Warning: VERY long read/rant. You can jump to the section that has the guy with his eyes popped out and skip the long intro…
Legal Disclosure: This is all pure satire and has no relations whatsoever to reality. All characters mentioned are purely fictional and what was actually typed was done under the influence of substances so it should not be taken seriously. Or something like that. Word!
TABLOID BUZZARD EXPRESS – INTRO
Welcome to the Tabloid Buzzard Express. This is another fabulous feature of TBB that is now debuting on its own! We like to innovate around here, what can I say! If you thought we were angry before, well, you are for a real treat! I will try to show you what my eye sockets went through over the last days of May and hopefully you realize doing this Buzzard thing is just not sustainable unless I clone myself!
Let me make a full disclosure: I do NOT like financial product sales people. Ok, this is not me. Let me rephrase. I DESPISE financial product salespeople.
MY BACKGROUND OR HOW I CAME TO DESPISE FINANCIAL PRODUCT SALESPEOPLE
First things first! In college I had no idea what I wanted to do. So…I picked Accounting which offered me the best path at the time to get a job, get a green card to stay in the US and avoid joining the glorious Greek Army (required service by all able Greek citizen males, unless you can afford a politician who could “take care of it”). Even though I am an introvert type and aspects of accounting appealed to me, I realized after 7 years that accounting was just not for me. But I am getting carried away, I will save that path for another day. What I really wanted to say is that one of the reasons Accounting appealed to me was because it did not have much to do with marketing! So, this anti marketing bias I have is part of my psyche I guess. As I was looking to enter the financial services industry I quickly realized that it is inhabited by some species who, frankly, would be better off if they were all packed and shipped one way to Mars (naturally, I will try to negotiate a way to get all their miles lol).
There is still a very strong sales culture in the financial services industry. It is based on “eat what you kill” mentality. And, oh boy, do they kill! A lot of financial
services products are still SOLD. These salesmen have to sell something so they can eat. And due to industry economics, good salesmen get compensated very well. Do you hear terms such as “Million Dollar Roundtables”, “book of business” or “producers”? Well, guess what? None of these terms are related at all to the benefits of the person who actually bought the darn products! Do you think these top sales people sell the product that is BEST for the client? Hell no (yes, there ARE exceptions! Not many but there are ). My very first experience of this industry was that I had to sell this mutual fund to at least five people. Well, guess what? I could not do it as the mutual fund absolutely sucked, it was worse than donkey (horse if you prefer) manure! You should have seen some slick types sell this baby like hot cakes! Somehow they were the ones who earned a trip to Jamaica paid by the company while I had to burn some miles to get there. Right there I decided I just could not do what these assholes were doing. HELL NO FREAKING WAY I would sell something I could not buy for myself or for my family members. They MADE a choice to sell shitty junk. Come down TBB, too early in this Marathon Man like post to start getting angry. Breathe, breathe! Or drink, drink!
Bang! Sorry, I got distracted by more Chase Ink credit card links that just hit me…again. They just never stop coming! So…where was I? Oh yes…I decided to get into the financial planning business in another way. Basically build it from scratch, have no sponsoring firm telling me what junk to sell/stuff down humans’ throats, provide top quality advice AND 100% transparency of my compensation paid ONLY by the client (this is important folks, no behind the back secret deals with the companies involved!) and be proud of the fact that I am a fiduciary and everything I do is for the benefit of the client. Long story short, slowly but surely business grew and is now at a still small level providing my family with a comfortable living. No sell out here, high five! But for the first 5 years we were basically living with one income and it sure was not mine! No problem, we are not big spenders anyway. By this point I had a few drinks, excuse me… I lost track of my next point! Sorry it has been a hell of a Chase Ink link carpet bombing around here, we are just dazed and confused! Oh, I got it! My point is, I cherish my independence , even at the face of a brutally pro-bank monetizing environment that exists in the miles/points blogosphere. I am very proud of the fact that I did not throw in the towel yet and say “Screw it, after so many of hours of work in my blog, it is time to make some dough instead of doing it for pennies per days!” Even if one day I do such a thing the choice would be to practice responsible blogging. There are bloggers in this space that do it or try very hard to do it the right way. You can see some of them in the TBB approved Love and Like lists.
And then there are those who choose to pump.
Day in and day out. Blog post after blog post. Pummel their readers relentlessly with affiliate credit card links NON STOP! They are BIG businesses and some make hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits! What you silly? You thought they were doing all of this to help friends and family fly for free? There is of course nothing wrong with making big profits, hell this is America, we do capitalism well around here! But I have a problem (and now a blog!) when these business men market themselves as travel and/or miles/points experts and dishing out advice that, well, to put it mildly in some (most?) cases it is not expert like at all! What is also hypocritical is that they often pretend they can not afford to buy a certain travel product which is an insult to humanity and outright lie. Of course they can buy it but…admitting this may not, cough, sell as well. What they DO have in common is that they DO excel in online marketing! Which implies, unfortunately and sadly, a main reason of their monetary success is, well, they PUMP the credit card links! And they pump them well and repeatedly! It reminds me of the tactics of that first group I encountered (the “eat what you kill”
advisers salemen). Holy crap, you want to see credit card biased posts, they ‘ve got them! Sometimes their advice is so wrong it is laughable. Expert my big fat greek arse Shirley! (who is she anyway? and who is Pedro too?)
