We bring you an expose on how the travel neck pillow sucks, St. Helena flights start, visit China fish farms, learn about AA phone hold times, visit Cecil hotel, look inside every iPhone, learn some finance stats and how Steve Kerr planned the Golden State Warriors dynasty, freak out over human sushi and the Rock, learn more on how to use ITA Matrix, shake our heads on a TPG pump “journalistic” job and more!
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Interesting info in this article: Chase Sapphire Reserve Buzz Could Be a Problem for United Airlines. If the trend continues, pure airline travel rewards credit cards may go the way of cheap mileage running to make Elite…
We will likely be seeing more of these incidents ahead: Drone hits passenger plane in Canada.
You can now fly to St. Helena island which is one of the most remote islands. South African Airlines started flying there on October 14. Just 4,000 residents live there and that Jonathan tortoise dude is still alive and kicking at 185 years old! Oh, Napoleon was exiled here too!
If you use a travel neck pillow, you will feel like an idiot after reading this. Against the Travel Neck Pillow. I am sorry but…”Is there a pillow as useless as the U-shaped travel neck pillow? There is not. This half-ovate, toilet-seat cover-esque object reigns as King of Travel Accessories, while failing miserably at its intended sole use. It is a scourge for reasons that I will outline in this essay and of which, by the end, I will convince you without question.”
I had heard about this hotel but I did not know much about it. The Sordid and Haunted History of Los Angeles’ Killer Cecil Hotel. My stomach turned reading this almost as much as seeing post #49 selling credit cards every day (by 11.30 am approximately).
If you are an NBA fan, this is a great story. How Steve Kerr started the Golden State Warriors on a plate of appetizers. In an airport bar.
What’s Inside Every iPhone. Very cool page!
Your personal finance fix of the day. Where We Stand. GREAT statistics here, mostly sad!
- The typical family’s net worth—meaning their assets minus their debts—stood at $97,300, up from $83,700 in 2013, but well below the $139,700 high that was hit in 2007. [Sad]
- Homeownership has declined over the past dozen years, with 63.7% of American families owning their primary residence, down from 69.1% in 2004. Among homeowners, 65.7% have a mortgage. [Sad but not shocking]
- As of 2016, 77.1% of American families were in debt, up from 74.5% three years earlier. The typical amount owed was $59,800, down 4% from 2013, but the drop partly reflects the decline in homeownership. [Thanks to Titan bloggers who pump credit cards 24/7!]
- At 51.9%, a slight majority of U.S. families were invested in the stock market, up from 48.8% in 2013, but below the 53.2% peak recorded in 2007. [Sad]
- The survey offers a glimpse of America’s retirement readiness. Among households headed by someone age 65 to 74, the typical net worth was $224,100, down 6.4% from three years earlier. Homeownership was widespread among these families, with 79.1% owning their primary residence, though that was down from 85.8% in 2013. Meanwhile, 70.1% were carrying some form of debt, including 38.8% who had a mortgage. Among this age group, just 49.8% had an IRA or similar retirement account.
- As of 2016, 43.9% of families had a credit card balance, up from 38.1% three years earlier. The typical (or median) amount owed was $2,300. Meanwhile, the average (or mean) balance was $5,700. This latter figure is skewed higher by a minority of families with huge card debt. [Thank you The Points Guy Inc]
I like to take you on trips to places you may have never come across. So, lets go to the Floating Fish Farms of China!
Human Sushi. Incredibly weird. I may have lost my appetite for sushi now…
I am no fan of The Rock as an actor. At all. But he appears to be a very nice guy and does take the time to do some good. And what he did for this grandma in hospice is very touching. She is a big fan 🙂 I like to inspire once in a while you guys.
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I believe this is the final installment of the ITA Matrix tutorial. Frankly, I can not believe Google has not killed it yet! The day it does I will retire. Maybe.
One of the most ridiculous glorifying “journalistic” jobs on The Points Guy, wow! I am sure he flies first class for a living, WTF is wrong with these people. No wonder Trump is railing against Fake News lol. That first picture holding that bag…omg. If you ever see TBB with that bag in that kind of pose you know I sold out woohoo!
Guess the wanna be Titan blog that included these words and many affiliate credit card links of course in a post: Wow, best ever, wow (again), incredible, limited time, amazing, best ever (again), enough miles for super premium first class award redemptions on American partners Etihad, Cathay Pacific, and Qatar among others (no pic, wtf!), huge limited time increases, largest bonus ever, impressive sign up bonus, you can have both! I could be blogging like this and not whining you guys smh.
AA made some changes to my wife’s AA award flight to Honolulu. We were glad actually as it was a great excuse to cancel it…because we would have left daughter all alone (I will be at another conference!). I guess she misunderstood when I said “when you find seats just book it”. Married for so long…she still does not understand me lol. Oh, she was on hold to talk to an AA agent on Sunday morning for 51 minutes, WTF American Airlines!
Tomorrow I should have some changes ahead due to upcoming travel. If I get to it, it depends. This operation is a one man show. No interns, sad!
And I leave you with this…Feed me human!
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