1. There is an offer for 50,000 miles (plus $50 credit) on Gold Delta Skymiles card from American Express. It does pay me commission. Sky miles aren’t that valuable for family, since currently you can’t redeem for one-way awards, plus availability is poor. However, they could come in handy for bringing grandparents or friends, who have a flexible schedule.
One-way awards will be available in 2015, so keep that in mind. There are other benefits, like free checked bags on Delta flights. See my Bonuses page for more. Remember, you can only get this bonus once per new Amex rule.
2. An offer for 35% off and free breakfast for two, available only to SPG members at over 500 participating properties in America.
3. For a limited time, earn 2,500 Sky Miles when you sign up for their dining program and spend $30.
4. The list of reduced mileage AAdvantage awards. Valid for travel from August through November. You have to have a qualifying card in order to book.
5. I’ve written about this benefit before, but wanted you to read this excellent post on The Miles Professor blog. It goes into detail on how you can book a $99 companion fare for flights to Canada after applying for US Airways Premier Mastercard (does pay me commission).
This really is a great perk for families, since you get 2 certificates per card. You could potentially save significantly on your flights, especially if award tickets are not available. The perk is going away in 2015, but is still valid for new card sign-ups.
On my mind
I’ve noticed quite a few new points blogs pop up as of late, some very good, actually. Even though I’m a newbie myself, I wanted to write this post on the off chance some of you read my rants. So, if you blog for any amount of time, eventually you will encounter this:
It’s a cute and cuddly looking creature, otherwise known as troll. Do NOT be fooled by its innocent appearance! Troll’s goal is to wreak havoc and destroy everything in its path. They operate through various channels: Social networks, email, comments section or even their own blogs. Yes, some trolls are bloggers too. I’ll coin my own term here, even if I’m the only one who ends up using it: Trogger (troll+blogger).
Like I said before, the barriers to entry are almost nonexistent. Plus, it gives them an efficient platform to harass various sites simultaneously. Some have gotten so crafty at it, that many bloggers actually come to them in order to voluntarily receive their trolling dose for the day. Genius!
Be aware: Troggers are skillful manipulators who love to play victim. They are also notorious for going into fits of righteous indignation while simultaneously displaying obscene levels of bias and favoritism. As always, not pointing finger at anyone in particular.
The very first thing you have to do when dealing with a troll or trogger is put on your big girl/boy underpants. Sorry to say it so bluntly, but it’s the truth. There is no HR department to intervene on your behalf.
In this industry trolls are of especially vicious variety, probably because of the amount of money involved. I’ve read a study that these folks are sadists in their everyday life. Makes perfect sense. That said, if trolls are bothering you, it’s actually a good sign.
Sounds crazy, but true. They only attack successful bloggers or those who they perceive as having a chance at being successful. But whatever you do, DON’T FEED THE TROLL. Unless you want them as your blog “pet”, ignore or thank them politely for their feedback. Don’t try to appeal to their human side. Would you try to reason with a sociopath? Umm, no. Remember: Once a troll, always a troll. That usually goes for people in your everyday life as well.
If I scared the heck out of you, that wasn’t my intention, I assure you. Blogging is a lot of fun, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it. Don’t let trolls and troggers suck the fun out, or worse yet, dictate your content.
If you liked my post, please, subscribe to receive free blog updates through email and recommend me to your family and friends. You can also follow me on Twitter, like me on Facebook and download my e-book on Amazon
Leana is the owner and 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.