We of course talk about the widely expected United changes to its loyalty Mileage Plus program, get warned about gift card fraud, show foreigners how to get credit cards, learn about hotel loyalty programs, living in a Boeing 727 in the woods, visit Normandy beach, Caribbean nude resorts, learn now to book bands, watch dominoes fall, read what a North Korean Defector said on Reddit and end with an incredible rant on gun violence!
TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order
Apparently there were just a few news on Monday. Uber and Amex got into some earn/burn partnership, US and AA will get the upgrades working (so they say) starting June 11, and US Air adjusted slightly its First Class awards to align with American Airlines. Completely boring stuff, yawn. As reader VC commented: “Imagine how AMAZING!!!! that partnership would be if amex still paid out…” So true, so true!
And then early Tuesday morning all hell broke loose with United’s announcement that they are going revenue based (award miles based on how much you spend and not based on the miles you actually fly). Which I found hilarious to watch the bloggers go nuts expressing their horror and displeasure to this “shocking” development. TBB readers have been warned repeatedly that this is coming so spare me all the surprise BS. This announcement was as expected as the next round of credit card promotions for bloggers to pump to their readers non stop. I ‘ve been pounding at this theme for the past two years: It is a completely different environment the airlines are operating in, they are all going revenue based in earn AND burn eventually, the true road warriors and buyers of expensive tickets will get all the bennies as they should and not the mileage running cheapies like us, airlines have the upper hand and will continue to squeeze us, luxury aspirational trips will soon be priced out of most sane people in this hobby, cash back rules, manufactured spending is where it’s at (mostly due to earning many miles fast offsetting the eventual impact of more devaluations), expect more fees including wider expansion of selling upgrades instead of giving them to elites, and on and on). Heck, I am not even an expert and no media called me about the changes, instead they called the Points Guy “expert”. I should have been born more photogenic or could afford PR staff #sadface.
Online Travel Review had the best write up on the United Mileage Plus changes. Entertaining as well considering the macabre “news” and I agree with his take.
I have this nagging feeling that AA’s CEO Parker has a crack team working on the NEW AAdvantage program which will put to shame all previous bitching done about “enhancements” from all airlines combined. Why do I have this feeling? I don’t know, I just have it. My therapist says to express myself this is why I am telling you! Or maybe they will postpone it enough to capture some pissed off UA elites, get them in the fold and then stick a knife at them within a year. What are they gonna do? Go back to United lol? View from the Wing is again screaming off the top of his lungs that this is a bad move for all the same reasons while trying to preserve his bread and butter. I do not agree. United is right for doing this and all big three will be doing it the way it was supposed to be for them to make money and transport the passengers safely and treat the ones who deserve it better while having many members be thankful for managing that free trip to Orlando, Las Vegas or San Diego (if you get lucky). In coach of course. It’s okay you entitled elite, you will survive it.
The Complete Guide to United Miles. By Travel is Free. A solid summary of the subject. Umm, not the greatest timing Drew, sorry!
Frauded! US Bank Mastercard Gift Cards Hacked and Drained. By Milenomics. Be careful out there!
7 ways to get a Credit Card without a SSN. By Matt at Saverocity. This may help a reader in this situation. I was on an F1 student visa, then H1, then green card and then naturalized US Citizen. Been voting and paying taxes while bitching about it ever since! And congrats to Matt and Allison who became parents of a baby boy yesterday!
My biased view of hotel loyalty programs. By Frequent Miler. An excellent basic review of the main hotel loyalty programs.
Man Lives in a Boeing 727 in the Middle of the Woods. By Bored Panda. Crazy, how do you transport the darn thing??
9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day. At thisiscolossal.com
Caribbean in the buff: Top nude resorts. By USA Today. We are all for informative articles. Hoping to get the attention of someone at these places to offer me an all paid trip and you know I will have for you a “revealing” trip report. I thought about it…but not going to kickstarter this…oh wait…thinking about it. “I know it’s ridiculous but, you know, would love to review this for you guys!”. Can you imagine if I was in bed (pun intended) with Amex they would be cutting me off pronto, woohoo!
Watch 22,000 Dominoes Drop in 100 Seconds. At Twisted Sifter. Mesmerizing!
North Korean Defector on Reddit describes here crazy escape and adjustment to modern life. Needless to say, this is wildly fascinating to me!
How much does it cost to book your favorite band? Let’s just say I won’t be inviting any of these bands to sing in my birthday bash!
Explaining American Gun Violence to Your Foreign Friends and Family. By Nerd’s Eye View. Fantastic rant and I so agree! Here is what to tell them when they ask us: “What the fuck is wrong with you people?”
