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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 27 valid entries! Update: Say anything you want now to enter, the Milepoint people do!
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Lightning Crashes. Picture of the Day at Twisted Sifter.
Rapid Travel Chai has me transfixed with his pics & videos from North Korea! Here is a trip report, for the first time, I do not want it to end:-)
More Rooms With a View series. By Landlopers. Incredible photos!
Landscapes – Himalayan Monasteries. Drop Everything. Watch. This.Now
Two charts (domestic & international) of Airport Wifi Access. Very useful. By Airfarewatchdog.
3 Idle thoughts for Friday again by Airline Biz Blog. Love No 1: I believe the Crusades took less time than the American Airlines bankruptcy case
New iPrefer Preferred Hotel Group Loyalty Program Launched. By Loyalty Lobby. “This is about the least rewarding hotel loyalty program that I have seen.” And that’s all you need to know!
Saverocity has constructed a detailed table list of AAdvantage North American Gateway Cities (including partners). May be useful to some trying to add a free one way option to their award!
So, apparently it is true that American Airlines will honor the very generous status challenge promo they pulled “early”. First, I am not buying it it was a mistake! Second, they get you all flying around like crazies to qualify. Then they can “enhance” it and take your precious eight international thingies away from you Executive Platinums. Possible because AA CAN do it! Boy would I be pissed if my upgrades were taken away by some bozo who just flew 30k:-)
ON MY MIND
As the time goes by and this blog site has pretty much no income whatsoever, I have been thinking and suddenly had the brilliant idea to devote some time to add Adsense. I know it pays almost nothing but a little bit can help to mostly offset some tax deductions and convince the IRS examiner “Hey listen I do have profit intentions for this business, it ain’t my hobby, here is proof for my $5.52 in adsense income, come on!” or something like that. I even got my son to help me track down some info and felt confident I can do the adsense thing as it is known as the easiest ad platform to work with. So I started. Everything was going well but then all hell broke loose how the crap appears on my site. Endless playing with it. Got son to get into the techie stuff and he tried too. We can not get the freaking thing to work. And then son asked for his PC computer cord so he can play games again. I even offered him 50% of the revenue if he can make this baby work. He just wanted the computer cord, slacker! Ungrateful spoiled kids these days. I realized something. I am clearly no techie. I think I can be smart sometimes (especially when I am dealing something I know and definitely not when it comes to making blogs a viable commercial venture haha) but when it comes to have to deal with actual computer code….I start sweating. By the time I looked up the Feedly unread blog list number had crossed 1,000. Obviously I just don’t know this crap and I sure don’t have the time for it. This blogging thing takes work. Most bloggers devote time on working on their site and their monetization options or hire someone to help them. But how am I going to sink in more money into this when I am already out a chunk? Hate going into the hole further! It’s a catch 22! I am barely able to keep track of the blogs to produce something of some level of quality here and with my other life there is simply no much time left to do anything (no time to burn either which I really do not like!!!!). Yes…sometimes I wonder if I am a complete idiot for doing it this way…If I could spark an entrepreneurial brain cell and/or make my son learn a valuable skill instead of playing the stupid computer games for hours it would have been all worth it. I am not giving up. The computer cord is mine (evil laugh).
The other thing is…if I can’t even deal with adsense properly…how am I going to be dealing with all the cc affiliate codes if I jump into the circus? I will certainly need time for dat…something which I ain’t got time for. I am trapped:-) I need to go climb some rocks, obviously Lake Louise didn’t do it for me as God did not give me a sign lol.
Sorry for rambling…It is therapy for me letting all out:-)
ODDZ & ENDZ
Jobs movie sure looks like a flop, reviews are awful. But nowhere nearly as awful as Paranoia!
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!
When I saw the post on The Points Guy about maximizing miles and points on pet food I immediately, as I usually do, came up with a number. It is a game I play these days. The number represents how many cc affiliate links will appear in a post. I am getting so much better at this! My number was: 12. The actual number was: 14. I am consistently…lower:-)
Every day I write the blog I star praying that the Delta Points will write something that I will let go. But just can’t let this one go…again. So, we have a 500 mile email sign up bonus (thanks for wasting my time to sign up all four accounts), we are told that Pointbreaks is coming (wow, really?), a crappy GoGo sale valid for a very limited time in early September (the other was sold out already and the real reason that this post was even attempted…the SPG card (what else?). And here I am busting my butt to offer you my dear readers something useful or, hopefully entertaining, and even…inspiring once in a while. Thank you for understanding my feelings:-)
Lenticular Travel was the Friday interview at Million Mile Secrets. Good to see the focus on photography. About miles & points…allow me to roll my eyes and scream within (oh no, not another expert!). Another new website that makes mine look like one done by a a 6 year old boy. All them credit card affiliate links so neatly displayed too with the cool photos. I wonder if we will see a post how to buy a camera with the SPG Amex card tomorrow or the day after lol. Ok, hooray for this amazing photo and welcome!
Mommy Points decided suddenly to tell us about ten perks of the Starwood Preferred AMEX and SPG Program. How conveeeeeenient!
You know it is nuts when mainstream blogs get into the SPG act! My Dollar Plan is on it. Don’t worry about it, nothing there to see.
The need to keep the links flowing leads to stuff like this. Points, Miles and Martinis wrote “3x Chase Points per $ And 50% Sale at Gap For Off End Of Summer”. First, please do not make mistakes on the Title of all places! Makes me think you just put this baby together in two minutes and one minute was to just put up FIVE Chase cc links!
Running With Miles wrote about the crappy “Flying Blue Promo Awards” that pretty much nobody cares about. But the real reason of the post was to slip in SEVEN Amex cc links. Drivel posts like this drives me insane!
TBB COMMENT OF THE DAY
Reader TJ had the following mega hilarious comment yesterday:
Even better case: the Chase Fairmont card. Just wait for when that gets on the affiliate network. A great card that gets no coverage because it pays nothing to bloggers.
My predictions for when it goes affiliate?
One Mile at a Time will ignore all the actual Fairmonts and focus solely on finding availability at the Plaza/Savoy, DansDeals will somehow get around blackout days (YMMV/HUCA), View From the Wing will tell you how to get the most food out of the free breakfast coupons, MommyPoints will tell you how the all-suite Fairmont Kea Lani is for perfect for families but not bring her whole family, MMS will show you how to not spend any money while on property, DeltaPoints will tell you all about earning a lucrative 250 SkyMiles per stay (or 10 mattress runs for 500 SkyMiles, every stay!), TPG will get his dog “VID” status at the DC Fairmont, MileValue will show you how the Barclays US Airways 30K card will get you to various Fairmonts around the lower 48, Deals We Like will do a 16 part series without stepping foot into a Fairmont, and poor Canadian KMs will have a breakdown that the Canadian hotel chain card is not available to Canadians and FTG will restart the Top 531 card countdown to place the Fairmont at #1.