For a week I managed to list all credit card related posts in a section I conveniently titled it “TBB Blog Frontline Report” listing all
educational travel credit card posts. To understand the whole charade (and laugh out loud as I make it entertaining for you) please check out this section in the following 3 blog posts from that one week where I almost lost my eye balls:
How do you like to be called repeatedly by a sales person or a robo call? How about the same people coming to your house to preach to you or to sell you magazines? Well, online is different and I am still learning my way around. What I do know is, also because of my background, I absolutely despise this sales culture of “eat what you kill” (am I repeating myself here? WTF TBB, get it together man! Remember to breathe!). There is A LOT of pain these credit cards inflict on people and sadly many get into trouble after they are introduced to the hobby by one of the mega sell sell sell blogs. You are not going to find many who will volunteer to tell their story of course because it is embarrassing and painful. Yeah, I am for personal responsibility and all but reading EVERY day why I am an idiot for not getting a Chase Ink card and seeing ever more moronic reasons to justify pushing these cards is, well, kind of terribly upsetting at times.
I have been doing this online business for 19 months now. It started as a joke and a challenge to see if I can keep it up for…3 months. This has become a bit of an obsession. This hobby has always been an obsession actually, it has now been raised to a blog like obsession. Not sure if what I just said even makes sense. I need another drink. What was my point? Huh, that’s a name of a blog! You see, obsession indeed! With 500 blogs in my Feedly list this is getting a bit ridiculous (had to trim it from 600, so many had died!). So, where was I going with this? Oh yeah, let’s talk about some blog economics now.
BLOG ECONOMICS 101
Exhibit A: The Money is in the Credit Card Affiliate Links! NOTHING COMES EVEN CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is why you have seen an EXPLOSION in the number of “expert” bloggers starting blogs to help “friends and family”. Nope, no way! They all want you to click their own credit card links. Again, I repeat. NOTHING COMES EVEN CLOSE! Of course, you will NEVER hear any of that from the bloggers. They are contractually forbidden to disclose how much they earn per approved credit card application. This is BIG money. HUNDREDS OF THOUSAND OF DOLLARS for the TOP sales pumpers! One may have even crossed 7 figures in sales actually! A few years ago a Chase Ink credit card approval paid $500 per app! I am guessing these days these cards pay from $150 to $300 PER app. So, it is very common for a credit card approved app to pay low hundreds in $’s.
Let me repeat: CREDIT CARDS IS WHERE DA MONEY IS AT! NOTHING COMES CLOSE!!!!!! Of course the newer you are in this hobby the easier you fall for the sales job you are the prime target of before you realize. “Hey, wait a minute, this blogger is talking about the Chase Ink AGAIN today, WTF!”
I can assure you, having some income coming in from non credit card affiliate links is COMPLETELY RIDICULOUSLY LOW compared to the credit card money from our too big to fail banks. My Amazon link I pump non stop (according to blog fan Delta Points who likes to remind me) has brought in NOT more than just TWO Chase credit card apps! Think about that for a second!
As long as the banks are pumping bloggers with so much money, expect the pumpization and horrific state of the blogosphere to continue… #sadface Banks make it so because you need to produce sales. If you do not meet your sales quotas you get dropped, oh the horrors! In a way, I wish they would drop everybody to clear the space of so much “expert” junk! When this happens, you would see these bloggers move on to the next big thing to sell. They are ONLY doing it for the money and the reason they exist is to SELL credit cards. SALES come first always, not YOU the reader!
Bottom line is: there are better blogs run by people who are more experts, respect their readers more by not attacking them every day with ridiculously biased posts and provide good and original content. In other words, there are blogs that are of higher quality. The blogs in the TBB Ignore list do one thing well: They SELL. Good for them. You do NOT have to buy! Friends don’t let friends click on credit card links from them..
And now on with the show, excuse the LONG intro. I just had to let it all out. Blogging is deeply personal. Yes I am an addict I guess. Blogging helps me deal with my fragile inadequate personality and my therapist was right to encourage me to let it all out once in a while. I will try to keep this baby going but I don’t think I have it in me to produce another Buzzard type post like this…I mean look at how many entries are below!
One more thing: TBB reviews almost 500 (and growing) blogs, mainly for your entertainment. If you are hurt by some of the comments below, please send a complaint letter to: TBB Attn: SNL Committee. We will read and laugh about it. Stop wasting your time writing complaint letters and get out there and pump your readers some more: SELL SELL SELL.
In the esteemed words of a blog fan: “It’s all about conversions”.
Conversions = readers click on your affiliate credit card links, apply, get approved, bloggers gets paid.
THE CHASE INK CARD PUMP ORGY STARTS…
The following blog headlines appeared over a period of a few days in late May. By the time I decided to cut it off I was about to start stabbing myself! Dear readers, this is definitely not recommended for your mental stability and eyes!
Again, no need to take anything personal. If you are the subject of the jokes, do you wonder why people never sue SNL? It’s entertainment! Enjoy the credit card commissions!
In chronological order over the last three or so days of May, 2014…Grab a drink!
Million Mile Secrets – Citi Hilton HHonors 60,000 Point Card & 50,000 Points AMEX Business Gold Rewards – [We are taking a break from pumping affiliate credit card links to show two non affiliate credit card links. Please forgive us, we hope you really don't click these and wait for our affiliate links. We will make sure we have a catchy headline ending with another exclamation mark! Emily will be back soon too!]
Milevalue – Just a few spots remain for saturday night dinner in Honolulu [If you are a young attractive female I will save a seat for you next to me. Please sign up and sit next to me you young attractive female! All the rest coming I want you to know that I want you to click my links]
The Miles Professor – Why It Makes Sense to Get the Barclaycard Arrival Plus Right Before a Big Trip [ What? Getting this card makes sense every single day of the week! Especially now that it comes with Chip AND a PIN, wow! Please click my Sponsored Facebook ads I splash to your face every day recently. Svetlana says hi! Click my links!]
