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Title: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on May 04, 2017, 06:42:20 PM
Get your barf bags out, folks. I made it to 3 or 4 paragraphs before it got too much.

https://thepointsguy.com/2017/05/first-tpg-staff-credit-card-draft/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: David Smith on May 04, 2017, 07:02:35 PM
Get your barf bags out, folks. I made it to 3 or 4 paragraphs before it got too much.

https://thepointsguy.com/2017/05/first-tpg-staff-credit-card-draft/

(Yeah, yeah, I know. But I couldn't find a TPG thread, so MMS it is.)
Very interesting. I would've thought the Ritz has a higher commission than the USB Altitude, and the PRG over the EDP (which I also thought they're eliminating the commission on altogether). The Hyatt over the Ink was also very interesting; I thought the Ink has a much higher commission.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 04, 2017, 07:07:43 PM
Boy is that cringe-worthy.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on May 04, 2017, 07:52:29 PM
Get your barf bags out, folks. I made it to 3 or 4 paragraphs before it got too much.

https://thepointsguy.com/2017/05/first-tpg-staff-credit-card-draft/

(Yeah, yeah, I know. But I couldn't find a TPG thread, so MMS it is.)

Same. Would have worked way better as a video
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on May 04, 2017, 08:13:48 PM
The comments ...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on May 04, 2017, 09:18:55 PM
The comments ...
ROTFLMFAO!
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on May 05, 2017, 01:08:35 AM
The comments ...
Best comment which pretty much summed up TPG these days: (Responding to "We're just trying to have some fund with the topic.")
"It certainly doesn't come across that way. It comes across as a premeditated way to *fake* something fun while tooting the horns of your sponsors.

If you truly like to mix it up, try informational chats w/o hawking your sponsors every two sentences. The site is already plastered with ads, which is fine since that's your revenue model and I as reader accept that as the price to pay for quality content. But when even the content is a colossal dialog full of sponsorship references, it simply devalues your service and your credibility as an independent, 3rd party reviewer."
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chinagel on May 05, 2017, 01:51:46 PM
why dont i see comments
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 05, 2017, 01:54:10 PM
14 writers there now?
Crazy.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: yelped on May 05, 2017, 02:12:26 PM
14 writers there now?
Crazy.
They write about the silliest things.. Literally face palm worthy.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on May 05, 2017, 04:26:48 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/2017/05/united-polaris-customer-service/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 05, 2017, 04:35:20 PM
I would have just moved and asked to speak with the purser if they had a issue with that.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on May 05, 2017, 04:36:32 PM
I would have just moved and asked to speak with the purser if they had a issue with that.
You're also not employed by a guy who needs 14 writers to fabricate crappy credit card drafts...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on May 20, 2017, 11:51:38 PM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170521/83130cdff2ec8614618e9cc002b49354.png)

Umm nu-huh
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on May 21, 2017, 12:30:32 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170521/83130cdff2ec8614618e9cc002b49354.png)

Umm nu-huh
Lol, "You had one job"
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on May 28, 2017, 12:05:57 AM
https://thepointsguy.com/2017/03/why-flying-spirit-wasnt-bad/

Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on July 14, 2017, 02:27:24 PM
https://twitter.com/straight_tpg
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 14, 2017, 02:30:37 PM
https://twitter.com/straight_tpg
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: aygart on July 14, 2017, 04:07:54 PM
https://twitter.com/straight_tpg (https://twitter.com/straight_tpg)
(https://t.gyazo.com/teams/lowerwatt/1666d4be7616601d33f043b4b0b532cc.png)
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on August 11, 2017, 09:39:32 AM
Sharam, DROPR!
https://thepointsguy.com/2017/08/illegal-book-2-flights-cancel-1/
Title: First trip report of El Al 787 Business Class EWR-TLV
Post by: jr611 on October 18, 2017, 03:39:02 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/2017/10/el-al-787-business-class-review/
Title: Re: First trip report of El Al 787 Business Class EWR-TLV
Post by: aradisc on October 18, 2017, 07:26:21 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/2017/10/el-al-787-business-class-review/

Can't wait for lucky's upcoming review, based on this:

Quote
For drinks, the menu didnít include any wine selection. So, when a flight attendant came around to take orders, I asked if there was any wine available. She asked red or white, and I told her white.
Title: Which credit card should I use to pay for my divorce?
Post by: ual902 on January 04, 2018, 09:36:50 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/2018/01/which-credit-card-for-divorce/?utm_source=FACEBOOK&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Editorial&utm_campaign=FACEBOOK-100000121908931
Title: Re: Which credit card should I use to pay for my divorce?
Post by: noturbizniss on January 04, 2018, 09:39:59 PM
Why does this need a brand new thread?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: hvaces42 on February 20, 2018, 10:04:20 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/2018/02/zero-to-delta-diamond-my-first-mileage-run/?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Editorial&utm_campaign=TWITTER-100000156942133

If ever there was a person who should not be blogging...this is that person.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on February 20, 2018, 10:23:49 PM
do people here still read TPG?

ETA: just read it and realized once again why I stopped reading him.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 20, 2018, 10:45:38 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/2018/02/zero-to-delta-diamond-my-first-mileage-run/?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Editorial&utm_campaign=TWITTER-100000156942133

If ever there was a person who should not be blogging...this is that person.
do people here still read TPG?

ETA: just read it and realized once again why I stopped reading him.
TPG is absolute crap. After pushing the crap out of his cap1 card, I'm surprised he still has any following. Do they vet any of their writers?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 20, 2018, 10:52:09 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/2018/02/zero-to-delta-diamond-my-first-mileage-run/?utm_source=TWITTER&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Editorial&utm_campaign=TWITTER-100000156942133

If ever there was a person who should not be blogging...this is that person.
+1 Each post on TPG is written by a different random person that nobody has seen before, it's ridiculous.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 20, 2018, 10:53:06 PM
+1 Each post on TPG is written by a different random person that nobody has seen before, it's ridiculous.
How else can you brag about your 15947649 staff members?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 20, 2018, 10:56:24 PM
do people here still read TPG?

