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What is the most useful frequent flyer blog?

Old Dec 27, 12, 11:31 pm
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Originally Posted by ferrari_fan View Post
I tried to see the join date of a few bloggers who are all about CC and affiliate links, and most seem to have a join date of 2011/2012. I was away from FT for a while but I missed what got them started recently. Most seem to have redeemed millions of miles !!
An observation of my own: Many bloggers seemed to start doing it right after attending an event like the Chicago Seminars or a MegaDO. The credit card affiliate business started in a separate wave due to referrals within the same affiliate program, but IMO I don't think aff links are the reason most became bloggers in the first place.
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Old Dec 28, 12, 1:11 am
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My new blog: Points Summary

http://www.pointssummary.com

No affiliate links!
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Old Dec 28, 12, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by ferrari_fan View Post
LOL ^^



Well since his manager said that, it must be true. Y'all need to stop pestering the bloggers.

I tried to see the join date of a few bloggers who are all about CC and affiliate links, and most seem to have a join date of 2011/2012. I was away from FT for a while but I missed what got them started recently. Most seem to have redeemed millions of miles !!
People have posted that their local OD manager supposedly said they stopped carrying VRs because of [..............]. Fill in the blank with one of several completely different reasons. Possibly one of the reasons is correct, who knows, but I wouldn't mark any of them down as gospel.
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Old Dec 28, 12, 8:54 am
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Yes, I was being sarcastic. Interesting read in this thread.
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Old Dec 30, 12, 2:25 pm
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I track a bunch of frequent flyer blogs through my website. Here are some up-and-coming blogs I like:

MileValue -- My go-to website for learning about award booking. Scott and his team write really good stuff.

Hack My Trip -- Nice variety of content. He did a useful write-up of all the airline and hotel loyalty programs. Each has individual reviews. Then he created a downloadable PDF chart of his findings.


PointChaser
-- Ariana has done some nice gift card churning posts. See her post on Macy's.

PointsHoarder -- A frequent flyer podcast. Seth at The Wandering Aramean is one of the hosts.

Travel Summary - A nice "reader's digest" of frequent flyer blogs. Recently got a slick redesign.
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Old Dec 30, 12, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by StreetSmartTraveler View Post
I track a bunch of frequent flyer blogs through my website. Here are some up-and-coming blogs I like:

Travel Summary - A nice "reader's digest" of frequent flyer blogs. Recently got a slick redesign.
Thanks, appreciate the mention.

I try not to write about similar topics as all the other bloggers, but I do like to provide "color commentary" on some popular topics. My original intention for starting a blog was to 1) educate family/friends that were interested in my hobby, and 2) link to the most useful posts of the day (I read them all anyway, so I might as well point out the ones that are important).

Anyway, feedback is definitely welcome. Still working out the kinks in the new website so please forgive any "page not found" messages (and I'd appreciate you letting me know where it came from).

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Old Dec 30, 12, 5:33 pm
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Not sure if this has already been mentioned since I didn't actually get around to reading all 82 pages LOL, but I read and would recommend UPgRD.com
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Old Dec 30, 12, 6:14 pm
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Originally Posted by StreetSmartTraveler View Post


PointChaser
-- Ariana has done some nice gift card churning posts. See her post on Macy's.
Hmm...buying for miles and returning for refund...

http://boardingarea.com/blogs/freque...wing-the-line/
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Old Dec 30, 12, 6:39 pm
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As long as the Macy's gift card rules allow this you should be fine. That said, it does look like it violates the T&C:

http://www1.macys.com/service/gift/terms.jsp

Delta Points had a post today re ethics. I posted a comment about the ethics of representing one's affiliate credit card as "the same" as a better offer, when it is not true (see here for an example of someone doing that with the US card).

No surprise, I was censored yet again. I guess actions speak louder than words for some bloggers.
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Old Dec 30, 12, 6:49 pm
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I believe censoring blog comments is unjustified. Yes, pure personal attacks/namecalling & posts about cialis/viagra etc should be censored and deleted. The rest should be allowed to add to the discussion.

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Old Dec 30, 12, 7:14 pm
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Originally Posted by TravelSummary View Post
Thanks, appreciate the mention.

I try not to write about similar topics as all the other bloggers.
? That's all you do as far as I can tell. And with an extremely annoying amount of exclamation marks!

For my money, TravelBloggerBuzz does a better job summarizing other bloggers - and offers well deserved criticism of those who relentlessly pimp for referrals instead of breathless comments to other blogger's work!

Frequent Miler, MileValue and LoyaltyLobby are the few blogs I read regularly.
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Old Dec 30, 12, 7:40 pm
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Originally Posted by farwest101 View Post
? That's all you do as far as I can tell. And with an extremely annoying amount of exclamation marks!
I like exclamation marks!!!!! Seriously though, I feel like my posts sometimes get way too boring and hope an exclamation mark can save the day. I guess I go a bit overboard (or I just need to work on my writing skills).
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Old Dec 31, 12, 12:43 am
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Originally Posted by StreetSmartTraveler View Post
I track a bunch of frequent flyer blogs through my website. Here are some up-and-coming blogs I like:

MileValue -- My go-to website for learning about award booking. Scott and his team write really good stuff.

Hack My Trip -- Nice variety of content. He did a useful write-up of all the airline and hotel loyalty programs. Each has individual reviews. Then he created a downloadable PDF chart of his findings.


PointChaser
-- Ariana has done some nice gift card churning posts. See her post on Macy's.

PointsHoarder -- A frequent flyer podcast. Seth at The Wandering Aramean is one of the hosts.

Travel Summary - A nice "reader's digest" of frequent flyer blogs. Recently got a slick redesign.
Thanks for including me on that list, StreetSmartTraveler. Useful is what I'm going for.
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Old Dec 31, 12, 12:53 am
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Thanks for the heads up HikerT. I didn't know this was against the T&C and assumed since Macy's allows it, it was ok. Macy's often goes against corporate policy as long as it makes their customers happy (i.e. encouraging us to return clearly worn merchandise, even though corporate policy forbids it). I don't advocate abusing this system. Moderation is key.
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Old Dec 31, 12, 2:08 pm
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There is no way Macy's will ever allow a customer to credit a gift card balance to a Macy's credit card account. This requires a manager override and is against corporate policy. Regular Macy's associates will not be able to do this function and will probably call the manager over.

The back of the Macy's Gift Card does say that it cannot be used a payment, which is pretty much what it is.

There are other ways of going about to circumvent this issue:

Buy items online with the gift card, then return the merchandise in the store. The associate will only have "Gift Card" and "Macy's Card" option for a return. You can simply say that you want to credit the amount to your Macy's account. That is probably the only safe way to avoid getting a manager and raising suspicion.
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