We bring you a points transfer times guide, how to avoid bank shutdowns, more on Syria travel, awesome Airbnb tips, meet the MLB mud maker, travel to Greece and Slovenia and Bulgaria, sign up for the best promos, meet Chinese spies, Dorian hits Alabama…just kidding about that, talk about bubbles in investment management, check out Burning Man, take a deep dive in Emirates awards and LOTS more! Enjoy this blog before it evolves again…
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MILES & POINTS
I was looking for this lately: Summary of Points Transfer Time: UR/MR/TYP/Marriott. I was looking to find out recently how long it takes to transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Delta Airlines Skymiles because….the Delta Flash sales just keep on coming!
A big part of the hobby is…staying in the game. That means you don’t do stuff that can get a bank to shut down your accounts. How to Avoid Having Your Credit Cards Closed: These Are The Red Flags That Trigger Financial Reviews And Adverse Action Shutdowns. We like to push the envelope, it is in the DNA of this hobby. But, you know, be careful, don’t be a hog!
If you were planning to stay in the Hyatt Ziva or Zilara from November 1 to March 31, 2020 and you spend $500 on your World of Hyatt credit card you can get $250 credited back, register for this promotion HERE. Now these are the types of promos that credit card salesmen bloggers LOVE. Because they can sell the credit cards much easier. If you were going to get this credit card (signup bonus is 50,000 points, not best ever, do not hurry) please consider applying with my links, thank you!
See if you were targeted for the United MilePlay promotion HERE. You may earn some miles this way. For years, none in my family have ever been targeted for this promo. Maybe it is because we have not paid any money to United for airline tickets for years? Lol.
There is a 30% transfer bonus when you transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy points. Until October 31, 2019. My reaction: Yawn. But it may work for you, we are all different.
Bloggers were on fire selling the Amex Business Platinum card with a signup bonus of 100,000 Membership Rewards points. Available here with my links if you think the card is right for you. I think you know enough to figure that out, if not ask in the comments!
Stefan of Rapid Travel Chai visits his 193rd country, Syria! If you plan to go: Syria Travel for US Citizens.
A really detailed post on Airbnb by TBB guest writer Andy: Airbnb Success Tips for Travelers – What You Really Need to Know! Good to know. At the same time…we have so many hotel points why pay? 🙂
Going to Crete? A Guide to the Region of Hania, Crete. Sometimes I see it spelled Chania in English.
Value independent blogs. Do not fall for the sanitized marketing crap you see in the commercial blogs, you are being sold to in EVERY post. Ok, I feel better now. If you are going to Ljubljana in Slovenia: Two days in Ljubljana.
We are all over South and Eastern Europe today. If you are going to Plovdiv, Bulgaria for Affordable Luxury.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Casey is back with Space. After his epic post The Physical about living with CML. You know, there are some damn good writers out there and I like bringing them to your attention. This is very thought provoking, dealing with our inner critic, etc…
I’ll leave you with this quote from Pema Chödrön’s “When Things Fall Apart”:
Maybe the most important teaching is to lighten up and relax. It’s such a huge help in working with our crazy mixed-up minds to remember that what we’re doing is unlocking a softness that is in us and letting it spread. We’re letting it blur the sharp corners of self-criticism and complaint.
They are getting better, China’s Spies are on the Offensive.
I had no idea about this, wow! Mud Maker: The Man Behind MLB’s Essential Secret Sauce. Article features the mud dude…fascinating. I think he should raise his prices soon!
A multibillion-dollar business that embraces advanced technology and cherishes precision, Major League Baseball would prefer not to need an oozy substance harvested by one family in a secret location along the Delaware River. But for decades it has, and that won’t change anytime soon.
