Miles and Points, As the Blogging World Turns

1) An excellent article by Just another points traveler  on how to use Southwest standard awards (limited availability) to your advantage, including transferring credits from AirTran. I planned to write a post on the matter, but don’t see the point now, pun intended. Read more HERE

2) A good post on The Points Guy, compiling the list of all the current sign-up bonuses for various Mileage Dining Rewards programs HERE

3) Today only you can get up to  $45 credit from Uber (on-demand car service, similar to a taxi). I haven’t written about it because it’s of limited use to most families. However, there is a promotion that gives you an extra credit.

You can sign up and get a $20 credit for Uber through my link.  Go to the promotions tab and enter the  code Hipmunk, which will  register you for another $25 off your first ride by May 30, 2014. It is free, so you might as well do it. I get a referral commission only if you take the ride. (h/t The points guy)

4) You can now load Serve card with PIN-enabled gift cards at Walmart, just like you would with Bluebird. Both are issued by American Express.  You may also want to read this post on Travel with Grant about loading Serve with your credit card fee-free.

5) It’s back! Get a $20 Staples gift card with the purchase of a $300 MasterCard at Staples. Starts 4/27, ends 5/3.  Limit 1 per household ( h/t Big Habitat)

On my mind

I was thinking what a bizarre world this blogging industry is. It’s the only place I’ve seen where highly successful career people (and some, ahem, stay-at-home moms) revert to a time when they were 13.

I look back at some of my posts and shake my head in disbelief. Surely, I couldn’t have written something that immature? My husband said yesterday that I’m not very diplomatic. That’s a very diplomatic way of putting it!  One thing I hope you don’t do is judge all of Belarus people based on my online persona.  I was considered weird in my own country.

I was really affected by one of the commenters on  the site, I enjoy reading. That person said that bloggers should be careful as not to offend in their posts, further adding that we all need to offer solutions, rather than rants. I couldn’t agree more, and I feel bad for contributing to the barrage of negativity in the industry, however unintentional it was.

I mentioned before that blogging is a diary of sorts.  It’s still hard for me to comprehend that real people are actually reading my blog. But you are reading it and probably  already dealing with enough negativity in your life as it is.

Author: Leana

Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.

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