ON MY MIND
Let me again state what is becoming obvious in this hobby. As most bloggers deep into affiliate link pushing frenzy spend so much time coming up with ever more innovative ways to push the same affiliate links to their readers over and over and over, we do have some other bloggers who focus on coming up with creative out of the box thinking to present to their readers and/or actually providing useful content that does not, shockingly, provide an excuse to promote the same affiliate links! Let me explain:
Frequent Miler‘s “Convert Ultimate Rewards to US Airways/American Miles” blog post was what this community truly needs: Innovative out of the box thinking. Instead of wasting time adding/editing/promoting 30+ affiliate links he spends his time coming up with unique content! Did you notice how he never includes affiliate links in the body of the posts? You should appreciate that and when it’s time to apply for a credit card you should think twice before clicking on some other blogger’s links who instead never misses the most ridiculous excuse to assault your eye sockets with yet more of the same affiliate links. Hey FM, I think it would be fine if you add a line on top of each post with something like “If you like what you read here you can support me by visiting my _____ (affiliate) tab” or something to that effect. I think you have earned the respect of the blogoshpere to be given a free pass to do this without any guilt! At the end of the day, content should always be king!
At the same time, Million Mile Secrets has probably the best affiliate link policy out there. He will simply state up front ON TOP what links are affiliate ones and which ones are not. He will not promote inferior offers, which is huge! I actually prefer the way FM is doing it and let readers’ apps be judged on content and general practices alone! Come to think of it, maybe I should consider looking into starting a Star service, similar to the rating system of mutual funds by Morningstar. Huh, this idea just came to me. I do well in coming up with ideas, following through is my weakness lol. The unique gift of MMS is how well he writes. Many fellow hobbyists think he writes too well:-) I don’t consider me smarter than lots fellow miles/points addicts so sometimes I cheat and read MMS and I know I will understand it:-) Case in point: “New Rules for Gettinug 2 Citi Credit Cards“.
You see the hobby getting out more in the mainstream. Not only that, you now see mainstream bloggers getting into the affiliate link frenzy, oh the horrors! Check out this post by PT Money “My First Credit Card App Party Results in 200,000 Bonus Points“. He had to email his boy the NoobTraveler to get Chase’s Reconsideration Dept phone number, say whaaaaat? Sometimes I wonder if I am an idiot wasting so much precious time doing this as a labor of love, yikes! Please don’t comment on that. Well, comment on whatever you want, it’s a free country!
Pointchaser, after the Club Carlson best redemption series, is starting a series of posts for best Hyatt Gold Passport Redemptions. Here is Category 1. I am no Hyatt guy so feel free to check out the rest in the series. Hey Pointchaser, after you are done, can you do a single blog post wtih links to each blog post covering each category? That would be a good bookmark for my readers. I gotta say that Hyatt in Kathmandu looks quite interesting.
Funniest line read today was this gem by Scott at Hack My Trip: “No one has ever dared to review Amtrak’s bus service, but here at Hack My Trip, I make it my mission to go where no man has gone before” in his review. I was at the gym beating myself up in an Octane machine and almost flew off of it laughing uncontrollably:-)
Holy cow, this was a pissed off Marriott employee posting in View from the Wing. Well, we will likely never know for sure. It was sure interesting to read him whining about Platinum members whining. What a bunch of whiners if you ask me lol. I think Chris Elliott wants to high five me;-)
25 Incredible Things To Do In Delhi, India. From Migrationology. This one was saved into my Evernote for possible use in the future.
Five Ways to Travel Like a Boss. From Landlopers. These are five WAY over the top experiences people with way too much money and time in their hands! You want to visit every UNESCO World Heritage Site over two years? Bring $575k and no, you can’t pay with miles or points!
Fantastic photos of airports taken from above. I know I have several aviation geeks who read my blog, this link is for you. (HT to Jaunted)
ODDZ & ENDZ
30 sweet and beautiful “father and son” photos. Blog of Francesco Mugnai. Absolutely fantastic & uplifting!
This crazy Ukranian dude again, he goes by the name “Mustang Wanted”, with his crazy stunts hanging from tall buildings. From Bored Panda. I think this is not going to end well.
Bitcoin explained. Very nice HD video explaining the tulip mania of the 21st century!
And, dear readers, I leave you with this image: