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Old Aug 9, 17, 9:15 pm
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I just typed a few words. I must be a writer now.

I wish this was a joke. Countless bloggers actually consider themselves writers when all they do is regurgitate and repost clickbait garbage.

EDIT: Grab some popcorn and head over to this thread on the United forum where the author of a TPG "article" vehemently defends what he wrote!
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Old Sep 3, 17, 1:57 pm
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I know that I've been very critical of TPG for their vapid articles, but for the first time ever, I have actually read a very good, very informative article (well, it's actually two, but they're both on the same subject).

https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/thi...island-hopper/
https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/bes...island-hopper/

Sure, they may have aggregated information obtained elsewhere, but the photos indicate that the author at least flew on the flights before writing this article. They are actually very thorough and gets straight to the point with the information. On top of that, neither of them had a clickbait title, or were written for the sole purpose of shilling a credit card.

Now if only the rest of the site (or at least the rest of this author's articles) could be this good!
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Old Sep 4, 17, 9:37 am
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He's not willing to trade your miles/points for the home but just in case you are interested

https://miami.curbed.com/2017/9/1/16...the-points-guy
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Old Sep 4, 17, 11:38 am
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Originally Posted by cruisr View Post
He's not willing to trade your miles/points for the home but just in case you are interested

https://miami.curbed.com/2017/9/1/16...the-points-guy
ah, to flip a house in Florida for tax "residency" purposes. I assume he'll be buying another Florida "residence." Got to "live" in a place with no income tax. Nope, don't live in New York at all.

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Old Sep 5, 17, 12:58 am
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ah, to flip a house in Florida for tax "residency" purposes. I assume he'll be buying another Florida "residence." Got to "live" in a place with no income tax. Nope, don't live in New York at all.
Another option would be to buy a house in Florida and let your parents live in it while you are living in LA with your fiance.
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Old Sep 5, 17, 4:22 am
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
Another option would be to buy a house in Florida and let your parents live in it while you are living in LA with your fiance.
Well, to be fair, one of them isn't clear on what income tax is.
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Old Sep 5, 17, 8:15 am
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Originally Posted by iadisgreat View Post
Well, to be fair, one of them isn't clear on what income tax is.
But Mr. IRS Auditor, what do you mean my trip to Madrid for pride isn't a legitimate deductible business expense? I'm a professional bon vivant.

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but Mr. IRS Auditor, what do you mean my trip to propose to my boyfriend isn't a legitimate deductible business expense, I mentioned it on part 234 of my trip report.
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Old Sep 5, 17, 8:19 am
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I'm sure he hires a tax accountant that accepts credit cards so that he can earn points on that too.
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Old Sep 5, 17, 10:46 am
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Well, lots of professionals take credit card, so I wouldn't give him grief over that.
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Old Sep 5, 17, 11:58 am
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Oh dear.

https://thepointsguy.com/2017/07/tip...-airline-food/

And I thought the days of "I like my job, but I hate all the passengers, and I hate actually doing work" attitude back when Sarah Steegar wrote for them was done when they replaced her with Carrie A Trey (which, I am almost convinced is a pseudonym because honestly, I wouldn't want to reveal my name either if all I did was complain about my job).

So it looks like Carrie hasn't seen what foreign carriers serve in Economy...
I agree, I think the name was suppose to be joke..the name" Carry A Tray" ...on a blog about food service in the air.
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Old Sep 5, 17, 3:11 pm
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https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/fre...er-one-flight/

Register to Earn a Free AA Upgrade After a Single Flight
Wow, that sounds too good to be true!

Of course it is. It's available to corporate travel managers only. Clickbait garbage.
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Old Sep 17, 17, 11:39 pm
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Who needs copy editors anyway? Seriously, what the heck do their interns do besides end up on the bottom row of their affiliate marketing pyramid?




https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/5-c...sa-sssstories/

Then again, if you ever read any of Zach Honig's "articles," you'll notice that when they're first published, they're usually rife with errors and inconsistencies. If you see an article without errors, look in the comments. Someone probably already pointed them out for him to fix.
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Old Sep 18, 17, 12:26 pm
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Originally Posted by diburning View Post
Who needs copy editors anyway? Seriously, what the heck do their interns do besides end up on the bottom row of their affiliate marketing pyramid?




https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/5-c...sa-sssstories/

Then again, if you ever read any of Zach Honig's "articles," you'll notice that when they're first published, they're usually rife with errors and inconsistencies. If you see an article without errors, look in the comments. Someone probably already pointed them out for him to fix.

Didn't he get removed from the editor-in-cheif position?

Not sure if he got promoted or demoted.
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Old Sep 18, 17, 3:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Astrophsx View Post
Didn't he get removed from the editor-in-cheif position?
https://twitter.com/ZachHonig/status/903256260589494273

Not sure if he got promoted or demoted.
"Credit card content" - referred to as *editorial*

Seems TPG may need a refresher on the holy principle of "Church and state" between editorial and advertising. Zach was one of the only folks there with any background in actual journalism.

https://heartifb.com/2013/05/15/the-...-need-to-know/
http://www.asbpe.org/guide-to-prefer...ial-practices/
https://hbr.org/2013/07/the-ethics-o...-in-journalism
https://ethics.journalists.org/topic...sing-and-news/
http://www.magazine.org/asme/editorial-guidelines
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Old Sep 23, 17, 9:50 pm
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Who the hell is this Alex Macheras dude? What credentials does he have?
How on earth a 22 year old guy gets to be on board an Airbus inspection flight? Does he work for Airbus? Wouldn't that be a safety issue?
And last, but not least: is he the press secretary for the Qatari government?
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