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I have more in the CURRENT EVENTS/POLITICS section below. January 6, 2021 will be a day that will live in infamy in the history of the United States of America. For now, you can skip this if you are still traumatized as much as I am:
Read this only if you are strong. Saying goodbye to your son who succumbed to depression. One of the most wonderful, stunning and loving pieces I have read lately, it moved me. RIP Tommy Raskin!
I am not sure why I am starting out with really sad stories today. Maybe it is because I am afraid that this pandemic nightmare is long from over. I don’t know. I usually reserve the Top Picks for reads that move me. And this one sure did about this high school football player who had a horrible freak accident tackling an opponent and then had to spend the rest of his life in bed paralyzed. No wheel chairs, in bed. And the dedication of his family, especially his mother was something that, well, I had to stop and compose myself. So, please stop bitching about, well, anything really and embrace the present and find a way to cope and contribute to society!
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Newbies: If you think you are getting objective advice at The Points Guy you need to leave now, thank you. Actually, I have so much going on right now in my life and all the Capitol mayhem sure did not help me to think this one through better so I made short it and sweet for you 😉
Without much travel, the banks have been trying all kinds of things to get us to stick with using their travel rewards credit cards. This is a comprehensive list of COVID Credit Card Enhancements Ultimate Guide: 2021 Edition. Continuing on the same bank theme, here goes American Express Launches New Offers for U.S. Consumer, Small Business, and Cobrand Card Members and Merchants.
Hyatt has an ongoing promotion you can earn 500 points per night when you stay in a “new” property. But what qualifies as new? Of course this is a moving target and here is the latest list of the 34 new hotels that qualify. No promo registration required.
If you were considering to visit the Bonneville Salt Flats near Salt Lake City…
I love links with selected amazing educational nuggets like this: Here Are My 50 Selected Facts About Countries All Over The World. Like, did you know that Kiribati has land in all 4 hemispheres. No? Well, now you do!
Really fun, quirky and weird things about The Philippines: the craziness starts in Woodside. I bet you did not know several of these things like me!
As Google Flights has slowly improved to become the go to airfare search engine, it appears Google is also doing the same with its Hotels search engine.
Boeing settled for about $2.5 billion with the US Justice Department to avoid further legal proceedings and of course criminal execution of its executives for the 737 MAX crashes. Vast majority of that will go to the families of the victims who I am sure they would have preferred their loves ones to still be with them if it was not for the egregious mistakes of the company. Do you feel safe flying this airplane now that they fixed the, please sit down, software?
So, Wyndham Destinations bought Travel & Leisure for $100 million. I can pretend I can do an “analysis” of this but I won’t. The whole deal is structured pretty interestingly as all T&L staff will stay on as…part of its current owner. I just expect a lot of the content to dive in quality and links to timeshare resort sales pump pieces will go through the roof, sad!
It is really hard to stay positive with the latest from the virus. Too many strains, too few vaccines, too many people traveling and we are really hammering all our medical professionals. “It all depends on the virus” Dr. Fauci once said, so true! I think when it is finally over sometime in the future, we will learn a lot had to do with the viral load amounts we breathed in when we got infected: You’re Infected With the Coronavirus. But How Infected?
With the virus cases just increasing all over the world with new more contagious strains appearing and reaching apocalyptic numbers in the US…I am starting to think if it is prudent to write off all of 2021 too, sad! I hear of more people getting the vaccines but around where I live the rollout has been painfully and sadly slow. With so much spread viral mutations may cause another ‘very, very bad’ COVID-19 wave, scientists warn.
If you are allowing your money to be invested by someone at a bank, I think you can do much much better. Even if the bank is Chase. I like to stick to this bank’s travel rewards credit cards only, thank you very much. Anyways, Chase publishes a Guide to the Markets, which is always full of really good graphs. Here is the Guide to the Markets as of December 31, 2020. Ignore predictions always, they are not worth your time, focus on what you can control. Why? This is why 🙂
We always have changes in the exciting personal finance world. And this is a good reference: Social Security, Medicare and Retirement Plan Changes for 2021.
We will remember where we all were on January 6, 2021 just like we remember where we were on 9/11. If you were not incredibly saddened and angry by what your beautiful eyes were seeing on TV, well, WTF can I say! I have been warning here for years that this Trump dude is insane, literally mentally ill! And I have been warning of violence all along and the ONLY surprise I had was that it took so long for his shit to hit the fan! Heck, I almost went to WalMart to buy me a gun for protection but since there was no promotion to earn 5x points per dollar I did not. Ok, I am kidding about that last bit. Trying to soften the mood because I need to link to a few things before I go on praying to make it alive to January 20th!
