Lets go on a wild ride of TBB pimping the few credit cards he has for a few points, talk about Uber drivers, learn about the “new” United award rules, the new Seminar focusing on Family Travel, how to get to Africa with AAdvantage miles, the KKR purchase, awesome Internet maps and a ridiculously expensive hotel in Geneva (first thought I had was to kickstart it for you guys because you are just dying to read a review!).
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Suddenly, there are a lot of referral deals out there by current users. Frequent Miler wrote a post with all the best referral offer deals out there and graciously offered readers to post their own referral links in the comments. You can do that here too of course. But I prefer if you talk to your mother and mother in law and to all your extended family and direct them to me so I can refer them (assuming you can’t do so!). Full disclosures: My site made $2.27 yesterday…almost covered my large Panera coffee! I wonder if KKR will make me an offer I can not refuse too LOL. In other words, any help is certainly appreciated! <——notice the strategic placement of the exclamation mark, I learned that from Million Mile Secrets woohoo!
So…let me get to the point: The TBB household can refer you to both Personal and Business Starwood SPG Amex cards. You eventually get 30k SPG points and we get 5k SPG points. I can also refer you to Chase Freedom card, you get $200 cash back (20,000 points really) and I get 5,000 points. Amex deal: must be approved by June 30. Chase deal: must refer you by June 20. These are the highest offers. So please hurryyyyyy!
If I refer you to a card and you dare carry a balance I will dispatch my cousin Vinny and he will set you straight about that. Carrying a balance is NOT allowed EVER among TBB readers. If you carry a balance, please leave. Stay away and work your ass off to pay it all off. Then come back. Clear?
Are we seeing the beginning of a new trend of banks trying to distance themselves from the bloggers with these referral offers? I doubt it…but I sure hope so. My eyes can’t take it anymore!
And these prepaid cards keep on coming! New one by Amex called “One VIP”…It’s getting so so crowded!
Just as I was thinking about that the other day…and I have not had my first Uber ride yet! Mile Nerd writes his last Uber post for a while. As I was saying, I was wondering these drivers must be on their phones non stop looking for the next best ride. I am not sure I want to be riding with them…
Apparently things are still wide open with United awards, despite all the sensational blog posts you have read. Drew at Travel is Free said so. Who would you believe? The bloggers who spend their time pumping credit cards?
The DealMommy is organizing another Seminar, this one focusing on Family Travel, very cleverly called FamilyTravelforRealLife. It will be August 23rd at the Hyatt House (hmm, hope it is as good as the one in Charlotte!). Check it out. Apparently, there will be no Vendoming and going to the Maldives discussed here I sure hope my Blog Reviews are considered before speakers are chosen. #hint
Milenomics wrote some decent tips on booking awards for all three alliances.
Wandering Aramean wrote “A better AAdvantage award to Africa“. While so many other bloggers were busy pumping credit cards all day…Here is something that can actually help somebody save some miles and fuel surcharges using AA miles bypassing Europe. Excellently educational comments too.
KKR to Buy Internet Brands for $1.1 Billion. By Dealbook (HT to Rapid Travel Chai). This does not look good dear readers for the future of our beloved Flyertalk. And can you imagine even more credit card pumping at Frugal Travel Guy than now, OMG! Reader msmcmotown made this comment which I am afraid I agree with: “Flyertalk is an afterthought on this deal. The other IB segments are the focus, although KKR thinks they can increase add revenue in the ‘Home and Travel” segment, which includes FT. If they can’t better monetize the eyeball traffic, they’ll spin it off, or close it down. Pumping of CC on the big blogs will look like nothing compared to what we’ll soon see on FT–and it won’t just be cards! Fees for premium services or functions have been discussed. We’ll see increased mining and sales of user data across all the IB brands, including FT. One thing will soon be certain: RIP Flyertalk as we know it.”
23 scenic natural areas to explore before you die. By Matador Network.
40 maps that explain the internet. By Vox. I love this!
Some of the most ridiculously expensive things ever. By THE CHIVE. Wow, so ridiculous!
Spooky cities: the world’s strangest underground cities in pictures. By The Guardian.
New Ink Chase Bold is here. Very first charge on it was ?…quiz time.
Howie’s latest post titled “If you could only have one card” almost left me ^**%$#&$@. “Congrats” Frequent Miler, look at what you are surrounded with.
Crazy day on Thursday. Ford came out earlier this week with this amazing offer for the 2014 Fusion Energi hybrid. Started calling around and pretty much they were all gone. Managed to find a white one, made the deal on a two year lease and we picked it up around 8 pm. Stylish car and gets 43 miles per gallon (and 100 miles per gallon on battery!). Son gets the 185k miles on it Toyota Camry as it appears he will keep the 4.0 GPA. No more juggling cards around, hooray! First time leasing a car. That was weird as I like to drive them to the ground…
The Chicago Seminars are still not sold out, just fyi. I find it sadly hilarious that the first six speakers listed are in (or associated with) the TBB Ignore Blog list!
Personal Finance: “Millionaires’ top 5 investing mistakes“. Not too surprisingly, these are the most common mistakes I see in my day job.
I want the Spurs to beat Miami. For the record.
And I leave you with this disturbing picture…
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