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3. Don’t forget to check out the new list of reduced mileage awards available to certain Citi AAdvantage cardholders
6. AAdvantage program now waives $25 fee for awards that can’t be booked online. In related news, now you can use Dividend miles to book standard (as well as saver) awards on American. This can come in handy when you have to fly on short notice and prices are astronomical. Remember, you can only use Avios (BA partner program) for saver awards.
7. Chase IHG Rewards Club card now pays me commission. The offer comes with 70,000 points after spending $1,000 in 3 months. I’ve mentioned on Tuesday that some have been able to get a targeted offer of 80,000 points plus $50.
8. Today is first Friday of the month, and you know the rest.
On my mind
I was thinking the other day how things tend to come full circle. Back in the olden days, I used to attend elite High School, sort of like prep school here, I guess. Not bragging, just giving the background for my rant.
Ironically, many of my former classmates (mostly programmers) got recruited by Fortune 500 companies, and are currently advancing the economy of United States. #BrainDrain
Anyway, not surprisingly, all of us were geeks. But even at that there was a hierarchy. There were cool geeks, those who were popular or had money (or both). There were your nerdy geeks, glasses and all. Not that there is anything wrong with that!
And then there were freaks, like yours truly. We were anti-“Dawson’s Creek” before the show “Dawson’s Creek” ever came into existence. I wore ripped jeans and listened to obscure music bands. Yet, I had this long braid, wrote poetry and liked to read “Crime and punishment” and ‘War and peace” for fun, not just because it was required. Yes, I was a socially awkward teenager. So was my circle of pals.
My friend found her dad’s old clothes from the seventies and Russian fur hat with the hanging ears.
You should have seen us walking in the center of town, her wearing her crazy clothes and guitar over her shoulder. All the popular kids would stare at us and we would just stare back. What are you looking at? We acted like we didn’t care, except we did.
Well, fast forward to present day, and once again, I’m one of the freaks among the miles and points blogging community of geeks. It honestly feels like I’m in the midst of a giant High School-type popularity contest.
On one hand, it takes me back to the days of my youth. On the other hand, I’m getting too old for this! I don’t have an agenda and am lousy at playing politics (a must skill for a points blogger).
Not to mention, once a freak, always a freak. I’ve learned to embrace it.
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