Gary Leff posted about “Buying Money for Money for the Miles“. This posts shows the INCREDIBLE effect the prepaid cards have brought into our hobby! It is basically a GOLD rush! This was being mentioned in DansDeals forums lately and was brought to my attention there but I just did not have time to study it thoroughly (like I have time to do anything anymore other than reading blogs for my readers these days!!!!). And now it is OUT to the masses. In other words, get some miles before the mega hitters kill it! And this brings up the shut down Flyer Talk thread “Blogs killing deals”:-) I will definitely look for these cards now next time I am out trying to take care of my 3 Ink cards. And this looks like will add to the pace of getting more cards…Maybe it is time to go for the Club Carlson cards and give them a shot as soon as my mortgage guy puts together a mortgage refi (again!).
5 Trends to look for in travel this year. Yep, higher fares, more fees, more consolidation, some relief in gasoline prices, more passenger protections. I am going out on a limb that after the AA and US air merger the market probably can take another merger and I therefore predict Delta and Alaska Air getting together (not so sure now after the Delta-Virgin Atlantic partnership). Commence the insults now just like you all did when I made the prediction of Delta buying Northwest and US Air merging with AA way before they actually happened! #trackrecordbaby
Raffles at Head for Points flogs Priority Club for not officially announcing to its members that ONLY base points qualify for the 60,000 points needed for Platinum elite qualification. “It is inexcusable”. And I agree! So, the good old days of scoring mega points from rampant promotions and so easily requalifying for Platinum appear to be over. Not like Platinum made any huge difference in your stays anyway! If you want it, go for the Chase Priority club Visa. There is an offer that gives out 80k PC points. Yep, it is a non affiliate offer. It still works according to this FT thread (link is on Post #1). Just got the wife one on its way as shockingly, after a thorough audit, I discovered, to my sheer horror, she never had this card before:-)
Ruffin on the Road goes to Cappadocia.Wow!
You can get 2,500 miles for opening a Jet Airways miles account. I am not linking here, I am not doing this myself. You need 4,000 miles for a free intra India flight and I am not sure I want to fly this airline anyways! Let me know if you want the link. I think I saw it at Mile Nerd or Miles Momma? Sorry there is so much coming my way every day, I need to prioritize!
Chris Elliott explains why he is so cranky lately: “I’ve been in a dark mood since they canceled my Frommers column” and offers an apology. We accept it! He also says: “I do have another bombshell announcement that I hope to make in the next few days and that will affect everything you see here in 2013. More on that soon.” If it is affiliate links, THAT’S IT…I am retiring from blogging or I am adding them too, lol!
Online shopping/rewards malls bore me! But I did get into that amazing Valuemags promo many years ago;-) When/if something like that happens again, expect me to link to it along with my incendiary commentary as always, ha!
NOT SO BEST OF
Ok, this probably does not belong here but it certainly does not belong in the best of and absolutely not in the Oddz & Endz categories. Milevalue gives his 2013 Travel Resolutions. Actually, I don’t really have much time for each blogger’s 2013 resolutions and 2012 summaries. I do scan them all of course for my readers but I almost never find anything to feature here! So, Milevalue informs us that his blog’s resolutions include “Increase my content on earning miles” and More hotel content.”. My first thought was: “Great, like we needed more blogs pounding on the same stuff!”. This blog had great award booking information and it was why I have been following it. So, expect much less award booking info, more on earning and hotels that you can find somewhere else and a whole lot of airline and hotel credit card affiliate links ( they go with the “earning” part you see).
Not done yet! Then there was another post about the “lucrative” US Air card bonus offers that are being sent out to cardholders. He even references a FlyerTalk thread about it, wow, talk about research! Somehow, we find, naturally, several links to the crappy affiliate US Air credit card offer (getting tired of this bloggers!!!!). Then at the very end, we at least get the much superior US Air cc link with the qualifier “(may have a 10k annual bonus, though I was told by an agent it did not, also targeted to top-tier elites and employees)”. Thanks for adding this link at least, it is an improvement! Come on, there IS a 10k annual bonus, there is NO annual fee for the first year and is NOT targeted to top-tier elites and employees! It is Barclays, they have no idea what Chairman even is people! Here is the better card, it is a no brainer! And here is the 121 page Flyer Talk thread if you bloggers want to do NON selective research!
Delta Points has the obligatory topic of starting over with Elite miles and, for the 534th time, he reminds us we can get Delta Elite Miles by getting the Delta credit cards and serves us (shocking!!!) the credit card links, how conveeeenient! Wow, I am so glad I learned something “new” today, thanks!
ODDZ & ENDZ
2012: Things I have learned. This is a MUST read! A few things that can be associated with the blog world I am covering here:
-All you have is your name and your word. [Hey all of you “I will never promote an inferior card offer”!]
– Be able to look yourself in the eyes each day when you brush your teeth. [Wonder how many bloggers can do that these days!!]
-If you do the right thing long enough, someone will eventually take notice. [ hear, hear!]
10 things you should do everyday to improve your life. I need to try out this meditation thing this year! And keep touching, lol.
This is from a colleague of mine and it is so important for all of us to do. I know it is not the most cheerful thing to do but we should all work on our “Three Resolutions for the End of Life“