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I can’t wait to get out of Dodge and visit this place…in January 2022! Review: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, Hawaii. 5 nights for 125,000 World of Hyatt points, with confirmed suite upgrade applied as Hyatt Globalist elite #winning. I would like to thank Chase Bank for making this possible lol.
I loved this: Life and Death on the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean. Stromboli’s volcano is always active, always at the brink of devastating paroxysms. For those who visit the island as tourists or scientists, it is a spectacle like no other. The images and, especially, the short video about the Road of Fire are visually stunning! Archive.is link.
What a waste. And what a creepy site, maybe a film director uses it for a horror film one day? Haunting Photos Reveal a Massive Abandoned Town of Disneyesque Castles.
I believe we were all changed by the pandemic. Some more than others. I thrived in the first months…and now I am so sick of it like all of you. Started pondering about my life, what I am here for, you know, the meaning of life and all that. Some say to live life fully now. I am trying damn it but can we just hurry up and vaccinate all of us and smash this %&%^$# virus before we all go nuts! Oh, the article, I almost forgot: Affluent Americans Rush to Retire in New ‘Life-Is-Short’ Mindset. From my experience, this is not happening now but it is more like, well, I have nowhere to go so might as well make more money while working from home but when we get called back I am going to tell them that I am outta here. Or something like that…
We need to get back to the basics: Put your stimulus cash towards credit card debt, not student loans: Here’s why. Love how one of the quoted pros beats up credit cards viciously! 😉
This short article is needed in this environment: The Limits of Investing Sanity.
People’s desire to get rich far exceeds the number of easy and obvious opportunities.
There are two things you can do about it. One is acceptance that insane market doesn’t mean a broken market. Crazy is normal; beyond the point of crazy is normal. Every few years there seems to be a declaration that markets don’t work anymore – that they’re all speculation or detached from fundamentals. But it’s always been that way. People haven’t lost their minds; they’re just searching for the boundaries of what other investors are willing to believe. The second is realizing the power of enough…Maybe there’s more out there, but it’s fine to say, “You know what, I’m pretty happy with this level of risk and I’m fine just watching this game play out.” Not everyone can do it – and markets on average can never do it – but more investors can and should probably try.
As we all know, the pace of vaccinations has slowed substantially. It is good to see the Biden administration now aiming to vaccinate 70% of adults by July 4th. There is no other way to get out of this jam we are in for more than a year! And then again, as days go by, you see more and more indications of how some people are determined to put themselves and their “rights” first. Or I guess they did their own “homework” and whatever…I mean, we have done one thing right in this colossal failure of fighting the pandemic and…now we are about to screw it up again? Enter ^&$#! insult. Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe. Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy. Archive.is link.
Polls show that about 30 percent of the U.S. population is still reluctant to be vaccinated. That number is expected to improve but probably not enough. [Very soon we need to do some severe measures to vaccinate the holdouts imho]
As I said, some people are just going to be a problem. The author talks to them and be careful with your head as it may start shaking violently as mine did! Millions Are Saying No to the Vaccines. What Are They Thinking? Feelings about the vaccine are intertwined with feelings about the pandemic. Archive.is link. Article provides some ways to make them change their mind. Like asking “What if natural immunity isn’t enough to protect your grandmother?”
One in four Americans says they don’t plan to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and about half of Republicans under 50 say they won’t get a vaccine. This partisan vaccine gap is already playing out in the real world. The average number of daily shots has declined 20 percent in the past two weeks, largely because states with larger Trump vote shares are falling off the pace.
Michigan continues to do well lowering the hurt from Covid. We were recently the #1 hotspot in the nation. What I have found to be shocking is how several places initially did well and we were praising them only to flip the switch and become the ridicule, I mean, India, Greece, Michigan and California come to mind. I am sure there are more. My fear is…this continues to happen and as we are now all sick of the Covid measures and the virus keeps developing new variants we get hit again. Oh dear God, please no!
Two graphs below that capture the madness:
I really enjoy long well-written stories about mysteries. Especially if they are still not solved! And this is one of them: The Search for a Ranger Who Was Lost and Never Found. Involves some unique characters, weed and drugs, open marriages, etc. My guess is we will never know, he has been buried somewhere and will never be found, sad!
Wow, you can see all the lighthouses at sea…and how they are blinking in real time! Lights at sea.
I love these sites with interesting maps! 30 Informative Maps People Shared On This Group That Might Change Your Perspective On Things. I just had to…
MILES & POINTS
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This section is about my
hobby addiction of collecting frequent flyer miles and hotel points since the early 1990’s! Feel free to skip this section and parts of the next one if this is not for you.
Newbies: Get educated. Follow blogs that have YOUR best interest in mind and are not multi million dollar operations serving banks first. US banks can shower you with money and miles and points if you are educated enough, are organized and NEVER EVER carry a balance/pay interest to the banks! Beat them at their game, it can be fun and…addicting. Actually, it is stronger than crack, not like I have ever done crack. I always make this joke and I am the only one laughing I think lol.
Register for the latest IHG Rewards promotion HERE.
