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Quite a few changes in the travel rewards credit card front. We now have both personal and business Citi AA cards offering 60,000 AA miles. And there is a new AMEX Business Starwood SPG card offer for 35,000 Starwood SPG points (but beware of the high minimum spend of $10k to get it all, you get 25k SPG points after $6k and another 10k SPG points after another $4k of spend). Gone are the 100k Amex Hilton Surpass and the 75k Amex Hilton along with the 60k Southswest cards and the IHG 80k card. For the latest list of BEST OFFERS available with my links please click HERE.
Now that we got this out of the way, lets roll with the Buzzz!
For interest to Ann Arbor residents and visitors: The Hyatt Place hotel in the Briarwood area opened October 3rd.
This article makes a pretty good case for the Amex Centurion lounges, an area where Chase severely lacks with what it offers its Sapphire Reserve cardholders.
In case you were interest to learn about the bankruptcy of Monarch Airlines and the airline market in Europe.
This is completely nuts. Accor has been on a mother of all buying sprees. Are these guys laundering money or what? Can you identify what this company is all about? This time they bought into the Orient Express brand. Smh. In case you missed it, they bought hotel reservation platform Gekko earlier in the week, WTF!
Are you annoyed by crying babies on board. Well, Japan’s All Nippon Airways wants to be your airline then!
Golf’s longest hole is 2,011 km long, lasts 82 days and takes 20,093 shots! Hint: It’s in Mongolia.
The 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. There will be more, sad!
Your personal finance fix: The Art of Calling a Market Top. Must read, really on target!
Japanese journalist died after working 159 hours straight. There is something wrong over there…
Amazing video about Scotland – Lochs, Mountains & Light.
This photo is haunting…Rivers of Blood: The Aftermath of Eid al-Adha in Dakha.
This section is for advanced level hobbyists and veteran blog readers & personal rants & stuff
The restrictions placed by banks in approving new apps keep coming. Well, with so many credit card pumping operations in the blogosphere we are no longer a rounding error. Latest bank to attack is Bank of America with a 2/3/4 rule:
No more than 2 BoA cards in a two month time
No more than 3 BoA cards in a year
No more than 4 BoA cards in 24 months
The full revenue based tsunami is taking hold in Europe as well. Hello Flying Blue!
Comprehensive guide on the Emirates Skywards program. I am not a fan.
Mrs. TBB is expanding her award booking expertise away from British Airways Avios (only booking DTW-LGA trips on AA for 15k RT) and now booked herself an award ticket to see her best friend in Honolulu for 40k RT in coach. Frankly, I showed her how to do it because I wanted her to learn how the AA award engine works thinking inside “good luck with that lol”. Before someone jumps on me, yes she was told she can go for Business Class. Maybe, AA is starting to improve award availability. YTD burning now stands at 656,500.
Quarter end work and upcoming conference followed by trip to Greece is kicking my ass. And due to that, I am taking a break on family churning opportunities, sad!
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