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Ordinary people of North Korea. By Memolition. I can not stand the way they lay out the picture but hey, it is North Korea we are talking about! Fascinating pictures!
To new readers: I have been fascinated by North Korea for many years. It is the absurdity of the whole country I think…Actually, I have no idea, I think I am just an oddly weird person myself! So when I saw that there is an Instagram account of an Associated Press photo journalist based in NK I thought I would share it with you.
Nicely laid out travel guides. By The Selfish Years.
Why I ‘m never flying again. By Quartz (which I find to be an outstanding news site with non US Centric points of view). Obviously, this will not be adhered to by almost everyone reading TBB. But I think it is very important to comprehend the consequences of our actions. I repent now for all the mileage runs I have done for the sake of earning miles/status; I was a very bad man. Thought about inserting smiley but I did not think it was appropriate! A reader speculated that the real reason was that this guy was quoted he had to spend one million miles for a trip to Hawaii on Delta
Italy’s Dolomite Mountains Timelapse video. Stunning. Found here
Mile Nerd recommended Shrewd Travel for award booking. Add another one in this crowded field.
Prepaid Debit Cards Shed Some Fees, but Face Scrutiny. By the New York Times. It is
interesting fascinating watching the development of this fairly new industry. Now AMEX is shooting some life into its Serve product by allowing it to be directly loaded at the cash register (waiting for the potentially juicy details!). When we are allowed to hold a Serve AND Bluebird card at the same time please someone ping me, thanks!
Up to 36x at Sears through Oct 12. By Frequent Miler. Now it is American Airlines Miles. I ran out of time two days ago to earn United Miles. Maybe I will get to this in time. I made the first step, I joined Plink! Yes, this would be a perfect place to pimp my referral link with two caveats: 1) I can’t find it and 2) Not sure this is a big deal, let’s see if this is still in business in a year. In other words, burn asap!
Jetblue started Family Pooling of miles. This programs is continuing to get away from its defining theme…simplicity.
ON MY MIND
First time to a blogger conference next Thursday. Full of financial bloggers. And I am a personal finance person who blogs about Travel and points/miles. I already feel so weird about it!
ODDZ & ENDZ
10 Types of 30 year old single guys. By wait but why. Fun read!
Cell tower after epic snowstorm. By Twisted Sifter. OMG!
Note: This section is intended for long time readers and miles/points addicts who follow the blogs in this space. Readers not familiar with this crazy hobby could skip this section! Do not take anything personal. TBB reviews blogs and tries to entertain above all. Call me Siskel. Furthermore, a link appearing in this section is TBB approved! The rest are just TBB crap; don’t take them too seriously, it’s mostly entertainment! You feel hurt the entertainment is on you? Well, excuse moi, perhaps you should try to earn the link if you are so sensitive with what appears in your blog, no one is stopping you!
It appears that there are changes in the murky affiliate world. It appears that there will be even more bloggers who can’t get any bank links as it appears that they want to deal only with mega pumpers. Which totally frustrates everyone but the mega pumpers. First, you can’t survive in this space if you do not pump. Then you can’t just do a little pump here and there, you need to keep pumping MEGA time! This explains the latest pumping going on. I also got a hold of Synergy’s creditcards.com banner affiliate program and the restrictions imposed on the bloggers are downright ridiculous! And late on Thursday Travel Summary posted this: “I’m Losing My Affiliate Links“. Next week at the blogger conference I should know more.
We are just in Part 2 of 11 of the trip report at Million Mile Secrets. It cracks me up when I read stuff like this: The architecture was so pretty. Pic is next with caption “The Architecture Of The Hotel Was So Pretty“. Come on!!! So many instances like this; if you are going to say the same thing in the caption why bother at all, once is enough! Imho of course.
Points, Mile & Martinis inserted a Delta Reserve card in a guest blog post. And then topped many many posts with the most ridiculous post in a very long time. Headline was get 15% in a Buckhead restaurant (never heard of it). That is nice I guess for you to tell us all about how to save 15% and then Bang, bang, bang…here come 14 affiliate cc links and three cards without any links (ooh, so so bad not to get paid for them too). Pump it up! How can anyone be proud of (imho) crap like this?
Holy cow, Travis of Extra Pack of Peanuts won the Launchpoint competition at Frequent Flyer University, wow! I never thought of the idea of an app to rate wifi. It would appear it is ripe for gaming it (but so it is yelp I guess). Good to see miles/points bloggers focusing elsewhere other than pumping cards. Wished more of you go this route #megahint lol. Ok, Travis is talented and I still remember his funny video on how he loaded Vanilla Reload cards onto Bluebird cards. So, here is his video for his app idea Bolt. Imho, you are all over the field dude, focus focus focus.
The new round of Milepoint Premium Membership offers are out. All for $49. Bunch of little benefits that, if applicable to you, may add up to a good deal. If you get it through my link I get a gyro sandwich w/ tzatziki sauce on the side (I appreciate your support!). Kidding…
Finally, I apologize to everyone about letting you know about a hack I discovered and then telling you “I can’t tell you”. I can’t stand it when people do that to me…so I totally understand! I should have kept my mouth shut. But this is the first time I discover something as a BLOGGER. And I need to tell you I am struggling big time to reconcile my conflicting thoughts. Before, I would tell some trusted friends. But it would so easily create red flags. I am surprised no one has thought of it. Or they are just keeping it quiet like I should have done. And it is really not a big deal at all as this particular “vendor” is not present everywhere (all I know is they are everywhere in SE Michigan!). So, to all of you who tried to get me to spill the secret….I am sorry to disappoint you! Please do not try again. I need to sit on it for a while. I have so neglected and missed on so many earning and burning opportunities since I started TBB, let alone almost not making any money at all….at least, spare me the criticism, let me fill up my “cards” before the 15th of the month for a change without having to sweat it. Yes, I am talking about Vanilla Reload cards. Here is the spontaneous comment I posted at Frequent Miler’s blog (comment #36):
I am tormented on what to do.
I have found a VR way with a unique angle. If I post it online it will not last long. If I keep quiet, I am sure it will eventually come out and some other blogger will get all the glory
Friends have asked me and I told them please don’t, I have a family of four to take care of
Am I being selfish for keeping it all to myself? I am not in the business of revealing secrets and this is one of the very few times I personally have come up with one. Or maybe you guys all know about it and this whole CVSing is a smoke screen
And no I did not steal this from Flyer Talk.
Am I going to be painted as yet another blogger killing deals?
Seriously folks, I am having some major moral dilemmas right now.
I should have kept my mouth shut
I leave you with this.