We bring you an update of the Starwood Amex retreat, how LATAM bombs its program, a review of all the Intercontinental Hotels brands, how it was to fly in 1957 on Air France First Class, listen to Sonic Youth, warnings about Chase Business cards, an amazing picture of Brixby Bridge, Accor bought yet another company, we talk about some of the new cards, an amazing story about a missing person, the new award chart of Alaska Airlines and a plea not to cash out your 401(k) to invest in a friend’s business EVER!
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Special Tuesday short post just because this blog had a card sale finally to thank the person who got the Ink Business Preferred card with my links! You should thank him/her too and be like that person! When this happens, I post more and whine less #guaranteed! No worries I will be Titanized…still dreaming to make minimum wage per hour!
Dan of DansDeals asks: “2 Months Until The Starwood AMEX Is Devalued, Are You Racking Up The Starpoints?” and this made me laugh:
“…I’ll just enjoy the annual free night and other benefits it comes with while the card gets downgraded from the front of my wallet to the back of my sock drawer.” [BACK of sock drawer? Brutal!]
The new award chart of Alaska Airlines.
The Free-quent Flyer ponders: ” Is there any value in the latest crop of new credit cards?.
Not that we should care much but…the trend continues, sad! LATAM Massively Devalues New ‘Multiplus’ Program.
Yep, it happened again. Yep, AccorHotels bought another company. Chile’s Atton Hoteles. Nope, never heard of them either. They just blew another $105 million for, please sit down, just 11 hotels. When we look back, something tells me that this company will not do well!
This is very helpful: The brands and hotel rooms of InterContinental Hotels Group, by the numbers
- InterContinental Hotels and Resorts: 194
- Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants: 66
- Hotel Indigo: 85
- EVEN Hotels: 8
- HUALUXE Hotels & Resorts: 7
- Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts: 414
- Holiday Inn: 1,169
- Holiday Inn Express: 2,600
- Holiday Inn Club Vacations: 26
- Holiday Inn Resort: 47
- avid hotels: 0
- Staybridge Suites: 255
- Candlewood Suites: 376
Beautiful pictures: The first class on Air France in 1957, by Eugene Louis Kammerman
Crazy story: The Mystery of the Most Famous Missing Person on YouTube. Maybe he was abducted by aliens? Or just did some amazing drugs!
Don’t Do This! We plundered our 401(k) to invest in a friend’s business — now we fear it’s a Ponzi scheme. It is not about responsibility…it’s not (*^$# ripping people off!
Amazing picture at Andy’s Travel Blog of Bixby Bridge under the stars. Wow!
Update on son’s application for the Chase Southwest Business Rewards card. It turned into a disaster. They did not accept the sole proprietorship filing with the local county because the county clerk signed the date as 5/18/18 instead of 5/8/18! Even though 5/8/18 was on the one page form in two different places, unbelievable! But even there was no issue with that, they just seemed non cooperative at all, even insisted the form was invalid because it was handwritten! Smh to oblivion! After that did not fly…they found the date error. We could go back to the County and see what they can do I guess but remember at this point a lot of time has been wasted! So son will keep the Amex Starwood Business card for his business expenses for now. Left a VERY sour taste…and this is how you lose customers for ever! Just heads up you guys…make sure the dates match! And never go to the local county late on a Friday #weekendmode. Oh well…
We are aiming to hit the Bay area again for a week in early/mid August. Son has promised to give us a tour of the Facebook headquarters because last year all we got was a lousy T shirt…actually, no T shirts for us, just a few pics outside. Here is one of my daughter messing with her brother:
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