ETA: just read it and realized once again why I stopped reading him.
I was just reading Zack Honig's post on the A350-1000 launch today and I was wondering again why he doesn't have his own blog, he's the only one on TPG worth reading. Brian Kelly must be paying him a boatload of money to stay on as the chief editor or whatever his position is, otherwise I see no reason why he's still there.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 20, 2018, 10:57:49 PM
How else can you brag about your 15947649 staff members?
Ha, staff members? Try a million freelance "writers," putting out quality garbage at a faster rate than people have any interest in reading.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 20, 2018, 10:58:32 PM
Ha, staff members? Try a million freelance "writers," putting out quality garbage at a faster rate than people have any interest in reading.
At least it's quality
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 20, 2018, 10:59:15 PM
At least it's quality
Lol
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: hvaces42 on February 20, 2018, 11:39:23 PM
Can we make a list of eveything thats wrong with this post...
1. Choosing Delta as your airline of choice.
2. Because it your "family airline"
3. Wanting Diamond status
4. Using a service for MR.
5. Paying for such service.
6.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on March 14, 2018, 12:52:18 AM
For $3M you could own the Miami home of ďThe Points GuyĒ

http://monkeymiles.boardingarea.com/miami-home-thepointsguy/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 14, 2018, 05:09:13 PM
For $3M you could own the Miami home of ďThe Points GuyĒ

http://monkeymiles.boardingarea.com/miami-home-thepointsguy/
Pass
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 14, 2018, 06:14:18 PM
Pass
I think you're only able to pass on buying something that you're able to afford in the first place.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 14, 2018, 07:36:54 PM
I think you're only able to pass on buying something that you're able to afford in the first place.
If I had an interest, I'm sure I could make it happen. Like I said, pass.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on December 02, 2018, 11:33:55 PM
WTH has happened to this website? Do they honestly think people are interested in reading this crap?
https://thepointsguy.com/news/i-just-flew-first-class-for-the-first-time/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on December 03, 2018, 12:45:53 AM
WTH has happened to this website? Do they honestly think people are interested in reading this crap?
https://thepointsguy.com/news/i-just-flew-first-class-for-the-first-time/
Stopped following that windbag ages ago. Anytime someone sends me a link to a TPG article, I tell them to stop, and I return the DD or DOC version of it.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on December 03, 2018, 12:47:09 AM
Stopped following that windbag ages ago.
As have I
Anytime someone sends me a link to a TPG article, I tell them to stop, and I return the DD or DOC version of it.
Lol
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on December 05, 2018, 01:24:37 AM
DoC throwing some serious shade, I love it  ;D @doctorofcredit 
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on December 05, 2018, 03:56:59 AM
DoC throwing some serious shade, I love it  ;D @doctorofcredit
Link?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: LoLo on December 05, 2018, 09:45:11 AM
I assume this:

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/first-annual-doc-awards-razzie-awards-for-points-miles/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 05, 2018, 10:18:57 AM
Does anyone have a list of the winners?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 05, 2018, 10:35:37 AM
I assume this:

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/first-annual-doc-awards-razzie-awards-for-points-miles/

That stuff is good.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 05, 2018, 10:36:51 AM
Does anyone have a list of the winners?

Whoever pays the most?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on December 05, 2018, 10:40:38 AM
Whoever pays the most?
They're so dumb that they probably don't even take the highest bidder
Prob take forth place.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on December 05, 2018, 10:59:30 AM
I'm just amazed how they find stuff to write about. A while back I tweeted that J2 is divorcing from Sabre & CC'ed Jason. He goes and plays around with their website and tweets that you can check if you are banned from J2 on their site. and 2 days later TPG has a post and they are shocked that none of their staff is banned.... https://thepointsguy.com/2017/08/are-you-on-banned-passenger-list/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on January 16, 2019, 07:51:19 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/reviews/el-al-787-9-economy-jfk-tlv/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: yelped on January 16, 2019, 09:41:24 PM
Well she went off on a tangent pretty quickly. What does a lounge have to do with the ground experience of an economy flight?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2019, 02:40:51 AM
Deleted post:
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:DVQK2t0PuWEJ:https://thepointsguy.com/news/critical-points-marriott-ceo-arne-sorenson/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 28, 2019, 10:01:34 AM
Deleted post:
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:DVQK2t0PuWEJ:https://thepointsguy.com/news/critical-points-marriott-ceo-arne-sorenson/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
I wonder how much they got paid to remove it.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on January 28, 2019, 01:14:56 PM
I wonder how much they got paid to remove it.
Lol
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on January 29, 2019, 09:03:36 PM
I should seriously become a travel blogger  https://thepointsguy.com/2015/12/doona-infant-car-seat-stroller/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on January 30, 2019, 03:01:40 AM
I should seriously become a travel blogger  https://thepointsguy.com/2015/12/doona-infant-car-seat-stroller/
Ridiculous
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: smart man on January 30, 2019, 06:11:20 AM
I should seriously become a travel blogger  https://thepointsguy.com/2015/12/doona-infant-car-seat-stroller/
Cute.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on January 31, 2019, 10:15:04 AM
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 31, 2019, 10:23:33 AM
This info is obviously new, TPG hasn't reported it yet, so how could anyone have known?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on January 31, 2019, 10:47:11 AM
He's one of the few good ones left.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 31, 2019, 11:39:37 AM
To be fair, Seth can be a bit of a troll.

