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Gary Steiger
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September 7, 2012 9:33 pm  

We need a new blog?! Only if it would offer something quite unique and useful, I think. All of the offers of any value are listed on my website below. Some of the blogs do a very good job of leading by the hand for the use of those offers. What else do we need? (Not what else do we not need, please.)

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daemon14
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September 7, 2012 9:51 pm  

edekba wrote: [*]Unless they write a trip report and throw in a section on what cards they might have used to get the award pointed needed for such trip.

Funny you mention that -- I exported a trip report I wrote on TOBB to a new blog, and the post explaining how I did it had the most hits. Only about 100 or so, but much more than the actual TR.

Looking back on it, I didn't have much stuff on what I did in each city, mostly because I didn't really take pictures or notes for a TR (since I was originally just going to post it on TOBB). I kind of wish I did now, since I could done a post along the line of "hopping across Singapore's hawker centres on a 14-hour stopover"

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mymilesandmoney
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September 7, 2012 11:25 pm  

Not quoting anyone, I personally like to read blogs more devised on strategy on reaching certain amount of miles in certain program. May be 0 to 100k? or 200k? Below are some areas on articles which would be interesting:
1. Focus in each of the FF program with best ways of getting miles faster on them (I am a leisure traveler so no business expenses..).
2. What combination of FF program and Hotel program works best together to reach those miles you need.
3. How to minimize your cost of flight (on revenue ticket) and maximize the miles earned.
4. Aggregating strategy on miles in one program to get that awesome trip on F or J class.

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deant
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September 8, 2012 12:17 am  

One of the things I hate is when a blogger posts about an offer that is just part of the story. For example, today MilesMamma did a post on the Citi Checking account offer and how good it was. Problem is that she NEVER mentioned that you will probably get a 1099 for opening the checking account. A week ago she was pushing Points.com for turning your points into cash. Again, never stating the poor redemption value.

When a blogger is obviously pushing things without telling the obvious negatives, it is doing a disservice to all bloggers.

If you are going to have a blog, don't just push things without telling the whole story. This is much more important than saying what offers you get a bonus for.


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cguizlo
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September 8, 2012 12:38 am  

This is a really fascinating thread....really glad I clicked on it. I'm two weeks into starting a blog with a friend of mine. ( http://doitforthepoints.blogspot.com/ ) We had talked about starting one for a long while, but just didn't have enough content to get things rolling.

Neither of us travel for business so it's all for personal trips. We were hoping to start a blog for semi-newbies (My friend has been at it for about a year and me about 6-months) and our efforts to reach our travel goals (We both want to try and hit all 7 continents before we hit 30). So...I hope this discussion continues, it would be a great resource to try and keep the content fresh and keep people interested. 🙂


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spgExplorer
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September 9, 2012 7:26 pm  

I found this thread incredibly helpful. I recently started a blog, spg Explorer, and while it doesn't have much content published yet, I plan to focus my posting on maximizing the spg loyalty program. I'm just your regular points-addicted day-job working, aspiring traveler. I've been fortunate to learn from a great community of mile and point junkies and hope that I may be able to contribute something back. My girlfriend and I are a late-20's/early 30's couple with no kids and while we don't have a large budget to work with, we are lucky to have schedules that allow us to travel frequently. I'm not a road warrior and won't pretend to be. For me this is about being able to travel and experience things that I could never afford without the help of collecting miles and points.

As my blog is still fresh off the press, I would greatly appreciate and encourage any feedback or suggestions that would help me deliver content that you find relevant and informative. I'll try my best to create original content and stray from echoing the "deal of the day" that is published regularly on other blogs. While the blog by nature is focused on the spg loyalty program, I also want to paint the larger picture on how I piece together my budget travels - so don't be surprised to find trip reports and posts that don't feature Starwood hotels and focus on other resources that I find helpful.

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LarryInNYC
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September 9, 2012 7:56 pm  

livefastdiefun, post: 1564699, member: 38939 wrote: Interesting. What type of How To's?

Two how-to areas I can think of off the top of my head:

1. How to set up various combinations of communications services and applications to allow inexpensive phone calls from overseas.

2. How to use travel cameras to take better pictures.


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September 9, 2012 7:59 pm  

iolaire, post: 1564994, member: 250 wrote: In no way is this attack on you - but you would think the blog space is fairly full - but try finding a useful trip report on an Iceland Air flight... The blogs have the majors covered well but there are still gaping holes.

Not even the tiniest hint of an attack detected. 🙂

I accept that there are many routes that don't get covered, but the kind of blog that would review a trip on Iceland Air certainly exists. I'm not sure what kind of blog would be more likely to have an Iceland Air report -- perhaps a blog the covered exclusively Scandinavia?


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iolaire
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September 9, 2012 8:48 pm  

LarryInNYC, post: 1567783, member: 44255 wrote: Not even the tiniest hint of an attack detected. 🙂

I accept that there are many routes that don't get covered, but the kind of blog that would review a trip on Iceland Air certainly exists. I'm not sure what kind of blog would be more likely to have an Iceland Air report -- perhaps a blog the covered exclusively Scandinavia?

