My thoughts on telling secrets

This week has been so tumultuous this week with award secrets and  tricks, so I want to address a few things this sensitive subject:

How I post secrets

If anyone tells a secret and asks not to publish, I promise not to publish. You have my word. I try prevent secrets from leaking out as much as possible.If you have a question, feel free to email me. If you want to join the inner circle and learn more secrets, really send me an invite quickly on my BBM group when slots open up. All secrets discussed in the BBM group I will not publish, and likewise I hope none of the group will leak any secrets.

My post

Sometimes I might protect something too much, sometimes I might not. I’d love to hear constructive feedback from any of you on how I publish things. Obviously everything I do will not satisfy everyone.

I pulled giving away the password yesterday because I’d simply gotten way too many tweets to respond to. There’s a tradeoff between screening everyone who got the password and giving it away publicly, so I do hope I made the right decision there. Screening then Direct messaging everyone who tweets me is hard work especially with the readership I got yesterday!

Finally, I just want to make it very clear that there’s no monetary gain for me when writing these posts. Other than the spike in viewership, I don’t intend to make more money because I write these posts. I just share with readers what I know. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t just post secrets that I’ve been spoonfed from others. I always provide my own unique insight and analysis when writing up these posts.

My behaviour yesterday

I blog because I want to share relevant info with readers and the miles/points community, not because I need to get yelled at and hated on. Yesterday I trashed a few comments and I sincerely apologize for that. My frustration got the best of me. It’s certainly hard to deal with sometimes. I only hope that to all of you who are reading, that I provide something that’s useful and I act in a fair manner when deciding on what to post. You are the judge of how I am as a blogger and what I write. If I suck, then you don’t have to read me.

I just find people that decide to make comments along the lines of “you’re pathetic” and “this is so dumb I’m unfollowing in 3… 2… 1..” frustrating. Sometimes I let criticism get the best of me. I know that’s not the best. But I’m sure working on it, in the hopes that when I do decide to post other information and tips that I’ll be better prepared to deal with it. I’m trying very hard to take criticism better and be more understanding of haters’ and other readers’ perspectives.

And as a certain blogger who hates me now told me:

“You haven’t made it in life if everyone likes you. Anyone that’s at all successful has people that hate them.”

I keep that close to my beliefs everyday as I blog at BoardingArea. That is all I have to say about secrets, sorry if you’re hoping for one although another will be coming up soon.

This not might be so relevant to everyday miles and points, but these sort of posts are extremely therapeutic and allow me to just to voice what I feel without getting angry. I hope you enjoyed this post, and as always, feel free to comment and tell me what you think.


  1. Jeff, I don’t quite get where you’re going with this. As someone who followed your instructions and who did not get the “access” I feel a little duped. I respect my friends and put my reputation on the line when I tweet about you.

    Speaking of reputation, what do you mean you stand to gain “no monetary value” from these posts? I see a lot of affiliate links on your page that push credit card offers. Working in tech myself, I know the value of driving traffic and converting a percentage of users to you the high-value credit card offers.

    Don’t take this as a negative jab, but rather constructive feedback. I enjoy your blog!

    • I did. I might have missed your tweet – in that case I’m really sorry! Tweet me again or email me for the password. I know I missed a lot of people on Twitter when I published yesterday, but when I miss people, they tweeted me again asking for the password. Also, I couldn’t DM a lot of people because they weren’t following. Hope this explanation helps.

  2. Don’t let a few bad apples ruin it for the majority. You weren’t the first to blog about Lifemiles and you won’t be the last.

  3. Chin up Jeff, good on you for being open and upfront with it. Don’t forget this is the internet and nice or bad people can always turn more sour at the keyboard.

  4. Jeff, you’ve done a good job moderating what’s revealed and I appreciate you trying to screen folks. I think it’s a much better approach than what a certain blog post did yesterday. I’ve learned a lot and continue to learn – hopefully I’ll be able to contribute soon. Keep up the good work.

  5. I hate the fact that you asked me to comment on this. I mean I really really hate it. Hate, hate, hate. Oh wait Mandela. There you go.

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