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The contest for the two American Airlines lounge passes is over and I will announce the winner when I get around to it, most likely this weekend. Thank you all for entering, it was fun!
EPIC RANT: WHAT IS TBB ALL ABOUT?
Very thoughtful post by What’s Your Point in “Why Do We Wait Until People Die Before We Express Our Positive Thoughts?“. And I absolutely agree! You should always do that in your daily life! Let me take that one step further now and explain (for the nth time) what TBB does and why:
This ain’t no hobby anymore. The days of getting excited about getting 40k miles with MCI, loading up on multi year subscriptions on valuemags.com (are they still around?), dissecting mileage runs, killing time in Flyer Talk’s OMNI forum and making friends in small DOs (gatherings) are mostly over (not really but you get my point). The landscape has completely changed. After the financial crisis this hobby has become BIG business. We have a gazillion blogs with a gazillion affiliate credit card links pumped out on a
daily hourly by the minute basis. The old days of purity of helping each other are mostly gone (not completely).
Now, you get 600 people paying real money and going away for a long weekend in Frequent Flyer seminars. Understand…this is a BUSINESS! Seminar organizers are not doing it all out of the goodness of their hearts, they are doing it because it is good BUSINESS! The bloggers presenting are there because it is good BUSINESS targeting many new hobby enthusiasts/newbies who never had more than an ATM or cash rebate card in their lifetime!
Well, we had all niches filled, you name it! Maybe it was time for the Siskel and Ebert show critiquing all these travel/miles/points/financialservicesales businesses. And pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly. Readers demand it because they are overwhelmed (thank God for
Google Reader Feedly). For the record, Siskel and Ebert gave out more thumbs down. If TBB could have dozen hands his thumbs will be definitely broken because with the 594 595 blogs TBB reviews you just can not imagine the horrors/drivel/psuedoexpertise/aggressive pumping we see! And the good content we find we feature here (always adhering to the mission to Entertain, Educate or Inspire).
And we speak our mind. If you do not like it, bite me. Improve damnit! Give something positive back, work a little bit harder, earn your clicks! TBB is like the Siskel & Ebert/Consumer Reports/60 Minutes of this business. We value our independence and will continue going it alone while putting our readers first as long as we can! Seriously, what I am doing is insane but I now feel like my readers need TBB. Thank you to all for the positive feedback, I sure appreciate it.
I also feel very strongly about NOT censoring, so Unamerican! Who am I to stop you from freely expressing yourself? Besides, you taking the time to leave me your comments is showing me that you actually care (thank you Rick) deep down. Negative feedback is actually the best because you get to learn so much from it. Ok, some of it does make your head shake violently but that’s okay. Part of life! Heck, I need TBB too! Yeah, I smoke my own crack lol. Like I said in my incredibly awful video, it takes a toll but I like it lol.
And a lot of what shows up here…it’s entertainment. I want my readers to smile, learn something and maybe once in a while get inspired. In other words, make it a fun short read. And try to capture what you should know what happens in this space because you do not have the time to go through this crap. I don’t either but I do anyway. The mission, the mission, the mission. So focused on the mission I always run out of time to do anything related to the blog business. A big thank you to all who have clicked on my “Filipino women dating” ad, it has been a huge money maker for TBB. Mega lol.
Awesome picture of Hong Kong at night!
Prague (Praha) on my mind. By Loyalty Traveler. I had a travel moment here in…1987 during my college credit travel European tour. Late at night, coming back from the castle, over Charles bridge, light raining, a bit buzzed from a few beverages, listening to my Walkman (yeah, remember?) and listening to the Smiths…Wow. I still get the chills. During this trip I got the travel bug. Then I got married, kids came along and it has been downhill ever since…just kidding! Prague was SO insanely cheap back then, not any more!
Sometimes TBB gives Ben over at One Mile at a Time a little bit of hard time for his travel tastes, photos of Diet Cokes/wet towels/hot nuts. But the kid is a relentless traveler. If I traveled so much I would probably need a weight reduction emergency surgery and maybe brain surgery to take out brain cells burned due to jet lag! But do not mistake that he is not working hard. All the pics and commentary he does takes A LOT of time, it is hard work! And the quality of the pics is always excellent (for what he does, still almost never any real people in the trip reports…but I digress). Anyways, I just wanted to show here some readers who may not know the amazing collection of past trip reports he has in his site. If you wondered about a business or first class flight, Ben has likely done it. You wanna buy a banner ad in my site? Just kidding.
If you are traveling in Europe by train with kids under 15, you can buy a 3 day advance purchase ticket on DB Bahn trains and ALL the kids travel for free. Must at least transit through Germany. Looks like a deal to me. Thanks to The Deal Mommy.
