I am trying to limit my time spent per day on the miles and points hobby because I need to focus on 1) day job, 2) blog, and 3) actual travel. Wife revises this to 1) wife, then other misc.
Yet I may need to block a day to go back to March 26 and re-read every post of milevalue to date. The detail is overwhelming at times which is why my bookmarks have built up, but that detail is overwhelmingly useful. I am a United newbie, been looking at a simple redemption to Newfoundland. All the fees have frustrated me and the MileagePlus Explorer card is useless in this case (I like that card for rental car primary collision damage waiver but little else). His posts this week on saving on United award cancel fees and last minute award bookings are just what I needed, with a bonus post on United Miles and Avios in Asia.
No blog I have seen comes anywhere close to churning out this quality of how-to posts. And they are about ACTUAL TRAVEL, not just credit cards and coupon clipping, No idea how he finds time to put these together day after day. Readers like me benefit big.
Points, Miles & Martinis continues to develop a niche in targeted offers for which I am not targeted and hence intensely jealous, from the Delta SkyBonus 1 flight bonus to the awesome Hilton Gold + bonus point offers. Next time I take him to dinner I will make sure he is targeted for the check.
I was finally feeling victorious with a 10k survey bonus for Delta SkyBonus until Delta Points three-upped me with 30k.
Not a rationally justifiable use of time, but I am daily logging in for the next few weeks to earn 100 points/day. This first picturebook includes the Park Inn Muscat, Oman where I collected my summer 44k bonus.
I try to have one business stay a quarter to rake in all the bonuses. My stay at the Crowne Plaza Milpitas, CA netted a haul similar to that pictured on Loyalty Lobby. The post links to many current quarter and ongoing bonuses. Sign up for all and open your statement after a stay like a Christmas present.
One Two Free is back. At my new job I can choose between Hertz and National. I can’t understand the Hertz program and it’s many free and pay levels. Each of my recent rentals with them the cars were old and not even a MP3 capable CD player. National is a great rental experience and the promo is great when available. Both are generally too expensive for me to consider for leisure.
Catching up on the ruckus over debit cards. The ‘bloggers ruining everything’ debate was already rather tired before this recent flare-up, and I have nothing to add. There is a SunTrust Bank across from my hotel in Miami, but I do not have the time or dedication for this level of points-itis.
- Approved for a Amex Delta Platinum targeted 40k offer (15k of which are MQMs) + $100 statement credit. It was for both personal and business. I already have the personal so got the business. Got greedy by adding SPG business, still pending after a week and several calls.
- Reminds me I need to call Amex retention about my Premier Rewards Gold, Hilton Surpass and SPG personal, none of which I see the value for me in keeping. I have never understood the big allure of the SPG card beyond the bonus, Million Mile Secrets has a great analysis. The value people like is mostly specific to the SPG program, not intrinsic to the card. For that matter, I have not seen much value in SPG for me. When I need Cash & Points, it is not available. I don’t think their hotels are any better than the others and never use them for leisure.