TBB Mission: To Entertain, Educate and Inspire. Aim to at least do one well!
The Uncanny Places on earth That Look Like were made by Alien. By Bored Daddy.
15 Aerial Photos from Around the World. By Wild Junket
2014 Olympic Host City Sochi Is A Strange Place. Photos by Rob Hornstra.
Another day another devaluation it appears. AMEX Platinum card holders will not have access to the American and US Air lounges as of March 22, 2014. Which absolutely guts this card. View from the Wing has the details and a trick to allow access for just a little longer.
A big part of what TBB stands for is entertainment. Or I would like to think so anyway. Point me to the Plane wrote “Delta’s New Award Calendar Trick-Impoper Mileage Crediting” about his experience dealing with getting Delta to correctly post the miles he flew in his Skymiles account. The correspondence is hilarious (when you are reading it) and I am sure traumatic going thought it yourself! Then he follows it up with another epic exchange of a customer and Amazon customer service support! Hope Amazon’s drones do not deliver with such incompetence!
Travelblawg has the scoop on “What’s Next, Mall Kiosks? In-Person TSAPrecheck Rolls Out“. Exactly what you needed to know. I don’t know about you but this is just not what it used to be anymore…
Frequent Miler wrote a post about how to Maximize Amex Synch Offers. I like the browser trick. Doing it through any other method always confused me! I quote:
Multiple Browser Tabs
… Usually, a new offer will appear under all (or most) of your Amex cards in the “Offers For You” tab. Once you add an offer to your account, though, it will disappear from the other cards. The work-around here, is simple: Open your American Express account in multiple tabs on the same browser. Within each tab, pick a different credit card and navigate to the Offers For You section. Once all browser tabs show a different credit card, but the same offer, then go one by one to each tab and click “Save Offer”.
FlyertTalk member Prospero has done an absolutely awesome job with maps for fantastic award values in the British Airways Avios program. Found my way here from Head for Points blog post “Interesting Avios anomalies in Avios reward pricing you can exploit – more examples!”
- Aer Lingus ex-Dublin
- airberlin ex-Dusseldorf
- airberlin ex-Berlin
- American Airlines ex-Los Angeles
- American Airlines ex-New York
- American Airlines ex-Chicago
- American Airlines ex-Dallas
- American Airlines ex-Miami
- British Airways ex-London
- Cathay Pacific ex-Hong K
Here is what they look like (red means they fall just outside the band and priced at the next higher level, boo!)
View from the Wing is doing a pretty good darn job covering the Supreme Court vs Delta lawsuit by the rabbi who got kicked out of the Northwest frequent flyer program. “Here are some highlights“.
ON MY MIND
Announcement: I got way too much on my plate until I leave for Greece on Dec 14th. Sorry dear readers this is not my business, it’s just a hobby that turned into a blogging addiction. I am working on dealing with my addiction Keeping up with the Feedly list going forward would range from very difficult to impossible. I just signed up to finally get a new website (for the real job) after 10 years and would be working with a developer plus got way too much client work to wrap up. Then I get hit by quarter/year end avalanche. Then tax season (it never ends lol). TBB is NOT going away; just don’t expect the same thoroughness in covering this space. If you come across any MUST READ posts please email me or post in the comments, thank you!
I am going to meet with an FT friend in Chicago for lunch. I think my best day would be Tuesday December 10th. Anyone else available let me know. I am staying at the Radisson Blu.
I can also refer anyone to get the following AMEX cards: Starwood Personal, Premier Rewards Gold and Platinum. Don’t even think about the Platinum card now! The other two offers are the standard offers everyone gets from affiliate links. Since I don’t have any aff links, if you were planning to get those cards please let me refer you (I get 5,000 points, you get the same offer like everyone else). Or you could hold out for a better offer as Amex likes to hold a one or two days sales once in a while. Thank you. Email me! if interested.
The FIFA World Cup soccer draw is happening today and my own brother will be present! He has been assisting the Greek team delegation (he lives in Sao Paulo and speaks fluent Greek, English, Portuguese. Excellent French and Spanish too) and is getting paid very well by FIFA. Yes, I am jealous.
ODDZ & ENDZ
How Three Special Friends Stole Our Hearts and Won the Internet. At Twisted Sifter. How adorable!
United Nations Mission Photos. Excellent photos!
Well, as previously stated, to keep this blogging hobby under control a few weeks ago I decided I will not waste my time criticizing blogs I review. I graduated all my blogs into three lists which I am very proud of! Please send friends here, especially newbies! We were all newbies at one point, NEVER forget that!
I should have added one more: Blogs I Avoid. I would add the Milevalue blog in that list. No, not for posting the Lifemiles deal that pissed lots of people off. TBB is not in the business of spelling out deals. In my own humble opinion, there is always a fine line between publicizing certain deals in blogs. Some you do in various methods of “explicitness” and some you should not. This one was one of the “should not” ones. But hey, anyone can publish whatever they want in their own blog.
What got me visibly angry (I felt my stomach turn and I think I felt ill but that could have been the amount of salmon I consumed for dinner) was the follow up post about how good is to kill deals for the most hypocritical excuse I ever read: to increase overall welfare. Really? Remember, this from the blog that still pumps the inferior US Air credit card offer after posting that this blog would never post inferior offers. I apologize to the other blogs in the Ignore list for adding this one in the same list. There, I feel better. I reserve the right to go off in my own tiny blog once in a while in extreme cases. Thank you for your support Don’t fall for the trap to comment on that blog to increase its traffic!
And I leave you with this…