No, it is not just you. Yes, the US banks are on a major spree again with higher sign up bonuses. This only happens in this country, nowhere else. It is nice…if you know how to play this game, so here we go:
There are new highest ever offers for the no annual fee Hilton card and the Surpass card. Up to 130k and 180k, respectively. I could fake my excitement so I can sell you more of them but I won’t. Look, this hotel company is devaluing like crazy. I remember back in early 2000’s I took my family to the Hilton Waikoloa Village in the Big Island of Hawaii for six nights for 100,000 Hilton Honors points TOTAL! As we posted earlier this week, Hilton now wants at least 95k (soon to be 125k?) points per night for its highest rated properties (and one in Maldives is now at 150k points!!!). Get it? But if you are okay staying for free in lower rated properties these cards will enable you to do just that. Let’s go on with this. Check this out: Hilton Honors 5,000 & 10,000 Points Per Night Hotels These are vanishing as Hilton Honors continues to devalue by moving them to higher/more expensive rated categories. We like value around here and if these locations can work for you…you can spend many nights there! 180k divided by 5k is, do the math! For freeeeee…actually $95 annual fee for the Surpass, the other one earns 130k points REALLY freeeeee. You know where to find my links (see above!). Me and wife had them before and we can not get them again. My kids could go for them but they are not interested in hotels, only airlines. Ok then…
I know, I know. All this can be very confusing if you are new to this. There is nothing wrong with keeping it simple, peace of mind is under rated. Most consumers will be fine if they just carry a 2% pure cash back card, like the Citi Double Cash or the Capital One Venture Rewards card if you are a big spender. But if you can add on a bit more complexity and pick spending categories that earn more than 2% there are now higher offers for the two BlueCash cards that add an interesting cash back/savings category, Amazon spending!
Wait, that is not all! There is a new high offer for the IHG Rewards card offering 125,000 IHG Rewards points. Ok, so what you may say. The offer now adds a FREE night to it for just $3k of spend. This card gives you free Platinum status as long as you keep it AND a free night every year for an annual fee of $89. Not the greatest hotel chain in the world but it may work for you, we are all different.
All of the cards mentioned above are available with my credit card links. You got questions, ask in the comments or email me. The only sources of revenue for this blog now are these cards and a few donations, that’s it. Since I can not remember the last month this blog had 10 conversions it is obvious by now that this is not making me rich! Thank you for understanding and the support to keep this blog going.
Good for reference: American Airlines AAdvantage Complete Guide.
We are now entering BLOG BUZZ, a section for advanced hobbyists and veterans of this fast imploding hobby and also a section where I go on and on about some stuff that happens in my life because it helps me feel better about myself.
I am no fan of the Maldives but I guess some in this hobby are: Marriott’s Maldives Madness: The Le Meridien Maldives. And I fully expect Marriott to fix this any day now…And THIS is how you sell plastic! As in, stay in this amazing over the water bungalow for free only if you click on these credit cards! Never mind paying for the airfare to and from it within Maldives that is excruciatingly expensive.
The Lazy Traveler does a deep dive for value here: New Radisson Rewards 2021 Changes: Part 1 — Digging for Values in the Americas.
I have finally been burning some points! Son needed a 2 night stay in Honolulu as he is in between Airbnb stays. I burned 12,000 World of Hyatt points and a Free Night award cert expiring in July 2021 to get him the two nights as my Globalist Guest of Honor at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach property. He got a nice ocean view room and really liked the hotel. I tried to get the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach property which is 15,000 points per night and a better property to use my Free Night award. But nope, that specific property magically does not have any “standard” rooms available as awards. It is a property that is well known for doing these shenanigans. So, then son says I need more time to find next Airbnb and asks if he can stay longer in the same hotel and room preferably. How many nights I ask. He says minimum three, preferably four. So, 48,000 World of Hyatt points later I tell him he is all set. He got credit for six nights and also earned 7,500 World of Hyatt points from the latest Hyatt promotion where credit card holders can earn 2,500 every two nights. We are pleased that these points were well spent!
Tomorrow we are driving to Columbus, Ohio to attend the graduation of my wife’s nephew from the wrong school (Ohio State University). I again tried to finally use my Radisson Rewards points (excuse me, RadissonAmericas points lol) but I am not going to burn 28,000 points for a Country Inn going for $91 plus tax when I can burn 5,000 Hyatt points for a nice Hyatt Place, I am sorry. That gets me to 54 elite night credits in 2021…inching closer to my Hyatt concierge and a free category 7 night award cert at 60 nights!
Waiting for daughter to see her Southwest Companion Pass as
we I have completed the requirements for it. She is excited! Update: It is here, wow that was fast, as soon as the points posted the day after the Visa statement closed! Any tips on how to take maximum advantage of it are welcome.
Can’t wait for warmer weather to get here finally…
I have nothing I am working on right now, maybe it is time for a new credit card, it is an addiction lol. I like the new United Quest card, could get me 100k United miles, annual fee is $250 but could get $125 statement credit with United paid tickets and two 5k miles rebates for two awards. I am okay with these and I can finally cancel my United business card. Of course I am going to use my own credit card links! Hey, I am also a client here, I click the talk lol. Which reminds me this pic lol and let me leave you with this then:
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