There is a very interesting thread on Flyertalk where people weigh in on their favorite travel blogs. I’m glad to take the positives offered about my blog and I have big enough shoulders to take the negatives as well. Instead of posting to the thread, I’ll chime in with my own favorites here.
#1 The PointsGuy: When Brian started blogging full time, everybody in this hobby became a big winner. He is young, in touch, very detailed and writes magnificently. His blog is clean, and his categories section will be an encyclopedia of knowledge in the future. I told my friend Brian several months ago that I expect he will be the main blogger and future of travel blogging.
I read these three guys every single day and consider each of them friends as well as compatriots. There is no animosity among any of us and very seldom a feeling of competitiveness. You’ll note that each and every one of these guys is on the program of speakers who will appear at the Chicago Seminar this October. They are the new faces of travel blogging and will be around for years to come.
Telling it like it is — that’s my responsibility as a blogger. Although I do get referrals from the card companies, I have no problem calling them like I see them. (Last week’s Explorer card is an example: It was a lousy offer for a new card.) And I don’t have any problem emailing a card issuer behind the scenes and telling them what my readers and I think of their business practices.
My policy concerning comments on my blog:
Just to make things clear, I do edit comments. Every comment that regards my daughter’s sexuality is deleted. Period. I have two or three readers who don’t like her posts, and they say so in the most negative way in their comments. They have been heard, but I won’t allow them to attack her personally. Likewise, comments calling me a fat ____ are also deleted. They provide nothing to the conversation. As far as editing other comments that disagree with me: Why not re-post the comment in a civilized manner? If you do, you’ll find it on the blog. I rarely delete comments and try to do so only if it’s absolutely necessary.
I’m 60. I’m set in my ways. And the guys listed above better fit the demographic of the majority of the audience. I’m a three-star kind of guy, I’m happy flying business rather than first class, and I don’t care about a limo ride to my flight or a massage at the airport lounge. Get me from A to B in comfort and on time — that’s what I’m looking for in a flight. As for hotels, I want them clean, well located, and safe, and I want free wi-fi and a complimentary breakfast. All the jazz and glitter means nothing to me.
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases