Reader Poll: Direction of RomsDeals

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Help vote on the direction of Romsdeals!  I’ve been blogging only since last October mostly about earning points and miles through credit card churning, gift card churning, and other manufacturing spending techniques.  It’s been a time consuming up and down journey of blogging, but I’ve enjoyed helping people out.  I’ve pinpointed most of my topics to the following:

  • Credit Card Churning
  • Manufactured Spend (includes gift card churning)
  • Redeeming points and miles.
  • Trip Reports

Those are the major topics off the top of my head.  My approach and style is focused on practicality.  I like to be practical.  I know that is quite contradictory by flying business or first class cabins.  What I mean is I don’t really care or post things like 35% off SPG properties, 35% discount on a 90,000 SPG point hotel, great deal!, or buy American Airline miles at 2.3 cents each and fly first class for only $2,875 to Europe (125,000 AA miles first class).  I try to post things that are good value and take in consideration time and opportunity costs.  I work full-time and I’m sure most of you do too and don’t have time driving around town unless it’s worth it.  In addition, I try to write my posts in a way that normal middle-income people like me would travel.  I often hear people say, “Hawaii is too expensive to visit” or “I’d like to visit Europe one day but airfare is so expensive”.  I like to prove these kind of generalizations wrong by posting my trip reports and how I made the trips affordable.  You can see my last two Hawaii and last Europe trip in the trip reports section of my website.

I honestly still don’t know what I’m doing and if people actually find my information helpful.  I want to be able to help people in the best way possible.  I know it’s not possible to please everyone, but please help vote the future direction of RomsDeals.  Thanks for your support!

What Topic Are You Most Interested in?

 

26 comments for “Reader Poll: Direction of RomsDeals

  1. July 26, 2013 at 4:46 am

    For me, of the four choices listed, I would be most interested in Redeeming Points and Miles, and the other three not really at all, as we seem to be bombarded on those topics in all the other blogs.

    • July 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Thanks for the feedback. I usually deal with redeeming miles more on a one to one basis. Ill put some mote posts on redeeming miles for sure, but everyone has different travel goals. Feel free to contact me.

  2. Rita
    July 26, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Just keep on posting your experiences saving money! I think you write with a sense of humor and in great detaul. I’m a fan!

  3. Jason
    July 26, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I’ve been following for about two months. I love more cash in my pocket. I like using credit cards to give me extra said cash or to let me and my wife travel somewhere for free! I appreciate your blog and how practical you are. While I’m on here…

    I will be traveling from SGF to LAS in early December. I’m wanting to know how to best use the current points/miles I have. Here they are: Barclay Arrival= 80,000 (2 accounts of 40K). IHG= 80,000 (plus another 80K if I get my wife’s bonus pts in time). I see that Barclay does a statement credit for travel with points, while IHG makes you transfer your points to an airline reward program (10K points = 2K miles). What is the best use of my points to get me to Vegas? I’m new so go easy on me if this is simple. And any Vegas tips would be a plus. It’s my first time. Thanks!

    • July 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

      Are you going on the weekdays or weekends? I would definitely use Barclays for weekdays because Vegas weekday rates are a LOT cheaper in cash. Have you gotten chase sapphire or bold? For weekends, I might use 15K hyatt points at New York New York if the cash rates are very high. Vegas doesn’t exactly have great value for IHG points. 50K for palazzo is too expensive IMHO, but it might make sense for you if rates are very high. Flights.. I would try using southwest points or avios points or cash fare with Barclays, which ever is cheaper. Hopefully you have some chase points.

      • Jason
        July 26, 2013 at 10:30 am

        Sorry, I should have clarified. My hotel is covered, I just need a flight from Springfield MO to Vegas. I just did my first CC churn and I did Barclay Arrival, Chase Priority Club and Chase Saphired (got the cash back already). So I just need a flight leaving Wed, returning Sat, with either 80K Barclay Arrival points or 80K IHG from my Chase Priority Club. Also, do I need to start signing up for separate loyalty programs outside of my credit card programs? Thanks

        • July 26, 2013 at 10:56 pm

          You can sign up for loyalty programs when you start traveling with that program. IHG points shouldn’t be used on airlines, poor value. Use barclaycard by searching for cheapest fare on kayak and getting it reimbursed. I would also consider looking into southwest and comparing the two rates.

  4. Jessica
    July 26, 2013 at 5:31 am

    I love your blog. Keep up the good work.

  5. Jerry Mandel
    July 26, 2013 at 9:21 am

    1.It is hard to communicate with you. I don’t have a valid email address to which I can forward information which might be of interest or useful for you.
    2. How to get gift cards online at minimal fees to use Bluebird to get cash to deposit to recycle funds from minimum spending. I guess Wells Fargo has stopped selling them and US Bank will sell only one at a time with a shipping charge on each one. No US Bank branch near me or, maybe, in Texas. AMEX fees + shipping are high for Gift Cheques (This is correct spelling.). No one in Dallas, TX sells travelers checks and, on special order, cash only.

