Welcome to the weekly feature where we dive into the hundreds of comments and pick out the ones you should not have missed.
TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order
I am working on a very long post about the latest mega credit card sales job that our favorite mega
bloggers pumpers have been unleashing to our space. What I started as a joke inserting my insightful and a bit snarky commentary on each of these pump posts sometime on Thursday just kept going and going and going. TBB resembled the energizer bunny, no joke! So, as you may have noticed, the Chase Ink, Freedom and then Amex SPG pump posts kept coming so…TBB (never to be accused of being lazy) kept going! Then I said, to heck with it. This post of mine when I publish it will make Marathon Man change his name to 5k man, I am serious! So, I will take it to the end of the amazing Chase Ink card promo, which sources deep inside the murky bank institutions tell me it is supposed to be sometime in the afternoon on Sunday June 1st. If it gets extended, at this point, I will finally get angry. I warn you all, you don’t want to get TBB angry hehe.
Welcome Mommy Points to the world famous TBB “Blogs I Ignore” list. After the latest sales job she did during this promo I would like to apologize to my readers for not including this blog to this list earlier. Of course I do read all the blogs in my Ignore list. I called the list Ignore because it sounded MUCH better than the name I wanted to give it 😉
I plan to post the MEGA rant post on Tuesday morning. To the readers who have kindly offered pro bono legal services, please be on standby! To the few bloggers who are known “fans” of the blog, please take your meds before reading it as I am worried about your safety as always. To the rest of my readers, enjoy it because it is REAL. No banking institution too big to fail looked at it, read it, or approved it. So, be a little patient until Tuesday.
I think next blog project is I should look into starting an email subscriber list. I think I will go with Mailchimp. When I get around to it. World Cup is coming so I may be even busier watching all the games. I think I will insert my expert commentary about each game here. Why not? It’s my blog and I can do what I want!
Ok, on to some awesome comments from the TBB Section! I may insert my own commentary in [brackets].
From the May 24 post:
bluecat: Finally remembered to use your link. I wonder how much commission you will make from my humungous 4 dollar purchase. Don’t go crazy with your windfall! [ Had trouble spending so much! Good problem to have I guess Gracias! ]
Dr. Peter Venkman: Best name of a restaurant in Portland is a Vietnamese Soup place in Beaverton called…………. PHO KING GOOD……………..say it fast. It lives up to it’s name, no joke. [ Hey, is there anything good at Pho King Good ? LOL]
TBB: [how to get tweets on your cell phone from select accounts you follow]
Go to your own account Settings. Click on ‘Mobile”. Enter your smart phone number. You may need to verify it by taking an action (replying to a text).
Then, go to the specific follower you want:
To the left of the big “Following” Button, you will see symbol that looks like a Sun. Click on it.
Click on “Turn on mobile communications”
From now on, TheFlightDeal tweets come to your phone PRONTO. No need to scan your follower lists who has time for dat?
Erik: …Apparently, in communist Romania you spent most of your life waiting in line for the most common things that you and I take for granted. And they might wait for hours only to get close to their turn and…the store ran out. They told stories about swapping places in line with their father so he could go to work, etc. It was really neat to hear something you’ve read about from someone who experienced it firsthand. To think Ceaușescu was building a crazy palace while his people were just a few shortages away from starving – no wonder they executed him when they got the chance.
Andy Shuman: While it’s always comforting to believe that justice was served, the reality is that Ceausescu and his wife were convicted and speedily executed by his former henchmen, probably to prevent him from talking too much. Not that he didn’t deserve that, of course.
Dr Peter Venkman: Based on my many years of study and research at the Art VanDelay Institute in Vienna, Switzerland, I can say with all certainty that Ceaușescu was both an Asshole and a Douchebag…
Steve: When i first pontificated about how bloggers would faux-obsess over SQ being added as a UR partner, even I underestimated how bad it would get.
The same people who are lauding this as the biggest story of the 21st century, because of Singapore’s amazing availability on their own metal are the ones who are doing “test runs” of how long it takes to transfer (or in Gary’s case, multiple test runs. Because you know, 1 just isn’t enough). Of course, if the availability is even half as good as they are gushing about, the transfer time isn’t all that important since it will likely be available anyways
It’s just a matter of time before self-proclaimed “regular” people like MommyPoints books a suites class trip just so they can write a trip review about it…. and then “remind” us how we too can book it (starting with the Chase cards, and then possible “oh by the way, all the MR cards and SPG Amex too” fine print)
From the May 28th post:
The common man: The Pointbreaks list was simply an excuse to trot out the UR cards – “here is how you can quickly earn points by applying to these cards”.
I don’t even remember the last time I read beyond the headline at most of these blogs – thank you for reading them for us! [ Thank you for understanding ]
Steve:“FTG travel challenge: how to stay at Holiday Inns on a 2 week road trip”
Here are the top options to have a 2 week roadtrip at IHG hotels as per FTG:
1) Open a 60K Ink Bold card, enough for 12 pointsbreak nights
2) Open a 60K Ink Plus card, enough for 12 pointsbreak nights
3) Open up CSP, enough for 8 pointsbreak nights (not even factoring in the WOW!!!! 3X DINING ON FIRST FRIDAYS!!!!)