The Points Guy – Maximizing Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Partner Awards [Love it that I hire Jason to pump these credit card posts, no one can accuse me of pumping...I am traveling. I am 6.7 inches? My dog is doing fine, thank you for your concern. Click my links, traveling large and paying Jason ain't cheap!]
View from the Wing – 50,000 Point Offer Back for American Express Business Gold Reward [Hey, I sometimes offer some non affiliate credit card links so you do not doubt that I have turned to a Chase card employee. Click my Chase links...coming right up!]
Milevalue – Top Five US Airways Awards to Book Before It’s Too Late [ We never stop selling this card! Click my link. Hope we get some young attractive females at my dinner coming up!]
Mommy Points – Increased Amex and Citi Sign-Up Offers + 10% Off Hotel Bookings [ Throw in some non affiliate credit cards along with some links that pay us. Because it would be unbearable to just let a post go by without making some dough. Gosh, I miss the Maldives!]
Wallet Slot – How Many Times Per Day Do You Check Email On Vacation [ Do NOT click his Barclay card link. For the love of God. WTF!]
Million Mile Secrets – Will the 3,000 Southwest Points From Rocketmiles Count Towards Your Companion Pass? [One short sentence would have sufficed of course. But of course not, we get a long blog post full of internal links and affiliate links selling Chase Southwest cards and Rocket miles (hey, diversification is important!). Watch Emily hold Southwest Companion Pass. Wondering who wrote this...]
The Points Guy – What Will 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Get You? [ Starts with " I’ve written extensively about the 60,000 bonus point signup offer". Huh, you think? Is this a joke? Getting back on track to what's important readers, click my Chase card links!]
View from the Wing – Four Days to Get the Overlooked Ink Cash 30,000 Bonus Point Offer [Hey, tomorrow will be three. Two. One. Extended after that? Click my links while I eat pancakes and drink champagne on my way to the Maldives where I will take pictures of people enjoying honeymoon playing with their smart phones and post it on my blog]
Mommy Points – Real World Hotel and Airfare Savings [ Mommy said "This was just a normal day of deal hunting and travel planning around here..." Sure it was, click my expertly placed Chase Ink link]
Noob Traveler – Two new rewards credit offers: 50,000 Business Gold & 60,000 Citi Hilton cards [ Sometimes we need to mix it up and make it appear we are really interested in our readers first. Don't worry, we 'll be back pumping away the affiliate credit card links shortly!]
Million Mile Secrets – New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines [ New? I guess having to wait to see all the other bloggers' posts about it makes it new to this blog's readers. Shocked there was no exclamation mark in the headline! Click the Chase Ink card links. Not that such a post would have ever seen the light of day otherwise. Mental note: Must take Emily pic in SQ Suites to help sell more cards!]
One Mile at a Time – Last Few Days For Increased Chase Ink Sign-Up Bonuses [Just in case you did not know about this so I had to remind you...again. Click my Chase Links. And my kickstarter while I prepare more posts about this amazing offer Chase is making me beat you up every day with it, sorry. Come on guys, I need to sell more of these cards because I do not want Chase to drop me! ]
Frugal Travel Guy – Travel Challenge [I think the only challenging part is trying to predict which credit cards will be sold in each post. Yep, the usual Chase cards are sold plus Barclay Arrival. Zzzzzzzzzzz]
The Points Guy – Daily Getaway May 29: Diamond Resorts [ First, why is this even being mentioned? Perhaps to take some readers' minds off the credit card bombardment and, you know, don't make it so obvious? Oh wait, this crappy "deal" was still good for 5 affiliate credit card links...because going by without a single one is just too unbearable folks! This expert says that this "deal" has value if you are looking to stay in a Diamond resort. Hmmm...]
Million Mile Secrets – What’s the Best Chase Ultimate Rewards Card? [Sorry for going a few hours without pumping my readers with more Chase credit card links! Headline had a question mark and NOT an exclamation mark...Hey, who ever said we are not innovative! Of course we have plastic card model Emily holding a CSP card and some Chase brochure. Smiling of course. I think she is not smiling about the 2x points on dining but for all the readers who are getting the card with the site's links. Managed to blast readers with 25 Chase credit card links and myriad of others leading to gazillions more credit card links. I need me to find that plugin that converts text to links and will blast you guys with my Amazon link...just kidding. Reader comment starts with "I am new here..." Here is a tip for ya...Expect more credit card links EVERY freaking day!]
Million Mile Secrets – Bad Deal Alert: Why I Will NOT Do Today’s Daily Getaway to Select Diamond Resorts [ More crap on crap wasted when you can be pumping more Chase links, sigh. We are told not to bother. Wait a minute, TPG said it has value. So...who is right? Frankly, we don't give a crap about it and both of you experts are probably just hiring some lowly paid slave writer to produce this "content" for you while taking a breather from Chase links where the dinero is. First commenter said it best: "nice effort but why even bother writing a post about this garbage? - Lantean. If anyone knows Lantean he should be reading my blog!]