Both those guys were on the final UA747 flight.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 31, 2019, 01:06:35 PM
To be fair, Seth can be a bit of a troll.

Both those guys were on the final UA747 flight.
Troll or not, he was right this time.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 13, 2019, 10:58:47 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/news/united-regional-jet-with-a-bar/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 24, 2019, 02:21:51 AM
A new staff member?
https://youtu.be/AcZN10GgW2I
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Mo2 on February 24, 2019, 04:47:59 AM
Trash
Pointless
Garbage
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: LoLo on February 24, 2019, 11:25:19 AM
They did get James from OMAAT last week. He's pretty good.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: LoLo on February 26, 2019, 02:05:22 PM
https://onemileatatime.com/marriott-bonvoy-still-failing-at-basics/

Quote
Iím not saying any other sites are in bed with Marriott (just sharing limos to the Oscars), but one has to wonder if itís a coincidence that a negative post about Marriott disappeared on a certain other site.

Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 26, 2019, 02:13:13 PM
https://onemileatatime.com/marriott-bonvoy-still-failing-at-basics/

Sorry, but Lucky has pulled several posts as documented on the Lucky thread. He can't exactly claim moral high ground here...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: yelped on February 26, 2019, 03:41:04 PM
Which post was deleted?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 26, 2019, 03:43:35 PM
Which post was deleted?



Deleted post:
https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:DVQK2t0PuWEJ:https://thepointsguy.com/news/critical-points-marriott-ceo-arne-sorenson/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
ETA: Even the cache is gone now, but it was basically a post about the flaws of the new marriot.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on March 16, 2019, 10:17:40 PM
Next contender
https://thepointsguy.com/reviews/polaris-on-united-high-j-767-300er/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 21, 2019, 09:21:03 PM
Way to go DOC...

https://thepointsguy.com/news/winning-losing-new-marriott-bonvoy-program/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on March 21, 2019, 09:28:56 PM
@@yehuda
@EJB come in
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on March 22, 2019, 10:23:00 AM
Way to go DOC...

https://thepointsguy.com/news/winning-losing-new-marriott-bonvoy-program/

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/rumor-chase-to-launch-spend-15k-30k-45k-promotion-get-1-2-3-free-nights-at-category-1-4-properties-first-year-only/

Quote
The offer itself isnít really useful, you need to spend $15,000 for a highly restrictive free night certificate and the earning rates on all of the Chase co-branded hotel cards arenít very strong. In addition to the promotion will only apply to people in their first year. The survey was also gauging how familiar respondents are with ĎThe Points GuyĒ,  in my opinion this is yet another indication itís a Marriott promotion given all the positive press TPG has been giving Marriott as of late.

Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2019, 10:38:04 AM
TPG has been an industry shill for years. Why is everyone waking up and caring now??
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 22, 2019, 10:51:33 AM
TPG has been an industry shill for years. Why is everyone waking up and caring now??
Agreed, and I stopped following them as soon as I learned anything about the game. I don't think people have been throwing shade this directly until more recently though.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on March 22, 2019, 05:12:35 PM

Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 24, 2019, 03:47:41 PM
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-credit-card-kingmaker-11553436000

I don't think they realize how selling out destroys credibility...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 04:00:11 PM
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-credit-card-kingmaker-11553436000

I don't think they realize how selling out destroys credibility...
Who needs credibility when you're pulling in that much money?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 24, 2019, 04:11:46 PM
Who needs credibility when you're pulling in that much money?
The money comes from the credibility. If everyone realized how crappy his credibility was, he wouldn't have a following, and in turn, wouldn't have an income. Prey on the ignorant.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 04:14:14 PM
The money comes from the credibility. If everyone realized how crappy his credibility was, he wouldn't have a following, and in turn, wouldn't have an income. Prey on the ignorant.
He makes his money by spending 8 figures a year on advertising and getting n00bs, not from credibility.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 24, 2019, 04:41:48 PM
He makes his money by spending 8 figures a year on advertising and getting n00bs, not from credibility.
The noobs believe he's credible. Hence "preying on the ignorant".
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: ib3 on March 24, 2019, 04:42:17 PM
He makes his money by spending 8 figures a year on advertising and getting n00bs, not from credibility.
But then again
From the wsj article
"Banks spent an estimated $4.5 million in banner, display and video advertisements on TPG in the fourth quarter of 2018,"

That's just in one quarter. So basically he more than makes up his advertising costs from banner ads. That's before commissions
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 04:42:55 PM
But then again
From the wsj article
"Banks spent an estimated $4.5 million in banner, display and video advertisements on TPG in the fourth quarter of 2018,"

That's just in one quarter. So basically he more than makes up his advertising costs from banner ads. That's before commissions
That's my point.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 04:43:16 PM
The noobs believe he's credible. Hence "preying on the ignorant".
That's been his strategy since day one and it's still working.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: shmuels2 on March 24, 2019, 04:48:30 PM
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-credit-card-kingmaker-11553436000

I don't think they realize how selling out destroys credibility...

Are there any extant paywall workarounds these days? Usually use outline.com but doesn't seem to be working here.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 24, 2019, 05:04:59 PM
Sickening honestly.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 05:06:56 PM
"Banks spent an estimated $4.5 million in banner, display and video advertisements on TPG in the fourth quarter of 2018,"
Also, that's a fraction of what he's making off card commissions. It's good to attract n00bs.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 24, 2019, 05:11:07 PM


Also, that's a fraction of what he's making off card commissions. It's good to take advantage of n00bs.
FTFY. Maybe I should get into this biz too.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 05:18:01 PM
Maybe I should get into this biz too.
#metoo
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on March 24, 2019, 05:31:45 PM
#metoo
and lets be honest, if you were scamming these n00bs, you'd be a hell of a lot better scammer.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 05:40:22 PM
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-credit-card-kingmaker-11553436000

I don't think they realize how selling out destroys credibility...
I do like the way he defends his journalistic integrity by stating that the travel is not paid by the banks, rather by using his own points (while throwing in a humble-brag about how much they spend on advertising). As if there isn't a understanding in place of "nice affiliate links you got there, it'd be a shame if something happened to them".

