In another part of my online life that’s not travel hacking related, the community has a tradition of summarizing the year in GIFs. It’s glorious my friends, trust me. Here’s my attempt for the us. Maybe this will be a New Years Eve tradition? Without further ado, here is travel hacking in 2020 in GIF form:
AA Shuts Down Mailer Churners
The AA Playbook:
Suspend your account, but don’t tell you (whack)
Error when you try and book a ticket, with no reason given (whack)
Corporate didn’t tell CS agents what’s up, so they couldn’t help you (whack)
Finally, they kill your account right before you’re scheduled to fly (big whack)
PPK runs as a debit card pretty much everywhere, works with AmEx backed card, and worked with Plastiq, Melio, and tax payments.
Rakuten Pays out 15x on GiftCards.com
The 15x deal that lasted for a few hours was clearly not intentional, but Rakuten paid at the end of Q1 2020.
US Mint WWII Gold Coins Resells for over $1,000 Profit
… and $1,000 is on the low end of the spectrum. The flip side of the coin (hah!) is you probably couldn’t buy them because their website was running on a Raspberry Pi 3 which was spec’d to handle approximately 12 requests per minute.
I have to summarize 2020 travel hacking in about a dozen GIFs.
I didn’t plan on this until last minute, and I had no notes about what happened in 2020.
I’m sure I missed plenty of significant 2020 events, but hey, this was a last minute post that ended up taking a few hours to put together, so hard cheese if I missed your favorite. Next year I’ll take notes though.