There is a lot of talk bashing passive investment management lately. Even talk of a bubble. Yes, it is a concern it may be getting too popular, sure. I remember when I started investing client portfolios (and mine!) in broad based ETFs I was looked upon as crazy. I remember one colleague in a conference telling me “are you crazy, how do you trust these things?”. Yeah, lol. We have come a long way since then. And this is very timely: The Real Bubble Has Always Been in Active Management.
And here is what a Chase investment staffer was saying about index funds. Check the date…in 1975!!!
3 LINKS WITH AN AWESOME PHOTO
You know I like to post photos from the Burning Man Festival every year. Because they are amazing! Anyone been to one? Do we need to be one of those techies to be invited? Or know one? If you guys help me out going nuts on my links maybe I can have a booth there bwahahaha. Burning Man 2019 Just Ended And Here Are 30 Photos Proving It’s The Craziest Festival In The World.
Very interesting visual. Worldwide Earthquake Density 1965-2016. I went from one of the most earthquake prone areas in Greece to Michigan where we have none. Actually there was one I think last year that a few people noticed lol.
Travel Codex now has a Booking Award Service. With very reasonable prices.
Frequent Miler did a deep dive for Emirates sweet spots.
- Fly Japan Airlines (JAL) round trip business class from North America to Australia for only 145,000 miles!
- Fly Korean Air round trip business class from North America to South Korea for only 105,000 miles!
- Fly Korean Air within Korea round-trip for only 10K miles economy or 12K miles business class
Looks like the Amex RATs are at it again, I hate those guys! Amex Limits Transfers of Membership Rewards Points to Friends and Family.
The king of clickbait. And no bloggers back link to me. Maybe if I did clickbait with shocking videos they would, looking at you DoC.
I said goodbye to my old IHG Rewards card. Not after transferring the credit line to my Chase Sapphire Preferred card. I wonder how long to wait to apply for Hyatt card…of course with my links, oh the privileges of this venture lol.
Son’s Hyatt 50k points posted. Need to track down that point transfer request form again 🙂
Well, it was a no go for the tinnitus clinical trial at the University of Michigan. I guess the hearing loss in my right ear was over their limits, SAD!
Speaking of Burning Man, Tycho DJs a 2 hour set each year, I like listening to it in the background while doing deep work. Here is the 2019 set.
And I leave you with this…
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Gold from the northern Midwest!
Index funds certainly do annoy the right people.
Josh steals the gold today!
This changes everything.
Well, not really.
Looks like the Starbucks CEO is not going to run for President in 2020. And Mugabe died. I mean, can we get a better start to the weekend than this?
when you die, ppl think about you more highly. Apparently Mugabe is remembered as a “strongman” in the media. Some would call him a monster.
The news seems to throw around “strongman” a bit much…and I mean, it’s not like the word is commonly used in the everyday world to begin with. It is odd.
The 747 at burning man is an ex Varig cargo aircraft fixed in MHV in a non profit effort: http://www.bigimagination.org/
Very cool, thank you.
What are the odds this appears in a commercial blog soon with no H/T? 🙂
Andy Shuman says
What, no lie-flats?
Speaking of gold, any news from Scott Castle? I’d like to know how he’s doing.
Back to work: “The King of Click Bait”l we gotta make that stick.
If Ingy does not show up here again, I would have to do that blog post with the “10 Craziest Ingy Comments” soon!
Hope Scott is ok.
Awesome set of links today! Ljubljana looks pretty cool! Those prawns on the pizza! LOL!
Bulgaria seems like a great place too – didn’t know it was so affordable.
Was thinking of Crete the next time we go to Greece. Always hard to decide which islands!
Yeah, too many islands in Greece. Crete is huge so you will find something you love there for sure.
I have been to Plovdiv actually. Walked into a wedding reception by accident. We stayed lol.
The king of clickbait is on fire today Saturday, WOW!
The Moment Two Passengers Emerge Together From a United Airlines Lavatory
Holy Markup: Hotel Charged a Man Nearly $70,000 for a Beer, and It’ll Take 10 Days to Get His Money Back