This was one of the slowest weekends I can remember in the miles/points blogosphere. Not much was happening anywhere else other than the TBB Comments section here [143 comments and counting, new record! Yes I am proud of it!] and here.[Selected gems from the comments] Thank you to everyone who contributes to the entertainment part of the TBB mission. If your feelings are fragile and do not have a sense of (sometimes edgy, always quirky) humor you clearly do not belong here. Why do people continue to read blogs they can not stand and get angry is inexplicable.
Pizza in Motion has a good tip on how to search for the “My Hyatt Elite Rate“. Good to know!
Hack My Trip wrote “Pass On These Credit Card Offers“. These are the offers that give bloggers fits. I wish there was a way they were all uniform across the board and then consumers clicked primarily based on (wow!) quality content and stuff like that. In truly sad news, the non affiliate US Air 35k offer is no longer working, RIP!
Miles to the Wild continues her newbie guide with “Credit Card Sign-on Bonuses – Taking It Up A Notch“.
We were commenting about the Friday interviews at the Million Miles Secrets blog (you know the last B in TBB stands for Buzz!). I think I told you guys that we were going to see one soon with: “Hey I started in the miles hobby in February of 2013”. Additionally, I had guessed the latest marathon trip report to be broken into 16 parts. Obviously, I was way off as we just saw Part 17 and I think we may not be halfway there. They are so exciting! How about stuff like this? “cakes and pastries. We then see a pic of mundane cakes and pastries with the caption “The Buffet included cakes and pastries””. Are you kidding me? You know I have many trip reports of my own to post…if i had broken them down the same way I could have content here to eternity!
I went to see the new movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Not going to win any Oscars but was all right for a few hours. In the movie the Russians were portrayed as evil assholes hell bent on teaching USA a lesson. I was so embarrassed and ashamed by such portrayal I thought about going on a long rant against the director for not going all positive and shamelessly aiming to get eyeballs from a bunch of angry moviegoers who just like to piss and moan about Russians all the time. What is this world coming to? If you have nothing good to film just don’t film it! 🙂
Heads up, trip report alert! Here is a trip report from someone not in this hobby who flies Lufthansa Business Class. This guy is Henry Blodget, you remember him from the internet stock go go days? If not, it’s just the guy who coined the term “put lipstick on a pig”! Actually he has done a pretty good job of reinventing himself since those crazy days. Anyways, it was interesting to see the reaction of someone not living this stuff having this reaction after going flat bed “I don’t know how else to say this…it’s an absolute miracle”. Until you realize the trip was comped so the super exciting expressions may be biased a little:-)
Interesting website I bookmarked: RefAround.com which aspires to be the site for all friend referrals. I found this at this post at Hack My Trip. I was under the impression that the Chase card referrals feature was discontinued. This gives me great ideas to expand my Referral links sections at the Support TBB page. I will get to it someday. In the meantime, if you are looking for a referral for the personal SPG Amex cards just email me. In addition, if you have not opened loyalty accounts at Amtrak, Hilton and Marriott and plan to use/stay also email me, thank you! You know I appreciate it. I hope these get the best offers for the people who sign up; if not, I could not live with myself so please warn me if this is not the case!
Loyalty Lobby comments on the latest Chris Elliott article. Loved this sentence which captures it all imho: “these loyalty programs went awry, when their main purpose changed from rewarding fliers and hotel guests to selling miles and points to third parties and when they became profit centers.”
Amazing video capturing the raw beauty of Angels Landing in Zion National Park, wow! Found at The Adventure Blog.
Fantastic piece with gorgeous photographs at the New York Times: “52 Places to Go in 2014“. These pieces combine more than just text and still pictures and it makes for a more visually stunning experience imho, way cool! This is a must click. It went into my Evernote file for future reference.
33 More Perfectly Timed Photos. By Bored Panda
Baby squirrel found frozen and then rescued. By Viralnova. This is so the cutest, love how the dogs adopted it!
And I leave you with this cat who resembles crazy TBB’s cat, the one and only, Fluffy! Meow!
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