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Well, the news spread like wildfire on Wednesday morning when British Airways announced the end of the 4,500 Avios award for short distance flights. Devastating. I went on a rant on Twitter and not going to reproduce here, you can see my tweets from Wednesday morning here. The hits in The Hobby just keep on coming and it is time to reevaluate if it is time to get a new hobby. Do not believe the pumping bloggers, it is in their interest to keep you hooked and, most importantly, to keep bringing in newbies to pump them left and right with credit cards while keeping them in the dark. What most are missing is that this is the prelude to a mega massacre by American Airlines AAdvantage coming soon. The change only involved USA, the 4,500 Avios award was left intact elsewhere. Why? Ask AA CEO Parker, the dude is hitting on all cylinders and is going to get us. Thinking of a total rebrand here, I am tired and starting to get bored reporting one hit after another. You are all sick, hopeless addicts. Get some help 🙂 Maybe going cold turkey will work? Hmm…. #developing Here is how to use Avios or not in the new era.
Chris Elliott goes on another rant “Why Are Travelers Cutting Up Their Affiliate Cards?‘. Seriously? Or does he have a point? My commentary in brackets:
“Frustrated by blackout dates, high mileage requirements for award tickets and an annual fee…” [You.Don’t.Say!]
“It’s something close to addiction,” [Tell me something we don’t know!]
“Michele Paiva, a psychotherapist and neuromarketer in Downingtown, Pa., says compulsively collecting miles is akin to drug dependence. (Neuromarketing is the study of consumers’ cognitive responses to marketing stimuli, such as lower prices or promotions.) “An affinity card creates a false sense of relationship, of being special,…” [Wait, of course we are special and this is like crack!]
“Many of them appeared to be coming from the readers of several small travel blogs, whose publishers were understandably angry. After all, they were pocketing generous commissions from credit card companies for each new customer they referred, and my stories were bad for business. Even more disturbing was that some of these bloggers had been cited as travel experts by colleagues in the media.” [Travel experts, you for real? Taking digs against Boarding Area again. So sad that BA did not work out for you man]
“Of course, talk like that is probably considered blasphemy in the Church of Miles, but facts are facts. Unless you pay all your bills on time and have time to master the complex rules of this game, you’re better off without these cards.” [We worship in the Church of Miles and we always pay all our bills on time every time. If you are not, get out of here!]
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Advice on how to join the mile high club. Because…we are all about educating around here too. And inspiration 🙂
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Wingsuit flying over the world’s tallest volcano stack. Incredible video and pictures, wow!
The Ultimate Michigan Bucket List: 50 Things you Must Do. Wonderful!
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