  6. Jerry Mandel
    July 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

    No interest in Facebook, You Tube, Twitter. Only communications the old fashioned way-used by our ancient ancestors-called “Email”.

  7. Paul
    July 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Rom,

    I read your blog, but it’s rarely informative, and it’s certainly nothing unique. If I want expert award redemption advice, I seek out an expert like OneMileAtATIme, or ViewFromTheWing or a half dozen others. If I want expert manufactured spending advice, I read The Frequent Miler or the Free-quent Flyer.

    I know you thought you could make a few bucks from affiliate income, but with others with much larger readership, it must be slim pickens for you. I’d just give it up. The time you spend writing the blog with info that is available on a few dozen other blogs could be better spent going out and churning – and leave the CC pimping to the hundreds of other bloggers

    • Jerry Mandel
      July 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      I can’t agree with Paul. Every blogger brings a unique viewpoint and, also, some different information.

    • July 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      It seems like you read my blog everyday and say its useless. Those blogs are very great blogs and I encourage you to read them. I’ll continue to blog as I like to provide a different perspective. I do have a full time job. My goal is to help people with points and miles because its enjoyable. I treat blogging as a hobby. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • JoC
      July 27, 2013 at 10:04 am

      I like this blog. Competition is always good. It makes the bloggers WORK HARDER. Although I know most of the technique, there is always a couple pointer here and there that benefits me. I read this blog everyday and I hope he will continue.

    • Frugal Man
      July 28, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Paul, I don’t agree with you. I am a regular reader of this blog. If you indeed follow this blog, you will see most of the content is unique. If there are some overlap, it is because that’s a big deal that is worthy of reiteration. My guess is that your feeling comes from seeing too many new travel blogs have come out and some of them are not of high quality. But Rom’s Deal is not one of them. Instead, I would say it is a rising star.

      Bottom line: I believe Rom write this blog for fun not for money. If you dislike it, just move on. But don’t say something untrue.

      • Jay
        July 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

        If it’s strictly for fun then there wouldn’t be a affiliate links on every single page 🙂 most of the useful links are also referral links. it’s a combo of fun while earning money doing it

  8. July 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I have been reading your blog now for the past 3 months. I like the manufactured spending ideas. Your blog has also inspired me to start my own. My co-workers and friends are very skeptical of my hobby. I too want to show them they can do it as well. Thanks for the the inspiration Roms.

    • July 26, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad to have inspired you. Keep it up.

  9. Tom
    July 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I say redeeming points and miles!

  10. MDR
    July 26, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    From this reader’s perspective, what I want from a blog is original content. There are many blogs that cover credit card deals and other point-hoarding opportunities, and I see no need to waste people’s time by repeating them here. An example of original content of yours that I saw recently was your efforts to describe your planning process for your London-Berchtesgarden trip. There are lots of blogs that describe the trips themselves, for example I will go to Lucky’s blog for a review on first class on BA since he has basically perfected those type of trip reports, but the whole planning process is often overlooked in this whole game. I’m not saying that’s what you should focus on exclusively, but whatever you do, make it original.

  11. July 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Rom

    Stick to the points and miles stuff. Forget the trip reports as there are many, many other sources out there for that. I read your blog for those tips and techniques I am not aware of in terms of earning points–and they’re great! If I really want a trip report, I’d probably read a travel magazine (just an opinion) because that’s all they talk about.

    Keep your focus narrower. It will help clean the clutter, so to speak.

    • July 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      I’ve been thinking about not focusing on trip reports or just making them a lot shorter unless its unique.

  12. Mr.d
    July 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Rom. I am just an average traveller who likes to save money. O think u have a unique approach bloging where u write and talk as an avg traveller. What ur doing is greart. I am followinhg ur blog since time u had just started. Keep ip the good work

  13. Ivan
    July 30, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Rom, keep up the great documentation! I call it documentation really because that’s where the value add is. You provide your personal experience and expertise and let the people decide what works for them. I love the practicality and details.

    There is a blog for everyone. In short, I think our goals for efficient travel are aligned and people like me will continue to engage in your blog. You don’t necessarily have to cater to one subject matter.

    That being said, I do enjoy learning more about redemption optimization/options now that we have all these points… =)

  14. Toni
    July 31, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I’m a big fan too and really appreciate all the hardwork that you put into this blog! I love when you break down how you redeemed a specific trip, like one other commenter noted, and describe to us your whole process on how and why you chose to proceed the way you did! I honestly think you don’t need a new direction with your blog! I think you should keep it going in the same direction it’s been going! I’m also pretty sure we are about the same age (mid-20s, right?) so it makes me excited to read from someone who I can relate to!

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