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ON MY MIND
An FTU ticket on ebay, are u kidding me?? 650 tickets sold out! If I was not going to Norway that month maybe I would attend. I may make the Tampa FTU event. It is funny that many of the people who attend these (yes, they are a lot of fun and can be addicting…like this hobby!) brag that they fly for free. If only they added: seminar registration fees, hotels. airfare, meals, incidentals, card annual fees, VR charges, debit fees, Star Mega Dos, charity raffle tickets, all kinds of airline fees, etc etc…the only certain thing is that we certainly don’t travel for free:-) (HT to View from the Wing)
Why stop there? You can go to the Executive Luncheon with Randy Petersen for just $149 (goes to charity again). This happens the day after the Freddie Awards. Can you take more? Go for the whole thing: the FFP Spring Event. Please note these are not my affiliate links lol.
This is a business folks. If you are in the business full time perhaps you should attend. If collecting miles/points and traveling is your hobby maybe splurge in a seminar event once a year to see your friends. If you follow the blogs and my blog (including comments) you are not going to learn much from the actual speakers. If you are a newbie, these seminar events are tailor made for you. You will realize you are not a freak, we understand you:-) Just don’t get too carried away because this hobby can suck you in and mess up your life priorities! When you listen to the bloggers giving you more tips to earn more miles/points just be aware that they want you to apply for the credit cards using their links as they can make A LOT of money from you getting approved for more and more credit cards…this ain’t no charity!
I must admit this seminar craziness is getting way too commercial for me. Sometimes I wish I could quit cold turkey, my life would be soooo much simpler lol.
TAM officially announced today that they will move to Oneworld alliance. Not like it was a big shock or anything. Soon, if you want to burn miles to South America, it is very likely you will fly on a Oneworld airline!
Hack My Trip had a really good post about a WSJ article reporting that Indonesia will start limiting the number of credit cards its citizens have. Can you imagine this happening here? We would be arranging for a Million Miler March to Washington. Our spokesman will be Frequent Miler crying out loud “How can you do this to me, no more Million Mile months anymore?”. Can you all picture this? All of us with our credit cards demonstrating “we want our miles and we want them now”, “hell no we won’t go, this unfair law has to go”. Mega lol. On a serious note, I hope to see some similar laws in my lifetime in the US!
A resolution to the United incident about throwing a blogger off the plane for taking pictures. Kind of. At Live and Let’s fly at upgrd.com
12 Breathtaking Monasteries. From Must Look. Yes, truly breathtaking indeed!
30 Mysterious and intriguing photos of fog. From Francesco Mugnai. Woooow!!
Not Constantinople: 9 Misconceptions About Istanbul. From Gadling. Very nice article about a city I visited last year and enjoyed very much. You still see cheap fares to it on Turkish Airlines. You should pay a visit!
This is a long detailed article about the implications of Facebook’s news feed update on the travel industry. From Tnooz. Read only if interested!
ODDZ & ENDZ
10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness. From Marc and Angel