Another amazing ride with your Supreme Buzzer showing you how to learn all about United Routing Rules, the secret Bank of America phone numbers, a very good summary of the state of Miles/Points metagame, visit Beirut and Meghalaya India, more awesome personal finance links, and just odd stuff about fees to the airlines, best time to drink coffee. We finish with the biggest baddest Blog Buzz mega crap polluting the blogosphere we cover for you. An announcement is strategically placed at the end of the Blog Buzz too.
TBB Blog Mission: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order
The Complete Guide to United Routing Rules – By Travel is Free. WOW! Others pump credit cards non stop, others are adding value like this! Who would you rather help? Think!
Air France/KLM Flying Blue miles are now a transfer partner with Citibank Thank You reward points. That’s it. Move on, yawn. What an easy way to sell some credit cards with posts like this huh? Check the Blog Buzz section below for crap.
Southwest schedule is now extended through April 6, 2015.
Working phone numbers at Bank of America to call for follow up/reconsiderations (HT Rapid Travel Chai):
- Personal: 866-505-7481
- Personal en Espanol: 866-865-7843
- Business: 866-695-6598
My Thoughts on the State of the Miles and Points Metagame By As The Joe Flies. These are some very good thoughts and I tend to agree with most of them!
American Airlines stopped selling tickets on Orbitz. I predict an announcement soon that American Airlines will begin to sell tickets again on Orbitz after both sides negotiate the best deal. Some blogger out there will make a post about that too again and sell some credit cards for sure. Yawn…
Timelapse Video of the Heavens over Observatories. At The Adventure Blog. I think I like these timelapse videos a little too much…
A Day in Beirut. At The Gate. Nice trip report. Glad not to see another toilet in Vendome or some other luxury hotel 🙂
Meghalaya, India: The Wettest Place on Earth. By the Atlantic.
10 Ways To Get Rich According to Warren Buffett. At Memolition. No arguments here.
Go Ahead, Spice Up Your Investing Life. At the New York Times. This is just awesome. I had a prospective client once tell me my style was not exciting. I told him that is correct, my style is as exciting as watching paint dry. I leave the excitement for travel hacking lol.
The Relative Value of $100 in your State. At Yahoo Finance. I like visiting New York, Hawaii and California. But I love living in Michigan because I am a value oriented person since birth 🙂
ODDZ & ENDZ
7 Retaliatory Fees Travelers Should Be Charging the Airlines. At Len Penzo dot Com. Lol, we charge the airlines these fees: small seat fee, excessive boarding groups fee, kicked seat fee, lost baggage fee, non-reclining seat fee, missing gate assignment fee, hurry up and wait fee. Sounds great to me but I am afraid this will not fly 🙂
The New Habit Challenge: Drink Your Coffee When Science Tells You To. At Fast Company. As a devoted coffee drinker, this gave me a headache 🙂
Dizzying footage of a rooftopping adventure 346 meters (1,135 feet) above the streets of Hong Kong. At Twisted Sifter. Hey, let’s go eat a banana up there!
Note: This section is for long time followers of this hobby and references to blogs/bloggers may not make much sense if you are new to this. You are welcome to stay and read it of course but if you go WTF just remember this note!
I know many bloggers read me. Some of them are true to travel blogging believe it or not and are not out to sell every darn credit card in the face of the earth to everyone 7 to 29 credit cards at a time! For you real travel blogger, here is a link at Travel Tester with many other links about, well, true travel blogging, including how to start one! Hope you find something helpful here. You are welcome.
Great, Prior2Boarding blogs are now doing posts cross linking to each other. Google SEO rankings had nothing to do with that I bet!
Warning: I am angry and following therapist orders to “let it all out” after my eye sockets were attacked repeatedly by stuff like this below:
Platinum Delta SkyMiles Companion Certificate: Is It a Good Deal? – Million Credit Card NonSecrets [No would have sufficed. Of course we go on a long treatise written for mentally challenged readers that pummels them with reasons to get the card. Sell it boy. People comment and get ignored, obviously they are too busy preparing next credit card pump post. ]
Strike Three With My Marriott Business Card Application – Frugal Travel Guy [Wonder how much KKR pays for each mailed in post? For the record, our household has never been denied for a credit card by Chase. So there. Stay Chase-y boys and girls.]
Is coach good enough – NO – the ride is just as important a part of the adventure to me! – Delta Points [Makes a pathetic case for not flying in coach. Of course it takes more miles to fly up front and he can sell you the credit cards…of course this had absolutely nothing to do with it! These posts make me…search for the nearest wall to bang my head on!]