Not even discussing the "red carpet experiences" he is treated to.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 24, 2019, 06:08:07 PM
I do like the way he defends his journalistic integrity by stating that the travel is not paid by the banks, rather by using his own points (while throwing in a humble-brag about how much they spend on advertising). As if there isn't a understanding in place of "nice affiliate links you got there, it'd be a shame if something happened to them".

Not even discussing the "red carpet experiences" he is treated to.
Don't even have to go that indirect. He spends his own money, that he was paid by banks, to pay for his travel...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 06:13:23 PM
Don't even have to go that indirect. He spends his own money, that he was paid by banks, to pay for his travel...
Every news outlet makes money on ads
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 06:14:11 PM
Every news outlet makes money on ads
Not all remove posted stories that are negative or spin negatives as positives.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 24, 2019, 06:27:16 PM
Every news outlet makes money on ads
Most review sites that want to keep their integrity don't take money or products for free.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 24, 2019, 06:33:17 PM
At the end of the day, it's really hard to turn down the millions, just saying.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 06:33:58 PM
Not all remove posted stories that are negative or spin negatives as positives.
I was replying to the post that I quoted. I think it is possible to receive ad revenue without compromising editorial standards. (Iirc, you had apple affiliate links discontinued over negative coverage).

Their willingness to deceive readers regarding the influence that banks have over their content is the issue. Trying to spin and imply neutrality by saying they pay for all their own travel is what led to my earlier comment that they have an understanding that negative press can be detrimental to the affiliate links from which they derive most of their revenue.

Be biased just be straight forward about your biases.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 06:37:53 PM
Most review sites that want to keep their integrity don't take money or products for free.
There was definitely a time when Dan had CC advertisements. Itís the nature of the beast in this part of the blogosphere.
Just be open about it and have a disclaimer.
My issue with TPG was them trying to claim neutrality.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on March 24, 2019, 07:02:13 PM
Dan only posts CC where he gets commissions as well...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 07:05:13 PM
Dan only posts CC where he gets commissions as well...
I could show you dozens of examples where that's false, but that's the besides the point. I do this for a living and don't claim that I have no biases.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 07:09:21 PM
Dan only posts CC where he gets commissions as well...
-1, He would lose credibility in a heartbeat. On the flip side I am sure that there are cards with great commissions that he doesnít post being that he doesnít think it is a good deal.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 07:11:05 PM
On the flip side I am sure that there are cards with great commissions that he doesnít post being that he doesnít think it is a good deal.
Pitches like that come in every day.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 07:11:27 PM
I could show you dozens of examples where that's false, but that's the besides the point. I do this for a living and don't claim that I have no biases.
As stated, Iím ok with biases as long as they are in the open and you donít assume the mantle (especially through deception) of an impartial reporter.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 07:13:26 PM
As stated, Iím ok with biases as long as they are in the open and you donít assume the mantle (especially through deception) of an impartial reporter.
The problem is that TPG wants to be seen as a legit news source, which is supposed to be free of bias. There's just no way to make a living and be free of bias in this industry, though I did it for years before moving to a monetization model when I realized that this could actually be a living.

Some bloggers claim to be bias free, but then get outed as being paid thousands of dollars per month from companies bragging about their affiliate programs. There's nothing wrong with making money, but don't pretend to be something you're not.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on March 24, 2019, 07:19:17 PM
I could show you dozens of examples where that's false.

My apoligies I should rephrase as

Dan doesn't post every best CC out there

In some ways I kind of prefer that. No reason to kill some golden geese...


I don't claim that I have no biases.

This I agree with
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 07:24:02 PM
The problem is that TPG wants to be seen as a legit news source, which is supposed to be free of bias. There's just no way to make a living and be free of bias in this industry, though I did it for years before moving to a monetization model when I realized that this could actually be a living.

Some bloggers claim to be bias free, but then get outed as being paid thousands of dollars per month from companies bragging about their affiliate programs. There's nothing wrong with making money, but don't pretend to be something you're not.
Basically what I was saying from the beginning.

Is DoC one of those bloggers? I know he claims not to use affiliate links so as to be bias free.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on March 24, 2019, 07:25:23 PM
Basically what I was saying from the beginning.

Is DoC one of those bloggers? I know he claims not to use affiliate links so as to be bias free.
Whether he's making money or not. I find DOC very honest and reliable,  of the best out there IMNSHO.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 07:26:21 PM
I don't claim that I have no biases.
Just hop over to the Tesla thread ;)
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 07:28:06 PM
Just hop over to the Tesla thread ;)
What is my bias there?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 07:28:15 PM
Basically what I was saying from the beginning.

Is DoC one of those bloggers? I know he claims not to use affiliate links so as to be bias free.
https://travelbloggerbuzz.com/marriot-bonvoy-promotion-airbnb-buys-hoteltonight-dumbo-airplane-capitol-hill-dogs-skoolies/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 07:29:22 PM
My apoligies I should rephrase as

In some ways I kind of prefer that. No reason to kill some golden geese...

