Miles and points, Egos, St. John


When I started  blogging, I knew that I would have to deal with trolls on occasion. I figured that would be the most challenging part. Not even close. What I didn’t realize, was how hard it would be to deal with some fellow bloggers. Don’t get me wrong, most are very nice people.

But some egos in this industry are disproportionately big. Imagine a high school class where all the kids are valedictorians and you get the picture. Most  are type A, high achieving type. Which makes sense, because the majority are executives and business travelers. I consider myself type A, who decided to become type stAy, as in stay-at-home mom.

One of the bloggers who has helped me tremendously, told me  to just keep my head down and focus on content. At the time I thought she was talking about  trolls, but it was probably more than that.

Back to my point. Occasionally I comment on other blogs  because I want to add something valuable to the discussion. Most of my comments are of positive nature, complimenting the writers. But occasionally I see something I disagree with and point it out. Especially if it deals with my target segment: low spenders.

I am very careful to do it in a respectful manner. And I always read the post in its entirety to make sure I didn’t misunderstand anything. After all, I don’t want to write something a few weeks later, saying essentially the same thing and end up looking like a silly, arrogant buffoon.

Apparently it does not sit well with some bloggers and a few have taken a personal offense, which was very surprising and disappointing. I  actually welcome a good challenge. If someone finds something better than what I recommend in my blog, I will be the first to admit I am wrong. I hope one day all of us  can take egos out of the equation and focus on  benefiting the readers instead.

Trip report.

2002   Eastern Caribbean cruise from Miami with stops in St. John and St. Maarten. The ship was called SS Norway and used to be a transatlantic ocean liner. We were told, that Alfred Hitchcock was a guest once. The cabin was tiny, where you could not swing a cat and the food was not the best. But we didn’t care, since we only paid 350 dollars per person for a 7 night cruise.

If you look at the photos, they may look familiar. One of them is on the front page of my blog. That would be St. John, one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Two thirds of it is a national park, so the development is minimal. You can see how green it is, which is due to its volcanic nature.  We only spent one day there, but I wish we could have stayed longer. Without a doubt the most spectacular island in the Caribbean.

Our second stop was in St. Maarten. We rented a scooter, which was a huge mistake. Don’t do it! I was terrified the whole time. My husband at one point went off the road and almost into some local shop. All the traffic stopped to make sure we were fine. The island is half Dutch, half French which makes it unique. Apparently there is some nude beach on the french side(naturally), though we didn’t go. As I said before, its not my cup of tea. Instead we found a secluded beach that we had all to ourselves. Good  times!

Miles and points

1) A recap of some dining bonuses from different airlines, good for topping off accounts. LINK to Milenerd blog.

2) Last day for “Share miles” promotion from US Airways, where you essentially can buy miles at 1.13 cents each. I decided not to participate this time due to all the devaluations we have had recently. So, my valuation of a mile is again closer to 1 cent. If you want a longer version of what I just said, here is an excellent post on Milenomics blog LINK  

3) Chase Freedom’s bonus categories for next year are finally announced. LINK to Deals we like blog.

4) A neat post on Michael W blog about best travel value destinations in the world. LINK

5) Capital One Venture Rewards credit card offers a sign-up bonus of 20000 points. Its similar to Barclaycard Arrival, though bonus is much smaller. Be aware, Capital One usually pulls all 3 credit agencies. The offer pays me commission. Here are the details on the card:

  • 2 miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Earn 20,000 bonus miles when you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months, equal to $200 in travel
  • Redeem your miles for any travel expense
  • No limit on the miles you can earn and miles don’t expire
  • Fly on any airline, any time with no blackout dates
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $0 intro annual fee for the first year; $59 after that

6) Via Million Mile Secrets blog, you may be able to get 5000 bonus points for referring your friends, if you have Amex SPG or Amex Premier Rewards Gold card. LINK 

7) A nice recap of current deals from Just another points traveler blog LINK

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