We bring you a Miles Points Newbie Guide, how to get last minute Airbnb stays, my Chase Private Client experience, a few non affiliate credit card offers, warn you about gift cards, how to get luxury hotels on the cheap, a really sad story about Alzheimers, get more out of Social Security, some awesome photos by a Greek photographer and more!
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Welcome to all my colleagues who saw my article. I am working on a blog post on what to do if you are new in this quirky hobby and how you can travel close to free.
In the meantime, enjoy a curated eclectic romp through the blogosphere. I never forget the mission of the blog. It is a labor of love for the most part. Even though it is geared mostly to more advanced hobbyists, I am making an effort to break things down and appeal more to people who just discover this addictive hobby. It is NOT for most people! You can get really hurt if you don’t know what you are doing and have a spending problem!
Warning: Most of the commercial blogs in this space you likely have heard of are corporate owned and exist to pump credit cards to their readers for the lucrative commission. Avoid them for your own good. Think brokers/dark side 🙂
Feel free to email me with questions to: email@example.com I may not get to it right away but I will eventually.
A good place for newbies to bookmark and read is the “Basic Reading” entries on the right hand side of the Reddit Churning thread. If you have no idea what we are talking about, read this first: FAQ Guide to a Cheap Vacation for Newbies.
If you are hell bent on getting started, you can check out some of the Blogs I Love, Like and the ones to Ignore—->the dark side.
The 5 Pitfalls of Gift Cards. Be careful out there…
Everything You Need to Know About Chase Private Client. Well, I should make a separate post about this but who has the time. How difficult is it to answer the question “Can I transfer a Roth IRA over $250k and be left alone in managing it and bring in my personal and business checking accounts from Bank of America and still get the CPC benefits outlined?”. Apparently, after dancing around it in so many ways, the answer is No. Fine then. And hell no, I am not going to keep $250k in cash in my checking accounts, would you? I wanted a closer relationship with this bank as I am so tired of Bank of America but…
How to maximize the value of a free IHG Rewards night. Same strategy could be used in other hotel loyalty programs.
For God’s sake, NEVER redeem Chase Ultimate Rewards points on Amazon!
10 luxury hotels for under $200 per night. If you insist on paying that is…
Airbnb at the last minute. Interesting. Mentions app Overnight where the host has just 10 minutes to accept your request. I had never even considered Airbnb for such last minute stays!
How to easily move all your Facebook photos into Google Photos. This may be helpful to some of you!
For the reader who is a yuge Ben Astley fan, this is for you. Warning: Vine containing Trump’s wife and Ben dancing, woohoo!
A gut wrenching account of a man talking about how Alzheimer’s disease took his wife.
Personal Finance post of the day: How to get the biggest Social Security check you can get. Sadly, many Americans rely on these checks so might as well make the best of it.
Pictures of world readers when they were young…Hard to believe the dude below is Stalin!
Note: This section is geared to more advanced travel hacking enthusiasts!
I really enjoy helping readers get the best credit card offers out there. Unlike some blogs who thrive on selling them their plastic merchandise and keeping their readers in the dark!
The Citi Prestige 50k offer is still available. Beware of bloggers who do not inform their readers of the superior offers so they can make money off them. Read to the end of the link in the line above. Is there anything so douche baggie (sp?) or what? Oh, more CitiPrestige changes coming!
Mile Nerd with another (mini) rant on why the best deal recently was killed. And it was because of… Just a few excerpts:
Your very specific naming, pointing, and taunting of a multi-billion dollar corporation is what killed it for everyone. There was a chain reaction and it started with you.
Here’s a clue – you’re causing damage to the people around you. But I doubt you see that. Shit, at this rate, why not just put on a bow tie and glasses and pretend you’re about helping people.
Apparently, one of you even did some sort of online play-by-play when confronted by law enforcement after buying money orders. I’m telling you for a fact – these kinds of things do not go unnoticed. They are reckless and destructive. But I get it. You don’t care.
And I leave you with this…
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