This I agree with
That's where there's no winning. The times I posted secret or zombie links I got hate mail for weeks for killing the deal.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on March 24, 2019, 07:33:09 PM
https://travelbloggerbuzz.com/marriot-bonvoy-promotion-airbnb-buys-hoteltonight-dumbo-airplane-capitol-hill-dogs-skoolies/
Damn. I love this fool.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 24, 2019, 07:36:07 PM
Damn. I love this fool.
First time you've ever come across TBB? Noob
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on March 24, 2019, 07:38:10 PM
First time you've ever come across TBB? Noob
Negative.
Never figured out how to get notifications. Last I read was probably the Hilton burn.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 24, 2019, 07:38:42 PM
https://travelbloggerbuzz.com/marriot-bonvoy-promotion-airbnb-buys-hoteltonight-dumbo-airplane-capitol-hill-dogs-skoolies/
DOC is pretty open about it when he uses affiliate links, and I'd say he probably would drop them before covering for them if they took a crappy turn.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 07:40:16 PM
Whether he's making money or not. I find DOC very honest and reliable,  of the best out there IMNSHO.
Same here, only other site I visit semi regularly.
Just know he places a strong emaphasis on his impartiality, was wondering if Dan was referring to him.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 07:40:24 PM
No problem using affiliate links, but how do you claim to have no biases then?
Especially when there's thousands of dollars of monthly income in play?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: joey89 on March 24, 2019, 07:48:38 PM
What is my bias there?
Was meant as a joke. However you do get carried away sometimes.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 07:49:19 PM
Don't knock it until you try it :)
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: gingyguy on March 24, 2019, 07:52:21 PM
Don't knock it until you try it :)
just because you are biased doesnt mean its not an awesome car..
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 24, 2019, 07:54:04 PM
I don't get what the bias is, but OK.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on April 03, 2019, 08:31:03 PM
TPG horrible reporting again. although I actually can understand the ease of making this mistake it goes to show a lack of real knowledge before posting.

Got @doctorofcredit to fall for it as well.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/much-jetblue-points-worth/

my comment

Quote
Please donít fall for bad TPG reporting. Higher flight prices have always been around 1c. They are comparing a cheap mint flight vs current expensive flights. Search expensive economy flights as well and you will see 1cpp there as well. Over a certain $ threshold the value goes down. (I donít know this number exactly but I am sure with some work it could be figured out). Find a cheap mint flight and you will see 1.4 again
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 03, 2019, 08:36:55 PM
TPG horrible reporting again. although I actually can understand the ease of making this mistake it goes to show a lack of real knowledge before posting.

Got @doctorofcredit to fall for it as well.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/much-jetblue-points-worth/

my comment
Ha. Said the same thing to JJ.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: davidrotts63 on April 03, 2019, 08:41:33 PM
"Fight fight fight" ALOL
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on April 03, 2019, 08:42:59 PM
I waited all day for someone else to bother fighting. no one even cares anymore
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on April 03, 2019, 09:03:45 PM
I waited all day for someone else to bother fighting. no one even cares anymore
Lol, true.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 03, 2019, 10:59:05 PM
Meh, I make sure any of my friends who know less than me, don't read TPG. I care, but not much we can do. I only send links from decent blogs even if tpg is the first link I see.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on April 04, 2019, 12:50:01 AM
Meh, I make sure any of my friends who know less than me, don't read TPG. I care, but not much we can do. I only send links from decent blogs even if tpg is the first link I see.

I was hoping to at least get @doctorofcredit to realize that nothing TPG posts is reliable
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 05, 2019, 12:09:57 PM
TPG horrible reporting again. although I actually can understand the ease of making this mistake it goes to show a lack of real knowledge before posting.

Got @doctorofcredit to fall for it as well.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/much-jetblue-points-worth/

my comment

...and here I thought you were going to say Mint usually gets more than 1c.  Instead, you just say it's always usually been 1c and this is not new. Ugh.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: doctorofcredit on April 08, 2019, 10:16:16 PM
TPG horrible reporting again. although I actually can understand the ease of making this mistake it goes to show a lack of real knowledge before posting.

Got @doctorofcredit to fall for it as well.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/much-jetblue-points-worth/

my comment

Find a cheap mint flight and you will see 1.4Ę again. Can you share a route where you see this pricing of 1.4Ę per point. I tried several different routes and couldn't find anything. I'm always happy to be proven wrong and post a retraction/correction.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on April 17, 2019, 10:01:02 PM
I could show you dozens of examples where that's false, but that's the besides the point. I do this for a living and don't claim that I have no biases.

Todays post about Blue Business would be contrary to what you said. A 10k point sign up is available thru referral and possibly incognito (although you do mention "public offer" - however thats the same as TPG writing pushing the AA card). Being that this card is being pushed hard on DDMS, I feel like that small piece of information should be mentioned.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: pointer on April 28, 2019, 08:45:59 PM
Todays post about Blue Business would be contrary to what you said. A 10k point sign up is available thru referral and possibly incognito (although you do mention "public offer" - however thats the same as TPG writing pushing the AA card). Being that this card is being pushed hard on DDMS, I feel like that small piece of information should be mentioned.
few other instances where weak Sign up bonuses were being pushed
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: pointer on April 28, 2019, 09:09:23 PM
TPG horrible reporting again. although I actually can understand the ease of making this mistake it goes to show a lack of real knowledge before posting.

Got @doctorofcredit to fall for it as well.

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/much-jetblue-points-worth/

my comment

Please donít fall for bad TPG reporting. Higher flight prices have always been around 1c. They are comparing a cheap mint flight vs current expensive flights. Search expensive economy flights as well and you will see 1cpp there as well. Over a certain $ threshold the value goes down. (I donít know this number exactly but I am sure with some work it could be figured out). Find a cheap mint flight and you will see 1.4 again

Find a cheap mint flight and you will see 1.4Ę again. Can you share a route where you see this pricing of 1.4Ę per point. I tried several different routes and couldn't find anything. I'm always happy to be proven wrong and post a retraction/correction.
@12HRS?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on April 28, 2019, 11:01:34 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/guide/mistakes-tourists-make-in-israel/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 28, 2019, 11:04:11 PM
Todays post about Blue Business would be contrary to what you said. A 10k point sign up is available thru referral and possibly incognito (although you do mention "public offer" - however thats the same as TPG writing pushing the AA card). Being that this card is being pushed hard on DDMS, I feel like that small piece of information should be mentioned.
You misread what I wrote. I said I wrote about cards many times that didn't pay a commission.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on April 28, 2019, 11:09:05 PM
You misread what I wrote. I said I wrote about cards many times that didn't pay a commission.

