ON MY MIND
All hell breaks loose when Mr. Pickles learns of some new requirements for the Mega DO 5 event. He wrote “Frequent Traveler MegaDO Smells Like a Big DooDo“. The comments are equally entertaining! Here is the original announcement. To pony up $2k or $500 is quite a lot of dough! The $10 makes sense of course. I went to Mega Star DO 2 and had an unbelievably awesome time. BUT I paid nada! No sponsored trip or anything of that sort of thing, I don’t do those (I would love to be offered one so I can turn it down so I can feel I have arrived lol). I won (yes, again) a twitter contest by Lufthansa which paid for all flights, hotels and program fees (Freddies). Would I be paying this out of pocket? Absolutely not, I am not that crazy. BUT, bottom line is, these have become wildly popular and they sell out in minutes! If people want to pony up so much money for the right to have a ticket or the privilege of bidding for one, well, it is a free society. How the non profit status comes into play in all of this I have no clue. I have always been very critical of the whole charity publicity thing. I think charity should be a private matter…I am very uncomfortable when it gets thrown out in the public so easy. So…it is interesting to see how all this plays out. I bet there will be takers for all the paid slots!
Mastering the Art of the Retention Bonus. From The Points Traveler. Former employee in Citibank’s Retention Department! #insider
Not to be outdone, we now have Points Summary organizing an Abu Dhabi & Oman DO to occur August 2014. My initial reactions were: “Too damn hot and too long!”. But there will be takers, this community has some crazy people indeed. Hope you don’t charge a fee for your 2015 DO:-)
View from the Wing wrote “Are Travel Bloggers Who Take Press Trips More Ethical Than Traditional Travel Media“. The comments are most interesting to me, especially Loyalty Traveler’s response. Hmm, maybe I should reconsider my stance? It is irrelevant anyway, no trips have been offered to me yet! What the hell am I? Points Blogger? Travel Blogger? I am having an identity crisis, thanks a lot!
Looks like affiliate links are out for the Lufthansa Miles & More…oh boy.
Will Run For Miles is running to First2Board too. Who is next? Contest to guess who is next?
Frequent Flyer Guy has this to say about the too many Hilton Brands:
Conrad: New luxury
Hilton: Business travelers
Double Tree: Shabby Hilton plus a cookie
Embassy Suites: Big room, free breakfast and beer
Hilton Garden Inn: Better roadside hotel
Hampton Inn: Basic roadside hotel
Homewood Suites: Basic extended stay
Home2 Suites: Basic extended stay with a touch of W
Hilton Grand Vacations: Timeshares
United will be selling annual subscriptions for Economy Plus and Checked Luggage. It will also allow the purchase of United Club membership with miles. Interesting development.
Barbara Delollis leaves USA Today and Hotel Check-in, this is her last column, oh nooooo!
The Gate has a fantastic and comprehensive post on Identity Theft-and How to Reduce Your Risk of Exposure to It
Insane video of the biggest bicycle you will ever see. I am dizzy watching this, WOW!!!!
ODDZ & ENDZ
27 Awesome Photos of Cultural Icons at Prom. From Flavorwire. I don’t get into this celebrity crap at all but these were really funny. Love the Mitt Romney pic and the tagline!
5 Core Skills Your Life Depends On. From Marc and Angel Hack Life. What great advice. Show this to youngsters!