We learn all about United Airlines Upgrades, refresh our memories with hotel award best uses, get an update on Hotel Hustle, marvel at scenes with a drone over Pripyat Chernobyl, totally feel how it is leaving Earth, check out some awesome National Geographic photographers. We end with the best personal finance articles on the web and the one and only Blog Buzz which never stops entertaining…me primarily.
About to start my trip to Hong Kong. I have scheduled some posts for your daily entertainment, not sure if I can do every day but I am trying! I don’t like to mail in posts 🙂 Follow me on Twitter for frequent updates on my trip, TBB Style!
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Getting upgrades on United. Everything you need to know from GPUs to miles and co-pays. – MileCards Excellent guide on all things UA upgrades.
Hotel Award Best Uses (or “Sweet Spots”) – Travel Is Free Great reminder of the best bang for your hotel
Hotel Hustle gets updated – The Wandering Aramean I think the improvements in searching are paramount. I am not into valuations and “hotness” indicators; award valuations are always so subjective. Hilton and Hyatt are paramount to add next. You make the searching work and this becomes a killer app. Never praised a blogger so much and always got dirt in return. Oh well, so be it, the life of a critic! 🙂 One more thing: I LOVE the name “Hotel Hustle“!
Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl – Stunning video from a drone. First saw this at 60 Minutes a few weeks ago. Amazing!
Leaving Earth – Commander Chris Hadfield Amazing account of what it feels like to leave earth on a space ship! This is very emotional. You are welcome.
10 National Geographic Photographers Give Thanks for the Photos That Changed Them – National Geographic Must click. No words to describe.
Your 2014 taxes: Here’s how to get ahead – Fortune Good timely article.
How To Win Any Argument About the Markets – A Wealth of Common Sense Lots of common sense here.
Blog Buzz territory, where we shake our heads repeatedly and relentlessly. This section is intended to be satire and is mainly targeted to long time miles/points hobbyists. New readers of my blog may not “get” the jokes and digs, etc.
Club Carlson Cyber Monday Points Sale Live – One Mile at a Time First, it was a blog post about the coming sale pumping the Club Carlson cards. Now we have “it is live” news and pumping the Club Carlson cards. Mind you this program was not even in the radar until the cards started paying the sellers…
What’s the Best Travel Rewards Card to Get Right Now? – World Wanderlusting Where we sell the US Airways card again and again and again…
Limited-time Offer: Earn $200 Cash Back With the Chase Freedom Card – Johnny Jet Hey cash running low?
Reviews: Singapore Airlines Suite Class A380 New York to Frankfurt One Dozen Credit Cards at a Time Remember when these reviews did not have any credit card links? I do. Remember when we were all anticipating the pic of the wet towel and the diet coke? Well I guess some did. Anyways, after so many reviews I never bother anymore. I bet you the next review will look…similar! I made a mistake to click on this just to see Dad. But instead I got a dump of all the credit cards you can get to do this. If this is not a prime example of what our hobby has become I don’t know what is! Kind of sad. Not angry, just sad.
Reader Request: Get My Family of Four to Hawaii – Frugal Travel Guy Just when you think this site can’t get more pumpy…it does! Another lame request resulting in 15 different credit card links. Going for the jugular. Not even a peep about the challenge of booking such an award. Or maybe the dude pushing his award consulting service will email them for more “help”. At least no Avios were abused in this post…
When To Meet Minimum Spend for the Southwest Airlines Credit Card? – Deals We Like Does this blog ever shut up about this card? This must be post #1,456,969 on it!
Last Call: 50,000+ Southwest Points – One More Credit Card One More Time Wow, sounding desparate here or what. Dear readers, NO NEED TO RUSH….I bet my Amazon link revenue the offer is COMING BACK like it did so many times before! “Now it is a great time to get the card”….Pathetic! These super salesy ridiculous pumping ways just drive me nuts. Come on you guys, if you don’t have it check out BOP (Best Offers Patrol) on where to find it 🙂
Thank you to all who took advantage of the free $100 from Capital One 360’s Black Friday sale. I may not pimp much but when I do I make sure it is worth it primarily for YOU! Okay, I come second. Thank you again!
I leave you with the one and only…Chris Farley…What a Stud!
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Have a great trip!
Well the Lufthansa pilots may shut down my trip before it starts. All this meticulous planning may go down in flames which makes me call my therapist 🙂
Darn Europeans, always striking!
Watched the Hadfield video. Obviously fake. We all know Canada doesn’t have astronauts.
Lol…yeah right 🙂
Mr Nice says
Sounds like a great trip! Hope you post a few pics …
Agree Seth is good… Pulls no punches and says what’s on his mind! Love what he can put together…
Yes, ” If this is not a prime example of what our hobby has become I don’t know what is! Kind of sad. Not angry, just sad. ” so sad this is what things have devolved to 🙁
I say what’s on my mind too. No doubt about his talent but sometimes his online manners make Ingy look like an angel. I find it hilarious he even questioned my integrity a few times and stuck to lines of argument that just made no sense.
I think he has a gem in his hands with “Hotel Hustle” and he should focus on that tool!
