There were some extensive efforts done yesterday to book an award for two either on Delta or Avios with no success. I must admit I have had good luck booking last minute trips with my Skymiles, excuse me, I meant Skypesos. But this time I simply waited too long to book something and the Christmas holidays was probably asking too much as expected. I was just not going to pay 60k miles to Las Vegas or 305k miles to Sydney! Spending 45k miles to Mexico City was quite attractive but we really wanted to get somewhere warm! This was going to be a quick getaway trip leaving the kids behind. It was not meant to be. I am taking advantage of the break to get tons of work done, wife and kids are happy here at brother in law’s in New Jersey. And the beat goes on…
The Mileage Junkie’s Guide to Staying Healthy This is a GREAT article! HT to MommyPoints for bringing it to my attention! It also references this blog as: “another way to relax is vent”. I have no idea why the author feels this way, lol. MUST read for the hardcore miles/points addict! To author: Such gem does not belong in a website for nursing degrees! For write ups like this, I would love you to guest post in my blog! I wish I could offer you 5% of my gazillions in revenue rolling in from devoted readers clicking on my affiliate links, lol! So, drop everything and enjoy this read and nod affirmatively if you recognize yourselves…I sure did!
Hack My Trip wrote an interesting piece on “Hotel Annoyances, and a Few Benefits of Elite Status” Gary adds to the discussion with “Some of the Good and Bad of Hotel Hospitality“. I find myself agreeing with Scott on every point he raised, scary:-)
Ben’s epic trip report of Emirates First Class from London Heathrow to Dubai is finally here. TBB is ecstatic that the wet towel pics are BACK, yeah!
Ben is going for status at Kimpton Hotels. I have never stayed in a Kimpton hotel yet but I have always heard great things about them too! If you thought that Hyatt is small you probably would not like Kimpton as they have only about 50 hotels ONLY in the US! I wonder if they do status matches…Hoping for an update on this soon, please be patient!
An excellent summary again by Loyalty Lobby of the Pros and Cons of Marriott Rewards. I do not like Marriotts, period! Ridiculous elite requirements and no porn allowed, that is too far! :–)
Delta Points (!!!) has an informative post on the 10 Delta Q&As before & after year end that always come up. Probably the best DP blog post since I started my blog! The most shocking is how he controlled himself in not adding a single credit card link in the body of the post, wow!
Gary Leff writes about how Autoslash can still be useful for car rentals. And he gives a few more tips on saving on car rentals through other avenues. I personaly have had good experiences with Carrentalsavers.com. Also Priceline & Hotwire too if I don’t end up with National again.
Yes Virginia, you can buy Vanilla Reloads in Walgreens. There are VERY rare so you may likely run out of gas while you find one. When you find one, please be gentle and do not buy $20k at once!
Gadling wrote “What Hotels Offer a Free Breakfast“.
Barefoot Nomad has the “10 Gifts of Travel Inspiration” We are total suckers for inspirational travel stuff!
NOT SO BEST OF
Frugal Travel Guy pushed hard for the crappy US Air credit card deals today, even AFTER so much has been written about it. Even he himself had written about how inferior this offer is to the non affiliate link offer when it first came out. Or was this churning “challenge” written by another contributor or was it just written by Flex Offers or Internet Brands and published here without his knowledge now that he sold the blog? The bottom line is that the advice here is just WRONG and there is only one explanation why this is published here! Unbelievable!
WorldWanderlusting also pushes the crappy US Air credit card. He starts out talking about buddy passes and then bang, he comes to the rescue of his readers by this “Awesome” deal. Shameful indeed! Pimping at its finest I guess!
This probably does not belong here as it causes absolutely no harm. It is here because I find it absolutely incredible that the epic Bora Bora trip report by Million Mile Secrets is STILL not over! In my long experience, I have NEVER seen a trip report be broken down into so many segments! A bit moderation/consolidation would be very welcome, imho. And now watch how he will extend it to another 20 additional segments to hit back at me:-) Next installment soon: “Is Water expensive in Bora Bora? Comparing the different options for water”, lol.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Sweet Brown’s Cold Pop Escape I first discovered this hilarious video at Ben’s One Mile at a Time
And then @AZTravelGuy mentioned this even MORE hilarious video spoofing Sweet Brown remix. I have not laughed so hard in a long time!
Dog Kikko is dead meat now with a $2 million dollar in its head!
And now for something a lot more serious. This article here, imho of course, is right on and this is one of the main reasons I despise all the pimping going on behalf of the big banks! “It’s Not a Tax or Spending Problem…It’s a Devolution into Lawlesness“
Fact Check: Guns in America: Come on, where is my NRA buddy to light up the comments again, I miss him as much as Ben misses Frank, lol.
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