TBB Mission: To Entertain, Educate and Inspire. Aim to at least do one well!
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!
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See you Monday, have a great weekend!
OMG, You MUST watch this, one of the most incredible things I have seen. It is by National Geographic so I am sticking it under Travel by default. Lions of Serengeti. You have NEVER seen lions up so close (filmed by a robot!)
15 Really Strange Beaches. From The World Geography. Great stuff, must click!
This is cool! The Top 10 Longest Domestic Flights in the World. By the Weekend Blitz. The winner in the longest non-stop domestic flight is: St. Denis, Reunion-RUN to Paris-CDG operated by Air Austral covering 5,809 miles in 11h 10mins on a B777.
One of the most inspirational videos ever. This is Backcountry. It makes me want to go out and buy their gear! Found at the Adventure Blog.
A Case Study in Using Frequent Flyer Miles. By Portland Travel Tips. A very detailed account of what we go through to book “free” flights. Nobody tells you that, all the big bloggers (and small) have no problem presenting you with all the ways to earn the miles! The hurt comes in the back end. Oh wait, no wonder so many award booking services have appeared! Scott, thanks for the kind words about TBB and the link.
You can win a seat on the next Star MegaDo. All you do is post like crazy in this Milepoint thread to get Milepoint’s web hits way up so they can pay for that seat many times over. In previous contests like this I entered a play by play of my life traveling with my giraffe but won’t play this time. I predict…many many hits:-)
Frequent Miler on Reload Updates! It is weird having CVS swipe my drivers license. Maybe NSA is on us? There is something in the air…
Mileage Update alerted me to this article by Forbes “Is the Abuse of Points Credit Cards Bad for the Economy?“. It gets some things wrong but, in a bigger picture, has some good questions to ponder. But the last paragraph nails it, this is what we do:-) Here it is: “In the end, the real winners in the mileage churning game seem to be those that carefully monitor the incentives, keep close track of their credit score and make all of their payments on time. It’s a time consuming and articulate process, and those who fail at the game risk the high price of late fees and extra interest. But for those who succeed, the sky is the limit.”
ON MY MIND
SPG Amex showed up in my door and 30k SPG points should be in the bag…soon, very soon.
Yep, I am still going through my vacation pictures.
ODDZ & ENDZ
As you know, I always enjoyed reading Terry Maxons “3 Idle Thoughts for Friday” over at the Dallas New Airline Biz Blog because, you know, they are so out there and quirky:-) And they are:
1. When I say I buy only a few lottery tickets a year, I’m really defending myself as only a little bit stupid.
2. I’m guessing that opponents of Tom Horton’s $19,875,000 exit package won’t be satisfied with the explanation that it’s in line with what other CEOs got.
3. I’m uneasy about eating discounted fish
Watch a dolphin give birth Wow, just wow!
Father and son emerge from Vietnam jungle 40 years after fleeing US bombs. Wow, what a story! War is really traumatic, this is proof!
Grafifiti in Hotel Rooms. Hilarious!
Online Travel Review wrote “The Chase Reconsideration Line Phone Numbers; Or Yes, Banks Do Influence Some Travel Blogs (Including This One…But Not Anymore)“. I have been watching this blog for a while now. It has earned some respect over the years. But I have seen a gradual change towards credit cards lately. And the blog has expressed such anti bank sentiment in earlier times (when kicked out of affiliate programs). Well, here we go again. It’s quite an outrage that “they were just trying to control the content on the site.” Oh my God, really, they can do that?? And then this “And the decision I’ve made is that I will be upfront about what is being asked of me by banks. I’m regretful that I wasn’t clearer about the Amex SPG situation earlier this week, and I’m really pissed at myself for taking the content down. It won’t happen again.” Aha, sure. And then he sticks it to the man by posting, sit down please, the Reconsideration line numbers! People commenting go nuts, you go dude, you are da Man! And then I look at the page and I see the same credit cards at the right hand side (most offered by creditcards.com). It looks like this provider is one all can get and probably does not pay as much as the others I take it? Oh, the murkiness…One commenter finally lays out with “I don’t get it. He took down his links when the credit card company told him to. They kicked him out of the program anyway.And now that he no longer has an issuer relationship with American Express or with Chase he is going to speak his mind. He is being congratulated why?I don’t get it.” Well said Johnny commenter!
Mommy Points decides to give us all her first hand experience using BA Avios points for American Flights. What a coincidence? 🙂
Running with miles wrote “3 Reasons for the Runner to Apply for the SPG Card”. Have to admit, creative. On the other hand, Points, Miles and Martinis blogs about the SPG Flights and Nights redemptions. Wow, talk about original content here folks! And Deals We Like reposted the SPG links because they did not work the first (amateurs). How conveeeenient!
Million Mile Secrets had another Friday interview with a new blogger, Miles for Family. Ok, I am not an ahole as some bloggers strongly believe (you know who you are). But do we really need another blog in this space? And focusing on family travel? How about a blog focusing on a niche that has not been covered yet? I have a cat named Fluffy. Maybe I can start a blog focusing on miles for pets & call it “Fluffy Miles”. Then The Points Guy can start one with his dog and call it “Miles for Miles” (get it?). How about one for Traveling Mormons and their preaching travels? Or one focusing on swingers and their travels? (I bet doing a trip report at Hedonism resorts will get lots and lots of views, imagine all the newbies ready to apply for the cards from your site, lol). The possibilities are endless and yet, we get another blog about miles for an average family. Yawn. Someone emails me when the affiliate links show up:-) When you see TBB interviewed at MMS you will know some type of monetization scheme is ready to go because he got so fed up going in the red lol. For the record, one has NOT been scheduled! Plus I need some challenging questions than the boring ones such as “Why did you start your blog? What’s so special about it?” and on and on, yawn! An idea just hit me (they come…eventually!): Any questions you want me to answer when my turn eventually comes in the next year (or two, or three or…ever)? Oh, here is Fluffy, it’s a boy, he is a fighter:-)
Delta Points pumped three cards. At least this blog never goes for the jugular with the 10+ or 20+ or 30+ cc links. The record is 39 by the way! No need to deal with ARS for Club Carlson. Just keep calling and insist for a manual review due to your stellar credit record. Some reps do not budge. Call next day. Persistence will win. You are welcome.
The more blogs I look at, the more I see the same. And on and on it goes…and the blogs keep coming and coming. Where does it all end?
Miles for Family had the following digs for the bloggers and compared them to:
- Million Mile Secrets – Target
- View from the Wing – Nordstorm
- Mommypoints – Macy’s
- One mile at a time – Victoria’s Secret (Mega lol)
A reader dared to compare TBB to Dollar General. Phuckyou! Another one compared TBB to Banana Republic. Thank you! 🙂