I’m Doing Something New Here and a Little Crazy

When it comes to travel, there are 3 things I know well.

  1. Portland
  2. Priceline
  3. Traveling for pennies with frequent flyer miles.

As for numbers 1 and 2, they are covered here on the blog.  My series of Priceline posts have been the most popular articles on this blog since I published them.  The articles drive the majority of the traffic to this site.

As for number 3, it is not the main focus of this blog but something I cover occasionally, usually when it comes to me bragging about a trip I scored for next to nothing.  The next post on that subject is due in December when my wife and kids and I will fly to Hawaii and stay 7 nights at the Hilton Waikoloa for $20 (don’t ask me how many Hilton Points that took, ugh).

While the blog is pretty quiet on the points front, I’m fairly active on twitter and on one my favorite mile and points blogs travelbloggerbuzz.com.  So the other night I tweeted this,

and I’ll be damned if someone actually took me up on it.

While I may have been kidding on the square, I had to do it.  6 hours later, I found an award that routes through London to Hong Kong from Los Angeles.  The award was a combination of coach, business class, and first class.  All international flights were in business class or first class.  West Coast to Hong Kong would have been much easier and I could have done it in less than 6 hours.  However, routing via Europe was a fun challenge so I enjoyed it.  US Airways is a strange beast and I am still waiting to hear if it was successfully booked.

Back at my favorite mile and points blog, Travel Blogger Buzz (TBB), there has been a lot of talk about monetizing blogs and his in particular.  TBB has struggled to find a way to get something out of all the work he has put in on his blog.  He has turned to credit card affiliate links, which is ironic because they main focus of his blog is how much travel bloggers who push credit cards suck.  I have given him a fair amount of grief over it.

The experience with the award booking and discussion at TBB has me thinking about more ways in which I can monetize this blog.  I do surprisingly well with Google Adsense. This is due in large part to the fact that most of the traffic on this site is organic (i.e. “bidding on Priceline” searches).   Looking for ways to add extra revenue is always good. I’m thinking about offering a miles consulting and award booking assistance service to the blog.  I doubt it will get much interest but it will be fun to see and experiment with.

To that end, I created a page offering what I basically offered on twitter.  I figure if I get one or two people every couple of months that would be fun (and manageable if it takes me 6 hours per award!).

Without further ado:

Frequent Flyer Miles and Points Consulting:  Learn to Travel for Free.

SEO dictates TRAVEL and FREE be included in the title, even though it’s not.  Unless you’re this guy.  I am probably totally crazy for offering this for $45, but what the hell it’s cold and wet outside.

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7 thoughts on “I’m Doing Something New Here and a Little Crazy

  1. Thanks for the mention.

    Focus of TBB has always been: To Entertain. Educate. Inspire. In That Order!

    Monetizing blogs is not easy. I am fumbling my way through it. I added the cc banner after 2 years of spending hours every day on the blog, it stopped being a hobby after 3 months. Ads bring in literally pennies in a good day. Amazon brings in from a few $s to high single digits per day.

    There is a huge difference between the crappy cc banners like I have now and direct cc links. I was NEVER against cc affiliate links, always highlighted blogs that have them in my two Love and Like lists and have always had readers asking me to add a cc banner…so I did…it took me 2 years…I move slow.

    This whole space is ridiculous…

    Psst, a secret: AMEX Small Business Saturday is on. And the CSP may be changing so please get it with my link, hurry LOL.

    Anyways, I love competition on award bookings so I will feature this post. Can you handle the influx of award requests?

    And here is a challenge for you:

    4 award seats. Using AA miles. From DTW preferably (or ORD). To Europe to…SKG. June 12 or 13 or 14. Must be in the US by end of day June 30 from SKG. Hint: Air Berlin (discount? lol). Email me if you can get this done. The return is very tough. Of course the whole 4 award seats is tough. Have plenty of other miles to use too but prefer AA as I have too many. Economy.

    • We’ll I think you’ve succeeded with the first three goals. I know you and I feel differently about CC links. Which means I am going to give you shit. But in a good natured way.

      I’ll accept your challenge if you agree to payment in the form of mailing me a redbird card!

      • Taking shit from you is all right. That integrity comment by the other dude was a little much. Anyways, it’s a murky field indeed. If I had a dollar for every pimping post I saw in the last few hours in Feedly yikes!

        I have not been in a Target store in years! I don’t even know if they have them in my area. I don’t think the cc loading will last long. If they have them in AA sure I can go in & mail you one.

        • “If they have them in AA….” I think all indications from that guy Greg What’sHisName, FrequentDialer or similar, who also lives in AA, indicates that Redbird is available. {rolling eyes emoticon}

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