From all the staff at TBB, we wish you the Best Year Ever!
I am back in Ann Arbor, home sweet home!
There will likely not be a post tomorrow as I expect traffic to be very light. I am also heading into the two busiest weeks of the year for my real job (yes I do have one that pays the bills!)…so help me God!
Kind of light traffic today. Lots of blogger “My 2012 Trips” type of posts. Of course I always find something to feature here that can improve your quality of life, cough!
Emily gets 8 cards and 355k points. Nice detailed post. And absolutely great disclosure policy up front telling readers which cards pay him and which do not. Most importantly, no featuring of inferior affiliate credit card offers! We are not done yet…He gives a mention and links to RTC’s credit card links and tells readers to use those links! Now THAT is outstanding, Kudos to you! Hey, Delta Points, Milevalue, Frugal Travel Guy, how about YOU doing it this way? Of course we would prefer not to have our eye sockets attacked with so many links in the body of the posts but maybe we are asking way too much! If this practice is copied by other bloggers it would be such a big improvement! Anyone cares to bet we will see others copying MMS? I would not make that bet, lol.
And since we are on this favorite subject of mine…Please read “A Quick Word on Ethics with MJ“. I like it! I responded in Marshall Jackson’s blog and pasting part of my comment here:
“Now, on the Ethics Tab. I LOVE IT! Sometimes I am harsh on other bloggers who, IN MY OPINION, do things the wrong way and say so in my blog (apparently, it is the most popular feature, lol). I would love it if there were no affiliate links for banks! But, it is what it is. For better or worse (yes Worse!) they are here to stay for a while and believe me I know know how hard work it is to do this blogging thing while carrying a real job and family responsibilities…it is actually insane! So, I think full disclosure is paramount and the RIGHT thing to do! And not buried in tiny font in an obscure part of the website NOBODY will go there to read! Disclose the relationship in the body of the post so ALL (most importantly, NEW Readers) readers are aware of it and let THEM choose what to do! I think such a practice should be adopted by all of Boarding Area blogs, the credibility of BA will shoot way up!
Keep it real, keep helpful content, add value, fully disclose and ALWAYS eat some aff clicks and promote the BETTER offer!
For my readers based in the UK, Head for Points is a must read! In this post “What do we expect from the loyalty market in 2013?“, he gives us his take on what’s coming for Avios, Hilton and Priority Club, Virgin Atlantic, credit card bonuses and more. It is another reminder that we US based addicts are so so lucky to live here where the banks are free to roam and give out insane signing bonuses over and over. Hey, who cares if they get in way ove their heads, we taxpayers will be there to bail them out again and keep up the bank executives’ bonuses!
An update on the Macy’s post by PointChaser! Not dead yet but a lot more caution is warranted. From the get go, this did not smell good to me. Besides, it may take me near a shopping mall and there are way too many people there going nuts on credit cards! I think we have a systemic problem in this space. There is so little original content that a blogger will spill something out too quick to ensure they are the first ones out with a new “hack”. Perhaps all the research in this second post should have been done BEFORE the first post came out instead of just getting it out there and then getting into more detail into the Terms & Conditions. You say to keep it under $5k per month. Too late, some bozo now is doing a LOT more than that, management notices, and bang, it’s over! YMMV as always.
New Girl in the Air on “Forfeiting Status in 2012“. This perspective is not only common but is NEEDED to keep us all grounded and not start losing all perspective like Chris Elliot rants about (and admit it, he is right about lots of things!). I am going from Delta Platinum to Delta Silver…It is time for free agency baby!
Very Good Points has an excellent blog post “Stop Hating the Road Warrior“. I think it is a pretty good take on what they go through!
Airlines We Lost in 2012 by Cranky Flier
Don’t worry, I am the Kobe Bryant of the TSA. Say whaaaaaaat!!!!!!This is definitely NOT what you want to hear when you are about to be groped!
The Best of Matador 2012 You can spend hours here, all amazing stuff! One of my favorite pure travel sites. No miles/points here, just travel.
NOT SO BEST OF
Noob Traveler writes for the 79th time about…you guessed it, Ink Bold vs. Ink Plus. And he has the weirdest disclosure language (ok, at least he has one!): Disclaimer: I receive a referral for the Ink cards mentioned. Thanks for the support if you decide to apply, and imagine a fist bump) [A fist bump????????? WTF!!!!!!]
I got him finally in this category! Frequent Miler has his Ultimate Rewards Mall 2013 Predictions. I don’t like these posts, just saying. It’s like trying to predict the tax changes in Congress these days, just give us the highlights when they are published! Filler posts are so not FrequentMiler like:-)
ODDZ & ENDZ
The 21 Craziest Things the TSA Found in Travelers’ Luggage in 2012. Some of these must be seen!
Ozzy Osbourne International Airport coming soon?
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