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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  ;)


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