It must be a slow day in the blogosphere. I wonder why? Me thinks it is because bloggers are too busy counting all the app money rolling in from the alarming Southwest credit card expiring links! Bad guess? Who cares, it is my blog and I can do what I want to (that reminds me of a song now, can’t remember which one, had too much wine as we finished all the crack last night, dang!). And bloggers probably were busy changing all the affiliate links to the 25k (yawn) offers now; this link editing takes time I was told! If you plan to push the Southwest 25k next prepare to feel the full brunt of TBB wrath, just a friendly warning;-)
It is December 7th and the grandiose partisan crap in Washington is still going on with the fiscal cliff now visible. Screw the fiscal cliff for now…how about some tax changes we can use to, you know, PLAN for 2013 and beyond for crying out super loud? WTF is going on, hello anybody home? Oops, I got a bit diverted. I just wanted you to know that we write whatever comes into our mind and when we mean whatever we totally mean it!
Frequent Miler wrote how to earn up to 70 points in Club Carlson properties with the new US Bank Club Carlson credit card. Good stuff but I must warn readers that this US Bank ain’t no Chase! US Bank is really weird. Words of caution from this Flyertalk thread:
They deny applicants left & right! Forget about reconsideration. You may be approved for the lower level Select card and no bonus! FT member xxpert says that “US Bank should call itself NigeriaBank”. They screw people and recently burned quite a few with the “Olympic” (oh the Olympic spirit) promo they had.
We here at TBB are not jumping on these cards from US Bank for now. Besides, we have a crapload of Club Carlson points from their recent mega promos. Still waiting for a blogger to actually produce some killer content instead of reposting credit card app links! Example: What are the BEST (meaning luxurious) Club Carlson properties?
Milevalue increased the price again on his award booking service! Still a good value but not as good as before the increase:-) We here at TBB prefer to torture ourselves for hours and hours trying to put something together because we are true masochists! Well, since we have no time to burn these days with this darn blog, we have truly become the champions of Hoarding miles/points. Please shoot us!
What Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Silver mean anyway? Do you know what is THE card to get now? How about the Starbucks card made of STEEL. Yeah, baby, STEEL! Going for only $450 (cost is $50, $400 is loaded on the card). Since we are Starbucks Gold Card members and we need to work on minimum spend for our new shiny Chase InkPlus card we are entertaining dark thoughts of going for it. Collector’s item most likely as only 5,000 cards will be made. The madness will start next Tuesday at gilt.com only! Or just renew our family gym membership so we can perfect our buns of steel, lol.
TBB RESPONDS TO CHRIS ELLIOTT POINTS
Hack My Trip defends Chris Elliott. Say what? Actually, it is a pretty good and fair analysis. We like to make fun of CE in our weird hobby but we have to face reality that we are just…weird, NOT normal people and we rub off some people the wrong way! Dear Chris, we are not all like that, you know…over entitled jerks! CE’s points and how they apply to me:
–You think if it doesn’t have wings, it’s not important: Some felow addicts are true aviation geeks. That’s cool. We are not. We like to ride Amtrak sleeper cabins across the country and take a very nice to luxurious rental car to memorable drives too! Heck, we even took a cruise finally last year!
–You would do anything for a mile: No, not anything, we do have some limits Sir! Did we go for a hair loss consultation for 20k Delta Skymies when we still had all of our hair? (we still do, yeah!) Did we go for a spree of buying over 100 small coffees for a Northwest Worldperks (forget the promo name now, anyone?) for mega miles? Car test drives? Flew to Hawaii via Amsterdam? Did SYR-DTW-SEA-ATL-SYR back to back to back? We must admit the online shopping stuff is just not our thing though.
–You whine when you don’t get an upgrade: It is disappointing indeed. I think of how blessed I am in my life and move to sit along with all the others, keeps me connected to the real people, you know the 47% lol.
–You refer to passengers in economy class as “little people”: What? I heard cattle class Sir but saying or even thinking like this is just plain wrong. Hey, I flew Southwest last week and enjoyed it ( a little).
–Loyalty programs are your religion: I must admit that Northwest’s Worldperks was indeed my religion. Delta Skymiles feels like a serial killer out to get me. Therefore, I am becoming a free agent next year. Down to just Silver after years of flying up front. Yes, I am ready. Fellow addicts, please hold the eggs!
One more thing? We discovered (yes we do read your newsletter here Chris!) that our dear friend Delta Points sponsored your newsletter (see yesterday’s blog post, please do not be mad, you have a tendency for that…it is all in the name of good fun here, you know, laugh a little at ourselves! I mean, my parents have been laughing at me ever since I was born, which may explain the severe mental health issues I have been facing, chemical dependencies and all fun things of that sort)
ODDZ & ENDZ
Best twitter handle EVER:
thanks for the heads up to Kathy @katruns26point2 who is a true Marathon addict and will Run for Miles anywhere!
We like to have fun of our crack habit. Of course crack is better than meth, just look at what meth can do to you! Oh, and don’t do drugs!
Adam Kornfiedl says
Starbucks card. Can also get 1500 miles for first purchase through united.com and 5 miles/dollar spent. So if looking to burn into the Starbucks steel
Do It For the Points! says
We would like to humbly submit to the TBB Editorial Board our reviews of the Radisson Blu Amsterdam and Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street in London. Both are top properties for Club Carlson…so at least you can kinda see what you get for your money at CC.
TravelBlogger Buzz says
@ Adam: Thanks,good to know. I won’t be going for it by the way, just feels like a super luxury purchase!
@ Do It For the Points: Thanks a lot, I will check them out!
“Don’t worry folks, you don’t have to ACT NOW. I’m sure gleff will remind us at least 2 more times before it expires that we need to apply for this CC.
BTW, this was quite the cut and paste job you did today gleff. I swear I’ve read almost every sentence in this blog post word for word in the past. 🙁 “
Whoops, I meant to post the above comment on gleff’s blog, but seems that clown has banned me from commenting on his blog. Not only is he a pathetic neverending credit card pimp (see his post from today), but it turns out he’s also a liar as he claims he has deleted less than 5 comments in his life, and I know of more than 5 comments he has deleted (not only mine BTW). Need to get the Deal Killing Bloggers thread reopened soon………
TravelBlogger Buzz says
I am afraid we must have to deal with these alarming credit card posts, they are here to stay! By the way, I registered the “RantWorldHeadquarters.com” domain and it is for sale;-)