[Please note that TBB is traveling! Blog posts during this time will vary greatly in length and quality. In other words, some posts may be mistaken as filler/mailed in ]
I will NOT be adding the usual section titles in my blog posts while traveling. So I am just going to throw at you whatever I noticed that was worthy letting you know about. I may miss things so please don’t judge I have no idea when next blog post will appear so keep checking every hour so I can drive up my site numbers and $$$$ by using my credit card links buahahahhahaaha.
End of the MileNerd Year. By Mile Nerd. Wow, just wow. This is a must read, especially if you are a blogger! Thanks for the kind readers who made sure I do not miss it! And I am deeply honored I am one of the few blogs he loves! Needless to say I agree with pretty much everything said here. Thank you, thank you!
Incredible one week journey by Rapid Travel Chai all over the Indian Ocean! We are not worthy, we are not worthy!
“7 Reasons Why Timeshares are a Scam” by Travel is Free. A hilarious epic take down of timeshares. Excellent comments too. I used to do these timeshare presentations too and collected many points over the years. And I had a strategy: “After a polite quiet ten to fifteen minutes I told the salesperson that we are not going to buy, we are only there for the points and we do not want to waste your valuable time.” They always appreciated this and after a little more time for the formalities we were sent on our way with vouchers in hand. But last few times the salespeople have been unbelievably aggressive and would not shut up and insisted to take the whole two hours plus! Maybe now they are on salary or something. Last one (it was a Hilton presentation in Orlando) led my wife to tell me basically “do not drag me in one of these things ever again!”. In addition, they never credited some points they had promised! We are done with them.
“Money Matters When You Travel” by Saverocity. Solidly helpful post here!
Garuda Indonesia airline will join the Skyteam alliance on March 5, 2014. Several readers have raved about this airline in earlier TBB blog comments!
Just like that, the Chase Sapphire Preferred card offer for up to 55k Chase Ultimate Reward points disappeared! Didn’t you know about it? Of course as this was a “no blogger affiliate link allowed” kind of offer! So, the bloggers had to comply and be silent about it while they raved about the regular 40k affiliate offer….zzzzzz.
“4 Amazing Variations of the Pacific Hopper” by Travel is Free. Brilliant post, wow! Ask yourself why are you rewarding other blogs who are just marketing pumping material while some bloggers do add value to you?
View from the Wing has the details/analysis of the first quarter 2014 Hyatt hotels promotion. This sure ain’t no faster free nights but it does appear incrementally better than the super boring hotel promos lately!
Apparently there is a new Starwood partnership with Caesars hotels…about fifteen of them. No Starwood platinum recognition and the nights do not count as elite qualifying, seriously? Don’t worry about it. And don’t gamble
“Trapped on a plane” by the New York Times. A hilarious Travel Humor piece based on that guy who was left behind all night on a plane. Excerpt: “”Vanessa B.,” senior flight attendant : I’m not particularly aware of regular people because I work exclusively in our Premium Platinum-Preferred Royal Gold Medallion Upper-Elite Gifted and Talented Sanctified and Deified Supreme Almighty First Class Beyond Reproach cabin. Can I be candid? This would never have happened to this Mr. whatever-his-name-is if he’d just used common sense and upgraded.”
Register for Starwood’s first quarter promotion “Bring on the earnings” here. “You’ll earn 2,500 bonus Starpoints® for every five eligible nights you stay from January 5 through April 30, 2014 — up to 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 eligible nights. Plus, get an additional 5,000 bonus Starpoints when you hit 25 eligible nights, for a total of 15,000 bonus Starpoints”. Zzzzzzzz
A couple of incredible photos from the 2012 Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest.
Illuminating the World with National Geographic. By Twisted Sifter. An eclectic collection of colorful photos.