Yep, I won another prize today, a roundtrip ticket to London on Virgin Atlantic. I chose to fly from JFK instead of O’Hare. Yep, just one ticket and in economy. So, not the greatest win…and I did not turn it down. It was on twitter and I only entered two days in all of December! I hope I can somehow manage to put together a trip to…Paris with Mrs. TBB. My daughter said today “We are losing track of the things you win Dad!” And I smiled…
I know the format of my blog blows. I am working on it…VERY slowly. But what about the content? Do you like it? Do you hate it? What would you like to read more? Or not read about? Any feedback is appreciated. Criticize me too please, do not hold back! Thank you!
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BIEBER IS COMING, BELIEBE IT!
Bieber’s prepaid card is coming near you! You have been warned! I wonder who is going to be next!
MMS has a fantastically comprehensive post on how to keep miles from expiring. It’s now been a while since he posted a ridiculously comprehensive controversial post…and I am NOT talking about the endless Bora Bora trip report!
United is on a tear lately selling miles for ridiculously expensive amounts and whacking the mileage bonuses when members fly premium classes of partner airlines. Here at TBB we despise buying/gifting miles directly from airlines and we prefer not to buy premium tickets…ever!
Mommy Points has a decent post on Elite Status for 2013. It would feel more genuine if the credit card links were not present but that’s just me I guess. The BEST part of the post is the comment by reader Rob who said “…there’s a psychological benefit to status that influences people and does inspire behavior that isn’t necessarily rational.” This is probably one of the best comments ever, so true!!
Ben’s 10 most memorable hotel stays of 2012. It is like watching hotel porn:-)
Points, Miles & Martinis has excellent advice on how to cancel Delta awards tickets as Platinum members. Were you really going to spend 270k on two business class to Hawaii, really?? And this is why they are called Skypesos!!!
Absolutely fascinating pics from inside North Korea.
Loyalty Lobby on how to Status match on Platinum Priority Club!
Loyalty Lobby publishes the new Lifetime Marriott Elite Requirements. Expect everyone else to publish the same thing soon on a blog near you:-)
The 9 Wackiest Items We Have Seen In Hotel Mini Bars! Alexander Wang-Designed Condoms (who is he??), no? Ok, how about a 24-Karat Gold Vibrator then, batteries are included! Shaking my head…
A war tourist in the front line of the Syrian Civil War. I think this guy is not going to last very long!
Giddy for Points breaks the news on how to get 1,000 Southwest miles with purchase of TurboTax!
A new Radisson Blu will open at the Mall of America in March 2013 for all you who are into shopping.
It appears the Indian airline Kingfisher is officially dead. I won’t be surprised if it gets revived again…only to die again!
NOT SO BEST OF
Gary Leff writes about his credit card strategy again! Absolutely nothing new info here, it is the same old credit card links and his thinking behind it. Good info for a complete newbie I guess. Isn’t it amazing how the Chase Sapphire Preferred Mastercard is almost never mentioned by any blogger (other than DansDeals) and no info is given how you could get both cards (WITH signing bonus!)? Hint: Go to the Mastercard website, it’s there! (no compensation to me!)
Pizza in Motion has a contest running giving away a free AA roundtrip ticket and a choice of 25k United miles or Hyatt points. I entered of course but then today he clarified (maybe I had missed it in the start of the contest or was hoping it was otherwise, hey I look for these things!) that it is: “Comment as much as you like, each comment earns one entry.” Ughh, that is a giant pet peeve of mine as it attracts senseless posting of useless comments! If you are going to offer a prize, fine. I prefer one time contests. Ok, once daily is fine too. But UNLIMITED posting makes me wonder if the PRIMARY reason you are doing it is to increase traffic to your site! Besides, it horrifically reduces the odds of winning!
Milevalue had a post titled “How to Earn Lufthansa Miles at Amazon“. One of my readers was very kind to summarize with: “Right now, you can earn Hawaiian Miles for your Amazon purchases. Turns out there is a backdoor way to get M&M miles, but it’s a terrible deal, especially for US residents. The best thing to do for Amazon purchases is buy Amazon GC’s at office supply stores or drugstores“. And so ludicrous to push the Lufthansa card! Never has a blog started so great and keeps falling lower and lower! Another kind reader had this to say:
You won’t get posts on CSP MC
You won’t get posts on the Club Carlson Card
But you’ll get someone to push the Lufthansa MasterCard
The Blogosphere: where travel hacking journalistic integrity goes to die
CHASE BANK ON A MEGA ROLL?
World Wanderlusting had an informative post asking us if we were inspired (my answer is No!) and informed readers that Chase has dropped them! All here at TBB are very sorry to hear that…no we are not!
Parag at Frequent Flyer University is also losing Chase credit card links. What is going on?????
Both NOT on Boarding Area, coincidence?
And a good guy jumps in the murky world of bank mud. Y tu Travel Summary, y tu?
Warning: Prepare for an amazing assault on your eye sockets pushing the British Airways card as the payout is going up effective January 1st!
ODDZ & ENDZ
What’s inside America’s banks? Bitches!
A collection of ridiculous signs from abroad at Vagabondish