It was a wild day yesterday. Shockingly, TBB had to make a separate post about all the confusion from the US Air “new 50k” credit card offer. You can read it all about it here. There is so much materail to cover, so let’s get the show started!
Frequent Miler expands on his Marriott Platinum Challenge try. Some really good advice here on how to get the status if you have Marriott stays in the future. TBB generally avoids Marriotts because they have ridiculously strict Elite requalification criteria and suite upgrades are not a stated benefit. Also because they do not allow porn…and that goes a bit too far, lol.
My name is Dan and I am a credit card churning addict. There is only Dan who can manage to churn each card 22 times while paying no annual fees whatsover:-) Seriously, you can learn quite a lot from this post and Dan’s answers to the comment questions! If you are in awe, we are too! It’s okay, learn something, find time to implement it (always challenging) and then reap the benefits. And if you carry credit card balances, WTF are you doing here reading this??????
TPG has a post on Lifetime Status in Marriott, Starwood and Hyatt. Marriott became a little easier, Starwood is doable for some readers I am sure and Hyatt requires ONLY a spend of $200k in Hyatt hotels, insert hysterical laugh here!!!!
The Wall Stree Journal Middle Seat column had a pretty good article on “The Short Path to First Class“. Hope you can access it, I have had a WSJ account since birth! Gary Leff has a pretty good analysis of the WSJ article. What is my take on this? If you don’t fly much, be a free agent, Silver (lol) and Gold does not mean that much anymore and bennies are likely going to be devalued at these levels even more! If you fly a lot, it still makes sense to be a higher level elite. And hell no, I would never buy status from an airline!! The good old glory days of mega mileage run deals are over; these days the airlines will stick it to you with ever so imaginative fees. Plus, their darn computer systems have improved so much! Except Alitalia’s, lol.
Another ridiculous and inexcusable customer service showing by United. Pointchaser has the gory details. Yikes! I can’t help but think if Skymiles did not suck so bad…Delta could easily be the best US airline!
New Girl in the Air has the scoop on the 1st Quarter 2013 Priority Club “Stay X, Earn Y” and other promotions. I liked the commentary!
Matador Network has 46 quotes and photos for reflection. Love it!
Matador Network (againg) has amazingly stunning pics of 11 bizarre species to find in a Great Barrier Reef dive. Love it, love it, love it!
NOT SO BEST OF
Here is the apology from GhettoIFE. Very welcome of course. Still, it should not have happened in the first place! And I always wondered about the “Ghetto” name, never made sense to me!
Roms Deals had an interview at Million Mile Secrets a few weeks ago. In the comments there I predicted “it will not take long now until he adds affiliate links”. Well, it looks like they are already here; that was fast, wow! Everyone starts with Discover;-)
The Points Guy FINALLY wrote about how to get 1,000 United Miles for Joining BCKSTGR. Why is this here? Well because it is at least a week or longer before eveyone wrote about it! As THE points guy with contributing editors and staff…I would expect them to be faster on this!
Gary suggests we should all open AviancaTaca Lifemiles accounts now. I am not convinced after reading the article and the comments. The negatives appear, to me (subjectively as always), to outweigh the negatives! But he certainly made a thorough post about it, maybe it belonged in the “Best Of” category? I am just inserting it here as he has been in the Best Of corner way too many times and I need to make sure he doesn’t slack:-)
Ok, I am on a mega rant mood today. It amazes me how many different “angles” bloggers take to assault us with the same darn credit card links over and over and over, help! We all now can recite all the benefits of the Chase Ink/Plus cards and the Sapphire Preferred. If I only had a dollar for every link I see for these cards I could afford a crack web design team, a bunch of contributing editors and fly Etihad F around the world non stop! The latest “innovative” angle is…, drumroll please, Ben’s “The simple approach to credit cards“. Really interesting that Ben has now become a credit card expert, shaking my head here..We do not want to read yet another post how the Chase Sapphire gets us a 7% dividend or how we can earn 5x at office supply stores with our Ink cards. We come to you to read about…your Etihad experience for crying out loud, when are you going to finish it, we are all on pins and needles waiting for it…I actually can’t sleep, I just day dream about it while scrolling up and down my Google Reader feed!
ODDZ & ENDZ
2012 – The Year of Bank Fraud. Nice list of fines listed here, well done!
The 30 Most Powerful Photobombs of the Year. If you don’t laugh here, there is something wrong with you:-)
21 Hilarious Tweets for the End of the World Very very funny!
7 Things You Will Smile About When You’re Older Check out number 1, is this blog becoming a passion? hehe. I am all for number 3, creating happiness!