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I was not going to write about this but since it appears to be THE news in this space the past few days…I guess I am going to say something. Because, you know, I am an expert and all that crap. Look, I knew something was up when Delta announced the elite friendly change in the companion upgrades a day earlier. These assholes ALWAYS do that…right before they stick the knife deeper in our backs. Not my problem, I stopped flying them completely back in 2012 and, get this, I am STILL trying to burn my last Sky
milesshit. Speaking of shit, you can read this from the archives: Should Delta Skymiles Be Reamed Skyshit same old story really.
I am going to keep it short for you. This is not a big deal by itself. We all know Skyshit is the worst “currency” out there (with AA giving it a good run for it nowadays). But…I should have a contest perhaps…can you guess how long before United matches this? And American? I mean, can you imagine American miles getting any worse than now? So, to summarize for you all, we have two distinct things going on here:
A. This hobby is ending right before our eyes. It’s a combination of factors. More like the perfect storm really. Economy doing well, less capacity, less legacy airlines, banks restricting churners, too many miles floating, elite qualifications now go only to the ones paying the big bucks (mileage runs? LOL) ,we have revenue based earning pretty much across the board, revenue based burning is continuing (wtf do yo think this is huh?), the super easy deals have been shut down and on and on. Why would you collect miles when you can get a 2% cash back card, save you all the aggravation and then just book a super low fare deal from the Flight Deal guys?
B. Bloggers in the miles and points space are in the BUSINESS of selling you a dream. To get you hooked to come back to their sites while you have visions of flying in a First Class flat bed, drinking Krug and eating caviar, even taking a shower before retreating to your suite in the sky. All the “secrets to help family and friends travel for free” is just a sales job on their readers to sell them more credit cards because there is a LOT of MONEY in selling plastic! So many assholes out there pretending to be experts while doing their best to trick their readers to click on their credit card ad.
A day does not go by without me finding some bozo out there with a new site doing the exact same thing to attract clicks. Do you think they will tell you that this hobby is past its prime and you should not get any travel rewards credit cards? Yeah…right! Oh, they may be bitching a little now but they will soon be back selling Amex Delta credit cards or the bank cards touting how you could transfer to Delta within a few days!
I could pretend it is not the end of the world and this is an amazing hobby at the height of its prime. But that would make me like all the other bloggers. Remember, I have no integrity lol. I need to stop earning and burn some of my stash before they become like Venezuelan currency. And seriously think about moving on to a new hobby…screw basket weaving, thinking about learning how to create electronic music (please don’t laugh, thanks).
In the mainstream media, there is SO MUCH bullshit by writers who clearly have no clue about this quirky hobby. They think travel hacking is The Points Guy or something, WTF! We are talking completely clueless writers. Don’t get me started with writers discovering “expert” bloggers who managed to book a family trip to Orlando for free and they do articles on them (of course always with backlinks to their blogs where they sell credit cards to newbies passing horrifically bad advice as travel hacking secrets!).
So, when you see a writer who mostly gets it…it is completely shocking! This is one of these articles, enjoy it, especially you newbie. I like the conclusion so you get a feel for it…
For most people point collecting is hard to justify in terms of card fees and time spent. Like playing the market, lots of people end up losing, even if they think they are winning.
This is great, you should probably read the whole thing, I am just pasting here the rules only.
- We all want to be listened to
- Tell your story
- Life’s too short to do something you hate
- Life boils down to dreamers who act and dreamers who are afraid
- Not everybody can win and there is no scorecard
- He who speaks loudest first is oftentimes wrong
- Know when to quit
- Just because everybody else is jumping off the bridge, that does not mean you should
- Sex and cunning and flirting will move you up the corporate food chain
Just love this! Apparently, there is a guy named Tom Topol who is an avid collector, check out his fantastic site at Passport-Collector.com for more! Lame blogger question…which one is your favorite?
I had no idea some of these places even existed! Like The Free State of Fiume…f what?
Lets see if anyone HTs…Looking at you Alan H. lol
And I leave you with this…
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