First and foremost, please be safe on the roads this weekend and watch out for drivers that are new to your neighborhood. And take extra caution if you are in an area you are not familiar with. We’ve got places to see and people to meet around the world in the weeks, months and years to come.
Katy and I are home for the holidays, but have three trips planned before the year end. We are off to Aruba, Las Vegas, and Australia in weeks to come, so the time at home will be appreciated as we rest up for our busy travel schedule. Drop me an email if you’ll be in any of those locations this next month. Coffee is on me.
I’ve spent the last couple days thinking about my Flyertalk family and all we have been through over the years. The growth has been enormous, the controversies and diversity of opinions many, but still all in all we are all striving for the same thing. We all have travel lust and the desire to see the world. What a great common denominator. I can remember it seems like just weeks ago when our membership crossed the 400,000 level. We’ve just crossed 440,000 members and are on a rapid pace to reach One Half Million Members in the next year. There is no other group of travelers anywhere on earth with that kind of clout, influence and travel experience. Can you imagine any other group that buys and flies as many flights in a year as Flyertalker?
As for my little blog, I’m thrilled to report that readership is still growing weekly. We have a great mix of veterans and a growing flock of rookies anxiously awaiting the next deal or idea that you all have to share. Keep those Deal of the Day tips coming. We need a few more Success Stories lately so share what you’ve accomplished and you may find yourself offered a part time writing job.
By nature, I am not a corporate guy, and was initially concerned how I would fit in with the Internet Brands gang. I can tell you now after almost a full year , they gang at IB is as interested in our hobby as we are. They sometimes deal at a corporate pace, which is strange to me,but they all care about our space, hobby and passion. Brent, Jeremy, Paul, Cadence, Joanne and all the others I’ve met and worked with, thank you for making me feel so welcome
The Flyertalk moderators, SkiAdcock, as Talkboard VP and SanDiego1k as Community Director, have been extremely helpful in helping me fit in. When I’m lost moving around the FT site, they are as helpful as most of the regular members here. I’m grateful for their help and just realizing how little I knew of Flyertalk’s capabilities for information gathering and review.
We have a vibrant, diverse, opinionated and extremely intelligent membership. I’m honored to be a part of Flyertalk, the largest frequent flyer community in theworld , and sharing my travel life with you.
Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow FT members!
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- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
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- No foreign transaction fees, plus Chip and Signature enabled for international travel.
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- Introductory Annual Fee of $0 the first year, then $95