1. The increased bonus on Amex Delta card will end on September 8th. It’s not an earth-shattering offer, mostly due to the fact that Delta has poor award availability. However, if you live near Delta hub, have flexibility and immediate plan in mind, it is worth considering.
Remember, you can also redeem 50,000 miles for $500 off your flights. That makes the offer worth at least $550, if you factor in the $50 statement credit. Keep in mind, you can only get this bonus once per new Amex rules. See my list of bonuses for more. The offer pays me commission.
2. The gravy train of getting cash back on purchase of Amex gift cards has come to an end, for now. All shopping portals have dropped the payout to zero.
3. IHG has brought back a promotion identical to Big Win. It’s called “Into the nights” and you can see your personalized offer here I will have a separate post on it Monday.
4. Through November 30th, get 50,000 AAdvantage miles after applying for business version of Citi AAdvantage card. The spend is $3,000 in 3 months, first year annual fee is waived. Does not pay me commission. (h/t Doctorofcredit)
On my mind
Those of you familiar with the series “Thomas the Tank Engine”, know the character Sir Topham Hatt, who is in charge of making sure things run smoothly in the railroad network. My son loves that show.
But did you know that in the original European version, he is called The Fat Controller? Look up British episodes of the show on Youtube and see for yourself.
There is definitely a cultural difference between Europe and USA. We tend to call things as we see them, many times in no uncertain terms. I lived here for quite a few years, but old habits die hard. It’s no coincidence that the most ahem outspoken bloggers in this industry grew up in Europe, like I did. Well, unless you count Seth (Wandering Aramean blog) who was born on planet Krypton.
There is a fine line, though, between honesty and rudeness. While I tend to say things without mincing words, I have to constantly ask myself if my posts come off as obnoxious and arrogant. That is something I very much want to avoid.
I certainly have made mistakes in this regard, it’s a work-in-progress. While I do like to provide (sometimes colorful) commentary on the issues in this industry, I have zero interest in picking a fight or taking sides. I’m too busy breaking up fights between my kids! I simply want to do my own thing, however crazy it is at times.
This industry is becoming a very negative and at times downright hostile place to be. As long as lucrative affiliate links are around, I don’t see this trend going away. There is a clear division of “the Haves” (bloggers who make good money, some through unscrupulous methods) and “the Have Nots” (those who make little to nothing). Add to the fact that many “Have Nots” create content far superior to anything produced by “the Haves”, and you have a recipe for tense/toxic atmosphere and resentment galore.
The Encyclopedia of Social Psychology observes that people tend to envy their equals, perhaps in age, experience, or social background. A salesman, for instance, might not envy a famous movie star. But he may envy a more successful fellow salesman.
I don’t value status and money all that highly, so this isn’t a battle I’m interested in fighting. I don’t follow the crowd, be it other writers or even readers. More than anything else, I want to be thought of as a blogger (or person for that matter), who always tries to do the right thing no matter what. Emphasis on “tries.”
Oh, and I actually like Sir Topham Hatt name better.
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.