If the market performs like this every day I may retire by mid May and devote myself to full time blogging. Yeah, right! And then I woke up, lol.
To my readers, I am doing my best to keept it up. I may slip in the next couple of weeks, please forgive me! Maybe I do not have to be so thorough when real work is so demanding…#developing
On with the show!
THE PREPAID CARD MARKET IS GOING BANANAS…EVEN JUSTIN BIEBER IS ON IT!!!!
And just when you think you did not need any other sign to realize the complete insanity with all these prepaid cards…here comes Justin Bieber! The article titled “Bieber joins ex-addicts fighting Chase in Prepaid Market” is a MUST READ. I think we are in inning number 1 or 2 at this game! The article says Chase has been in it with its Liquid prepaid card since June and it carries a monthly $4.95 fee. It also states that there may be some rules coming from the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau which makes sense, it is like the Wild Far West right now! The article goes on to talk about pulling a Kardashian, a card for addicts with a $14.95 monthly fee (only 40 signed up), a card for kids controlled by parents, etc. Fantastic article to gain an understanding of what is happening in this space! Beliebe it, the miles are out there!
Gary Leff had a fantastic post about hotel suite upgrades. He even did not take the opportunity to attack us with yet more Ink credit card links like some other bloggers keep doing every day, thanks man!:-) I still don’t know how you can crank this stuff out day in and day out among all the other things you do!
Loyalty Lobby has an excellent review of the Pros and Cons of Starwood Preferred Guest. Loyalty Lobby is racing to the top of the blogs specializing in hotels in my opinion!
MMS has a very useful post on how to convert US dollars to foreign currency. Ok, don’t do it at the airpot. Save foreign money if you plan to return & currency is stable (no Argentinian pesos or Egyptian pounds PLEASE!). Use ATM or debit cards. Comments are even more informative!
Frequent Miler has a comprehensive post about double dipping on gift cards for those of you who are into this sort of stuff. Many merchants listed I had never heard of! Lids.com…do they just sell lids?? And what the heck is Ahnu??? Sounds like a bear or something!
Both Gary Leff and Ben wrote today about the changes in the Hyatt Stay Certificates. I first saw the news in this Loyalty Lobby piece. Just saying where I saw it first!
In case you missed it, Avis bought Zipcar for almost half a billion dollars! I predict they will screw it up!
The Points Guy has a nice post on the Top 10 Places to visit in 2013. When I get my own affiliate links I can blog my top 10 Places to visit too and write for my own blog a few times per week while my staff keeps you all entertained. Lololololol.
Qantas is fine with crocodiles and lions but terrier dogs are not. U serious Qantas? Bite me (pun intended)
The ultimate guide to airline customer relationship management and loyalty. Great piece by an Infosys consultant. Got technical. HT tip to Street Smart Traveler. Hey Gary Leff, can you please summarize, I am running out of time, thanks:-)
US Airways no longer allows First Class Redemptions on Lufthansa. The unofficial policy became official. HT tip to everyone who wrote about this, lol. See Ben’s blog about the “manual sell” method.
Kathy at Will Run for Miles has a post about United’s promo to join a gym and earn 2k miles. Ok, don’t do it for the miles but JUST DO IT! I am going to the same gym for almost 15 years now. It is always funny how in the first two weeks of January you see so many new faces…and by the 3rd week you never see them again!
NOT SO BEST OF
Delta Points has a Rookie post on how to build a Delta Mileage Run. “Use ITA Matrix for deals. [I am sure Rookies can do exactly that!] Never ever check a bag! Pack an extra pair of pants, many undergarments and a few shirts“. I am shaking my head…actually, I am shaking it so much I think it may fly off my neck! If DP is one of the greatest mileage runners of all time I am the sexiest man alive, lol.
The Points Guy goes on a full blown assault with affiliate links ( I count somewhere in the mid 20s or so) to explain…spending threshold bonuses. How convenient? At least he now has added the superior US Air and AA offers (not fully endorsed..but it is understandable I guess). Hey, it is an improvement! Still no disclosure…Wait, of course it is there at the bottom of each page in super tiny font, grab your magnifying glass..it says “…This site may be compensated through a credit card Affiliate Program.“
Milevalue is on a long run here…Three guys and they just published the news about Delta ending the relationships with e-miles and e-rewards? I announced this here some time ago and gave my readers heads up about it. You are a little late guys. Is this part of the additional coverage of “earning miles”?
The Points Ninja ( I do like the name!) has a post titled “Never Pay Full Price“. Or he could have titled it “Build my passive income, build, build, build” as he felt so inspired by that other passive income post the other day! Hey Ninja, we all hate paying full price too! You get points for HTing Frequent Miler’s work unlike so many others!
ODDZ & ENDZ
Where to be Born Index: The Lottery of Life. Switzerland #1.
The first marijuana club in Colorado opened for just one day before it closed due to a landlord dispute. This caught my eye “Lovato opened a storefront where patrons could buy coffee or other products and then head over to a private building where they could smoke free samples of marijuana.” I wonder if mega deals like this will ever be published by the Deal Mommy, Deals we like and others:-)