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Update on affiliate links

Million Mile SecretsUpdate on affiliate linksMillion Mile Secrets Team

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Just a quick note to let you know that the blog may be unavailable over the weekend for routine maintenance.

I’ll also be adding a few ads and credit card affiliate links for select cards on the blog.  Not all affiliate offers are as good as the publicly available offers, but I’d rather have links to only the BEST offers that get you the most miles and points instead of those that pay me more.

For example, the best offer for the Chase Freedom is $250 or 25,000 points. The best affiliate offer, which pays me a commission, is for $200 or 20,000 points.

The “Credit Card” and “Hot Deals” tab will always have the best offers listed, and I’m counting on you to let me know if it doesn’t!

Thanks again to everyone for your feedback! As always feel free to comment or email if you’ve got any questions or concerns.

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I tried to leave this note immediately after I saw the 1st comment, but I was inputting my note via mobile phone, and alas, it was lost in cyberspace…

In any event … I think we all owe Daraius a debt of gratitude – not an expression of skepticism.

Daraius obtains a lot of info that is useful to many of us – and he disseminates it, AT NO COST TO US!!!

If you’re here reading his blog, you are likely taking advantage of some of his info, knowledge, etc.; at a minimum, you must be interested in what he has to say, even if you are simply learning, absorbing, etc.

It’s an enormous undertaking to create and tend to a blog like this; I daresay few people would publish a blog like this SOLELY out of the goodness of their hearts; if Daraius is able to obtain a benefit (whether through perks, money, etc.), more power to him. That’s capitalism and the American way – and the way most (if not all of us) live.

And if Daraius weren’t reaping some benefit from all his work, he might choose not to bother giving everyone valuable free advice and information. So, in a very real way, it may be that those very perks enable us to acquire the nuggets we find here.

Daraius could have chosen not to even disclose the fact that he gets perks for some of his work; but he voluntarily let everyone know. For that – and his work in general – he should be commended, not chided.

Keep up the good work!

– Cory

@Rick.

Why so bitter and petty?

You state “The ease of entry into the market is amazing. When I started using affiliate links it took readership and a history of posts. Now it takes breathing and a pulse. At sometime in the future the hub bub will all quiet down and we can all get back to earning miles and points.”

It came across to me that think “I’m better than all new pathetic little bloggers” and you now outsource some/most of your own content…probably so you can focus on affiliate marketing.

Out with the old and in with the new.

@Mike, my sentiments exactly.

I am cool with you making money cause it keeps the content coming. The type of person you are the money would be going to travel, which would create more content for this blog. Just please don’t push offers like 25 K offers from Amex and talk about it like its awesome like some other bloggers.

Thanks For All Your solid work…

I find it sooooo funny that readers of a self-described “travel hacking” blog go on and on about “transparency” and “selling out”. And how they prefer blogs done for the “pure joy of posting”, rather than the dirty business of making a profit. Perhaps they have confused this blog with the one belonging to the Little Sisters of the Poor?

I just find it hilarious when I read people lecturing Daraius about transparency and giving profits to charities. If you’re really into charitable giving, Make a Wish Foundation will certainly put all of your donated airline miles to good use. While you spend your vacation time at home volunteering to build houses with Habitat For Humanity.

Yes I do write an annual check to my local food bank, and I sponsor people with micro loans thru Kiva.org, but that’s not why I read Million Mile Secrets. I read this blog to find out how to get another free First Class flight to Paris, and a nearly free luxury room when I get there. Along with the vicarious pleasure of reading about trips I will never have the time or money to take on my own.

I find it generous of Daraius to link to a blog featuring something the writer of that blog probably found on Flyertalk, just because s/he happened to find it there and post it first. Very little of what we read on the various travel blogs is original to that blogger. How could it be, unless the blogger’s father or sister works for Continental or Hilton, and gives them inside information.

Aside from reports of personal travels, almost everything found on every blog was found somewhere else, and reposted. For people who, unlike me, don’t have hours a day to read them all, it’s good to have a blog you can count on that lists most things you will want to know about in one place. Then you can pick out a favorite blog whose style you enjoy, and whose posts you trust, and just keep it touch with that one.

For people worried that over zealous pushing of profit oriented material will ruin enjoyment of that blog, take a moment and think. When a blog becomes so “profit oriented” it’s not fun to read anymore, it will lose it’s readers. And someone wiser will take it’s place with a blog we enoy more. Don’t worry, be happy….

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