We cry together with another devaluation or how Amtrak Guest Rewards goes down, check out the Latin Hopper United award, get some free crappy Spirit miles, visit Bahrain and go on the best day hikes and more!
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It is 10.53 pm and I am just now starting this blog post after picking the worthy material here and there throughout the day. I just returned from a 2.5 hour meeting with a client after taking at least an hour to drive to/from their house. I am physically and mentally tired and a bit cranky as today is also one of the very rare days I did not make time to exercise. But I will persevere and hope I finish this blog post at a decent hour before I fall asleep (please note this Starbucks location is the only “Open 24 hours” location in Michigan and falling asleep in it is not uncommon!).
Anyways folks, start looking for a new hobby. The Delta-fication revenue-based transformation of our lovely travel loyalty industry is shaping up in front of our eyes and we don’t like it one bit! And we are powerless to stop it in spite of numerous rants against it from View From the Wing for the industry to not kill the aspirational awards. It has been a hell of a ride indeed. Why, what the hell happened you may ask? Well, when Amtrak goes that route you know the end is near by Frequent Miler.
Two links from a blog did not make it today at TBB because said blog linked to a Titan. There are consequences for blog actions. #myownmoroniccrusade
Jeffsetter shows all about the Latin Hopper United award. Very nice.
If you applied for the Amex SPG cards recently and got only 25k SPG points try asking for another 5k per Doctor of Credit. Tell them TBB sent you. On a second thought, DON’T!
Easy way to extend the life of crappy Spirit Airlines miles! Open a Dining account and do one dine for 1,500 miles.
Next employee benefit? International trips paid for by corporate travel rewards credit card! I somehow doubt companies will fund an award booker staff position though lol.
Picture of the Day: Sassi de Matera, Italy. Thank you Twisted Sifter for another beautiful moment!
Great building photos in “21 Hours in Bahrain” by The Gate.
Best Day Hikes on the Planet. Another AFAR guide!
9 Countries That Ceased to Exist in the 20th Century. Fascinating. Geography was my favorite subject in school. As a kid I had memorized all the world capitals!
How college grads (and everyone else) can retire as millionaires. This is a fantastic personal finance article.
No funny pic to end it…just more inspiration!
It is now well after midnight and as I am still caffeinated I need to rant a bit about blogging. My blog has not seen a single phucking penny from advertising as many blogs (especially in networks such as Boarding Area and Saverocity) get paid every month for all their page views. For more than half of the life of this blog in fact we had not made anything. Then we added the Amazon link and thanks to the prolific sister in law shopper it brings in some ridiculously low revenue that does not even cover what we spend in coffee at Panera every month! Last November I added the Creditcards.com link that gets some apps here and there and my family remains its biggest user! There is nothing more demoralizing than to spend valuable time out of your day to bring a quality read to TBB readers to “entertain, educate, inspire” and NOT EVEN one reader takes a few seconds to use one of my links. But that’s okay as I have gotten used to it. Keeping this up does not make sense for business reasons but for some insane reason I am still at it because someway somehow it has become like crack to me or something. Not that I have ever done crack! So if you are not going to support TBB at least take time to tell me I clicked on a non-Titan link, it gives me equal pleasure! If I had a dollar for every day nobody clicked on my links… And then just when I am about to give up, that rare credit card app and/or multi Amazon order shows up which fuels my addiction and obligation to keep blogging! To the commenter who accuses me of pumping I have one thing to say: Your refusal to click on any blogger’s affiliate links is adding fuel to them eventually quitting. The blogosphere is littered with bloggers who gave up. TBB will join the crowd one day undoubtedly. Zero click days will eventually lead to a “Just Phuck It” moment. And I bet the real pumping bloggers will keep on pumping so YOU contribute to them winning and you will likely keep on reading them increasing their revenue from ads while they rope in newbies. Clap, clap, clap. Ok I feel better now! Off my soap box too 🙂 Clarification: Boarding Area blogs make a hell of a lot of money by ads alone, Saverocity blogs do not! TBB aspires to reach the Saverocity levels FIRST and then we take on…Manhattan, eeer, I mean Boarding Area lol. Big controversial misunderstanding posted at Matt’s blog in Saverocity Travel.
Blog post scheduled on 12.55 am. WTF! Actually, this one was fast #WTF2. I could be Simon-ing and WalMarting instead #facepalm
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