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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 two 75k Southwest personal cards, the 100k Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card and of course the 80k Ink Business Preferred. In addition, there are personal and business offers for the Amex Delta Skymiles Gold, Platinum and Reserve credit cards. Available with my links. Lets move on!
This is an excellent post on How To Use Google Flights to Find Cheap Business Class Flights (and Cheap Economy Flights Too!). Rock that “Date Grid” view!
We have a comprehensive 2020 Caesars Rewards Guide Plus Earning and Redeeming Tier Credits, Rewards Credits and Benefits. I guess I am Diamond until January 2021 and I have never stayed in any of their hotels. And the last time I gambled in a casino was in the 90s lol. The merry go round (as in getting a free match to Diamond status via Wyndham Rewards) is up again. And I would like to apologize for contributing to finally getting this deal killed. 🙂
Starting April 1st (really?) 2020, American Airlines will no longer partner with these hotel chains: Hilton, Choice and Best Western. Which should not mean anything to you because you know better. But still…found it surprising. Maybe it is a trend to have airlines get closer to one hotel chain. In the case of American Airlines it will of course be Hyatt.
Over the weekend miles and points action is always slow. So, lets read Mile Nerd‘s monthly post: Laker Town. Wonderful write up about losing Kobe and what it means, always a must read. Ever since he moved on from miles and points he still blesses us with now monthly posts that are always wonderful.
But Los Angeles does have one institution that fills its people with pride. Something so powerful that it can even pull this city together with a semblance of community…I am, of course, referring to the Lakers. It’s hard to describe just how much this city adores their team. More than Dallas loves the Cowboys…more than New York loves pizza…hell, even more than Alabama loves illiteracy.
I found this read fascinating: What Happens to Babies Born on Planes. There are almost 50 “skyborns”, as they are called. The first one was in 1929: “The father was an airplane enthusiast, and a doctor whose wife was heavily pregnant, so when she felt she was about to give birth, they got into his plane and kept circling at 2,000 feet until she gave birth…They called her Airleen.” The chance to be born in flight: 1 in 26 million! Then it goes on about which country has jurisdiction and what you write down as birth location.
The more I read about Airbnb the more I think “Why would I take the chance to perhaps be subject to one of these?”: Here Are the Most Common Airbnb Scams Worldwide.
Which one is your favorite? 🙂 TSA Instagram Account Posts The Strangest Things They Confiscate.
Amazing images of the Sun! Just released first images from the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the Sun’s surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope. NSF’s Inouye Solar Telescope, on the summit of Haleakala, Maui, in Hawai‘i, will enable a new era of solar science and a leap forward in understanding the Sun and its impacts on our planet.
This is a great presentation on technology by Benedict Evans.
In my line of work, well, we must worry about biases all the time. And here are even more of them than you imagined. I had no idea that these have been expanded! 50 Cognitive Biases in the Modern World. Google and IKEA effect anyone?
ODDZ & ENDZ
Amazing video showing tsetse flies having sex and giving birth, it will shock you!
If you read the whole thing and you are not crying, well, I am going to think you may be an alien. Mars? Their Son’s Heart Saved His Life. So He Rode 1,426 Miles to Meet Them. You have been warned!
Watch all the Super Bowl Ads. Are ads getting worse or is it just me?
Morons are everywhere. Watch these women celebrating Brexit, WTF to oblivion!
I only went fishing once. Lets just say, I found it excruciatingly boring. Hey, we are all different. But I recently saw that you can now fish by watching what happens in the water with an underwater camera. Well, that sounds a hell of a lot more appealing to me. Because I am a visual person lol. Here is the Amazon link for the GoFish underwater camera <—-AFFILIATE LINK.
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.
So, bloggers blog to death how you can spend money on booking “meetings” with Marriott in December to achieve certain elite statuses (and of course pumping their Marriott credit cards in the posts!) and then Marriott in late January starts applying their new rule not to allow any elite nights awarded retroactively. Bloggers get mad, call out the shady Marriott move, but WAIT! They still think all the Marriott credit cards are amazing and you can get lots of Bonvoy points so you can stay for freeeeeeee. The Points Guy has made millions this way, so many suckers out there…
The Points Guy pivoting to personal finance, brace yourselves! “What is an emergency fund and why does it matter?“. Just had to check that one to make sure they did not say something like “an emergency fund is a stack of Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards and Citibank Thank You Points and here is how you can do it! LINKLINKLINKLINKLINK…to oblivion!
My daughter was just accepted straight into the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, which was her main goal. So, needless to say, she is very happy and so are the proud parents. Still waiting to hear back from three east coast schools but it will take some amazing offers to pay…out of state tuition when we can handle in state tuition at the school her brother went and…we can keep an eye on her living a few miles away.
I am still in awe of what I saw at the SuperBowl. Shakira and JLo I mean lol. Nice to see Andy Reid finally win a trophy.
One of the bands I liked growing up was quirky (hey, fits my personality!) Gang of Four. We lost the awesome guitarist Andy Gill at the young age of 64 over the weekend. Here is one of their songs:
And I leave you with this…
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