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Back in Ann Arbor from sunny San Diego in time for the first snow fall of the season…
MILES & POINTS
The “loyalty” cancer to award the goodies to the customers who spend the big bucks is spreading. We freeloaders have to adapt and adjust and stick it back to them with being free agents until they need us again. Will we ever see the good old days of this hobby again? Probably not. But hope never dies I guess. What died years ago is me turning left in a US domestic flight like I did for about ten years straight as a Northwest Airlines Platinum elite. When I turn right and walk to the back of the bus these days I try not to make eye contact with the passengers in First Class you guys, sad lol. Oh, my point was this link: Confirmed: Lufthansa Miles&More Announces Massive (Negative) Program Changes Effective January 1, 2021.
As the Greek economy finally starts to recover (it is amazing what a government staffed with people who mostly know what they are doing!), there is increased interest in investing in the tourism sector (one of the few bright spots in the history of the country, thanks Zeus!). Reading the Greek press, I made the following notes:
- Airbnb properties and boutique hotels are exploding in Athens.
- In addition to a Four Seasons hotel, an Israeli company Brown Hotels is coming to the Omonia neighborhood (it may be safe again to walk there as it had become a den of drugs and whores) to restore the Acropol hotel that closed its doors back in 2010.
- Guess which brand is also coming there? Marriott’s Moxy hotel at the end of 2020 or early 2021 you guys! I bet you can not wait to burn some of your Bonvoy points there!
- Marriott will also open another Autograph Collection too (in addition to the Domes of Elounda in Crete that opened in 2015).
- Fattal Hotels (never heard of it) will open a Leonardo hotel branded property too after taking over Esperia hotel that was also shut down back in 2010.
- Accor is also coming with another Ibis hotel, which makes it the 2nd Ibis in Greece and the chain now has four properties in Greece.
- And there is talk of doing more expansion/improvements in the Thessaloniki airport which includes rumors of a new hotel connected to it.
It is odd that Chase has kept the Chase Ink Preferred business card signup bonus at 80,000 Ultimate Rewards points for so long. This post explains the card well and if you determine it is right for your relative (I am assuming most of my readers are over 5/24) please come back and use my links so you can be conversion #2 this month, sad lol!
Nice roundup: World’s Most Remote Islands.
The Nepal trip report at Travel Codex continues: Trekking the Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu Valley of Nepal.
There are a lot of them! Your guide to ride-sharing apps around the world.
Drop everything. Stop. Watch this video titled THE ISLAND. It is the Greek island of Amorgos. Which, to my knowledge, does not get many tourists. At all. But after watching this video you have no desire to visit I am going to wonder out loud if you are a human!
I found this very interesting: How Much You Need to Retire Comfortably in Each State.
ODDZ & ENDZ
I liked this one too a lot! 5 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life. I found nodding my head as I was reading…
This is, well, amazing. Stress in America 2019 Edition. All kinds of interactive graphics of what everyone is stressing out about. Notice how they all stress about money!
Well, if I worked in an office building, I would love to walk by everyday to this, wow!
Today, I am big on stuff for your eyes! The Starling and Falcon Dance. Wow again!
Feast for your eyes. Ornito-graphies by Xavi Bou.
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.
Well, we need to get the two guys behind the Amex RAT team frenetic beating of us to a recruiter who will get then out of there to other jobs so they will leave us the phuck alone, sad lol!
Update: Just saw Frequent Miler post about it shortly after my post went live: Amex rachets up their war on gaming with wave of shutdowns.
Just four days until United kills award charts and then all awards will be based on whatever the computer says, end of an era. What is taking American Airlines so long to join them?
A post about a Chase shutdown experience.
The Andaz in San Diego is nice but oh so loud. The rooftop with the pool and the restaurant/bar are great. I guess there are worse properties to blow a free Hyatt Visa night.
Any hope of getting Hilton Honors to extend the free night cert (from spending over $15k on the Amex Hilton Business card) by just two days?
And I leave you with this…
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