The rampant lies have been coming in droves for years…just in case you were not paying attention or you had your ass all in tuned to the right-wing/Trump media (looking at you Rams & Ingy!): Where the President Got His Lies About Georgia. While pressuring election officials, Trump borrowed claims from QAnon followers, 8kun posters, and a random Twitter guy.
I don’t know about you but I printed this one out and stored it with some material I check regularly, stuff like Tax Number References, airline alliance partners, hotel company codes, stack of free hotel night certificates and stuff like that 😉 Seriously, for the rest of my life I will check on these names and will do my best to defeat them in EVERY election from here on out! A List of Everyone Complicit in This Coup Attempt.
I like what this guy had to say: “I would be willing to hear these people out if they have legitimate grievances, but frankly they have nothing substantive to offer us, as far as their intellectual ideas and where they would take us if they were in charge. Actually we have seen where their ideology takes us, and it’s not a pretty picture. If you look into their ideas, they are invariably reactionary types: neo-fascists, racists, white nationalists and a whole host of other hateful ideologies thrown in for good measure. This is nothing to build a complex civilized government on…Moreover, they are incredibly immature sore losers; nothing redeeming there either…So, basically deplorable behavior. Yes, it was a deplorable act yesterday, incited by a deplorable, rabble-rouser President and the deplorable right wing media that caters to these deplorable losers who don’t offer us anything of real value.”
I mean, really, there is not much to debate with people like this, ok? I guess he did his research, LOL! Ok, I am crying actually while shaking my head to oblivion.
Can you imagine if they were Black Lives Matter protesters? No? Let me help you.
I better stop…If you are still excusing and justifying what this horrible person does, YOU are part of the problem. I was distraught all day and really wished I could fly away…
ODDZ & ENDZ
Wow, what a story! Never heard about this guy, what a life…talk about finding your purpose! The Secret Formula. Could shrunken heads from the Amazon hold the key to curing cancer? One man thought so—and spent a lifetime trying to prove it. Long!
What a super sad story: The Last Two Northern White Rhinos on Earth. Both female, the end is near…
Amazing! BLACK SUN: Amorphous Flocks of Starlings Swell Above the Danish Marshlands And watch the 1.16 minute video…Oh man, I wish sometimes I could sell credit cards like That Points Guy instead of bringing you stuff like this to your attention, when will I ever learn?
We are now entering BLOG BUZZ, a section for advanced hobbyists and veterans of this fast imploding hobby and also a section where I go on and on about some stuff that happens in my life because it helps me feel better about myself.
No comments, please keep it clean in my comments 🙂 The Man Who Turned Credit-Card Points Into an Empire. I kept shaking my head while reading it and I had to stop before it left my beautiful body. Why is this guy traveling this way during a pandemic? I almost puked and there goes my buyout offer bwahahaha. These articles are horrible for our hobby as these businesses targeting newbies get more popular bringing in more fresh bodies who click on their affiliate links thinking they are getting the best deals out there (lol) and eventually the devaluations will be back with a vengeance after Covid. Actually, I think the end of getting any meaningful value out of this hobby may be 2022. Ok, I really did love this excerpt from the author who I think did a decent job covering what we do but of course had to fall for the TPG bullsh*t because he is a master at it.
The poor underwrite the fantasies of the middle class, who in turn underwrite the realities of the rich. When credit cards charge high interchange fees, they pass the cost of loyalty programs on to merchants, who in turn pass it back to customers by building the fees into their sticker prices. Those who pay with credit can earn it back in points. Those who pay with debit or cash wind up subsidizing someone else’s free vacation. [One day the interchange fees will be capped and then it will be just a few blogs in this space left doing it for the love of it and not…ah, phuck it!]
Follow up post in FlyerTalk about the TPG article above.
If interested I guess: United Airlines MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge 2021 and since we are on the topic of status matching, here is Hilton Honors Gold & Diamond Status Match & Fast Track 2021 too.
Question: With the pandemic related extensions, I guess no need to do the Diamond status matching back and forth from (Wyndham to Caesars) this year? I still show Wyndham Diamond! Anyone?
I am now a paid member of the Milenomics community. Support people who try to do things right and treat you with respect. I hope I can keep up with it all you guys as I tend to be a slacker 😉 . I have no intention to start charging here, I am okay if you just throw me a
bone click here and there everyone, thanks. This is not my full time endeavor but always remember we bloggers could be doing other things with our time and each click energizes us because somebody actually cares and no clicks demoralizes us and forces us to quit and go do other things…this blogger will not go work at TPG though lol.
For the record, this blog is written by me because I can not afford any ghost writers, sad lol.
I am angry with what has transpired in our nation over the past two days…if you haven’t noticed.
And I leave you with this…
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