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Wyndham has a good promo. Stay twice and earn enough 15,000 points for a free night. Then again, this is a program that tries hard lately to get some respect after dropping the ball one too many times, you have been warned.
Log in with your SPG number to see if there is a “member exclusive” bonus for you. Look at the URL to see if your favorite blogger is passing off affiliate links trying to trick you. Notice my link goes directly to the site, no long urls with tracking shit that is designed to make money off you without your knowledge.
On its surface, the latest category reshuffle by Club Carlson may not scream devaluation. But it sure is and I agree with the Lazy Traveler‘s take on it who suggests some hotels you should consider booking now before award prices go up.
…55 hotels are going up and 69 are going down in award category. Not too bad, right? Wrong! Because the numbers don’t matter. Let’s put it another way: 9 half-decent hotels in somewhat interesting locations are going up and zero are going down. That’s easier to understand, right?
Please, fellow bloggers, this is a devaluation. Stop calling it “category changes,” because it’s anything but. The only “silver lining” about this devaluation is that’s it’s limited in scope. And, oh, yes, it could’ve been worse. There’s always that.
Look, if you want to travel to some less known places in China, India and Turkey, you might like the new scheme, I’ll grant you that. And if Russia or Egypt are on your radar, they throw Moscow and Cairo into the mix, too.
This is one of the rites of passage in this hobby, flying the United Hopper. Just like doing the Maldives I guess. Amol then returns from Tokyo to Newark and reviews the United Polaris Business Class.
The most ridiculous law in every state. In Michigan: A statute on the books since 1931 makes adultery a felony — punishable by a maximum sentence of four years in prison and possibly a $5,000 fine.
With the market bloodbath going on, this is your must read personal finance blog post to read: The Morning After. Written on Tuesday morning after the biggest point drop in the Dow ever.
1. I don’t know. You don’t know. Nobody knows. The market turmoil of the past six trading days feels like a sea change after 2017’s remarkable calm. Our instinct is to try to divine what it means for the months ahead. But the reality is, nobody can forecast the stock market’s short-term direction.
This is a must read: Tackling the Internet’s Central Villain: The Advertising Business. One of my clients is in this industry and told me that it is about time! And she singled out this:
And for all its power, the digital ad business has long been under-regulated and under-policed, both by the companies that run it and by the world’s governments. In the United States, the industry has been almost untouched by oversight.
That Elon Musk guy wow and his rockets, now with a Tesla in one!
What an amazing giant flying octopus kite!
These are some of the best pictures I have ever posted in my blog. They are by Jakob Wagner, a German photographer currently based in Düsseldorf specializing in landscape, aerial, cityscape, industrial and fine art photography. Here is a take on 4 Cities on 4 Continents Around the World at Night. You can be blown away by more of them here.
In the conference I attended recently there was a mention of a technology war coming between China and the US. In our technologies. Lets take a look at the preview of it:
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I am slowly inserting some of the “Best of Web” links I used to feature in separate posts in the posts I now do Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But some of them are really way too awesome to bury among them…so I am struggling and I need to keep the word to my wife to turn this baby into a hobby for real. So, what I am saying is, I may pop in here on a Tuesday or a Thursday once in a while to do a Best of Web links dump. Please don’t turn me in lol.
Or maybe just make my M/W/F posts longer and more solid than the crap you read every day… #developing
RIP the old Amex Blue Cash card app link, a staple for long time travel hackers, sad!(HT: Emily H.)
Loving this series at Milenomics answering readers’ questions! Brandon Asks: A luxury 6 night Honeymoon with decent flights out of Cincinnati? And I ask: Who is Brandon again?
MMS is becoming so annoying it may take over take TPG. At least you don’t see this and this over at TPG…I think. It’s not like I hang out at those places. If you write for them, you are doing it for the money. I wish you didn’t but….it’s a free country I guess.
To the reader who sent me a link to Emily’s home birth story…you are now banned for life here! Come on man, what did I do to you? The father’s name is Alfy which is unique like Stephanopoulos 😉
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