Vote For Your Favorite Miles & Points Blog!

USA Today is running a “10 Best” poll, where they’re letting people vote on what they consider to be the best across many categories. One of those categories is miles & points blogs. I’m flattered to have been nominated, along with nearly two dozen other great blogs.

Ultimately I don’t place too much value on polls like this. I consider myself to be insanely lucky to make a living doing what I love every day, which is plenty enough of a reward. So certainly nothing will change whether I rank in first place or last place, since I’ll love what I do just as much.

However, if you are inclined to vote, you can vote for your favorite miles & points blog here (if you’d like to vote for another blog), or you can vote for One Mile at a Time here. The contest runs through November 7, 2016, and you can vote once per day. Voting takes just a few seconds, as you just have to hit the “VOTE” button, without sharing any personal information.

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So of course I’d love your support if you’re inclined to vote, but otherwise I’m sure other blogs would love your vote as well.

Regardless, thanks for reading!

Comments

  1. @panda — LOL. They copy each other! It’s why travel blogosphere is a veritable echo chamber 😉

    Hey, ever been to the world’s largest panda breeding farm in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, PRC? It’s simply amazing!

  2. I voted for you just so that you would finish higher than TPG, which is literally unreadable. You might not catch up to the religious fervor of DansDeals, but so it goes. The real answer to this question is LoyaltyLobby, of course, but a vote for that blog is letting TPG remain higher up the charts despite how horrible it is.

  3. I’ve followed The Points Guy for a long time. The bloggers who do this for a living have to make money, but I feel like TPG has really gone in a direction that I don’t really care for. It seems like he’s doing well, so I’m sure he doesn’t care about my opinion lol. The trip reports produced on this blog are better than any out there. The opinions on industry business workings are fun to read. I really appreciate you guys. I hope that you manage to stay your course 🙂

  4. I see this dansdeals.com in first place. I had never heard of it, which doesn’t mean it’s not popular. So I looked at a few data points. First off, similarweb reports 1.3mm visits for the latest month of reporting, while OMAAT shows 2.5mm. Now, these numbers aren’t necessarily gospel, but serve me well directionally (I work in fighting bot fraud – it’s a great resource in my investigation toolkit).

    Moreover, looking at an available trust flow metric based on authoritative back link data, OMAAT blows this dan out of the water. His trust score is 12 to your 38 (out of 100) – the score scales logarithmically to boot, so you are a much more trusted site.

    This joker is pulling a ‘trump wins online post debate poll’ scam – his voters are voting multiple times a day (from different browsers, by clearing cookies, through proxies, etc.).

    You’ll always be my favorite, no matter what the results of this poll.

    Eric

  5. I am thinking of starting a travel blog too. All I have to do is add a non descript last “hat tip” line and that frees me to just freely copy stuff. If nothing else I can just write of my expenses.

    Hmm. Good idea.

  6. Lucky, even though I sometimes leave negative comments, I think your blog has the most accurate and informative content. Your point of view is often spot on. When you say something is great, it generally is. Keep up the great blog.

  7. @Seattle Eric I think you need to find a new hobby that doesn’t include coming up with conspiracy theories to rig the voting for the best online blog.

  8. As a reader of many of these….. I vote Lucky for hardest worker. He also consistently engages his audience. Million mile secrets miraculously seems to prosper, but there is zero dialogue there. TPG is too shady. Dans Deals is very old school internet looking so I don’t like it, but some good stuff there. Mile Value is really good and I’ve followed it the longest so my vote goes there cause Lucky is popular enough. I enjoy the comments on Lucky’s blog. It’s pretty fun to read from many diverse economic backgrounds.

  9. @Al – I am a fraud investigator. I’m paid to think like that. 🙂 Moreover, given the huge audience size differences, it makes most sense that TPG be on top (~2.5x bigger audience than OMAAT & 4x+ bigger than dansdeals).

  10. @Seattle Eric Touche but this is a vote, not a list of who has the most readers. It’s just a vote. Also visits doesn’t mean active readership. Dans Deals readers are incredibly active on the blog.

  11. @Al – Actually OMAAT visitors are about equally engaged as dansdeals.

    Average time on site:
    OMAAT: 2:00 (m/s)
    Dans Deals:2:13 (m/s)

    Pages per visit
    OMAAT: 1.97
    DD: 1.46

    Both have a bounce rate of 65%

    All things being equal in engagement I would expect OMAAT to come out ahead given the larger overall traffic numbers.

  12. Is there an award for most miles travelled divided by level of maturity/self-awareness?

    You’d win in a landslide.

  13. Brian Kelly (“The Points Guy”), not only writes for and manages the most comprehensive points blog, but, unlike most other such writers, uses his platform to support meaningful charitable causes. (And while not part of the blog, Brian demonstrates insightful knowledge of current events and U.S. politics (no doubt he reads The New York Times) .

