Upgrd 48: Blogging for Nuts

Last week we recorded episode 48 where we discussed some recent blog posts including:

  • Matthew's recent bumps
  • Josh finally finding good food
  • Machu Pichu
  • Damian's upcoming cruise trip report
  • and Fozz's trip to the night club

No  recording this week, so please check out the discussion regarding Continental's system wide upgrade announcement and other news in the blogs.

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Kevin December 11, 2009 at 07:54 pm

In the last couple of years there is a small group out there that live in port cities who do cruise runs for status similar to mattress and mileage runs. What they do is when cruise lines set up one night cruises to nowhere they take those for cheap dollars and they count on some lines the same as 7 day cruises. So some people get high elite status for minimal time and money.

Elite status on cruise lines can be very rewarding on cruise lines with special lounge access, upgrades, free internet, free booze, special parties, and free laundry. I have elite status on a couple of lines and the perks are great.

The best part of cruise elite status is that you never have to requalify like hotels and airlines.

The bargain basement prices are slowly starting to tick upwards as more people become confident in the economy.

kd5mdk December 12, 2009 at 03:26 am

How many cruises does it take to get elite status? My friend's in laws LOVE taking them on cruises, and I just got the into being CO elites. If I can find a status for them to get on Royal Caribbean or whoever that would be extra bonus.

Sam December 12, 2009 at 01:48 pm

could you make it so that when someone clicks on a link, it opens a new window, i'm sick of click on a link on the show notes and have the podcast stop

MDR December 12, 2009 at 07:04 pm

In case you're curious: the Muslim holiday seen in Egypt is called Eid al-Adha. It is in celebration of the Islamic equivalent of the story in Genesis where Abraham is asked by God to sacrifice his son Isaac as an act of obedience.

As the story goes, as he is about to go through with the sacrifice, Abraham is stopped by an angel. Soon thereafter he notices a goat trapped in nearby bushes, which he sacrifices instead. (This explains the slaughtering of livestock witnessed in Egypt, which according to Wikipedia is part of the Islamic festival.)

Kevin December 14, 2009 at 06:40 pm


Each cruise line has a program and technically you are part of the program as said on the podcast after one sailing. The good benefits start at 5, 10, 15, and 20 cruises depending on the cruiseline. I have put links for the major lines: Carnival http://tinyurl.com/ybroleg

Royal Caribbean Crown & Anchor http://tinyurl.com/yenqax8

Princess Captain's Circle http://tinyurl.com/q8du3s

Celebrity Captain's Club http://tinyurl.com/y8df6fo

Nowegian Latitudes http://tinyurl.com/yc6hwsz

Holland America Mariner's Society http://tinyurl.com/ycwtsnl

I am a NCL Latitudes Bronze, Carnival Gold, Princess Elite, Cunard Diamond, and Celebrity Select. I'll admit the Cunard and Princess statuses are do finishing an intensive travel agent program, but the perks are worth it.