Frugal Travel Guy – Chicago Seminars Profile Series: Marathon Man [Well, I told you this was coming. First, I did not know about your father Jeff, I am deeply sorry of your loss that tragic day. But let's move on. Sad to see MM featured here in a site that is one of the most credit card pumpy in the blogosphere. Did you notice I have a strong bias against all pumpy tactics? Is that so obvious? It is? Ok then. Deal with it! As bloggers pump in their own sites I have the right to pump my thoughts about how I feel about pumping of credit cards left and right, up down and center that is going on all around the blogosphere. I will elaborate on my feelings some other time but right now I am pressed for little time.Where was I?
Ok, this is the site that has this "Credit Card Tool" feature. Follow my clicks: Start Here/Rookie Traveler/Married/Business Owner/looking to travel both domestic and internationally/I want cash back (not miles or points)/795 credit score/3 credit inquiries in the past 3 months/Spend $3k per month/Charge everything on the card/Part of most programs listed/left my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and I did NOT click box to send results to Rick for his "review". Results? Congratulations! 7 cards match your profile! Next Steps: 1. 1. Apply for all 7 cards credit cards on the same day. And none of the seven cards was a cash back card! Too bad the commissions on the cash back cards may be too low...
You have a right to be angry about this but don’t be, not worth it. Needless to say I am not going to the Chicago seminars because I fear for my physical safety ]
Delta Points – Jose Cuervo Tequileria Detroit DTW Airport – Delta Points review [ DP gives this place a 6. Sure sounds skunky to me (is that even a word?)] Thanks for the warning I guess. My favorite place to eat at DTW is the Japanese place, they actually have quality food for an airport joint.]
Mommy Points -Three Days Left For Increased Sign-Up Bonuses Worth $700+! [ Holy macaroni Mommy, another one already! "Who can have a business card?" and "Can you have an Ink Plus and an Ink Bold?". Holy crap, talk about sales overdrive! Well, excuse me but the TBB Editorial Board just met and decided to include you in the "Blogs we Ignore" list. Welcome, you made it! You are in but we are too lazy and will hold off a few days when we get an extra minute from pumping our own Amazon link to edit the page! All decisions are final...unless you buy a TBB banner ad lol. (Update: Done) ]
Milevalue – Anatomy of an Award: Cathay Pacific First Class and Qantas First Class on a Trip to Australia and Hong Kong [Click on my US Air credit card link. Click on my free Credit Card consultation link. Click on my Award Booking link. Free Oneway! You see, I helped this client go to Australia for only 140k US Air miles and guess what? He got them all with the US Air card that has only 40k miles signing bonus. If you don't understand the previous two statements I am sorry to inform you that you are THE target market for such "expert" advice. There should be a law against this crap! Can someone ask him for his autograph for me at the Chicago Seminar? Just kidding! ]
Deals We Like – Chase Ultimate Rewards Series [Was wondering where DWL was. I am relieved. Has not missed a step as she throws all but the kitchen (Chase) sink at us, thanks. Always so helpful to grab the money from your readers' apps!]
Noob Traveler – Quick Reminder: Only a FEW Days Left to Apply for the 60,000 Ink Offers [Yep, again. Just wanted readers to let them know about this. We have only been mentioning it every day since it came out. Noob it up!]
Delta Points – When it matters Delta does it right! #TheReason2BeDiamond [ Hey, did you know Southwest is a bus and I must be cattle to fly and like them? Ummm, ok. I have suggested to the blogger to have someone proof read the final draft as a sign of respecting the blog's readers. Please! The final sentence is just brutal! Click his Barclay card link, you can't miss it! ]
View from the Wing – With 3 Days Left for 60,000 Points, Here’s Why the Ink Offers Are Valuable to You [If there is one blogger that hurts me to see turned into yet another mega credit card pumper it's this one. Very sad. This blog keeps this up it won't be long to face the ultimate shame: Join the TBB Ignore list. Scientific studies have consistently proven that inclusion in this list results to 1.27 less card apps per year....so there lol! Oh, and thank you for letting us know about this again, see you tomorrow with 2 days left? Comments get interesting. Of course Delta Points will ban them lol. Gary says " Certainly the benefit to me, combined with it’s genuinely good advice, influences my thinking". Lol, the understatement of the year! Reader Hiker T says it best: " People just need to vote with their clicks and support responsible blogging. If this isn’t enough to convince readers not to support the shills it will only continue." YES, THIS IS THE ONLY WAY. Bloggers have a choice: To pump or not to pump. STOP REWARDING PUMPING!!! That felt good, I just did a self high five!]
Interrupting this ridiculously long post to make a Public Service Announcement. Well, reader Brian said it best in the TBB Comments:
Let’s keep going…Grab another drink or whatever you wish. Popcorn? Brownies? Hard liquor? They are all welcome here!
One Mile at a Time – Should You Apply For Multiple Credit Cards In A Day? [Crap, I can't believe I got myself into doing this people! This Buzzard stuff is taking for ever and I am now really starting to get a little angry. Lucky, from somewhere in the Middle East, decided to pump his readers some more. Same old freaking arguments we heard gazillion times. If you are a loyal reader of his blog you should start counting how many times he too pumps the same old credit cards for the same old reasons again and again. Hey, at least I read this crap to entertain my readers. SAY something or, even better, click away from all these outsourced Chase marketing departments! Oh God, hope I end this marathon post...Crap, I had ZERO Amazon income yesterday (no shipped orders) so I just want to remind you all that all this effort better make you feel guilty if you ever shop at Amazon without using my link LOL.]
