soon?