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I need to get some sleep. Wife had the brilliant idea to burn miles just as I was about to sit down and work on this blog post! She is happy, she is going to see her mommy with our daughter to Singapore and Malaysia. Flying United and Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa next month over school winter break. You noticed I did not bother with my Skypesos as I would probably not finish this post until the morning!
MVP POST OF THE DAY
If you wanted to learn more about how this murky affiliate marketing world works here is your chance with this amazing post “The Affiliate Game Can Be a Dirty Proposition” by Travel Summary. GREAT research and thanks for laying it all out for us. I would rather have NRA gun nuts shoot at my head as target practice than ever be associated with a company like Flex Offers! Such practices and attitude totally disgust me! To have the audacity to tell a blogger to push the Discover cards, WTF!! But hey, the guy has to eat and he eats by pushing/forcing/shoving down more credit card links to everyone! This stuff makes me throw up in my mouth. I have been doing a lot of that lately it appears and it revolves around such outstanding corporate citizens as Bent Offers. Wow, maybe this is the post of the month!
Very interesting that Flex Offers sold the credit card division ONLY to Bankrate. Did they sell at a high price? Why would Bankrate buy this company? I bet FO has been very profitable indeed and some FO execs made out big time. (HT to Kathy)
BEST OF MILES/POINTS
Million Mile Secrets has a post listing the Award Booking services. This is something I really need to do because with everything going on and my stubborness of NOT starting to do filler posts in my blog leaves me with…well, no time at all! At the same time I feel like I SHOULD be able to figure this out myself! Wouldn’t it be nice if I could review all these award booking services too? But who would want to be reviewed by me with my reputation, they are probably all scared!
Hmm, it’s a dilemma indeed! I think I just got an idea for my giveaway that should happen this weekend! If an award booker who is not afraid of me is so confident they can help me in exchange of my honest review here it would be great! Ok, I will throw in a one week pass from my “Not So Best Of” category, lol. Note: we are a family of four, it’s a warning actually!
Frequent Miler on “Pay federal taxes by credit card, almost for free“. Ok, a bit too time consuming for me! I just loaded a bunch of Vanilla Reload cards on my permanent myvanilladebit card & paid a chunk of it online at OfficialPayments for $3.49. Wow, how long will this last? Pay mortgage, pay income taxes. Can we contribute to 401ks and IRAs too soon? Yeah, dream on!
Loyalty Lobby wrote about the “United Airlines Status Match Campaign“. Interesting. I am losing my Delta Platinum status and could match to United Platinum but need to fly 18k miles in 3 months. Hmmm. Maybe a mistake fare happens to Asia? Or forget about it and burn miles & fly up front…I am thinking the latter. Yes, I am going to get rid of my elite slut disease in 2013!
Points guy on Caribbean hotels where you can use points this winter. Ok, nothing earth shattering here. It just happened that I was wondering about this very recently! The Radisson Blu Resort in St. Martin looks nice to blow some Club Carlson points.
Frequently Flying reports that we already have the first domestic airline to go revenue based accrual mode. And it is, drum roll please. Sun Country Ufly. Sun what??? Anyway, the point is another one has joined the movement. And United really values FF’s travel spending, hmm…
It is very late at night, I just saw this. Is AMEX really gutting the Hilton cards? Only 6x at Hiltons? No gas, drugstores and groceries? Please say it isn’t so, can anyone confirm?
BEST OF TRAVEL
tnooz reports that KLM is at it again – combines the social graph, things-to-do and maps. KLM is very active with Facebook but I must admit some of their “initiatives” creep me out! This Must See Map may be kind of cool. If anyone plays with it please let me know what you think about it, thanks!
tnooz reports on the new Wikivoyage site as Wikipedia promotes the free travel guide. Lots of juicy stuff here. Court has dismissed the second Internet Brands lawsuit too against both volunteer contributors. Ad free, YES!
InACents wrote about the “2013 Bank of America Museum on US Program Updates” First weekend of each month, flash your Bank of America credit or debit card and get in to many museums for free. It’s great!
Mountain Biking Greenland. For you Bikeguy;-)
Vietnam Traveling Love ordinary life scenes!
NOT SO BEST OF
Gary Leff says Chase Ink cards are great and you should get both. Just had to, my reputation was at stake;-) Nothing to add here, by now I can recite the benefits of these cards in my sleep!
ODDZ & ENDZ
Why is Walgreens Selling Sushi? The Changing Business of Drugstores Lately we have all become a lot more interested on what happens with these drug stores;-) Hmm, maybe vanilla sushi time?
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