    Vote for The Points Guy
    Best Miles-and-Points Blog
    Brian Kelly, a.k.a. The Points Guy, has been traveling since childhood, and he brings that passion to his website dedicated to all things points, miles and travel. Aside from practical advice on credit cards, travel deals and points valuation, The Points Guy also blogs about quirkier travel anecdotes, like weird hotel guest requests and adrenaline-fueled activities in Hawaii.

    http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-miles-and-points-blog/the-points-guy/

  14. I just come for the pictures now. You have the best pictures – apart from The Shutterwhale. But I’m guessing this is just about US sites anyway.

  15. Voting for Ben because he keeps it classy and never speaks poorly of other travel bloggers. Also Tiffany brings original content/analysis that you won’t find elsewhere.

  16. In the good old days you hat program you feed with proxy adresses, then you clicked the gren button and Got your votes. And that was 10 15 yr ago so i guess its easier today.

  17. @Seattle Eric Stats don’t tell the entire story. For instance DansDeals has an online Facebook forum with over 27 THOUSAND members where they ask points and mile questions. Stats are great but again this not a list of who has the most views. Also, the voting will go on for another month so don’t draw any conclusions just yet but people have better things to do with their lives than rig this vote.

  18. I voted for you for your sincere efforts to update us and I also voted for loyalty lobby because they never try to sold me anything they just deliver travel news without their views .

  19. “for those who think Lucky’s fishing for votes, he has the right, this is his life on the line”

    That is true, and we know that. Though could do without the passive-aggressive “aw shucks, I don’t place too much value on polls like this, I consider myself to be insanely lucky to make a living doing what I love every day, which is plenty enough of a reward, so certainly nothing will change whether I rank in first place or last place, since I’ll love what I do just as, but I’ll still post about it asking you to vote for me, much blah blah blah”.

    Like, girl, please, we know winning this could potentially bring even more readers and visitors to this site, which you hope you can convert to clients for your award booking business, or more potentials for your credit card pimping.

    I mean, c’mon, own up to your fishing 😀

  20. “for those who think Lucky’s fishing for votes, he has the right, this is his life on the line”

    That is true, and we know that. Though could do without the passive-aggressive “aw shucks, I don’t place too much value on polls like this, I consider myself to be insanely lucky to make a living doing what I love every day, which is plenty enough of a reward, so certainly nothing will change whether I rank in first place or last place, since I’ll love what I do just as, but I’ll still post about it asking you to vote for me, much blah blah blah”.

    Like, girl, please, we know winning this could potentially bring even more readers and visitors to this site, which you hope you can convert to clients for your award booking business, or more potentials for your credit card pimping.

    I mean, c’mon, own up to your fishing. 😀

  21. One of the reasons I voted for The Points Guy, is that not only does he use his platform to engage in and support worthwhile charitable causes, but he also has the courage and intelligence to support political candidates who in turn support the lgbt community. However, I also feel that Lucky may have been somewhat misleading in analyzing and presenting his financial benefit from “staying in hotels “full time” based on his astute use of points, as he has failed to discuss his personal/business income tax strategy and the potential tax deductions he may be taking from publishing reviews (a reason in itself to multiple revues of the same product. In that regard, like Donald Trump, I think he should share his tax returns.

  22. Definitely The Points Guy, he doesn’t push credit card reviews in order to get a commission every other post.

  23. Lucky isn’t fishing for votes at all. He’s very sincere and even tells us how can we vote for other bloggers, instead of being selfish. He doesn’t even really ask us to vote for him. He just shared the news with us and that’s it.
    Thanks for that.
    Of course I voted just for you. Because I think you really deserve to be the best or at least finish in the top 3.

  24. I think OMAAT is the current world leader, with Lucky and Tiffany among the very best writers in the same blog.

    The TPG is also good, but OMAAT has the slight edge because Tiffany is a strong no.2 writer. (While she does not write often, her posts are mostly phenomenal content)

    But most importantly, whether we vote or not, i know OMAAT will continue to deliver great content and i enjoyed posts from a few other writers as well.

  25. I voted for Loyalty Lobby.
    Though i spend X10 the amount of time on this blog.

    LL Is not the best blog, but he keeps it so clean from personal BS, focuses on what matters:
    Airline/Hotel current promotions and has quick access if you were offline for one time and want to catch up on a specific Program.

    2. For him Asia is a major market, not only the US, I appreciate that.

    3. Ah, and he even knows what Accor is. unlike 90% of American Bloggers who ignore it completely.

  26. Dans Deals is the best. Then Frequent Miler. OMAAT is a US based Hotel Chain and premium cabin review site as well as a CC pusher. Nothing wrong with that, it’s a business model that works and has many fanboys. I find the info I need is better sourced at other sites. Shame as OMAAT use to be a go to site for me but the content now does not justify visiting more then 1x a week, if that. DD and FM I visit all the time. They also seem very down to earth and not impressed with themselves.

    Good luck to all.

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