Just a quick ‘how the world works’ post since many people seem to not understand. Yesterday, TopCashBack (TCB) dropped cashback from $2000 cards to $200 denom cards only. The reaction from many was to chase around other portals.That’s not how it works. This is how it works: Amex pays Cashback site X Cashback site passes […]
Archives for August 2015
Amex Gift Cards Terms Change, what to do?
I was reading in the Forum Level 2 this morning that the terms changed on Amex Gift Cards. We have a rule where we don’t talk about what goes on there, kinda like fight club, but I see no upside in holding back this news, other than if I were malicious and wanted people to […]
Picking hotels based on Value?
When I look at a redemption, I tend to consider things from many angles. The overall feeling is a combination of the following thoughts: How awesome will this trip be? How efficiently am I paying for it, and what is the opportunity I am losing in order to select it? In the past I did […]
Does money care where it came from?
I discussed the behavioral impact of money recently, where I pondered how people perceive ‘free’ money vs ‘earned’ money, in that if it comes from a free source, such as AGC, logic goes out of the window. Check it out here if you were still in prison at the time.I really enjoy this topic, because once you […]
Should you use your superpowers for good?
Chasing the Points just wrote how to convince a cashier to allow credit, and I just received my Global Entry card for the little one in the mail. But just because you can talk your way into a beneficial situation, or out of a bad one, should you do so, and should you encourage others […]
Should he write it, and can I do any better?
I noticed a tweet yesterday from esteemed travel hacker Robert Dwyer, asking whether FQF thought that spending $40K to earn Hilton Honors Diamond was worth it…. I thought this a great subject to write about, but I had one real problem.I’ve never been HHonors Diamond, so I don’t know what the heck I am talking […]
Money talks, bullshit walks
I’m going on a mini rant here, based on a comment from Travel Blogger Buzz that I just read, here it is: My blog has not seen a single phucking penny from advertising as many blogs (especially in networks such as Boarding Area and Saverocity) get paid every month for all their page views.Some points […]
Deciding on Cruise Destinations
I thought to share more of a ‘how to fish’ post here, perhaps it will spark some ideas, and hopefully you can help me refine my process.I just received a complimentary cruise offer from NCL Casinos at Sea, I’ve written about this offer several times in the past, which you can catch up on here: […]
Gosh, if I only had another $3K – the AGC Fallacy
I’d probably spend it on hookers and blow. How about you? For many, it would mean the difference between manufacturing cash and manufacturing points, it’s a crazy thing… I read Drew’s post recently on his 3 part system for earning points, and while I disagree with aspects of it, one thing we agree on is that (almost) all […]
0% Balance Transfers, Saving vs Refinance
We’ve been having some great discussions on The Forum recently. One that came up was ‘What to do with the cash from a 0% Balance Transfer’. I thought it was post worthy as a concept. Firstly we need a quick caveat that the topics in this post contain a lot of inherent risk, and many people […]