DansDeals wrote “120 Direct Flights From Miami That Can Be Booked With British Airways Avios“. Great stuff. Amazing how some bloggers actually put some work into their posts that may be helpful to readers! Did you ever see TBB bitch about sliding the affiliate links in such posts (prefer not to but hey, he needs to feed his family while many pretend they are doing it to help family and friends travel for “free” with amazingly lazy posts that should have never seen the light of the day if it was not for the affiliate links). Did I make myself clear? Good 🙂 Siskel says Thumbs Up!
I am impressed lately with Mommy Points. She has hit a pretty good stride focusing her message to her audience. It even makes the placement of the affiliate links tolerable because the content is solid (for her audience). “Points Programs That Allow Free Point Transfers to Family Members“. I even saved that in my Evernote because I will likely use it down the road. And she followed it with another article on airline child free seating sections. Another piece of honest and full praise given out by this TBB guy, he sounds so angry. Thumbs Up!
Saverocity continues to pick through all Category 9 Hilton Hotels to “rate” and pick the ones that he deems worthy of redeeming (in other words, the best bang for your buck). A lot of work went into this post which is a continuation of other similar posts on Hilton and Hyatt. Here is a blogger who is not mailing it in.
I so love to give praise where it is deserved – Siskel
ON MY MIND
After just two weeks…shaking my head.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Mrs TBB and daughter stole my miles again and are off to Paris. I see lots of pizza around my house for the next week!
To the kind reader who helped me with the award itinerary, did you see my email back to you? Those dates work and can stay in Hong Kong (no Macau). If you see it can be done please shoot me an email with the flights and will call. I always run out of time to burn lately! And thank you very much!
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!
Let me show something here that shows you what a “Travel Challenge” should be. Milevalue had one on how to get 10 nights in Hawaii and first class for free. FTG (the blog) had one on how to get 10 nights in Hong Kong and Kaui for $112.40 (forty cents…really?). Which one is better? Which one has more work put into it? TBB reviews blogs and educates its readers, get over it! Why isn’t TBB linking to the Milevalue article then? Well, we still think it was just not that good and it was an excuse to push more credit card links. Word;-) My momma told me to express myself and my therapist highly encourages it! Who am I to disobey my mother and my therapist huh? But I do applaud the effort to earn them clicks! Do posts like this win me over? Hell NO! On the same note, Million Mile Secrets showed you (in a typically detailed MMS like fashion) how to blow all your points you get from the (what else?) SPG cards for 5 nights to a few properties in Disney World plus 50,000 airline miles. If you are into Disney World and you want to do it , go ahead and enjoy Mickie Mouse shaking you down in every corner of the park (and near vicinity). TBB family says: Pfft! I guess we are just not into Disney.
Ok, I wasted some time reading about this FoundersCard that The Points Guy even had a referral link for! Not impressed. This would never show up at TBB even though it may make sense 1 or 2 out of 100 cases. $490 in the first year (includes $90 Initiation fee, what the hell, is this a fraternity or what?) and then $395 every year after that. Only 10,000 members so far, probably some techno geeks with too much money to care wanting to be part of the “club” and network with each other. Well, I would love to at least get an invite out of the blue; I am sick and tired of getting spammed from the scooter store!
TBB has praised Travel is Free (is not) several times here for the excellent (innovative and original) blog posts he does in da internet:-) But I am not so sure what he was thinking when he tried to pass off the inferior affiliate US Air credit card…I wonder if he reads TBB or he was too excited to start raking in some dough. I have given out and explained the many reasons why the non affiliate US Air credit card offer is better! If anyone does not know about this, well look back in previous posts or email me. DO NO HARM! Come on dude! I am not angry, just a little disappointed…About the Pacific Hopper post: Quite complicated and as soon as I saw starting at Guam, I lost interest:-)
Apparently some firm named Deloitte (I am an alumnus) made a study to show off its consulting prowess. Gary Leff over at View from the Wing went off on it and gave it way too much space. Thanks for the effort. Lets move on now. Pretend it did not happen. Not a big deal.
When I see FTG Staff I know the post will try to sell me financial products. 20k Virgin Atlantic card, seriously? Pass!
We Fly Free was selling the inferior US Air card offer. TBB has a special place for bloggers who do this and is not very sanitary! All it shows is you either have no clue or you deliberately promote this offer that pays you! Readers get screwed. What, you have a quota? Well, too bad. Readers rely on you the expert for reliable advice and NOT to get hurt by it. I should start a separate button with bloggers promoting such practices? How can this be excused by anyone? I am not angry but I am pissed 🙂
Ahphuckit! FREE PUSSY RIOT. I just always wanted to say that!
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