Maybe one that seeks out interesting or unique routes and destinations. Someone did a post about flying Ethiopian air (I think) recently, but that was in transit. But there is not a lot of posts about non four/five star non us brands like that. Generally our favorite blogs still cover the large carriers and destinations - half the time because our bloggers are anchored to the major us hotel brands.

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September 9, 2012 11:27 pm  

iolaire, post: 1567873, member: 250 wrote: Maybe one that seeks out interesting or unique routes and destinations. Someone did a post about flying Ethiopian air (I think) recently, but that was in transit. But there is not a lot of posts about non four/five star non us brands like that. Generally our favorite blogs still cover the large carriers and destinations - half the time because our bloggers are anchored to the major us hotel brands.

I'd second the vote for more coverage of something beyond the same-old, same-old. I already am very familiar with what UA's 757 first class product is like - bowl of (possibly warm) nuts and all. I don't need high-def pictures of the brownie and the hot towel. Heading to Turkey in November I tried to find some reviews on their various domestic airlines (other than TK) and found very little info. (I'll let everyone know when we get back how we liked our flights on Atlasjet, btw!) I know people are out there doing these things and flying on Ethiopian, Icelandair, Atlastjet, etc but it's too bad they aren't writing more about their experiences.

I'd enjoy seeing more variety on hotel experiences and also actual experiences. So many of the BA bloggers and other big names seem to just fly somewhere so that they can write about the flight and the fancy hotel (which conveniently line up with their CC referral links).

Seth's blog is one of the few (that I'm aware of) that has had a lot of unusual destinations and airlines covered in his trips. Something along those lines would be nice.

I'd also enjoy more writing from a perspective I can identify with. That is, a middle class family with teens, trying to maximize their destinations and experiences...who don't have reimbursable expenses or other means to rack up humongous balances for F cabin redemptions for the whole family. And even if we did, are ultimately more interested in the destination than the flight journey per se...but want to see as many places as affordably as possible.


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livefastdiefun
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September 10, 2012 2:44 am  

I actually did an IcelandAir segment last week. It's a great airline with nice coach amenities (personal TVs, space, food, service) and friendly attendants. Unfortunately I didn't write anything down and the only picture I have us of a coffee cup that listed basic Icelandic words (cool idea fwiw).

I've found myself on a lot of strange airlines over the years (royal air moroc, air Baltic, s7, Iceland, Jordanian, AirAsia, something in India I believe was called flightJet) but this was way before I was in the game.

Love everyone's ideas. This thread turned out better than I thought it would.

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September 10, 2012 5:04 pm  

I think the miles and points blog market is over saturated. I don't want to see more mile and points blogs. I would like to see blogs that are local to a person's home town and focused on things to do and a locals tips on how to save money. I even thought about this over the weekend and with all the complaining I do about mile and points blogs maybe I should put my money where my mouth is and blog about PDX.

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September 11, 2012 9:44 pm  

Wandering Aramean, post: 1563898, member: 23 wrote: Actually, I mostly stopped writing about my flights unless something special happens or it is a new aircraft/carrier experience for me. How many "LH C NYC-FRA" reports can one read, much less write. I'd rather share details about the crazy and amazing things to do in Ukraine (secret Soviet submarine base, anyone??) than spend hours droning on about how the seat isn't fully flat and the AVOD selection sucks.

As for hotels, I'll write about them a bit more than flights but, again, only if I think they are a great deal or something interesting happens. Otherwise it is just another bed and shower.

I agree with Seth on this. When I first started blogging, I posted on every flight, every Hampton Inn, etc. But, there is only so much you can say about another good stay at a HGI or a SpringHill, etc. So, as I have tried to evolve my blog, I'm trying to be more selective to improve value.

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September 11, 2012 10:59 pm  

I agree that too many blogs are all about the fancy flight and the fancy hotel. While my wife and I do that when we can, we also like to go kayaking, backpacking, hiking, etc. We usually try to combine a city trip with some back country camping trips. A nice hotel after a backpacking trip is pretty awesome. For example, a couple days in San Francisco and then a few days in Yosemite or Kings Canyon national parks. One of our most memorable trips was for a couple days in Seattle and then 5 days kayaking and camping in the San Juan Islands. We had Killer whales swim under our kayak. It was amazing. Most of the trip reports seem to be about the flight and the hotel and not about the actual location or what you can actually do when you are out of the hotel.


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September 12, 2012 12:41 am  

🙂 This is great. We also avoid the super luxury hotels, tho we love bz & lst class on long flights--as seniors the bones creak in economy. We mix time shares (bought at bargain basement prices when South African rand was low) airbnb and hospitality stays through couch surfers and global free loaders with 2 and 3 star hotels. We use local public transportation whenever available.
A blog that offers a mix of lodging and transport that focuses on getting inside the culture and not just ticking off places for a weekend fly through would be a good addition.


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