I first wrote this post in March 2013. With a year’s worth of new readers, (Welcome, by the way!) I thought it would be useful to share not only what my blog is about, but what it ISN’T. I decided to update it in response to new habits I’ve seen in the points community that, frankly, strike me as just wonky.
I’m going to begin with the end here: travel in my world is both aspirational and accessible. While I feel the frugal bloggers lack any sort of inspiration factor, I see in some points posts total disconnection from the accessible.
More tellingly, I see in many points bloggers a total blind spot about the effect their “advice” might have on their readers. When a blogger earns hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from a credit card company, the motive for any specific post must be questioned. Period.
Travel is also inclusive, and I AM anti-entitlement. We (as a community of travelers) should want people to travel more, not be intimidated or feel left out of some secret club.
With those conclusions in mind, I present:
Things you will NEVER hear me say, Volume 2, revisited
- You haven’t lived until you’ve visited The Park Hyatt Vendome and the Maldives. I’m all for luxury travel, but these two specific items have been so oversold that unless St. Peter himself is the doorman, I have ZERO interest in either.
- With this credit card sign-up you can travel for FREE! Uh, no, you can’t. I go in detail here, but the bottom line is that life is a series of trade-offs and by taking points you’re giving up something else, hence not free. Now I WILL tell you that you can travel for a lot less, because that is true!
- Just pull your kids out of school to save money on vacations! You see this gem quite a bit on the “Family Travel” Blogs. Well, I tried it, once. I kept Deal Kid out for two days to visit his Grandparents and got a truancy warning from the school district. Did I mention he was in KINDERGARTEN? So while it may work for some (and with the right teachers I’ve been able to sneak the Deal Kids out a bit after that year), I’m going to write with the school calendar in mind. One of my biggest challenges at frequent travel seminars is finding people with the same problem, so I created “Family Travel for Real Life”, which is now in its second edition.
- It was only $300/night for the upgrade to a suite, so of course I took it. In my little corner of the world $300/night is the difference between taking a trip and not taking a trip! I would suck it up and sleep in the lowly room in the five star hotel instead of blowing a car payment per night on a suite upgrade.
- Pay me to travel so you can see what it’s like in my review. Oh. Dear. God.
- HOT! $4,000 Business class fare to Singapore! Leaves tomorrow only! As a Mom, there’s just no way I could take off for Asia on 24 hours notice, and I don’t have 4k lying around to drop on a plane ticket. (Yes, I do have the credit, but you have to pay for it eventually, don’t you?) I’m thrilled at how many 20 something dudes read The Deal Mommy, but I just won’t blog a deal I don’t think most Moms could take! Now a weekend in Europe, that’s another story.
- Join this thing you’ve never heard of for 5 free United Miles! If I wouldn’t bother, I won’t blog it. (But I might re-tweet it.)
- Using miles for coach plane tickets is a waste. Uh, no, it’s a free plane ticket! I love me a lie-flat seat as much as the next girl, but the extra 50k miles to get it on a six hour flight to Europe is an entire new trip, or a ticket for another family member. Now to Asia, I kinda get it.
- Trip report part 136: Deal Dad’s 3rd favorite bathroom in Peoria. I’d rather let the blog go dark for a day than write mindless drivel. Frankly, my time is worth more than that, and so is yours. If I’m writing a post, it’s because I believe the information is worth sharing.
- You’ll get an extra .0000004 cents per point if you use it this way. Truth be told, I LOVE these math-whiz posts, but they’re just not me. I focus more on the total experience than the retail value. The “What’s a point worth” posts are interesting reading, but IMHO a point is worth what it is worth TO YOU, with one exception:
- Use your points to buy stuff! NO!!!!! NEVER gonna hear me say that. The day a blogger pushes “points for presents” is the day that blogger has lost all credibility.
- So I spent $20,000 at gas stations yesterday… A lady doesn’t re-load and tell.
- My cajillion point bonus posted! As I saw on my twitter stream after an offending post: “What you want, a cookie?”
What’s a piece of “advice” in the blogosphere that drives you nuts (my own included)?