We report on Anbang coming back to steal SPG from Marriott, Virgin America gets takeover love from JetBlue & Alaska Airlines, learn about the Vipassana meditation & more!
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I am not finding much worthy stuff to share with you. I think blogs are just going down and/or I am being more eclectic. Probably both. So I just lay it all out here…
Well, well, well. As I informed you here all along, the counter offer by Chinese conglomerate giant Anbang for Starwood came and, as expected, it is all cash and it is higher than what Marriott was offering. If the Marriott deal collapses, Marriott walks away with a cool $468 million. I mean, how cool is that? Something starts to smell here you guys.
I wonder if Marriott will pay some of that back to the Starwood executives who were going to make a killing on this deal. Then you add that this Chinese company is something unlike we have ever seen and lets not stop there…I am going full conspiracy mode now. One of the partners in PJT, one of the private equity companies involved in this deal, was just indicted for securities fraud of $25 million (he tried to get another $70 million, hey he needed help to pay the bills, maybe he ran a blog lol). Someone is being taken to the cleaners here…Time will tell as it always does. BREAKING: Wall Street Journal has published a front page article titled “Starwood’s Mysterious Suitor”. Google it, must read. I told you these guys are…not normal!
In the meantime, your eyes will be relentlessly attacked by even more ridiculously pathetic attempts to sell the SPG cards like there is no tomorrow (there is). Just when you thought some of these blogs could not get even lower by pumping their readers YET one more time with the SAME credit cards…well, you are wrong again and again. BARF!
Okay, that above should have been in the MILESBUZZ section but sometimes I just can not control myself. Thanks for understanding. Screw it, I blend it all in now in this post. So what, cost me a few Alexa ranking numbers? Bwahahaha.
Some deals all in one spot via Mile Nerd.
This is a great post “How to book American Airlines Flights with Citi Thank You Points“. Not only that but it also goes into more details with the other TY partners. Well done again at MileCards. It goes to show you that you don’t have to turn into a screaming pumping machine selling/abusing your readers every freaking day! Breathe TBB, breathe!
I think we will be seeing more of this sadly: Airlines Look to Wider Redemption Options for Loyalty Programs. I have been known to say that you should burn your miles/points the way YOU want. But please, some of these are and will be even more ridiculous! Don’t play their game, play to win (as long as we still can…I am about to cry now).
Apparently both Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are looking to buy out Virgin America. My gut feeling is they are looking to buy it for a few bones. In the grand scheme, who really cares! Full Disclosure: I am not a Travel thought leader. Actually, I am not a leader in anything at all. And I won’t hold you back from making me a leader in my few crappy links #smooth #facepalm.
No more $160 reciprocity fee for US visas to Argentina. That Obama guy is ruining everything! 🙂
Have you ever disconnected from the world for 10 days straight and subjected your body to extreme pain and other sensations? I recently heard about this meditation technique from Out and Out who is doing a series based on his experience with Vipassana. Then I was blown away reading this post, spiders and all, by Legal Nomads: “Silence and Spiders: 10 days at a Vipassana Meditation Course“. Wow, highly recommended reading. The thought of doing without a wifi for a day, let alone a few hours, is a lot more terrifying to me than a few spiders creeping along with my sore muscles. Congrats to both for making it through, I am in awe!
AIRTime on Vimeo. 4k Drone Worldtrip. 12 countries. There are not enough WOWs here you guys, absolutely gorgeous video!
How Sex Workers Get Paid. I found this a fascinating read and very educational. It may have some applications to our hobby perhaps, think gift cards? #kidding
My never fail source for MOs is pretty much dead, it went “it’s a gift card, must be a debit card linked to a bank account”. Looks like they all received the same training. Come on people, how about our rights to travel for free? Okay, you get the idea it’s just rough out there…
Wow, so dry out there…I am completely out of bookmarked links to feature here! Wait, just found this one with pics of every day life in North Korea.
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