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The Points Guy: We never accept free flights [merged TPG discussions]

Old Dec 22, 19, 10:41 am
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Originally Posted by iadisgreat View Post
I didn't realize Red Ventures owns EF too.
They even lumped it with Imagitas.
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Old Dec 22, 19, 6:47 pm
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
They even lumped it with Imagitas.
Oh no, not Imagitas! (I had no idea what that was until googling it). I'm not an expert on corporate structure but have to imagine EF is under that corporate name because of some way they structured the acquisition (it is a bit catchier name than MH Sub I LLC here), and not that it has anything to do with that other acquisition that seems completely unrelated. But let me know if changing my address with the postal service can give me a discount on EF. EF has been one of my favorite tools for years and it's continued to pay off for me. Hopefully Red Ventures will make it look a bit prettier and that's about it. Seems like they're keeping it pretty independent, as the EF Facebook account rarely if ever shares any TPG content.
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Old Dec 22, 19, 7:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
I have been on a hotel press junket where every room was comped, including mine, but the TPG reporter paid. I know as we checked out together.

What I donít get is how you link this with the fact that you can, I am told by airline contacts, pay TPG a VERY substantial sum to be a preferred partner to get guaranteed CEO podcasts, positive reviews etc.
So why don't you also pay for your room? Just wondering what the different stance is.

And who is paying TPG or any other blogs for positive reviews? Spill the names. Aside from Delta, I'm pretty sure every other airline gets trashed as much as it gets praised (well maybe AA gets trashed more than praised), Each TPG writer or other blogs all together seem to have their preferred airline but I don't think I've seen anything where a blogger has switched their stance on what airline they prefer. Hell, Lucky and Gary continue to fly AA while trashing them non-stop (rightfully so most of the time), but it's not like that does anything to stop them from flogging AA cards.
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Old Dec 23, 19, 5:34 am
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Originally Posted by stuck720 View Post
So why don't you also pay for your room? Just wondering what the different stance is.

And who is paying TPG or any other blogs for positive reviews? Spill the names. Aside from Delta, I'm pretty sure every other airline gets trashed as much as it gets praised (well maybe AA gets trashed more than praised), Each TPG writer or other blogs all together seem to have their preferred airline but I don't think I've seen anything where a blogger has switched their stance on what airline they prefer. Hell, Lucky and Gary continue to fly AA while trashing them non-stop (rightfully so most of the time), but it's not like that does anything to stop them from flogging AA cards.
The Points Guy awards is payment for positive coverage, too.
Most of the "trashing" comes from the 14 yo monkeys who write nonsense flight reviews rating the flights a 43.236 because they've been on planes twice before.
The coverage of the "industry" skews pollyannishly positive. The lack of easy differentiation between advertising content and "reporting" makes anything positive said completely untrustworthy. Any so-called journalist who writes for the site should lose the ability to call themselves one
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Old Dec 23, 19, 1:52 pm
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At least TPG has hired lots of actual journalists of late.

I believe for flights like Project Sunrise, where tickets aren't available to the general public, TPG gets an estimated cash value and makes a donation to one of the causes they support.
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Old Dec 23, 19, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by bthotugigem05 View Post
At least TPG has hired lots of actual journalists of late.

I believe for flights like Project Sunrise, where tickets aren't available to the general public, TPG gets an estimated cash value and makes a donation to one of the causes they support.
I think you mean actual *former* journalists
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Old Dec 24, 19, 12:24 am
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Glamour & hard sales pitch talent wanted

https://thepointsguy.com/news/the-po...e-paying-them/

note it doesn't describe worshipping at the altar of creditcard and the despair of inserting as many affiliate links as possible while watching for the looming doom of the upcoming recession and swayed public opinion of flight shaming
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Old Dec 25, 19, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by HadesNL View Post
https://thepointsguy.com/news/the-po...e-paying-them/

note it doesn't describe worshipping at the altar of creditcard and the despair of inserting as many affiliate links as possible while watching for the looming doom of the upcoming recession and swayed public opinion of flight shaming
Shouldn't the recession make things more profitable for card companies? Chase doesn't really make money on the reserve since people are too well-off and aren't holding balances generally. If the people approved for the reserve are still well off, just not as much as before, Chase should start finally making money. Unless a card company has been approving sub prime credit, I don't think this is going away any time soon.
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Old Dec 25, 19, 1:19 pm
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Originally Posted by stuck720 View Post
Shouldn't the recession make things more profitable for card companies? Chase doesn't really make money on the reserve since people are too well-off and aren't holding balances generally. If the people approved for the reserve are still well off, just not as much as before, Chase should start finally making money. Unless a card company has been approving sub prime credit, I don't think this is going away any time soon.
Unemployed people don't get the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

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Old Dec 25, 19, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
Unemployed people don't get the Chase Sapphire Reserve.
I'm not sure that unemployment going from 3% to even 10% would kill the business model. But we'll wait and see how the credit card business and affiliate blog model survives over the next few years. All of the major bloggers likely have enough money stashed away to personally do well if the model goes south. It didn't take long during the time coming out of the recession that the banks realized that rewards cards targeted at higher income, higher credit consumers was a good path to recovery. While there might be a dip in what percent of the population has the required credit score or income profile, these consumers are more valuable when things are in turmoil.
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Old Dec 28, 19, 10:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam1222 View Post
Hope he got a prenup.
Lol
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Old Dec 31, 19, 10:05 am
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Originally Posted by HadesNL View Post
https://thepointsguy.com/news/the-po...e-paying-them/

note it doesn't describe worshipping at the altar of creditcard and the despair of inserting as many affiliate links as possible while watching for the looming doom of the upcoming recession and swayed public opinion of flight shaming
OK so which one of us has a kid in college who can apply for one of these summer internships? I'm really curious what interns would actually end up doing, aside from what the ad claims they'll do.
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Old Dec 31, 19, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by 84fiero View Post
OK so which one of us has a kid in college who can apply for one of these summer internships? I'm really curious what interns would actually end up doing, aside from what the ad claims they'll do.
Shilling for credit cards.
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Old Jan 7, 20, 12:47 am
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Now that OMAAT has supported publicly a "green" initiative https://onemileatatime.com/trees - do we expect TPG to react with a "greener" initiative. We know that he supports charities(which are handy credit card expenses and tax deductibles) but he might be lagging in promoting his environmentally friendly affiliate links, credit cards and corporate connections.
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