Is there a real difference?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 28, 2019, 11:11:50 PM
Of course. Affiliates are expected to market their specified offer channels on cards that they have contracted with.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on April 28, 2019, 11:17:44 PM
Of course. Affiliates are expected to market their specified offer channels on cards that they have contracted with.

Got it. Thanks for the clarification
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: pointer on April 28, 2019, 11:26:22 PM
Of course. Affiliates are expected to market their specified offer channels on cards that they have contracted with.
But why not let people comment with the occasional better offer?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 28, 2019, 11:34:02 PM
But why not let people comment with the occasional better offer?

But why not let people comment with the occasional better offer?
You can comment here if you so desire, but I'm not putting my livelihood at risk for your comments.

We have quotas to make, contracts to fulfill, and that's life. I try to make value added posts and comments, but in the end of the day this is JJ-s and my family's livelihood. Once upon a time I blogged without such needs, but it wasn't intended to be a lifelong endeavor.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: ReadsTheT&C on May 30, 2019, 12:49:46 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/news/marriott-bonvoy-problems/
Posted 45 minutes ago and was front and center for 30 minutes before another asinine post took over. Over/Under on how long it will stay up before it gets disappeared like the previous post criticizing the merger.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 07, 2019, 03:42:47 PM
Just going to leave this here

Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on June 11, 2019, 03:07:22 PM
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on June 13, 2019, 09:51:39 AM
He paid 180k UA for a standard award to TLV -  seems he doesn't know @Dan's  way to get I class  ;)

Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on June 13, 2019, 10:17:13 PM
You really think anyone is telling him secrets at this point?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 14, 2019, 03:07:21 AM
Just going to leave this here


Famos yeshiva q שייכת???
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 14, 2019, 03:16:46 AM
He paid 180k UA for a standard award to TLV -  seems he doesn't know @Dan's  way to get I class  ;)


Lounge looks beautiful but his presence kills it!
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Yehudaa on July 02, 2019, 04:19:20 PM
TPG just posted his WAJ review. Notable points:

1. He agrees with @Dan about the breakfast: "...it was fantastic."

2. He chimed in on the great WAJ kashrus debate: "...I also later found out that the hotel had one of the strictest kosher kitchens of all the hotels in Jerusalem."

3. Apparently shakers are treif: "Service at the bar was also very good, though they couldnít make some of the drinks I requested Friday evening, as using a shaker for a cocktail would compromise the barís kosher status."

https://thepointsguy.com/reviews/waldorf-astoria-jerusalem/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 02, 2019, 04:25:26 PM
TPG just posted his WAJ review. Notable points:

1. He agrees with @Dan about the breakfast: "...it was fantastic."

2. He chimed in on the great WAJ kashrus debate: "...I also later found out that the hotel had one of the strictest kosher kitchens of all the hotels in Jerusalem."

3. Apparently shakers are treif: "Service at the bar was also very good, though they couldnít make some of the drinks I requested Friday evening, as using a shaker for a cocktail would compromise the barís kosher status."

https://thepointsguy.com/reviews/waldorf-astoria-jerusalem/
$800/night hotel? OK then...

I might not be TPG, but in all my years I've never failed at getting points rooms.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: BarryLincoln on July 11, 2019, 12:21:11 PM
Truly a gem...

Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: sruliL on August 29, 2019, 11:08:36 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/news/tpg-update-nathan-richardson/
Not entirely sure why TPG needs someone who led Yahoo Finance and Dow Jones Online.
Also not entirely sure why he needs 100+ employees...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on August 30, 2019, 12:21:52 AM
3. Apparently shakers are treif: "Service at the bar was also very good, though they couldnít make some of the drinks I requested Friday evening, as using a shaker for a cocktail would compromise the barís kosher status."
I assume it's a problem of borer but I could be wrong.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on August 30, 2019, 12:22:49 AM
https://thepointsguy.com/news/tpg-update-nathan-richardson/
Not entirely sure why TPG needs someone who led Yahoo Finance and Dow Jones Online.
Also not entirely sure why he needs 100+ employees...
The one thing we know for sure is that he makes way more money than any other blogger in this industry so if he needs 100 employees to do it then that's what it takes.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on August 30, 2019, 12:24:53 AM
The one thing we know for sure is that he makes way more money than any other blogger in this industry so if he needs 100 employees to do it then that's what it takes.
What's the estimate? What does he make a year?
@dan maybe chime in.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on August 30, 2019, 12:25:54 AM
What's the estimate? What does he make a year?
@Dan maybe chime in.
Who cares? It's millions, does the number of millions really matter?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2019, 12:32:31 AM
What's the estimate? What does he make a year?
@Dan maybe chime in.
He sold his blog way back in 2012 I believe, rumors were in the ballpark of $15MM.
No idea what his salary is now.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on August 30, 2019, 01:56:11 AM
What would you say his cc referrals is making the blog?

Do you think its profitable?

I am sure part or all of his salary is based on performance.

IMHO, regardless if TPG is profitable at the moment, if they figure out a way to make some app with even minor travel benefits, they should have no hard time getting ppl to sign up and charge some a monthly fee which should be very profitable.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on August 30, 2019, 03:08:26 AM
What would you say his cc referrals is making the blog?

Do you think its profitable?

I am sure part or all of his salary is based on performance.

