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MILES & POINTS
It will be very interesting to see how the travel industry deals with all the disruptions going on due to the corona virus situation. I think we will see which companies are stronger and able to last until the eventual recovery and normalcy returns. This is where having to service lots of debt can kill you! And, extending this to our quirky hobby which remains the base of this blog’s existence, my gut feeling is we are likely to see amazing promotions come our way. Maybe not right away but I think they are coming. I could be wrong of course because I am no thought leader or anything narcissistic like that. 🙂
Nice straight forward give me the basics review of the Athens Hilton. I have two nights booked with points here in early November.
Mile Nerd is back with his once a month post: A Simple Time. He takes on Jackassery. Lol.
I am struggling to find worthy stuff here, weekends are slow!
Late addition: Hyatt Hotel Brand Cheat Sheet – What You Can Expect At Each Hotel Brand. There is one named Alila, seriously?
Oh, wait. I have an “amazing” Choice Hotels promotion! Stay two separate qualifying times between March 7 – April 26 and you can earn enough points to redeem for a future FREE night.
Life in Saudi Arabia has changed, thanks to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, more commonly known as MbS. Or chainsaw dude. Very interesting article. Wait, it will shock you, is that better? Tinder, Parties and No Morality Police, An Israeli Reporter’s Journey Through Saudi Arabia.
This is very cool: Ranked: The 100 Most Spoken Languages Around the World.
Well, this is impacting travel big time and I found it to be an excellent article on the subject: Preparing for Coronavirus to Strike the US.
Well, this is Ann Arbor specific. If you live here you know this guy. And if you ever visited here you were likely approached by this guy, he has been here forever! Arthur, downtown Ann Arbor’s well known panhandler, dies at age 66.
You know, a merger between Wells Fargo and American Express may actually be a good fit lol: American Express Employees Boosted Card Sales By Misleading, Coercing Business Owners. Every day I get something from Amex urging me to take their “free” money borrowing from them, every single day, it is so absurd!
You can’t control what the market does but you can control your taxes. 12 Tax Deductions and Credits You Shouldn’t Overlook.
And, most importantly, Don’t Lose It.
You can’t control the financial markets. They’re driven by news—and we simply don’t know what news we’ll get in the weeks and months ahead, whether it’s about the spread of the coronavirus, its impact on the global economy or something else entirely. But don’t despair: There’s also much that we can control, including how much we save and spend, the amount of investment risk we take, how much we pay in investment costs, our portfolio’s tax efficiency and—most critically at a time like this—our own emotional reaction to market ups and downs.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Short film masterpiece: Be a Lady They Said.
Ok, time to laugh: Unmute this. You are welcome.
Another one of these posts! 52 Things I Learned in 2019. I love them! Some favorites:
The average human hug lasts 3 seconds. This holds true across all cultures.
Tikka masala, the famous Indian dish, was probably invented in 1971 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Sperm cells can’t turn left, so they swim in ever-expanding right-turning circles to get where they need to go.
Having a younger brother reduces your earnings by 7% on average.
Another must read for you. I lost count how many times I screamed WTF reading this one: The Bible That Oozed Oil. This is about some religious zealots somehow kind of scamming a bunch of morons who believed that a Bible was oozing real oil when all he was doing was buying it from a Tractor Supply store. And of course they thought Trump was sent by God. I shook my head so much it almost separated from my body. How sad!
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.
The American Airlines AAdvantage account of Middle Age Miles was finally terminated. As warned. And, as expected, he is going the legal route. Helps a lot if you are an attorney in real life. And good luck. And something that applies to all bloggers, an article of yours will not be linked here if it contains a link to one of these blogs, ok? I still have some principles!
I may need to cut down my work here. Because it just does not pay and my regular work is super busy right now due to the market downturn. In my line of work, we work a lot more and make a lot less when stock markets dive. It comes with the territory of course but then when you really look at it from a grand picture….makes continuing the blog here for what this blog brings, well, it has always been an incredibly non smart thing to do. But, you know, I liked the non monetary rewards I get. But after more than seven years it is getting much harder in times like this. Lets see what happens. See you Wednesday. God willing.
Or I can evolve like Miles to Memories and start doing posts like: “What Credit Card should I get next? Here’s How to Make the Best Decision.” with almost two dozen credit card affiliate links…Will this be the blog The Points Guy buys next?
I saw the movie Invisible Man. I liked it.
Pushed my long run day to Sunday from Saturday because it was too long. I managed to run 8 miles beating my PR by 1 minute #winning.
And I leave you with this…
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