Over the weekend I switched this blog website to its own domain, so no more blogspot urls to deal with!
It is still hosted at Blogger and one day I will move it to WordPress. At the rate of speed I move this is likely going to happen in…2016! I almost had a major heart attack when Blogger was giving me “Error 12” messages. I managed to figure it out without shooting myself. One step closer to affiliate credit card income…just kidding! Dear God please give me the strength to survive the avalanche coming at me in a week or two. As always, I am doing my best to provide a high quality blog and make a difference!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
I will now show separately the “Best of Miles/Points” and “Best of Travel” sections and will continue to emphasize these areas as I have always done. Yes, I will continue to have a “Not so Best Of” section reserved only for things that really make me lose it. I am becoming so used to and a bit immune to all the stuff I see lately…so I tend to ignore most of the pure credit card push filler posts! Does anyone NOT know that you get 5 Chase Ultimate Reward points at office supplies stores anymore? I review blogs and call it as I see it, every blog is a fair game to me, so behave:-)
There will be a prize giveaway in the near future.
I always love to hear from you with any comments/feedback/insult/tips on what to cover, etc. Ways to contact me:
BEST OF MILES/POINTS
Mr. Pickles, the Dos Equis guy of miles/points, is blogging about his trip aboard Singapore Airlines A380 flight. Here is Part One His stuff is always most interesting…
Milevalue posted on “How to Pick a Hostel“. I have no idea about hostels! I remember as a high school student in Santorini we stopped at a small hostel there and I almost had a heart attack seeing the bunk beds. I still remember the way a guy looked at me while laying on his bed. Visions of several serial killer movies went through my head instantly! It was expensive anyway so we ended up in someone’s roof! Let me just say I have come a very long way since then, lol. If I was a single young guy now I would probably give the hostels another chance. I learned something in this post and maybe you would too if you are interested! There is a follow up post on “Ten Tips to Enjoy a Hostel Stay Ten Times More“. Hey, very smooth pick up line;-)
Mommy Points wrote an excellent post about the “Epic Meltdown of Some Wyndham Rewards Redemptions“. Now please allow me to put on my veteran hat. We all have limited time, you got to pick your spots in this game. There are some companies out there that lost the respect of their customers/users/members a long time ago. This is how I operate: I wrote off Wyndham Rewards a long time ago, I think the company totally sucks. And what the heck did you guys all expect when every blogger was pounding on the Daily Getaways deals and how awesome it was, what did you expect really???? I never did any Daily Getaways as it required me to depart with my own cash while I have plenty of hotel points available and have a hard time burning those!! This program has a history of pulling stunts like this. I do not bother with them and neither should you! To all bloggers: When everyone does this (“Daily Getaways is so awesome” and congratulating each other for the “scores”) and the program responds with moves like this…I would not feel very well about it for (innocently and with no malice of course) leading my readers to a bad deal. Off my soap box, thank you!
Ben writes about how The Delta Skymiles/Air France situation is getting worse and worse. Again, please read my Wyndham rant above, it applies here too! Ben says:
For the past several months the main issue has been how deceiving Delta has been about displaying Air France award space. [ yep, standard operating procedure…]
There happens to be Air France award space on this flight, though Delta doesn’t want you to know that. [you.don’t.say!!!]
This is downright deceptive [that’s what I am talking about!]
Best I can tell, Delta doesn’t have access to a single transatlantic Air France business class award seat between September 1 and September 29. [excuse me, let me pull out the knife out of my back!]
Ben again has one of his best trip reports “Bling it On: Etihad Airways Frist Class Abu Dhabi to New York JFK“. Wow, the detail, the pictures, the amazing food, what an experience! Thank God we all get to see what Etihad’s wet towel looks like! And what is this,NO Diet Coke?? Diet Pepsi, the choice of the new generation? 🙂
“Why airline loyalty schemes make being loyal incredibly hard? Interesting article at Quartz about our hobby. It is how it is viewed by the common man, you know, the one Chris Elliott appeals to! We can probably get around most of these but it sure is getting harder and of course devaluations will continue to run rampant! Excerpt: “Airlines, he says, are hurting themselves by disappointing and confusing loyal customers.” [Free agency baby, earn & burn, save the cash, blow them on dinner & outings when you get there!]
Does anyone really bother with CokeRewards anymore? I mean, really? Please make better use of your time. And stop drinking coke and pepsi! I am trying to quit this sugary drink crap, I have not had a single soda/pop this year!!! High Five!
BEST OF TRAVEL
From the USA Today: “Passenger has baby aboard flight over Armenia“. Happy outcome! I would be trying to figure out how to get the baby the frequent flyer miles! There must be a way:-)
New Girl in the Air wrote “Morocco in a Nutshell“. Nice write up!
Gadling reports that Wikipedia will be launching a new travel website tomorrow!
NOT SO BEST OF
Pizza in Motion passes two inferior US Air cc afiiliate links and one superior non affiliate cc link and justifies it with: “For those that don’t have an issue with using a link they don’t technically qualify for, the Chairman offer is the better choice since you could at least print a screen shot of the annual fee waiver and complain if you got charged.” [ Really? We went through this so many times! No need to complain, the inferior non affiliate offer works like a charm still and has been working for a long time! I am almost convinced that Barclay’s intention was for this card to be available to all but some idiot employee entered the “scary language” in the top line. I believe this employee was just transferred from the US Dividends Miles call center, lol.]
ODDZ & ENDZ
Screaming Sweden The culture that is Sweden 🙂
Does Wal Mart really sell a Dress Up America Adult Jewish Grand Rabbi Robe?