Soap Box Alert!
I need to make a few things very clear: This is my own blog. I post whatever I feel like it here and everything is my own opinion and is protected by the First Amendment!
My blog’s mission is to review other travel blogs. I highlight some great content in the “Best Of” category and I also highlight some “Not so Best of” content. The former wildly outnumbers the latter! I hope you find some of the content inspiring, educational and useful in your life. I especially love original content and finding some material you may have missed. I also like to highlight some blog posts that, in my own opinion as always, are not up to par and will always imply/suggest ways for improvement. Everything in my blog should not be taken that seriously and will always have an entertaining tone because I think humor is important! I also give my veteran commentary when I feel like it. My goal is to add value to your life and reduce my therapist bills as she always encourages me to “release” what’s inside me and tells me to never hold back, so there!:-)
If you are a blogger, please please be aware I have nothing personal against you! Without you TBB would not exist so I thank you for my existence, lol. If I find something I like, you will be praised. If I find something I do not like, I will say so in a constructive way. If I find something that really turns me off, I may lose it temporarily and go off on a mini rant…I can’t help it ok, I do have “issues”, I am working on it! Get over it, you are not really that important, check your ego at the door (or should I say your browser or smart phone or ipad?) It is OKAY to make fun of ourselves, keeps you really humble, try it. In my sick mind, I feel like I may be able to have an impact on this space and IMPROVE it! I am seeing some improvement lately, let’s keep it going!
Off the soap box and on with the show!
PREPAID CARD MADNESS
I was driving yesterday and on the radio comes Morgan Freeman to pitch a…prepaid card! Watch out Justin Bieber!
The Dirty Little Secret Behind Wal Mart’s Bluebird Cards. Yep, when the two big gorillas corner the whole prepaid market expect fees to go up, way up! And do not forget that money in these accounts is not FDIC insured…so do not leave much money inside them, use it!
I have never been inside my local drugstores and OfficeDepot as much as I have the last several months!
Excellent post by Amol at Hack My Trip on “Getting Elite Status – To Spend or to Fly“. I certainly will miss my domestic upgrades on Delta come March 1st:-( And then Scott follows up with his take on “Mileage Runs for Fun and Profit“. That’s great stuff guys!
Excellent Beginners Guide to Redeeming British Airways Avios points by Travel Summary. Well done. The key with this stuff is to read things over and over and it will start sinking in. Then, after YOU attemp to do it, it REALLY starts sinking in!
List of the official payment processors allowed by the IRS (HT to Gary at Free Frequent Flyer Miles ). Do NOT do the tax payment with a credit card. But please consider doing it with a mileage earning debit card (not that many left outthere!)!
Gary Leff wrote about “Common Tourist Scams and How to Avoid Them“. Wow, must read! One of the most useful blog posts recently! When I am reincarnated I want to return as Gary Leff:-)
Really good information on Getting Injured Abroad at Very Good Points. Good to know…I have been very lucky not to seek any medical attention in travels, hope it continues! I have never bought travel insurance, maybe I should! Get better soon Stacey!
Is Points Envy back in form after selling out? The “Professional Churning for Amateurs” was much funnier than the last two posts. Maybe he is getting back in the groove? Maybe there is hope after selling out? And there is a mention about Apple products…hmm. Yet another secret revealed about PE’s true identity;-)
Delta Points writes about “The reasons against Delta going revenue based this year“. Nice effort! Time will tell who is right. I think we will see this effective in 2014 or 2015.
Point me to the Plane produces a Delta internal memo. Wow, nice find. SkyMiles is NEVER mentioned. That just goes to show you how Delta LOVES how members burn 150k Skypesos to fly coach to Hawaii!
Good to see Pizza In Motion post some original content. Here he gives us details on the elusive BusinessExtraAA American Express card. Even I did not know about this card! After reading more about it, it is a non event. No signing bonus and they make it very tough to apply…have to call and interact with another human being? No thanks!
The Points Guy tells us how Citi ThankYou Points can now be transferred to Hilton HHonors points!
And thanks Brian for HTing Flyertalk where I first learned about this and was looking to break it all out in the blogosphere myself for all the glory, lol. This is VERY welcome news to see Citibank competing with Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express. It is not going to make me go get a Thank you points card right away but if they continue adding partners I certainly will!
NOT SO BEST OF
A Day in Papeete Ok, this is only here because it is the longest trip report ever! I find absolutely nothing wrong with the trip report from a place I have very good memories, I actually enjoy reading them! I just think it could have been over many posts ago, that is all! Thankfully, D & E are now on the plane out….woohoo! 🙂