Here are some interesting points, miles, credit cards and other travel-related articles and posts from around the blogosphere.
Everyone and their mother has told you about the new 12 transfer bonuses from American Express. But only yours truly has offered an actionable post on the best bonuses you might actually want to use. Will you forgive me for touting my own horn here? Please! 🙂
I don’t normally care about fare deals between certain pairs of cities, but this fare discovered by Dans Deals is an exceptional find, IMHO.
I have a couple of Chase 5/24 spots open still, so I’ve been considering two United cards, but in all seriousness, United has devalued its program so badly in recent years that I just don’t know what I’ll do with their miles. For what United wants for one-way travel I can book a round trip with ANA or Avianca, considering all transfer bonuses. Andrew Kunesh has written a thorough review of the latest devaluations, so I’m kind of glad to see that I’m not the only one who finds United’s MileagePlus almost irrelevant these days. I like to use it for Star partners research, though.
The title says it all.
Danny the Deal Guru reports about a new Hilton Curio Collection hotel in Santorini slated to open in Spring 2022. The 38-room property will feature a terrace with a private pool or hot tub for every room. It’ll be interesting to see how many dates they’ll make available for award redemptions (I’ll safely go with none).
Now from the horse’s mouth. And you thought Radisson split the company to serve you better, LOL.
Another interesting piece from Skift. I remember being surprised back in the 2000s when a hotel executive told me that room service is more often than not a loss leader in the industry. You mean a cold sandwich you deliver three hours later while charging me like it was a filet mignon doesn’t make you any money? Huh!
Here is another interesting story about the future of hotel space. Of course selling rooms “to work from” is nothing new, but this might be a new interesting trend with a corresponding new revenue stream (or not).
Charles Schwab was supposed to reduce the AmEx cashout to 1.1 cent on Sep 1, but it hasn’t materialized. We’ll see if the 1.25 cents per point still stands on Monday.
Another mammoth Frequent Miler’s piece covering every nook and cranny of Citi ThankYou.
It’s a jungle out there, guys! Be careful. 🙂
These Doctor of Credit posts can be helpful if you’re targeted.
- [Targeted] Chase Ink Cardholders: Earn 10,000 Points For Every $10,000 In Spend (Up To 50k Points)
- Amazon: Get 20%/40% Off on Amazon when Using 1 Membership Rewards Point (Max $30/$40 Discount)
This is definitely a move in the right direction. Hawaii is a tourist mecca for Americans. Maybe this will convince at least some folks to get their shots finally.
I was surprised to find out that Gary supports using masks on planes. I had an impression that he believes planes are so safe that masks aren’t needed. In truth, I pretty much agree with his conclusion that using proper masks makes all the difference (vs. bandanas and other home solutions), and the study he links to in the post clearly confirms it.
And yet, some comments just made me shake my head in disbelief. As long as masks don’t protect 100% (and nothing in the world protect anyone 100%) no evidence is good enough for the anti-mask crowd. But even among all other comments this remark takes the cake.
I only wear a mask if I absolutely have to. And wear it as loose as possible. I’m over it and would never consider wearing one just to protect others. Not my problem.
Here is another tier-matching opportunity in Atlantic City. I’ve covered these tier-matches before and benefited from them nicely. For one thing, it’s a 2-hour drive away for us, and for all its decay and feel of abandonment, Atlantic City is one place where my wife and my mom love to go, LOL. This latest opportunity is a good one if it actually works.
I used to love skiing. But I never learned how to do it right, so one unfortunate fall in the Hunters landed me with a badly twisted knee. I was immobilized for about 2 weeks, and after that I decided to call it quits. That was about 12 years ago, yet every now and then I see one of these skiing posts and … get tempted for a few minutes.
Last week on TBB
- The Shadowy Business of International Education — a piece about greed, lies and higher education.
- Shipwrecked: A Shocking Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in the Deep Blue Sea — I agree, what a story!
What’s good? Pretty much everything. Here are the articles I liked the most.
- The US War in Afghanistan 1999-2021 — an epic timeline, really!
- Atlantic’s Long-Haulers Are Fighting for Their Future
- Some Thoughts on My Experience Getting Covid
- River Runner. Click to drop a raindrop anywhere in the contiguous United States and watch where it ends up. (I agree, very cool!)
And now just for fun
Why are people laughing in this video?
Hint: It’s not the comedian.