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Old Feb 6, 18, 5:56 am
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Originally Posted by Long Train Runnin View Post
I realize that I am going to come off as sounding way to invested, but did anyone see that they monetized the ThePointsPups Instagram over the weekend?

Pushing some kind of Dog Friendly Cafe in NYC.

I thought it was pretty impressive clearly they are leaving no revenue stream untapped.
They would monetize their grandmothers if they could!
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Old Apr 1, 18, 12:51 pm
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It takes a real entitled/spoiled human being to label a review of Le Meridian koh samui as "Bleak House." Every TPG writer should be forced to spend a weekend in a truly Dickensian environment, where they don't get to write anything off as business expenses, or get any special treatment arranged through Bankrate or any other predatory financial services company.

The irony is that they would manage to come up with a review that sells 7 credit cards.
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Old Apr 1, 18, 1:40 pm
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Originally Posted by 84fiero View Post
They would monetize their grandmothers if they could!
I'm sure they have their grandmothers added as authorized users
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Old Apr 4, 18, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
If the website made clear it was advertisements, sure. ... People actually think the Points Guy is giving them honest advice. That's the problem.
This is the key point. "Ben & Jerry's" is just a brand name for ice cream. No one thinks Ben and Jerry get together each morning to make the ice cream. But Brian's face is on the posts published under "The Points Guy" byline, and his various social media posts suggest he is actually traveling and writing quite a bit. So there is reason to think that Brian is actually doing the writing.

When friends learn that I have a blog, one of the first questions is, "Do you know the Points Guy?" And I say, yes, I've met Brian. But I also point out the site has been bought and sold multiple times by corporations who work directly for the credit card issuers. That surprises them.
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Old Apr 5, 18, 4:27 pm
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I think this sums it up:

Kramer
: I've been asking around. They didn't even have any kids.
Jerry: Mom and pop aren't even a mom and pop?

Kramer: It was all an act, Jerry. They conned us, and they scored big-time!

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Old Apr 6, 18, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Scottrick View Post
When friends learn that I have a blog, one of the first questions is, "Do you know the Points Guy?" And I say, yes, I've met Brian. But I also point out the site has been bought and sold multiple times by corporations who work directly for the credit card issuers. That surprises them.
Multiple times? I should get my intern to do some actual research instead of goofing around?
Reminds me of FTG? Giving "advice" to travel frugally with face plasted all over the site while continuing to collect money while screaming "I sold it" lol.

Your two calculator tools are awesome by the way. Full Disclosure: I get no compensation from bloggers woohoo!
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Old Apr 6, 18, 7:45 pm
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Originally Posted by gpapadop View Post
Multiple times? I should get my intern to do some actual research instead of goofing around?
Reminds me of FTG? Giving "advice" to travel frugally with face plasted all over the site while continuing to collect money while screaming "I sold it" lol.

Your two calculator tools are awesome by the way. Full Disclosure: I get no compensation from bloggers woohoo!
Is it true TBB got kicked out of credit card links due to your "content" and that your family is not allowed to read TBB? #AskingForAFriend
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Old Apr 6, 18, 10:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Renes Points View Post
Is it true TBB got kicked out of credit card links due to your "content" and that your family is not allowed to read TBB? #AskingForAFriend
Is it true you've filed frivolous complaints with Twitter when people retweet or post what you post, relying on the fact that it's an automated system?
#Askingformyself
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Old Apr 7, 18, 5:37 am
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Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
Is it true you've filed frivolous complaints with Twitter when people retweet or post what you post, relying on the fact that it's an automated system?
#Askingformyself
Ummm, yes? So glad da Internet only puts up with Rene's blog on weekends only!

Lets get back on topic. TPG called the Plenti program popular!!! If it was popular why would it shut down #askingforeveryone
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Old Apr 17, 18, 7:52 am
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LOL "9 Reasons I’m Now Focused on Earning Marriott Points and Elite Status"
10. Marriott is paying us to make this post, hosted us at a special event, and gave his embargoed early access to info in exchange for positive "press."

And Zach Honig claims to be a journalist.
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Old Apr 17, 18, 10:49 am
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Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
LOL "9 Reasons Iím Now Focused on Earning Marriott Points and Elite Status"
10. Marriott is paying us to make this post, hosted us at a special event, and gave his embargoed early access to info in exchange for positive "press."

And Zach Honig claims to be a journalist.
We all got early access with no requirement to write nice things about them.
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Old Apr 17, 18, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
We all got early access with no requirement to write nice things about them.


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Old Apr 17, 18, 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
We all got early access with no requirement to write nice things about them.
I don't think you can assume all bloggers are offered things on the same terms.
of course an actual requirement of writing nice things would be illegal, but the wining and dining of bloggers, and selective identification of who will be given access, is strong inducement to write positive things. (As is the fact that the owner of the blog is a credit card sales company, which is *not* the case with BA blogs )
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Old Apr 18, 18, 12:32 am
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I think the Chase Marriott credit card takes care of the rest of the pack to make sure any announcement is seen in the right light.
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