Million Mile Secrets – 22,000 Membership Rewards Points & ~$400 for Round-Trip New York to London on Virgin Atlantic [Whaaaaaaaaaat? You are back AGAIN? Dropped another 20 affiliate credit card links. At least there was no modeling of the cards this time! By this point, dear readers, I feel like I have been beaten up. My eye sockets are bleeding. Spread the news to newbies that these outfits have only ONE goal that trumps EVERY other goal: to SELL a credit card to them! Nothing else. SELL SELL SELL. Well, exsqueeze me, I absolutely DESPISE being sold to repeatedly. Especially when, in my own humble opinion, I think me and many others in my two good lists know A LOT more and the better more responsible bloggers choose NOT to bombard their readers with the same freaking cards in almost every post! ENOUGH!
Deals We Like - Chase Ultimate Rewards Adds on Singapore Airlines a New Partner [ They are slow here...but finally came around to pump some more Chase links. I was wondering what was taking so long...]
Dan’s Deals – 0% APR Cards [ Well, that was a creative way to pump some more cards!]
Million Mile Secrets – Ends Today: Save Money on Southwest Fall Flights [So so nice to be reminded so late. Companion Pass! Click my Chase links because you may have missed them the 659 times I pumped you with them in the last week]
The Points Guy – Chase Freedom 20,000 Point Offer Now Available In Branch [ Yeah, right. Did not miss the beat to pump seven affiliate Chase credit card links with it. I guess people fall for these tactics...No wonder my major in college was accounting lol]
Frugal Travel Guy – Sapphire Preferred First Friday Bonus: 3x on Dining [If this is NOT the most ridiculous way to pump more Chase credit cards to your readers I don't know what is! The Credit Card "Tool"? Travel challenge? They come close but this one is simply THE weener! We expect more of these from the other salespersons in June. Hey, you can get 15 Chase UR points with your $5 foot long at Subway, hooray! Please make sure the Powerpoint slides in Chicago have this incredibly powerful tip! So desperate to pump this Chase card that they published it in MAY! Hello, hello? Of course they would not point you to the Chase Freedom card that earns 5x points this quarter. Is it perhaps, I don't know, that it does not pay as well as the CSP huh? I am not angry. Ok, I am!]
The Points Guy -Daily Getaway May 30: Discounts at SeaWorld & Busch Gardens [Hey, look at this, another opportunity to pump some more Chase card links for another daily "deal" almost no one cares about and even fewer may get after getting fingers cramp for clicking non stop! Gosh, if there was a way to get a Chase Ink credit card for the finger cramps!]
Million Mile Secrets – Friday Interview Series [ Same old questions, same old answers. Why bother asking and answering the question about what's the one thing people can do to get more miles? We have seen this movie before. New to the hobby who can't wait to share travel stories and "hacks" (waste time at the Barclay community posting stories, WOW or negotiate fees with credit card companies or, guess this, file a complaint. WTF Pedro!) with family and friends. I think you are a little late in the game amigo, many have been here looking for a lift in traffic in exchange for filler content. In a classic clickmylink fashion, MMS inserts a Barclay card Arrival link to the interview. You didn't expect a whole post to go by without one, did you?]
Million Mile Secrets – Today Only: Save Money on SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Tickets [ Read what I said above when TPG "blogged" about this "deal". Companion Pass! Click all my links. All of them. Click until the cows go home! Hope it is your home and not mine by the way!]
[TBB Editors Note: Somewhere around this time, the Chase Freedom Card affiliate links went live. Watch what happens! To prepare, we needed to go out and get some fresh air so we can be better prepared to face yet another Chase onslaught. Remember, these
bloggers business men have a choice whether to keep pumping credit cards in their blogs.]
Frugal Travel Guy – Maximizing myVEGAS Rewards [ Wait a minute? What does this have to do with Frugal? Why promote gambling? TBB absolutely despises ALL forms of gambling, maybe one day I will tell you a story about my uncle, it is really sad what gambling can do to you. Writer Holly is not hardcore but still "playing on a regular basis". That is so comforting to know! She even provides tips on how to play. Go ahead, waste your time and money gambling! No affiliate links inserted here? How did this one get through, is the Editor doing her job? Again I ask what does gambling have to do with anything frugal?]
The Points Guy – “Coordinating Credit Card Strategies for Couples [ Hired gun Jason Steele writes the best articles with the smoothest placement of credit card affiliate links! I am totally hiring this guy when TBB joins the dark side lol. Was "The Credit Cards Guy" url taken or what, how misleading! ]
Delta Points – My first live run and trip with TripIt Pro – how good is it? [ I was wondering when we will get another sales job on the Barclay Arrival card? Here it is! Get the card because TripIt Pro is so amazingly amazing or whatever. Hey, you can even buy Delta tickets with it and earn double points, WOW! Wait a minute, I know a card that earns 3 points per dollar on airfare...Too bad it is an Amex card as they appear to be banned on this site].
Hack My Trip – Tips on Applying for Chase Ink Business Cards [ Wait...what? What is this one doing here? Well, going through the barrage I noticed this blog post. And it had pretty good darn useful information. And no Chase affiliate links. Which is a grand shame the good ones do not have them when the rest showing up here are stuffed with them. Sometimes life is not fair I guess. We roll with it and fight the injustices in our moronic crusade. Please click our Amazon link LOL]
Delta Points – Ever been in an airport under security lock down? I have now in DTW! [ What a shame...a post without the Barclay Arrival card link! Incredibly useful information. I am joking. Click my Amex links...just kidding. Delta has lots of Amex cards of course. Why do the Amex card links point to Delta.bomb and not, well, the Amex site? ]
Dans Deals – Chase Freedom Signup Bonus Doubled For A Limited Time [ Why does this guy get the affiliate links first? Or are the others too slow? Too lazy?]
