Posted by William Charles on March 25, 2019
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Published on March 25th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Recap: Big Business Of Credit Cards, Marriott Lip Service & More

  • The Credit-Card Kingmaker by WSJ. This just goes to show how big business this hobby and in particular TPG has become. The article states that TPG doesn’t accept free travel to remain unbiased, but it also claims that the TPG award ceremony cost $1,500,000 and travel companies paid $1,250,000 of that. You know how much the DoC award ceremony cost? $0.
  • Marriott Launches ‘Dial 0 for Lip Service’ Campaign by Rapid Travel Chai. Look I’m no expert, but I don’t think now is a good time for Marriott to be launching a cosmetics brand. Especially Le Meridien considering some people still haven’t been contacted regarding cancelled reservations.

 

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Debit
Debit

Is it really TPG though? Isn’t it bankrate now? He is just an employee st bankrate.

In any case when money shows up morals go out of the door.

carl wilson
carl wilson

People need to vote with their clicks. Don’t give TPG the page views. De-follow them on Insta and Facebook. And never use the TPG affiliate links. That’ll hit them where it hurts: in the wallet.

Seriously for people who are beyond a beginner level of points knowledge, and are actually capable of thinking for themselves, what value does TPG provide?

Ferris
Ferris

Most people aren’t smart enough nor do they want to waste the time learning.

Peter
Peter

Which is honestly fine by me. I’m obviously not a fan of TPG but I don’t know why people are so angry at them. If the less informed want to go to sites like that and use them, it’s fine by me haha. I’m happy with the DOC.
I will say, though, that I think one of the big pulls of the other sites is the UI. This one could do with some slight modernizing, but it really doesn’t matter to me too much. Only if they really want to pull in more views.

Josh
Josh

The new people are where the money is at. Suck them in because you can travel for “Free,” get them to apply for the 30,000 SkyMiles Delta Gold card. They get one “free” flight, TPG get the commission. Move onto the next new person because the first person referred them. The cycle begins anew. There is no money to be made once people move past the beginning stages and figure out TPG is only in it for himself. However, as long as you have new people funneling into the site in droves, and he clearly has ever increasing influence and funds, then he doesn’t need anyone who has been around.

JV
JV

Can anyone link the WSJ paywall bypass? I cant get the facebook link to bypass. thanks

qmc
qmc

sad. outline.com no longer supports them either. I have it open on mobile via amp, but no good way to get it on my desktop where I can post.

Gerald
Gerald

If you have a library card, there’s a good chance you can get to the WSJ through your public library’s website.

RC
RC

Typo above. The DoC award ceremony was priceless.

sevillada
sevillada

on a only slightly related note, the Moxy I recently stayed at had no phone. The chat was barely responsive. I can’t find an email for them…damn, they make it hard to complain about anything

Josh
Josh

You are just noise around the edges, as all Marriott complaints are.

Munchy
Munchy

Something about TPG really irks me. You know what I mean? I avoid that site like the plague.

As @debit said. It’s all about the $ and feeding off ignorant people.

Parts Unknown
Parts Unknown
parkdanil

You’ve gotten me hooked on primitive technology videos. I’ve been building all sorts of things out back these days lol.

wany
wany

I heard rumors years ago that TPG was already pulling in millions per month. For a long time I used a google extension to block their result from showing up in google search as it plagued most topics I was searching for. Sadly that extension no longer works.

PoorChurner
PoorChurner

I thought TPG was known for creating troll posts for tipping and if babies belong in first class.

qmc
qmc

One of the graphs shows $4.5m in ad spend on TPG in Q4. On the open ad market, that’s at minimum about $3m-3.5m (at a 70-80% revshare, but they may be higher). Q4 is the big quarter though, so don’t expect that to be the same for Q1

Crazy Dog Lady
Crazy Dog Lady

DOC is way more worthy of an award ceremony IMO!

Mark
Mark

I still visit TPG just to read the comments on articles that veer into politics. Hilarious. I highly recommend it. Bascially, I enjoy the comments on any posts that have little or nothing to do with travel. Not surprisingly, those are increasingly common.

Peter
Peter

Anyone has recollection as to when TPG started going downhill? I’ve been in this hobby for 6-7 years now and remember reading TPG for a while toward the beginning… not sure if I was dumb/ignorant then or was the quality actually decent. These days I still find some materials there informative but can’t stand how they market most of the stuff any more.

Mark
Mark

2-3 years for me and I don’t think it’s declined much in that time. I suppose that means it was already bad by the time I became involved.

RE
RE

I remember TPG had a website redesign a few years ago (also with a new logo). The user experience got improved a lot but the quality of articles became worse and worse.

BTW, when can we expect a makeover of the DoC website? The user experience on mobile browser isn’t good

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