One more day in New Jersey. I had lunch again with Angelina of JustAnotherPointsTraveler and we caught up with all the blog buzz. I gave her my tutorial on how to win contests which resulted in a win by her as we spoke! It appears she won a prize by Virgin Atlantic and we hope it is a flight to London for two. It goes to show you that if you have lunch with me you are a winner, lol! Thanks for the great company and technical help Angelina and good luck with the move! Looks like I will be in Brooklyn this weekend!
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Lots of great stuff today! Reminder: No daily buzz round up on Sundays, I need a break por favor!
Gary Leff has a great post on the Top 8 Eight Best Uses of Skymiles. Loved the comment ” This is Delta after all, so it’s really tough to come up with 10.”, very funny! I learned quite a few things from this post. And if there is one thing TBB loves…it is learning NEW things! One of these days I will book my trip to Sydney!
Frequent Miler has a blog post about (is it new or was I sleeping?) the Barclays Arrival Mastercard that earns its own proprietary bank points redeemable for travel in the same way Capital One Venture card does. If you can get the 40k offer this may be worthy it for some. Here is my comment at FM’s post:
Good to see another competitor in the proprietay bank currency! They do one leg up on the Capital Venture card with the 10% rebate BUT without waiving the annual fee.
Some things to consider:
1) Doubt that the service in redeeming will be so painless as Capital One (ONLY talking about redemption here!)
2) It is Barclays & they may approve you for the lesser version of the card. One of the most annoying things EVER in this hobby.
3) Good for flexibility…Would prefer to see 50k signing bonus to make me Move on this:-)
Travel Summary had a post on his adventures with prepaid cards. Good to know all the Bluebird limits again. Once they apply to you, you learn them for good:-) And nice job on the new website!
Mommy Points outlines the Ins and Outs of the Ultimate Rewards Shopping portal.
Brian the Points Guy is a PR machine. Here he is on CNBC. I would definitely ask for compensation if they cut me off suddenly like this! Just kidding, come on!
Delta’s CEO, in the official Delta Airlines blog, tells us everything is awesome and the future is so bright we all got to wear shades! All the money spent on enhancements and not a cent spent on the BROKEN award search engine. At this point, only Delta Points calls Delta his beloved airline:-)
Amol at Hack My Trip has a good post explaining what Fifth Freedom flights are and a very thorough list of them, kudos for the hard work!
Amol again, at his own PointstoPointsB blog, reviews his 2012 travel year. He has AMAZING trip reports, please click on the ones you are interested! And of course his satire video on the OfficeDepot/VanillaReloads ‘event” is already one of the all time classics in this quirky hobby of ours!
There is another way to Maldives starting in March 2013: Korean Air through Colombo, Sri Lanka. We ‘ll touch base when this gets closer I guess. HT to Ben at One Mile at a Time.
Last words of airline crashing crews. HIGHLY disturbing. RIP
54 best photos of 2012 in Matador. You.Must.Click.This.Trust.Me!
Delta dropping both e-miles and e-rewards. Hmm, a precursor to going all rev? Probalby not, very good analysis here
Beijing and Shanghai no longer require visas if you have a ticket out within 72 hours, hooray!
NOT SO BEST OF
I was struggling to find something here. And this entry probably does not belong here at all! Since it deals with Chase’s new policy for affiliates I made the executive decision to add it here since I find it both great and disturbing at the same time! Miles Momma explains this new policy. Apparently, we will stop seeing alarming titles like “Offer expiring tomorrow, you much click now or you will rot in hell”! I say HELL YEAH!!!! It is also becoming so apparent who is holding the upper hand in this monetary relationship (like there was ever any doubt). If Chase says “Jump” bloggers jump. This is so anti TBB, we cherish our independence here! At the same time, we must be amazingly disturbed to do all this labor intensive work for just the occasional words of support, many insults and several bloggers not talking to us anymore (your problem, not mine! You know I love you all…well, not all, most, lol). Let’s see how long TBB can keep up this pace!
And I almost missed this but thanks to an alert reader I am about to go off again! My friend Rick at Frugal Travel Guy wrote “Passive Income: A Lesson for All“. This was, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION AS ALWAYS, nothing other than a direct attempt to get readers to click on his TopCashBack and Big Crumbs and increase his passive income. It is his blog and he can write whatever he wants. It is my blog whose mission is to review other travel blogs and this passive income sounds very MLM/Amway like to me! These sentences make my stomach turn (my comments in [brackets]):
Particularly those readers that are younger and have many more years to enjoy the benefits and build a network. [Yeah, build it!]
Sign up through my Big Crumbs Referral Link and then start your own referral network. [build it baby, build,build, build]
You’ll earn passive income from your friends and their friends after them (generation #2) in small amounts, but for years to come. [don’t stop there, get new friends and their friends too!]
You will have developed your first passive income stream.[keep building,the more the better for you!]
Use twitter, Facebook, pinterest, email and whatever methods you have of reaching a network of your friends, associates and acquaintances, and watch that passive income stream grow and grow. [yeah, spam the crap out of everyone, badger them to death please, it is all about the build, no it is all about the network, no it is all about the passive income sorry my bad]
Five years from now, BigCrumbs could be paying your cellphone, electric and cable bill. and with a little effort on your part, maybe even your rent or mortgage. [Well, let’s see if Big Crumbs is still around in five years! Build, build, build. Or better yet get your own blog and get affiliate credit card offers and sell sell sell and build build build…who cares about the actual content anymore!!!!!!!]
Extremely disappointed and saddened…again!
ODDZ & ENDZ
2012: The Year in Pictures by the New York Times
A comprehensive list of all the dates predicted for Apocalyptic Events.
If somebody approaches with you an MLM Amway like opportunity please read this “I Hate Indian Network Marketers So Much” which is probably the best read on the subject. Dear reader, if you are ever approached for such an amazing opportunity, please reread this and RUN, RUN FAST!!
I hope you enjoyed yet another blog post and thank you very much for spending some time with me. I hope you were entertained, educated and enlightened in some way. Now go out and build build build something constructive please!