We bring you the old news of Chase beating Amex, outline all the AA elite benefits and how to requalify, a guide of gig worker taxes, travel to Poros Island in Greece, learn about the offshore business in the British Virgin Islands, the travel disruption deepens and a list of all waivers, that long dormant hotel monstrosity in North Korea may finally open, two fascinating pieces about the impact of international students in the US and the oldest companies still in existence, Erdogan is unleashing immigrants to Greece, learn about crazy ultra runners, awesome photography again, US Bank inflicts another devaluation and lots more, enjoy!
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MILES & POINTS
HOT CREDIT CARD OFFERS: Two new offers on United credit cards, a personal for 60k and a Business one for up to 100k miles. The IHG Rewards Club card offering 140k points too, highest ever. Other credit cards offers that stand out for now are the 100k Southwest Performance Business card, the 100k Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card and of course the 80k Ink Business Preferred. In addition, there are personal and business offers for the 70k Amex Delta Skymiles Gold, 100k Platinum and 100k Reserve credit cards. Available with my links. Lets move on!
With the continued Amex shenanigans, when it comes down to which premium travel rewards you get, my advice is to go for the Chase Sapphire Reserve instead of the Amex Platinum in most cases. But of course your circumstances may be different. This is why there is never an easy response to “what credit card should I get?” if you don’t inquire about goals, location, elite status aspirations, spending patterns, other cards on hand, application history, credit score strength, presence of cash emergency fund, online usage patterns and on and on. And you must always remember that blogs with a quick suggestion on what cards to get may be heavily influenced by the sales commission they earn—–>there is no doubt why the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is the most heavily recommended travel rewards credit card online! #hint #$$$
Speaking of Amex shenanigans, these guys are becoming totally ruthless in making sure they squeeze their own customers non stop: American Express Updates Terms To Prevent Abuse On Marriott Brilliant $300 Credit & Hilton Aspire $250 Credit.
Son completed the challenge already and has obtained American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Pro elite status for the rest of the year. I recently sent him a link with all the AA elite levels and benefits. He still has not experienced an upgrade lol. One time he missed it by just…one!
The disruption in travel has been severe as I predicted here. I also predicted that there will be miles/points related promos coming which we are definitely not seeing yet as everyone appears to be freaked out and frozen in place. And this whole outbreak is causing travel companies to worry about survival…as the first casualty is in the books. If no relief, they’ll be lining up for bailouts next? So, these promos won’t be coming anytime soon until the outbreak is mostly over. Which may take a while it appears. So, here is a Master List Of Airline Coronavirus Fee Waivers, Including Latest Updates From American And Air Canada. What we are seeing is WIDE OPEN award space availability pretty much across the board though.
Looks like more cards from US Bank Soon To Launch Two New Altitude Cards.
For Detroit based readers and anyone flying through Detroit, we have news: Chick-fil-A, Anita’s Kitchen open at Detroit Metro Airport’s North Terminal.
The never ending saga continues: Ryugyong Hotel: The story of North Korea’s ‘Hotel of Doom’.
If you ever visit the Greek island of Poros: 12 Exciting and Delicious Things to Do in Poros, Greece. I was here in my college years, seems like yesterday!
This may help some readers: A Gig Worker’s Guide to Filing Taxes.
The impact is huge! The Impact of International Students on the U.S. Economy. It was already bad with the Trump administration making things difficult. Add the corona virus outbreak and I won’t be surprised if some US colleges call it quits…
Another fascinating link! Where Are the Oldest Companies in Existence? The oldest company is in Japan, going strong since Year 578. This is no typo, there is no digit missing, yes Year 578, wow! The oldest company in Greece is a cafe/kafenio operating in an island since…1785! Oldest company in the US is a plantation operating since 1638.
ODDZ & ENDZ
This story The Second Career of Michael Riegels is long but it is a must read…if you are interested to learn how offshore tax havens work. The story shows the history behind how the British Virgin Islands came to be a hotbed of this and how this attorney Riegels got rich doing this. And how things changed after the financial crisis. When I started reading this…I could not stop. Definitely BestOfWeb material!
Greece is under siege now by immigrants attempting to enter through Turkey. The company is at a breaking point, the islands are way beyond capacity and local residents have absolutely had it. Turkey is playing geopolitical games and Erdogan may have completely lost it. Thousands of Migrants Attempt to Cross Into Europe From Turkey. The photographs show the human suffering, it is an extremely difficult situation.
No, I am not thinking to do an ultra marathon. Not anytime soon! But I have always been fascinated by how people can push themselves to achieve great things with their bodies. How ultrarunners are pushing the human body beyond all limits.
You may cry with this, you have been warned. The bond between a dog and a kid from birth onwards.
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.
Question: How long does it take to get AA miles credited from a British Airways flight (not AA codeshare) with the AAadvantage number attached to it?
This local WalMart was VERY well known in the Ann Arbor area MS community. RIP Walmart Supercenter in Ypsilanti Township is closing. It became increasingly unfriendly in recent times…but those early BlueBird days were sooooo good.
Another hit as US Bank Devalues Flex Perks Rewards. Reader Tino left this comment which of course makes sense but credit card sales bloggers would not do posts on because they can’t sell the “fly for free…if you apply for these seven credit cards now, hurry!’ line.
When you can get a fee-free card that offers 2% cash back, why on earth is anyone still accumulating funny money that can only be redeemed at the issuer’s terms, which can be changed/eliminated at will?
As of late night yesterday, there have been zero credit card conversions in my site. I hate whining…but at this rate the Wednesday posts go poof next month. My site hits 10 every month, we continue the MWF posting until I run out of gas. I long gave up to be taken out by The Points Guy lol.
WTF is wrong with this guy?
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