IMHO, regardless if TPG is profitable at the moment, if they figure out a way to make some app with even minor travel benefits, they should have no hard time getting ppl to sign up and charge some a monthly fee which should be very profitable.
Lol, they have over 100 employees and are owned (at least partially) by bankrate, you really think they're not profitable?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2019, 08:38:43 AM
It's fully owned by Red Ventures, which bought BankRate.

Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: BarryLincoln on August 30, 2019, 09:31:17 AM
He probably got a nice earn-out in the Bankrate deal and made a nice chunk of change.  And I would imagine that he has an attractive incentive package to continue growing the TPG platform with Red Ventures - he's using their balance sheet to drive growth and hire people (no risk to him), and if/when things continue to work out, he'll do really well with his incentives.  Don't forget that Red Ventures isn't likely to own it forever - they will want to monetize their investment at some point, so TPG performance will be important to help them generate a decent return...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on August 30, 2019, 10:21:08 AM
So my question still begs,   What are you guys estimating TPG makes a year off referrals?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2019, 10:26:16 AM
So my question still begs,   What are you guys estimating TPG makes a year off referrals?
Enough to support 100+ employees. Who cares and who could possibly know a hard number?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: stooges44 on August 30, 2019, 12:37:57 PM
What would you say his cc referrals is making the blog?

Do you think its profitable?

I am sure part or all of his salary is based on performance.

IMHO, regardless if TPG is profitable at the moment, if they figure out a way to make some app with even minor travel benefits, they should have no hard time getting ppl to sign up and charge some a monthly fee which should be very profitable.


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Long story short, the website started to explode. I caught the attention of national press and realized that I had a real business on my hands. In order to focus on content, I shuttered my award-booking business. (Sorry to the people who email every day asking if we will add that service ó we donít have plans to do so any time soon, but our new app launching early next year will have a ton of tools that will empower you to maximize your miles and points like never before.)

_______

In other news,
"Nathan led Yahoo! Finance, which has grown into the number one online finance and business destination" -- the number one?  :o :o
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 30, 2019, 02:14:58 PM
So my question still begs,   What are you guys estimating TPG makes a year off referrals?
Keep in mind that TPG income includes payment by media websites to publish his articles.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on August 30, 2019, 02:19:00 PM
Who cares...
The same ones that would give their first born to know how much you make.  :)
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2019, 02:22:08 PM
The same ones that would give their first born to know how much you make.  :)
I make less than DJT but probably pay more taxes than him :)
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 30, 2019, 02:28:21 PM
I make less than DJT but probably pay more taxes than him :)
You need better tax planning
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on August 30, 2019, 02:29:19 PM
I make less than DJT but probably pay more taxes than him :)
I would not be so sure about the first part.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2019, 02:31:24 PM
You need better tax planning
True story.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Yehuda57 on August 30, 2019, 02:42:29 PM
So my question still begs,   What are you guys estimating TPG makes a year off referrals?
This is like the Jackie Mason bit. (paraphrasing) "All the Jews are in the audience thinking 'it's just a one man show, there's no orchestra or anything. There are 2500 seats, $150 a ticket. He's gotta be making at least a quarter of a million per show'"
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2019, 03:01:12 PM
https://thepointsguy.com/news/tpg-update-nathan-richardson/
Not entirely sure why TPG needs someone who led Yahoo Finance and Dow Jones Online.
Also not entirely sure why he needs 100+ employees...
Drew's hiring is more questionable to me.

TPG makes money by drawing in n00bs that aren't yet impacted by 5/24. But are they going to care about fancy flowcharts about which region is stronger for obscure excursionist perks?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on August 30, 2019, 03:17:11 PM
Drew's hiring is more questionable to me.

TPG makes money by drawing in n00bs that aren't yet impacted by 5/24. But are they going to care about fancy flowcharts about which region is stronger for obscure excursionist perks?
Well, is the American consumer smart? They say they are smarter them ever but just how stupid were they in the first place?

N000bs will pay [TBD] if their so called trusted cc blog tells them.

If someone will stupidly sign up for a CC based off his article, why would they not pay a few dollars a month for the must info?

In no time every article will mention his app.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 12, 2019, 11:52:06 PM
TPG calling the Business Green a 150K point signup bonus may just be the worst clickbait I've ever seen.

Maybe call CSR as having a 3MM point bonus (based on $1MM in travel spend)?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on September 13, 2019, 12:10:39 AM
TPG calling the Business Green a 150K point signup bonus may just be the worst clickbait I've ever seen.

Maybe call CSR as having a 3MM point bonus (based on $1MM in travel spend)?
Ridiculous
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on September 13, 2019, 12:18:40 AM
Link?
Dont like surfing his site.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: pointer on September 13, 2019, 12:22:08 AM
Link?
Ask the google hadaar.

https://thepointsguy.com/news/amex-business-green-current-offer/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: pointer on September 13, 2019, 12:27:03 AM
TPG calling the Business Green a 150K point signup bonus may just be the worst clickbait I've ever seen.

Maybe call CSR as having a 3MM point bonus (based on $1MM in travel spend)?
To be fair, nothing in the title says anything about any SUB.

"Amex Business Green Card now offering up to 150,000 points in the first 3 months"

but yea, terrible ''bonus"

Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on September 13, 2019, 07:44:29 AM
To be fair, nothing in the title says anything about any SUB.

"Amex Business Green Card now offering up to 150,000 points in the first 3 months"

but yea, terrible ''bonus"
I would not call it a bonus.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 10, 2019, 08:42:36 AM
And TPG has jumped the shark. Reviewer pays $142 for E+, doesn't sit in E+, and complains about E- comfort and service.
Amateur hour.
https://thepointsguy.com/reviews/united-777-200-economy-ewr-lax/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on December 10, 2019, 09:13:51 AM
And TPG has jumped the shark. Reviewer pays $142 for E+, doesn't sit in E+, and complains about E- comfort and service.
Amateur hour.
https://thepointsguy.com/reviews/united-777-200-economy-ewr-lax/
"I would certainly have enjoyed the extra legroom had I been in the right seat. But, was it worth the $142 extra over a regular economy ticket? Absolutely not."