My family of 4 is flying to Hawaii in 10 days…it can’t come soon enough.
Need to do Kauai one of these days…Enjoy!
Kauai is pretty Awesome. My favorite island is still Maui. This trip will be our first time on the Big Island.
Did the Big Island back in 2003 and stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village when it was a ridiculous 100k HH points for 5 or 6 nights! Oh those were the days.
Still love the Big Island. Drove all around it with major stops at the Volcano/National Park. Stayed one night in Hilo…I believe I Pricelined the main hotel and even stopped by at the local Rotary Club meeting at that hotel that day! Then the drive through the jungles and then the drive up the mountain and watching vast areas with cows and stopping at a village full of cowboys. I LOVED the diversity of the climate there, wow! Get that book, you know, the one the same company does, Big Island Revealed or something like that. It is well worth the money. Nice Wall Mart too lol.There is one beach great for boogie board surfing as we were all newbies about surfing and all.
Enjoy! I will enjoy dim sum and hope I do not gain too many pounds!
I have posts scheduled…so as long as I am here I do my thing:
Well it looks like the 1800 Flowers “deal” Frequent Miler did a whole blog post about…blew up. I called 1800 Flowers the Cartera of Flowers. You were warned dear TBB readers!
MMS – When Should You Book Southwest Award Tickets? Who cares, I just want you to click on my Southwest cards so I can get paid you fools!
FTG – How Do I Switch Credit Cards and Still Get the Signup Bonus? Amazingly, just credit card links and no “churning” mentioned. LOL.
Deals We Like – Southwest 50,000 Point Credit Card Offering Ending Unbelievable pimping folks!
The Points Guy – Maximizing Charitable Donations this Holiday Season First way is to donate using a credit card. ^%$(&$# Unbelieva…err, believable!
Lying bloggers…southwest credit card 50k offer is NOT ending. Shame on you for sounding so desperately ridiculous trying to make that sale. SELL SELL SELL
Offer ending February 28, 2015….sure it is “news” to all of ya pumpers!
this site is gaining points (pun intended) lately…
and listen to BOP (cc tab page 5!)
The Chernobyl picture is more apt and timely than you think. Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the Union Carbide disaster in Bhopal. Ugh.
Oh yes I remember that day watching the news back in Greece..horrific!
Eighteenth???!!! Are you in HKG yet? BTW, I know you don’t take reader nominations, but I have to say Doctor of Credit is on my personal like/love list.
Leaving for HKG Wednesday if Lufthansa pilots cooperate that is.
Thanks for the feedback!
I have an argument for you. seems like you give these bad bloggers more attention. In weird way, you are jealous or something. Bloggers are weird and you are no different. while I’m at it, you have habit of kissing their butts after they fire back. It seems weak of you. you do it with everyone except for ftg for some reason. I have seen doctor credit do similar things. Acting like against salesmen but wanting to be them it looks like. The whole group of you are weird. You can come off like a child having tantrums nothing more when you kiss butts of bloggers. Why not stand behind your words like an adult?
Just an FYI, the John who posted the above is a different John than me, the one who was “first” today.
Hmm, that sure did not sound like the First John.
To the second John…can you try “DiffJohn” like the other Paul does?
No doubt I am weird. And bloggers are a weird breed too, we agree on that, no doubt.
“I do it with everyone except for ftg for some reason” – you lost me here!
All bloggers want to succeed in a way, it is a human tendency to want to excel in what you work on. The super sales pumping just drives me nuts. I can’t help it, I know I have a problem. For some reason I just can’t let go man 🙂
Please show me an example where I kissed “butts of bloggers”. I praise the good ones, I condemn the bad ones. That’s what a blog critic does. Been involved in this weird hobby for too long so I think I can be a pretty good judge of blog quality.
I stand behind my words like a human being who just wants to entertain my readers 🙂
It just comes down to…DO YOU DIFFJOHN HAVE THE SOUTHWEST CARD WITH THE COMPANION PASS HUH? DO YOU?
This just in:
Gary Leff repeats his statement that he loves flying coach.
Buzz told me no more YouTube links. Otherwise I would have linked Richard Harris as King Arthur (a real titan) in Camelot, singing “What do the Simple Folk Do?”.
>>>>>Gary Leff repeats his statement that he loves flying coach.
LOL…And pigs can fly…No…wait, I think there was a pig recently on a US Air flight 🙂
Ok last few digs before I lose control of Feedly…
MMS – Last Chance Today for Southwest 50,000 Point Cards? TPG said it may be ending today…but is it? Hmm, we shall see. In the meantime, CLICK my links….hahaha got ya! smh.
One More Credit Card One More Time – Are High Annual Fee Credit Cards Worth It? This went to total eeeeek mode. Really dude, really? One thing is FOR CERTAIN: They are sure worth it to you and spare us all these lame questions!
The Points Guy – Top 10 Hotel Club Lounges in the U.S. & How to Gain Access Of course you would not stop at the lounges….you just had to bombard us all with them again as in “how to gain access”. Umm, let me guess how….WTF territory. Maybe they are all getting warmed thinking I have taken off on my first flight to HKG…I am still heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere!