We tell you the latest Starbucks Rewards beatings, get more info on the SPG changes, marvel at stunning hotel pools, travel to Tibet & Paris & India!
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The changes at Starbucks Rewards are official now. Small spenders like me lose. The revenue based disease is in full blown mode now #sosad. They are even pitching it as “more stars”. Screw you, I am going to stay at Panera now all day long when the changes become effective! I am typing this from my nearby Starbucks (hey, and the barista is trolling me…oh Lord, why why?) Mind you, it makes sense….revenue based loyalty rewards is what makes sense, everyone is coming around. We the hobbyists are an endangered species. Which explains the credit card pimping is becoming more desperate lately…and even more hideous!
Best analysis of the Starwood SPG category changes that I have seen. There are some bloggers out there who actually analyze stuff like this when the few remaining Titans are pumping plastic to even higher deafening levels and the smaller ones are sustained with a few bones (thank you!) thrown at us until…we give up. But remember, the happiness is in the struggle 😉
Marriott Rewards & Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program Merger Disaster In The Making.I agree with Loyalty Lobby here!
Absolutely gorgeous timelapse video of Paris.
10 long-distance hiking trails from around the world. Wow, we are talking looooooong!
This little girl is a future Titan! Selling Girl scout cookies outside a pot shop in Portland, you go girl! It’s all about the munchies lol.
Your daily personal finance fix: The Jewelry Effect. It can be compared to the slick marketing by some of the credit card pushing bloggers selling a lifestyle non stop to the masses. “We want the next Apple rather than diversification. We want to avoid the next big crash but every last drop of upside. We want to get rich quick and think we’re smart enough to find that next big thing. But we are routinely disappointed and, when we think we’ve (finally!) found the Holy Grail, it turns out that Holy Grail Investment Management is run by Bernie Madoff. Most money management firms set out first and foremost to lure and catch investment dollars and only secondarily to manage the assets won effectively. The jewelry effect is at least as prevalent in money management as in fishing. But pretty it’s not.” So true…
47 stunning hotel pools. Wow, stunning indeed. TBB question: “Which one did you have sex in?” #sobad #nolameblogger?shere
20 striking photos of daily life in Tibet. Wonderful pictures here!
The Forgotten Trains of India. Loved this post. Too bad I can’t push my imaginary direct CSP link with it to get that upgrade you so clearly deserve. Bwahahahaha!
How much manufactured spend is too much. Interesting perspective here. The true hobbyists are…quiet 😉 You are out of the league of some guys out there…believe me!
Points Centric spoofs The Points Guy and responds to the questions he skipped/evaded/dodged. Hilariously awesome, must read! If you only read TPG you have issues and we all feel sorry for you! WTFU…W stands for wake lol.
Flyertalk thread on TPG, start after #363!
It was party time at TBB headquarters, always happens when this rare phenomenon occurs so thank YOU!
This new eero wifi is getting some awesome press. Naturally, I assigned it to the intern who keeps bitching to do a pump job at it but also include some useful reviews because when we pump around here we disclose the fact that if you click on that blue linkie we make money. So much that the Titans laugh at us. But we don’t care…we soldier on. Don’t let us quit, gracias! Oh, the price will likely go down. We suck at pumping, MMS would be all arrows and numerous exclamation marks.
Oh yes I will. You can’t imagine what I’d do for a CSPcard 🙂
Like I said…hehe.
I could go on hammering but I need to keep my sanity…whatever little I have left. If I quit this baby what would I do with my extra time? Hmmm, don’t answer that! Mrs TBB may help with setting up a TBB Instagram account and possibly do a trip report from the lovely mom and daughter trip I set up for them last year to Paris.
Advice to new bloggers? Don’t. Do. It.
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