Posts That Caught My Eye
So the new design is purple and closely matches the SPG logo. I actually like it a lot and felt the old design was really dated. Now for the real reason I posted this. I am getting the feeling that we will see a marketing promotion along with this new design and the new benefits going in place on August 11th. (I have absolutely 0% inside knowledge.)
For those who aren’t aware, the bonus on the SPG cards has increased every summer for the past 4 years to 30K. My guess is Amex was holding off on the increase to time it with the changes to the card. I don’t know, but Amex sending Gary Leff a personalized mockup of the new design seems like the beginning of a marketing campaign to me. (For the record, I am not implying he has anything to do with it.) I say bring it on, because I have been holding off on this card in anticipation of the increased bonus!
One of the articles he mentions in this piece is my write up about calculating your return on time invested. Oren’s take is that manufactured spending is a hobby and thus that calculating returns doesn’t matter. He then goes on to say that he doesn’t pursue every deal and how he loves “efficiency and maximizing”. To me, that seems like the same thing.
Hobby or not, we need to have some sort of system to help gauge which deals to pursue. With that said, even though I try to calculate my return on time, sometimes I come up short. On those days when gift cards are out of stock or Walmart kiosks are broken, instead of calculating how much I made (or didn’t make) in my hour or two spent, I just forget about it and remember that on some level this is fun too.
Great information about catching the subway into Mexico City upon arrival at the airport. Other than what looks like a long line to get into the country, it seems like yet another person had an amazing time in Mexico’s capital. I know dozens of people who have been (I am taking my first trip in about a month) and no one has anything bad to say about the place. Of course tell anyone at home about your planned visit and they act like you are going to war.
Points with a Crew has finally moved up from Prior2Boarding to join to ranks of BoardingArea. Dan has worked hard and deserves to be congratulated. In celebration of this move he is giving away 10K Hilton HHonors points. To enter head over to the link and you can earn bonus entries in a variety of ways.
Not as good as a straight 5% off, but still a discount I suppose. There is unfortunately a limit of 1. Most portals exclude eBay gift cards, but you may be able to get an additional ~1% if you know of one that pays out for their purchase.
Have a great evening!