Posted by William Charles on March 22, 2019
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Published on March 22nd, 2019 | by William Charles

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Recap: Altitude Reserve Churnable, Blogs Behaving Badly & More

 

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Taco
Taco

Sounds like Marriott is trying to instill a sense of Pride and Accomplishment by earning a stay in one of their rooms.

carl wilson
carl wilson

News Flash: TPG is bought and paid for by the big banks/travel companies. Hence the cookie cutter content and kids gloves handling of Bonvoy.

Debit
Debit

Are these type A people genuinely deluded or are they just good at lying.

Once it becomes clear to me that it’s obvious to everyone that I am lying I would stop lying. But not these people. They keep putting that shit out with straight face. How can they do it?

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

Money.

Debit
Debit

The motivation doesn’t matter. But are they aware they are lying.

Ann
Ann

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” – Upton Sinclair

Stinger
Stinger

What a profound statement! Much of our economy exists because of this principle!

aubergine
aubergine

For a good overview of cards rewards etc. go to Amex investor relations website. They have multiple IR decks (one for bond investors, one for credit, and one for stocks investors). Take a look at the one for the stock guys. It’s from about a week ago, I think 3/13. It’s a really good read. Amex is crushing it in that space. Wish I’d bought some shares after the GFC, or even after the Costco loss.

P
P

TPG took down a piece critical of marriott? Wow, no journalistic integrity at all and just proves they’re Marriott’s mouthpiece.

P
P

Finally got to read the TPG article in question, and at the bottom of the article I see this:

“Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.”

They’ve hired a Marriott parrot to write an article.

Artem
Artem

TPG has been trash for a long time, its been commercialized garbage for years now

Stinger
Stinger

It has and they have even gotten worse lately by publishing politically hot button articles for the purpose of generating clicks. Seems like they drop these in whenever they are slow on news. I imagine this is strategic to meeta dveristing click minimums and thresholds.

James B.

+1. TPG has converted into an advertising and marketing platform for the banks, travel reward programs, etc. with all the affiliate revenue coming in.

It is funny how the popular TV programs like “Today” look for the TPG to interview on how best to optimize reward miles and points. WTH???

Dan
Dan

Anything to get away from fucking paypal

Trippy
Trippy

Not to mention effectively 4.5% on my Altitude!

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown

Last year TPG published an article that basically described how to smuggle in goods past customs into South America as a means of funding mileage runs for status. Yes, seriously. It was pulled after a few hours with no notice or explanation. They do crap like that all the time, one of the worst blogs one could read, there’s zero integrity there.

USam
USam

From my understanding, according to Marriott/TPG, we’re going to do Marriott a very big favor the more we avoid (boycott) using their hotels.

doc
doc

Churning the Altitude Reserve card is probably just a result of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing at US Bank. That bank literally has the most clunky website – out of all major banks.

US Bank is also eminently susceptible to social engineering; giving out 5k or 10k points just for asking nicely; or presenting a first-world-problem.

Furthermore, it takes a whole statement cycle just to get points credited from the previous month… even when they straight up give you points.

However, all of this incompetence doesn’t mean that the bank wouldn’t promptly close your accounts – should an actual person at the bank find out that you’re abusing their systems.

tribesman55
tribesman55

I tried churning the Alt Reserve and did not receive the sign up bonus a second time.

FreeIsGood
FreeIsGood

When was this, and how long between when you closed the first reserve account and when you applied?

Ugh, the linked page does have a YMMV quote. “The bonus is not available to Cardmembers who currently have, or had, a U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite account” (though I couldn’t find that clause on the US Bank site)

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