4) Buy points at .7 cents each using the C&P trick – buy it with the CIB, CIP or CSP
5) Open up a Barclays Arrival – the signup bonus can get you 20 free nights at the roach motel Tallahassee airport
6) Screw IHG, here is the Radisson credit card (but only the 1 that pays me commission)
7) US Airways card, just because
8) Chase Ink Bold and Plus – DID I MENTION 60K!!!!! HURRY!!!!!
9) Chase adds Singapore as UR partner. Wait, what are we talking about again?
412,851) Open up an IHG credit card
[TBB Editorial Board; This is meant to be satire. Just in case anyone thinks it meant to cause harm or angry things of that sort]
Ramsey: BUZZ, this post reminds me of TBB in the good ole days…..a blog by blog mini review exposing the greed! Welcome Back my friend, my eyes are filled with tears of joy. [ have plenty to wipe your eyes on Tuesday morning #hint]
Steve: was about to submit a review for the Park Hyatt Maldives under my pen name Gary L and I think it would’ve been a strong contender for his contest
“I stayed at the Park Hyatt for 5 days last month. I am a Hyatt Diamond as it is my favorite chain so that I can get Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes a couple of times a year. While the premises is phenomenal, and as close to being worthy of my presence as any hotel, I found a few issues that I want to elaborate on. Firstly, the seats on the seaplane only had coach. That’s unacceptable for a resort which people shell out thousands to stay by (never mind that I didn’t actually pay thousands). Secondly, I specifically requested from the hotel to have 52 bottles of water waiting for me upon my arrival but when I got there, I only counted 48. Next, I saw other guests at the hotel checking the internet on their phones despite being at a remote resort. Who does that on vacation? I immediately whipped out my phone, took a picture of them using their phone, and uploaded it to the internet. Seriously, how ridiculous are those people. Thirdly, there were only 4 outlets by the desk, 7 around the bed, 3 in the bathroom, and 2 more near the lamp. How is one supposed to charge their laptop with so few outlets? The meals at the hotel were ok, but I was dissapointed that i was able to pronounce all the menu items. I’m a food connoisseur. Don’t believe me? Just ask me. While I do plan to return, I would hope that the manager on premises would next time have me teach all the guests there what they are and aren’t supposed to do on vacation. Ok, now time for me to go check whether the 43rd transfer I made from UR to SQ miles went through”
Andy: Keep up the humor. I fell off my treadmill laughing so hard. Hurt my ankle but whatever. [ Please, please don’t hurt yourself!]
Brian: [MVP POST OF THE WEEK!]
There is a reason why “spam” pervades all over the Internet.
It is because people patronize them.
There is a reason why telemarketers solicit people via the telephone.
It is because people patronize them.
There is a reason why “bloggers” keep pumping credit cards.
It is because people patronize them…
…and it is because they keep getting attention.
As long as that happens, it will never stop.
THE CHASE MARKETING MACHINE: IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT SOME OF YOU HAVE ONLY ONE CHASE INK CARD. THIS IS UNFORTUNATE. WHY NOT GET A SECOND CARD? PLEASE REPORT TO BOARDINGAREA.COM FOR MORE DETAILS. [ Should I be honored that the Chase Marketing Dept is here posting? So was Ludicrous last week, please come back! ]
R_y: …Compare Gary’s “financial incentive” admission to the statement from OMAAT in his Kickstarter appeal wherein he says:
“Unless you’re into falconry, have maids’ quarters in your home, your private jet is being repaired, and qualify for one of the “special” titles when signing up for an Etihad Guest account, chances are you can’t afford it. And I sure as hell can’t.”
The “and I sure as hell can’t” line is a blatant lie; Ben can absolutely afford to pay cash for that flight with his multiple hundred thousand dollar income (apologies if it has hit 7 figures this year; no offense meant). That was terribly misleading and similar to one of MMS’s favorite lines: “Emily and I could never afford to travel like this without miles and points.” OH, YES YOU COULD…but not without your affiliate links.
TWA44: …Some may call us angries, but I must say I really like and admire nearly all the commenters here. As a group, not only are you creatively funny and superior satirists, but you know about things like allo-preening and the correct term for the calendar we follow. Kudos all around [ I love all of you here. This confession was not sponsored by American Express lol]
Steve: Gentlemen, start your engines!
The Chase Freedom affiliate link is officially live! Now they can start blogging about it, and not pretend that the offer was up yesterday
Gary was surely holding out on today’s Chase filler post until the link went live. Now that it did, he can post a recycled Freedom post where he “reminds” us how to get the most value of it….
james: STOP THE PRESSES! Inside Flyer just broke the news about the La Quinta Visa – 20,000 points after first spend, 2 room upgrade certificates with Gold status (there are upgrades at La Quinta?) and another 20,000 points with $10k spend. 20,000 points is almost enough for a free night at the La Quinta Inn and Suites Secaucus (Meadowlands)! Could this be the new ink bold? [ Oh for love of God….If I could have my hands on this affiliate link….PURE GOLD if you ask me, sells itself!]
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