What an actual moron, of course it's not worth it when you don't actually sit in the E+ seat.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chief_mag on December 10, 2019, 10:33:07 AM
The comments are brutal :)
Quote
I bought tickets to Frozen II but accidentally sat in the theater where they were playing Joker and it was all down hill from there, never once saw Elsa, Anna, Olaf, etc and though the animation was creepily true-to-life and colorful, it had nothing to do with the story, and the film is way too violent for a kid's movie.
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If you're looking for reviewers, I just did RT on a 777-300ER from SFO to TPE, Polaris out and Economy back and sat in the correct seat BOTH ways. I also have no food allergies or odd bodily afflictions, and know the difference between when I'm wrong and when the airline is. Oh, and I wouldn't waste your money spent on upgrades either.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on December 10, 2019, 11:45:25 AM
This guy makes it seem like the people in the holocaust had it good. What an utter disgrace.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 17, 2019, 03:10:59 PM
Engaged:
(https://i.gyazo.com/751ef1891c45d758d39244157bde25a4.png)
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: hvaces42 on December 17, 2019, 03:17:16 PM
Engaged:
(https://i.gyazo.com/751ef1891c45d758d39244157bde25a4.png)
What does that even mean??? Seems like they were treating the Residence as a hotel room...yuck...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on December 17, 2019, 03:21:05 PM
What does that even mean??? Seems like they were treating the Residence as a hotel room...yuck...
Why must we read into things so much?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: hvaces42 on December 17, 2019, 03:27:46 PM
Why must we read into things so much?
Words are just put there for fun...I never realized that. OK
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on January 26, 2020, 12:32:07 AM
https://thepointsguy.com/guide/american-airlines-international-upgrades/

TPG is mining EF data.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: menachemd1 on February 08, 2020, 08:13:22 PM
Looks like there is going on a shake up there, anyone with more info ?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chief_mag on February 08, 2020, 09:30:23 PM
Looks like there is going on a shake up there, anyone with more info ?
Why do you think so?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: menachemd1 on February 08, 2020, 10:13:42 PM
JT Genter has left and he was a big writer for them plus travelblogbuzz was also looking for some info about it
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 08, 2020, 11:46:32 PM
JT Genter has left and he was a big writer for them plus travelblogbuzz was also looking for some info about it
JT was the only real asset that company actually had.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: menachemd1 on February 08, 2020, 11:48:57 PM
JT was the only real asset that company actually had.
Zach honig?
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on February 09, 2020, 12:23:29 AM
Zach honig?
That's who I meant. Although JT isn't a bad writer.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 09, 2020, 08:18:12 AM
JT Genter has left and he was a big writer for them plus travelblogbuzz was also looking for some info about it
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on February 11, 2020, 11:42:24 PM
they seriously don't have any content to blog? https://thepointsguy.com/news/check-passport-application-status/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2020, 09:28:14 PM
JT Genter has left and he was a big writer for them plus travelblogbuzz was also looking for some info about it
https://m.twitter.com/JTGenter/status/1229511642011983872
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: jmz on February 18, 2020, 09:32:08 PM
https://m.twitter.com/JTGenter/status/1229511642011983872
filth, love the comments
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: israshot on March 14, 2020, 09:55:40 PM
https://unbfacts.fun/sin-categoria/inside-the-wild-world-of-the-points-guy-brian-kelly-a-massively-profitable-media-empire-and-claims-of-non-stop-partying-drugs-and-extravagant-spending/
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 14, 2020, 10:12:57 PM
https://unbfacts.fun/sin-categoria/inside-the-wild-world-of-the-points-guy-brian-kelly-a-massively-profitable-media-empire-and-claims-of-non-stop-partying-drugs-and-extravagant-spending/

Wow. That's some piece, especially compared to the RS bit on Lucky.
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: menachemd1 on March 14, 2020, 10:55:59 PM
https://unbfacts.fun/sin-categoria/inside-the-wild-world-of-the-points-guy-brian-kelly-a-massively-profitable-media-empire-and-claims-of-non-stop-partying-drugs-and-extravagant-spending/
He just spent 2.2 mil points a night in Waldorf astoria maldives
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 15, 2020, 01:07:19 AM
https://unbfacts.fun/sin-categoria/inside-the-wild-world-of-the-points-guy-brian-kelly-a-massively-profitable-media-empire-and-claims-of-non-stop-partying-drugs-and-extravagant-spending/
OMG
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 15, 2020, 01:07:34 AM
"Disclaimer: Insider Inc, Business Insiderís parent company, has an affiliate business partnership with The Points Guy."

Not for much longer  ;D
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 15, 2020, 10:27:52 AM
Can't honestly say any of that surprised me...
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on March 29, 2020, 03:16:45 PM
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: chff on April 28, 2020, 10:52:05 AM
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: shapsam on April 28, 2020, 01:13:14 PM
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: israshot on April 29, 2020, 08:12:27 PM
Positive (not that anyone cares...)
https://www.instagram.com/p/B_lWFJkJiVE/
Quote
briankelly So apparently I had #covid_19 and didnít know it. To be honest, I was pretty excited to get this result and I wanted to immediately book a flight! However, I chatted with @healthline Head of Medical Affairs Dr. Hanh Le to break down what this actually means. My full story on the testing process is now up at @thepointsguy .com
Title: Re: TPG Master Thread
Post by: menachemd1 on April 29, 2020, 09:54:33 PM