The Points Guy – 10 Chase Ink Benefits You Might Not Know About [ Holy mother of god, here comes another one! Oh, I knew every one. Some of them are not even worth mentioning....are we really stretching this or what? Don't you do anything else? Oh, wait. Nothing pays you as well I understand. Hey, thanks for the full disclosures. Where are they by the way? I don't have a magnifying glass near me as I surely need one!]
One Mile at a Time – Ultimate Rewards Partners With Best Non-US Frequent Flyer Programs [ Of course we are going to spend our time to find any excuse we can to keep pumping our Chase credit card links! By the way, we have seen this content numerous times. But thanks! ]
Mommy Points – Chase Freedom Sign-Up Bonus Increases to 20,000 + 2,500 Points [Hey, I am sure that extra +2,500 Points may catch some newbs who may think your link is better than others! While there, click on some Ink card links too! Wow, 5x on all these cards. Sign me up...Hell no! Not with your links, nothing personal. I just don't like to be pumped!]
Frugal Travel Guy – Why I Haven’t Applied for an Avianca LifeMiles Credit Card [ Frankly Howie, we don't give a damn! Nice one to throw the Barclay card link in there, you just couldn't let one blog post by without an affiliate link. I hear your Avios presentation in Chicago is a must! ]
Noob Traveler – Chase increases the sign-up bonus on the Freedom rewards credit card [No, you are not all mistaken. The same old credit card pumpers just got their Freedom links and are out pumping! Same.Old.Story.Bank.Bitches.Hawking.Products.TotheMasses]
Deals We Like – Chase Freedom 20,000 Point Limited Time Credit Card Offer! [Are you seeing a pattern by now? If not, I don't know what to say. I do not have hopes for you if you are not seeing the pattern. LOOK AT ALL THE PREVIOUS ENTRIES ABOVE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!]
Delta Points – Are you missing any Skybonus points? Plus last day for 5,000 point referral bonus! [ Are we getting desperate or what? Now selling Skybonus referral links? WTF!]
Frugal Travel Guy – Increased Sign-up Bonus for Chase Freedom Card [When the sell job is so obvious, it is always written by "FTG Staff". How conveeeenient! Thanks for the Ink card links too, I sure expected to see them here!]
Million Mile Secrets – Chase Freedom Sign-Up Bonus Increased to 20,000 Points ($200 Cash Back)! [At this point you guys I was being hit left and right by the Freedom links. Have mercy on me! But only this blogger managed to drop a dozen of Chase credit card affiliate links in just one blog post. And added the cash back in the headline! Well done expert marketer! Thanks for not recruiting the model to sell them again!]
One Mile at a Time – Chase Freedom Increased 20,000+ Point Sign-Up Bonus [What hurts me the most is to see Lucky and Gary in full blown sell mode. Lucky even managed to drop six credit card links. Just so you know what we are doing here! I think Randy should rename Boarding Area blog conference from baCON to ChaseCON!]
Milevalue – How to Get 1.52 LifeMiles Per Dollar on All Purchases [ And just when you thought this blog could not get any lower to sell more cards...a new blog post makes you go "Unreal!!!". I think I should go to Chicago to attend his presentation. Of course I am kidding!]
And just about at this time another sale started. I guess getting paid for the Chase Ink cards and then the Freedom cards was not enough. Now they were all out to…refer SPG cards for just 5k SPG points…They won’t leave TBB any bones, greedy as they can be. I mean, look at this!
At this point all TBB staffers are so defeated and just can’t stand up anymore after two days of drinking and ChaseInking…The end.
WAIT! As of right now, it is Saturday around 2.30 pm. Most importantly, it is May 31st! So, let’s just finish this horror show because, you know, the Super Amazing 60k Chase Ink offer, all together now, ends June 1st!
The Points Guy -Bonus Aeroplan Miles, Marriott Free Night, Ink Cards & More [Check the headline. You would expect the Ink cards to be, you know, about the third paragraph. But noooooooooooo! Of course the article leads again with the Chase Ink card links. What? You did not expect that? I did! I watch this stuff happen every day for YOUR entertainment, education and inspiration. If after reading this epic rant you support these guys one more time, well, I think you are hopeless...I am so sorry for you. Actually, at this point, I don't care anymore. I need to make it through May 31st so I can go on with my life. Watching this play out reminds me of CIA waterboarding in Guantanamo...for my eye sockets at least! Thank you for your understanding!]
Million Mile Secrets – One Day to Apply for Chase Ink 60,000 ($750+) Point Cards! [ At this point, you must be wondering....Again! Check the masterful placement of the monetary amount and the expected exclamation card at the end of the headline. Have you lost count how many posts about the Chase Ink cards have been posted in this blog yet? You did? Me too!! <------2 TWO exclamation marks for double the impact, take that Mr. Bow Tie! Dropped another 20 Chase card links on his readers once again and a gazillion internal links leading to trillions more. And of course a pic of them together...smiling again. If I was getting paid so much for pummeling my readers silly I would be LOLing not just smiling. Hey, I tell it like it is. Then again, if I did that, I would probably deserve to burn in hell as my readers will roast me alive LOL.
Deals We Like - Final Days for Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Ink Cash Limited Time Bonus [ Notice the sense of urgency, the desperation, the ridiculous statements such as " As I’ve mentioned before, I am personally a huge fan of these cards.." Seriously? You only have mentioned this one thousand six hundred sixty nine times in the past two weeks, are you messing with us? Do you think we are all idiots? Then again, for you to continue pumping the affiliate links, you probably do #sadface. Blog post ends with an all Chase link fest.]