Here’s your answer:
“We are assholes. We are out of our fucking minds. We think it’s more important to protect the “rights” of a guy who needs a semi-automatic weapon to go buy cookies at Target than it is to protect the lives of our children. We are such assholes that we sacrifice kindergarten kids and their teachers, we sacrifice college girls and boys, we sacrifice law enforcement officers while they eat their lunch.
Our government is so weak and selfish that they respond to these repeated events not with action, but by saying “Our thoughts are with the families of those affected,” when really their thoughts are in protecting their gun lobby money for reelection.
Given recent events and our utter lack of national will to legislate even the most reasonable of gun control initiatives, I can’t guarantee there’s not going to be another shooting tomorrow. I took a bunch of time off work for the duration of your visit, but you know what? Cancel your flights, I’m coming to see you in Brisbane instead. Wayne LaPierre in 2016, bitches!”
TABLOID BUZZARD EXPRESS:
Things that jumped at me…This is the apex of ridiculousness. Only the cream of the crop, like the cherry on top! If you take things personally, maybe this blogging business is not for you. This is intended to be satire. You are free to make fun of me and my ridiculous blog. Since we are talking about cherries, how about a banana!
Well, I knew that the TBB resident troll ingy (the founder and current writer at Frugal Travel Guy blog) would not stay away for long. Talk about creating devoted readers! If you want to read them, they are here! You are welcome!
I added RoboForm to the Support TBB page and a banner below my Amazon banner. I LOVE Roboform, best darn piece of software on the internet. I could not function online without it. I should do a mega blog post about it and pump it properly. Rest assured that if I did not highly approve of it, it would not show up here! Now why do I feel sleazy if I inserted the affiliate link for it right in this sentence? And others drop 40 affiliate links in a blog post without blinking an eye? Hmm, I ‘ll let you decide!
On with the show!
The Points Guy – 10 of the Best Credit Cards for Travel- June 2014 Edition [ Fantastic education...I think this is pretty much the same as the previous month right?...click my links! Wait, here is a comment by 5on5 "Translation: this is a posting of some (note: but not all! Click on the link!) of the most lucrative credit card payouts that the points guy blog currently touts, regardless of whether or not these cards are the best deals.
Just another shill blog for bank rate...but its okay! They're giving away an amenity kit and a gift card!"
One Mile at a Time - Which Credit Card To Use For Airline Ticket Purchases? [Time to pump it boys and girls, this full time hotel living ain't cheap! Dropped 20 credit card links in just one post about which credit card to use for...airfare. Isn't this ridiculous or what? What is next? Which credit card to use for...flogging? Oh wait reader AgendaGuy left this comment: "I just flogged myself. I deserve it for being part of this “hobby”. Unfortunately it left some blisters in the back. What card can I use to buy myself some lotion to take care of the blisters?"]
Million Mile Secrets – Do You Have the Card That Gets You Unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi Access? [Added this to the disclosure "American Express is a blog advertising partner." At least you can actually read it. Ever tried to find the disclosures of the other bloggers? Good luck with that! Took out mother in law, added Amex. Looks like a fair trade to me, lol! Not even one comment...maybe the newbies here are just getting tired being sold to EVERY freaking day!]
Frugal Travel Guy – When Redeeming Points & Miles Doesn’t Line Up With Your Goals [Howie's turn to sell more credit cards. Hey, this is the blog associated with that effort to mentor newbies...cough, wonder, cough again, why? Self-flogging time! ]
The Miles Professor – How To Visit Four South American Cities on One 60,000 Lufthansa Award (and No Fuel Surcharges!) [ I keep finding ways to write about the amazing Lufthansa card so click my link]
Points, Miles and Martinis – Hyatt’s Key Lime Waffle – Better Than Lemmon Poppy Seed Or Home Made Donuts? [ Deep. Why does this deserve a separate blog post? I could do posts like these one every hour but I respect my readers' time!]
Browsing Flyer Talk I found this thread: “Why Delta Points is my favorite blogger“. I have not posted a comment there! So I am definitely not one of the “angry’s”! This blog is primarily about entertainment! Update: FT moderator Oliver2002 (who is a TBB reader and comments here) closed it to new comments. I am not surprised. Or maybe it was an order from KKR (the new owners of Flyertalk?). Just kidding
I went to a local meetup with Frequent Miler and three others in downtown Ann Arbor. Two were very new to this hobby. I asked them how much they thought bloggers make selling credit cards. They didn’t know. I asked them to guess. They answered with $10 dollars or something. I told them they need to read this, so here it is for you! The “Travel” Miles/Points Blogosphere Has Turned Into a Giant Credit Card Pumpization Scheme!
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