We bring you more on Alaska Airlines awards, insist on getting you free Amex points, visit Teufelsberg in Berlin, learn about Hyatt empathy, get the latest on the Travel Is Free blog, bring you a new site that is supposed to help you book with ITA matrix itineraries, learn about the most international airports, bring you a rare Warren Buffett interview, travel to Alaska and to Beirut before the bombs started falling & more!
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TBB Comments Moderator Policy: I received an email from a reader recently saying that they will no longer read my blog because I was censoring them in the comments section. What made it even more painful was that they compared me to Milevalue who is known for deleting comments that are not positive. I was
surprised shocked! I do not censor comments other than the obvious spam! I have an intense dislike hate of censoring. Express yourself freely. Be respectful, participate and learn from each other. TBB comments are an integral part of the TBB experience (lol).
If you EVER make a comment and it does not appear, PLEASE email me and let me know about it by telling me your handle and approximate time. I will then go find your comment in the amazingly awesome spam blocker I use and mark it non spam and it should never happen again. If you do not let me know, I will NOT know your legitimate comment was caught in the spam filter! No, I will NOT go through the spam filter proactively, it is a ZOO in there, talking about hundreds of spam comments per DAY! If only those were actual credit card and Amazon clicks #orgasmicthoughts
Travel Is Free finally made a post letting readers know what’s up and the reasons behind the drastically reduced posting in the blog. I left a comment there if you are interested. Apparently, it was “the only negative comment“! I would love to add the blog again in the Love or Like blogs list one day. Wishing them all the best in the new venture. You can read about the new venture sometime today here. Just one more thing for all bloggers: EMBRACE constructive criticism, IGNORE asshole haters…and distinguish between the two by developing a thicker skin, you will need it in blogging and in life in general!
Enough, lets move on, so much material to catch up over the weekend!
Maybe you can still get them 10k AmexMembershipReward points, give it a click/call!
How to Find Award Space Using the Alaska Airlines Website. Travel Codex is becoming THE go to site for everything about Alaska Airlines!
Hyatt tries to redesign the check in experience. To add more empathy. Going from 143 key strokes to just three strokes on a tablet. Hmmm, interesting, will see how successful this is in the near future. Lets see in how many sites this will show up now…
Anyone used BookWithMatrix? New site that takes your ITA matrix search results and takes you to book them…Feedback appreciated. If this works well…I will bookmark it and add it to my arsenal of awesome tools!
The World’s Most International Airports. They are:
1. Istanbul Ataturk IST 115 countries
2. Paris Charles de Gaulle CDG 105 countries
3. Dubai DXB 98 countries
3. Frankfurt FRA 98 countries
5. Amsterdam Airport Chipol AMS 83 countries
6. London Heathrow LHR 77 countries
For my fellow Michigan based readers, I want to bring your attention to two new Hilton hotels in our state: Homewood Suites in downtown Grand Rapids and a deal was inked to bring a Home2 Suites to the Holland area. Exciting!
Always interesting Warren Buffet interview, from 2012. The key tips:
- Keep low overhead
- When something works, just do it
- Wait for the right pitch
- Use the right tools
- Pattern recognition
Stunning photos of Alaska. Yes on my bucket list. My bucket list is so large I need several buckets! Photo by Nitish Kumar Meena
Berlin’s Devil’s Mountain Teufelsberg. Another abandoned cold war structure now occupied by anarchists and graffiti artists. (HT: GringoLoco)
Beirut before the bombs started falling…
And I leave you with this…Great camera work lol.
My girls are home from China, hooray!
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