The Points Guy – Amex Daily Getaways Week 3: Hyatt, IHG, Loews, Omni & More [ Yep, one more to waste my readers' time and pump them with more credit card links. You can blow some money AND save 10% using your.....click my Amex links!]
Mommy Points – Today is the Best Day for Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses [ OMG, Mommy is on an incredible pumping mode here. Uggh! I can't take it anymore. She deserves her own place in the Blogs I Ignore list PRONTO! Just placed an urgent ticket in the TBB Tech Support line to add her to the Ignore list asap! "Today is the best day..." It sure is for you I bet! Throws in a few non affiliate links to hold off on the criticism a bit...baloney! I sure as hell am not going to Chicago now...her husband will probably kick my ass! I am putting my life in danger for YOU dear readers! So deep into it that we get statements like this " So while it wasn’t my original intent to talk about sign-up bonuses again today, I think a list of all the increased bonuses is a good idea..." Suuuuuuuuure. Shaking my head violently now...which is quite remarkable as only posts by Delta Points cause me to do this!
Point me to the Plane - This Is It – Final Day to Get the 60K Ink Bonus…Again [ This is it? Seriously? I am not a gambling man but I do gamble when I am 100% assured I am going to win. So, I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this is NOT it! There will be more ridiculous posts pumping the same cards over and over for the same reasons over and over. The only difference is how stupid you all look trying to differentiate your posts and pump it better than the other blogger. "You are probably a business owner even if you don’t realize it!" Like I said...]
Just Another Points Traveler – Two New Credit Cards Are Coming to My Wallet [Wait a minute...If I get to Boarding Area does it mean I get to pump my readers with Chase credit cards too? Is this why so many are going to Boarding Area? Just wondering out loud. You know you read "travel" miles/points blogs too much when you instinctively know which cards will show up on a blog post! One of the Chase Ink cards OF COURSE and the Barclay Arrival card (along with the link to the other of the two Ink cards). I love you Angelina but my reputation is on the line here. I am just being fair and an equal opportunity criticizer. If I was not being fair nobody would be competing here to be FIRST in the TBB comments. LOL.]
Saturday May 31st…And it is only 3 pm. Is this EVER going to end? Can someone shoot me like this and make me drop?
Delta Points – SWAG Saturday: Are you a procrastinator? Lots of travel swag this week! [ Of course blog post leads with the Chase card links! And giving out crap to make readers post a comment. Same old crap, the swag I mean...Giggles]
Wallet Slot – S7 Airlines Meets US Airways MasterCard With OneWorld [Click the US Airways credit card. Cut and paste took...one minute? Two? ]
View from the Wing – Act Quickly: FINAL DAY for Chase 60,000 Point Offers [ Wow. One of the former best bloggers has completely turned into a credit card pumper. So dear readers...do I add him to the Ignore list? Lucky too? Please give me your arguments. PLEASE keep it respectful as always. I will not respond to commenters who make it unnecessarily personal as usual. "Act quickly: FINAL DAY" smh. Oh no, he writes that the links are going to last until Sunday at 3 pm. Oh noooooooooooooooooooooo! This post will never end. Let's see how many we are going to see from this point on. Why did I start this? To make a point? Yes...I am starting to sound incoherently now and I have not had any alcohol or drugs in me today, WTF! Check the comments, I guess there are more angry ones!]
It is Sunday morning now, just got to Panera, I need to catch up on the last barrage of pumpy posts…
Mighty Travels – 30,000 Starpoints sign-up bonus with the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card [We need to eat too!]
DansDeals – It’s Back: 30,000 Starpoints Signup Bonus On Both The Starwood Consumer And Business AMEX Cards [ Why do the big bloggers need to squeeze all money and points from us? We tiny bloggers who choose not to pump credit cards should be getting all these referrals (and Amazon links). Oh, life is so unfair sometimes. I should have started a hedge fund years ago. Or a "frugal" "travel" blog lol. Smile. ]
One Mile at a Time – Starwood American Express 30,000 Point Sign-Up Bonus Now Publicly Available [Just so you know this space is all about the big Chase Ink credit card money from signups...you would expect this from a greedy blogger who has tasted the money and just can't get enough (happens A LOT in this space folks...maybe this is the reason I have resisted joining the circus? I don't know...I should ask my therapist I guess). So, back on track, here is how this blog post starts (remember the headline!): "First of all, just a quick reminder that the increased sign-up bonuses for the following cards is slated to end mid-afternoon Eastern Time today: CLICK MY CHASE INK LINKS" Then proceeds to also try to squeeze more 5k spg referrals. Are you counting how many blog posts have been blessed with the Chase Ink card links? Good. Because I sure have lost count. Who said Boarding Area is about travel blogs? ]
Up next is a barrage of sell sell sell posts by the one and only Million Mile Secrets. Enjoy his presentation in Chicago, I am sure there will be a lot of tips on how…to use his links to get credit cards! Please someone get me his autograph! If you think I am serious about this you do NOT belong here, please leave!
Million Mile Secrets – Your US Airways Card Will Become an American Airlines Card [ Pedro? Pedro? Breaking News man! I heard this at MMS. How does he come up with this stuff? One blog post, good for a bunch of US Airways affiliate credit card links repeating the same old crap we have seen gazillion times before here and elsewhere. Hey MMS reader, have you graduated from this site yet? How does it feel to get pounded every day being sold credit cards? Frankly, personally, I get a little angry sometimes...When I do my cat Fluffy comes next to me, purrs, and meows to me saying "Not worth getting angry TBB...get even!" Or something like that. I hope to be alive when this post is finished.]
