- The Bank of America Virgin Atlantic credit card is still good for 50,000 miles, but they just added a huge new perk. A credit of your $100 Global Entry/TSA PreCheck application fee! A great move that leaves no more excuses to be non-Global Entry.
- The Citi Hilton Reserve card is still good for 2 free nights, but is also offering a $100 credit.
- Start buying up those discounted Visa gift cards with your Chase Ink credit cards. Of course, you get 5 times the points at office stores with your Ink. Rack up the easy points while it lasts.
- Hotels.com's mystery coupon is back. I got 15% off, but many of you will do better.
Mar 7, 2014
Mar 6, 2014
Because I'm a hoarder of miles, I don't ever "need" to buy them. Situations are all different, though, so some of these promos can be decent ways to afford an award. The current offers are ranked below (from best to worst):
- Avianca Lifemiles - 100% transfer bonus. Very good miles at a decent price.
- US Airways - 25-100% buying bonus. If your targeted offer is for 100%, it's absolutely worth considering.
- Alaska Airlines - 40% buying bonus. Not terrible.
- Virgin America - 60% buying bonus. A little too expensive.
- JetBlue - 50% buying bonus. Meh.
- American Airlines - 30% sharing bonus. Double meh.
Mar 5, 2014
Believe it or not, I get asked almost every week when my next "rant" will be. I find that pretty funny, because they sure as hell aren't planned. I'm not a monkey who dances on command. I can only rant when I feel like ranting. But, yeah, it's that time again. This week, I'm once again lucky enough to be playing a fun role on a popular TV series. It's always a true pleasure. I really mean that. But while most people would be happy just to be there, I can't help but feel something else when I look around. Maybe it's the curse of being observant or maybe I'm just a jerk. I don't know. I listen to some conversations around me on the set and start to feel ranty. Much like when I hear my peers in real estate talking. And none of this compares to the feelings I get reading blogs and message boards full of all types. The frustration builds up and I have no choice but to "rant." So here we go. Let's call this one...
Why You Will Never Be Great
(Disclaimer: I never claimed to be great. Just relatively honest and observant).
Why You Will Never Be Great
- Fear. You may disguise fear with arrogance. Or, more cleverly, by overscheduling your days. But when we get to the root of it, you're scared. Even with age and experience, your insecurities haven't gone away. In fact, they've become a way of life. You want credit. You want more praise. You wish people would see you as special. But the world never sees it. And it's all your fault. Sorry to tell you this, but you'd much rather fit in than stand out. You've never let the world see what was special about you. You were too busy hiding. Fear owns you. And that, my friends, is no way to be great.
- You are a child. It doesn't matter how many years you've lived. You are not a grownup in the ways that matter. A nonsensical merry-go-round of insecurity has circled through your head since grade school. That is still the defining identity in your life. It's the voice of an unhappy child and it limits everything you do. It causes daily pain to you and everyone you care about. Don't think this makes you sensitive. All it means is that you are one of millions who are wasting their precious time.
- You lack gratitude. In the land of greatness, a very common trait is gratitude. The feeling of being fortunate beyond belief. This creates happiness and boundless energy, which leads to amazing achievements. On the other hand, you spend your life keeping score. Feeling less than some and better than others is your full-time job. In the world of bloggers, people will actually feel good/bad based on how many readers they have! People actually base self-esteem on Twitter followers! In my jobs, people will literally feel better or worse about themselves based on TV appearances or escrows closed! Ridiculous, right? But you really shouldn't laugh at their insecurities. You've got more than enough to fill a room. Never able to quiet your ridiculous thoughts, you grasp on to any flimsy branch you can. You try to find any trait that you can feel good about. None of it really works. So you wallow in what people should have done to treat you better, spending most of your life in a state of anti-gratitude. While you wallow in anger and self-pity, the days keep ticking away...
- Selfishness. You are a selfish person. I know you don't like hearing those words, but ironically, you don't even know what they mean. Listen, if you're not the center of your own life, you have some SERIOUS problems. You have to make yourself happy. It is your main responsibility in this world - The pursuit of happiness. Only then can you give anything to anyone else. But you're not happy. You are somewhere between "blah" and "miserable." Instead of giving a happy person to the world, you put out a small, petty version of what you could have been. Newsflash...this doesn't make you a martyr...it just makes you immature. You need to look beautiful...or make a lot of money...or drive a nice car...or keep track of how much you "do" for others. No matter what it is, you're frantically trying to prove your worth. You can't really pour yourself into anything because you're too busy "proving" something. It's always about you. Your selfishness is not a recipe for greatness.
- Laziness. Stop defending yourself for a second. Be honest, as the "adult" you supposedly are. Nobody is doing anything to you anymore. You are living the life you chose. Right now, you are thinking the thoughts you choose. If you want to hold on to them, go ahead. But why not try harder? Why not be a better version? You could have been a great one. Isn't it worth seeing if you still could be? Choose to be comfortable in your own skin. Choose to try your best. Nobody has ever been lazy and great. Plenty of people have been lazy and mediocre.
Mar 4, 2014
If you buy or sell gift cards, you should pay attention to this one. I recently purchased $2,400 in gift cards from CardCash. It was twenty-four $100 gift cards that arrived quickly. Everything seemed great...and then I checked the amounts. Not one of the gift cards had a correct balance. Literally all of them were wrong. Some had no money on them at all. So...yeah...needless to say, I'm not a happy camper. What's the lesson? Learn from my drama. Stay away from CardCash. As I mentioned before, I met the GiftCardZen people and was impressed enough to personally vouch for them. Now, if I had just listened to my own advice...
Mar 3, 2014
- Grab 1,000 Lufthansa miles for a survey. Your browser should translate to English.
- If you're in this game for credit card sign-up bonuses, you won't care much for the new Amex EveryDay.
- Collect 25,000 Delta miles for 5 Marriott stays (works for some).
- Want to buy US Airways miles? Check your bonus. Mine was 100% and I'm still not buying.
Feb 28, 2014
The bonus on the Alaska Airlines Business card is up to 25,000 miles. Again, Bank of America credit cards are VERY churnable for some. Personally, I get multiple Alaska (and Virgin Atlantic) cards every year. Links to the Personal card are in the last Top 25 post. Have a great weekend, nerds!
Feb 27, 2014
Some of you (a few) like when I post about current contests. I don't do it often (especially these days) but this one's for you, contest nerds!
- Win a trip to London.
- Marriott's Year of Surprises if you enjoy writing.
- Get a free night from Best Western.
- Emirates invites you to hang out with Real Madrid.
- How about a trip for 5 to any Gaylord Hotels resort?
- Enter for a chance to go to Rome.
- Cathay Pacific wants you to go to Hong Kong.
- A photo contest to win $1200 in travel.