Who Is Eligible For Delta American Express Sign-Up Bonus? – One Mile at a Time [Now that Amex pays me again, it is time for me to pump some posts about Amex credit cards! Some claims are just so pathetic….eeeeek! ]
Comparing the Amex EveryDay and EveryDay Preferred Cards – One Mile at a Time [Ummm, didn’t I just say that? Hey, are you still telling ME that this blog along with its sister View from The Wing does NOT belong in the TBB Ignore list, seriously? ]
Maximizing IHG Rewards Card For Free Nights – The Points Guy [Written by hired gun Jason Steele. In passing you see this sentence “However, there is another offer still available for 80,000 points.” No link, no nothing! And the inferior 60k offer all over. Jason, you know better. Or you just don’t care as long as the employer pays you? I did not vote for you for that award this year. The reason is…don’t have time for it. ]
Do you take the “good stuff” from Delta for granted? I don’t! Let me show you what I mean. – Delta Points [Like we warned here, took a few days without getting paid and the affiliate links are back. Not only them but even the crappy Delta Skybonus referral link too! “Our Delta” WTF! Reaching deeeeeep and touting the Biscoffs & Woodford Reserve crap while acknowledging they are not good for diet and they are “nummy”. I am about to lose my head from banging it so hard against the wall here for YOU! 🙂 ]
How and Why I Was Totally Wrong about the Avios Devaluation – Milevalue [Why do I read this blog? Because it is great for my diet as I barf almost every time!]
Final Week: Chase United Airlines Explorer 50,000 Mile Sign-Up Bonus – Million Credit Cards [“Note: There is a better offer with a $50 statement credit that is also ending. But not everyone may be able to see this offer.” What do you call this huh? Of course this was not approved by the mother in law ^$#@*(&. ]
Year Two: Barclaycard Arrival vs. Chase Sapphire Preferred – Frugal Travel Guy [When you can not repeat the same old stuff, might as well sell the same credit cards again by using Template1a.]
Noob Q&A: What Can You Do With 40,000 US Airways Dividend Miles? – Noob Traveler [Just because we can’t stop selling credit cards over and over to noobs who don’t know any better. ]
Devaluations Without Notice are the Worst Thing a Program Can Do, Don’t Give British Airways Too Much Credit –View from the Wing [Lol. How to spin a blunder into a positive by changing the subject smh. ]
Credit Cards That Earn Citi ThankYou Points (and Now Transfer to Flying Blue and 8 Other Airlines!) – Million Mile Manure [You take any excuse to pull out a template to pump all the Thank You Citibank cards. Because you just have not done that before. Why does this crap make me barf?]
Is The Disney Credit Card Worth It? – One Credit Card at a Time [Use a lead into an opportunity to pump every credit card in existence. Barf again! Thank you, barfing is great for losing weight!]
5 Days Left for Free Amex Statement Credits in Houston and Beyond – Mommy Points [You can bet your clicks that if there was no Amex card to sell this would probably never see the light of day. At least we get no pictures of little C. holding Amex cards!]
Why is There Ice on my Bow Tie? – Million Mile Buckets [Oh god, Emily dumps Daraius with ice. While he wears a bow tie. For the record, TBB has NEVER done a bow tie. Actually I have…once! It was at a dance at a local Chamber of Commerce function where someone had a brilliant idea to raffle a private dance by local businessmen. Don’t ask. All the money went to the charity by the way…for real! We also want you to know that Emily volunteered in the Dominican Republic. We will go back to our regular credit card pumping ways in our next post, thank you for clicking ]
Act Now: Two 50,000 Point Bonus Offers Disappearing Soon – View from the Suite [ Sell sell sell…create that urgency! Wrong on Avios…just saying! ]
Citi Improving Its Thank You Points Program With a New Transfer Partner! – View from the Bank [ Notice the exclamation mark at the end. From cutting edge industry commentary to being wrong and just cutting edge credit card selling in 2014. This TBB commentary was not approved by any bank, you can bank on that, as long as we can hold our dignity, thank you for your support! ]
Chase Freedom Ends 10% Annual Bonus & Other Changes – The Points Guy [ Are you kidding me? Readers are told these “news” now? Didn’t we talk about this last week? Cutting edge expertise huh? Or is it a repeat so more cards can be sold? Funniest part of this was at the end we see “HT TPG Reader Daniel”…we are talking about cutting edge stuff, folks…grrrrr]
Two Jet Blue 20% Off Fall Promotions (But Must Book Soon) – The Miles Professor [Almost missed this one but an alert TBB reader led me to it…Could not imagine that a Barclaycard arrival link was thrown in there for a deal that is ending TOMORROW! EXSQUEEZE ME? ARE YOU SERIOUS? JUST COULD NOT RESIST THROWING THE LINK IN THERE HUH? And thanks so much for the wonderful expert commentary on Iberial and Avios. I guess could not make it three in a row without getting paid. So many experts, so many sales people! ]
Buy Alaska Miles with 40% Bonus – Canadian Kilometers [ Been holding back on this blog that made it in the TBB Ignore list recently so deservedly. It has morphed into a credit card pumping machine to go along with killing the Lifemiles program deal. ]
CITI THANK YOU POINTS ARE NOW TRANSFERABLE TO AIRLINE PARTNERS – Miles Momma [ If Wallet Slot is in the Ignore list this one should be too. Or take WS off as both are tiny. This one just keeps pumping and posts sporadically…to pump. I should not even bother but really wanted to ask the Wallet Slot question! Which leads me to the next question… Is Wallet Slot done? Is he/she alive? Wish him/her the best! ]
Going forward, the Blog Buzz section will be reduced and only contain some true “gems” because, I mean, look at it above…I got no template for me to keep me doing this! If you think about it this is kind of insane and need to better control…my insanity lol.
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