Million Mile Secrets – Can You Use 100,000 Points From the Southwest Cards for Travel If You Earn the Companion Pass? [Here we go again. MMS writes about the Southwest Companion Pass even more than Deals We Like! And, if you have been around the blogosphere, that is A LOOOOOOT! Of course we had to get an angle to drop some Southwest credit card links in unsuspecting readers for the hundred ninety ninth time recently so..., for the most honored tradition of the pumpy bloggers, voila, let's pick a reader question to "answer". Isn't it amazing only questions are picked to get answered that are answered by a bunch of affiliate credit card links? My hazelnut coffee at Panera is starting to taste a little bitter now, people around me are looking at me funny. I wonder if they are thinking "Why is he so angry?"]
Million Mile Secrets – Can You Add a Companion on Southwest After Your Pass Expires? [ $*$((&^$###@%@! ]
Frugal Travel Guy – Reader Success Story: A Frugal Weekend Getaway to Disneyland [We bribe readers with $25, let them tell their "success" story and we insert credit card affiliate links in their story. Because we are embarrassed to admit who put this up on our website, we sign it as "FTG Staff".]
The Points Guy -Southwest Airlines Premier Card or Chase Sapphire Preferred? [It's Sunday. The online financial product sales department of Chase Bank never sleeps! Check out this statement: "Remember, though, that you can always get more than one Chase card (like the Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Cash or Freedom) – I currently have six! Get one now, and get one down the line, and you can have the best of both worlds." Of course the bold font text are affiliate credit card links. Hey I have six cards too but I am not linking the crap out of them to my readers every day. Oh, wait. If I was getting paid up to $300 per app maybe I would too. Rumors say this site (or part of it) is owned by the parent of bentoffers, true? So, instead of get both cards, it is now GET SIX. ^**^$$@!#$%]
The Points Guy – Should You Get Amex Platinum For Its 100,000 Point Bonus? [Another layup question that easily leads to a bunch of Amex affiliate credit cards links. Are they still paying $450 per Platinum card app? Must be nice. Carpet bombing your readers with affiliate credit card links must feel nice to them. I see the disclosure "we may receive compensation when you click on...". May? Seriously? Why was the disclosure moved to the top of the post I wonder?...Please provide a magnifying glass so readers can actually read it.]
Deals We Like – Are Authorized Users Eligible for the Starwood American Express 30,000 Point Offer? [What did you expect? A reader question that is not answered with a way that can pay us back for the time we spend to bring you this blog? Shockingly, Southwest Companion Pass was missed, boo!]
After watching my daughter graduate from Greek school Sunday around noon, I rode my bike all the way to Ann Arbor downtown and proceeded to sample several entries from local restaurants in the Taste of Ann Arbor annual event. Lovely weather on Sunday and I had to get out to escape the Chase Ink/BarclayArrival/SPG credit card carpet bombing currently under way…Shall we continue? We are almost done!
One Mile at a Time – Why the UAE fascinates me and View from the Wing – The UAE as an uplifting place of opportunity [Why am I including these two here? Well, reading about social commentary from two guys who fly there in First class and only stay in luxury hotel suites, after bombarding our eye sockets with so many credit cards posts, well, I found these, in my own humble opinion only, somewhat on the ridiculous side. These blogs are the last place I will go to read what they think about working conditions in UAE or India for that matter. Hey, it's all about travel. Let's post something controversial and get some hot headed arguments in the comments before we unleash the next Chase Ink barrage, thanks!]
The Points Guy – Barclaycard Arrival vs. Fidelity Investment Rewards Amex – OMG! What the hell is wrong at TPG Headquarters? Or is it Bankrate, I am confused lately! A question “squeaks in” that does not mention ALL affiliate credit cards, truly shocking! How did the Fidelity Amex show up here? To newbies: There is no link to the Fidelity Amex card, it does not pay TPG a commission if you click it. Oh wait, you can NOT click it! Phucking A. You are supposed to go find it on your own Pedro! While here, let me tell you about all the amazing benefits of the Barclay Arrival card. Bang, bang, bang. Too busy to find the Fidelity Amex link huh? Probably doing a Travel show on TV or media interview by a journalist who just does not know much (obviously he/she does not read TBB)…I am mad as hell and I am going to keep blogging any more
DansDeals – Expiring Credit Card Bonus Roundup From AMEX, Barclays, Citi, And Chase [ Massive BANG, they are all here! One.last.push! Ouch ]
Just Another Points Traveler – A Recap of Where Your Ultimate Rewards Can Take You – [ That is exactly what the blogosphere needed, yet another post about Chase Ink cards. Click my links]
Deals We Like – Weekly Recap of Deals and Promotions [Yep. A massive recap of all the links leading to more links of posts with affiliate card offers, referral links and some "deals" you see in a gazillion blogs elsewhere. Companion Pass (just used to this, sorry)]
View from the Wing – Starwood American Express 30,000 Points Offer is Back Through June 30 [ We are winding down, the Chase Ink 60k card offer is officially over. Please stand by for more Chase Ink card blog posts now offering...OMG, 50k Chase Ultimate Rewards points! I predict the same old arguments for it. Enjoy burning them on United miles and flying up front with Star Alliance partners! And this is why you will need another Ink card...and another...and on and on to...oblivion.
And just like that, sometime on Sunday early evening, what started as a joke, became a joke and ends as a joke. Now, excuse me, I am off to recover from this traumatic experience:
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