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I’m not generally a fan of blogging about blogging since it really isn’t a super interesting or relevant topic to 99% of the people who may read it, but in the interest of transparency I’ll make one of my rare exceptions today. Feel more than free to skip this post and wait for the next deal if that suits you best!
When I started MommyPoints.com almost five years ago the internet blogging world was a very different place. I started this site 100% as a hobby so I could help teach friends and family members about how we were traveling with our then one-year-old Little C on a middle class budget using miles, points, and travel deals. I didn’t really see any other sites talking about family travel from that angle at the time, and I was excited to potentially help a couple families do what we did, or at least have an outlet for my mental travel and points obsession. After a few weeks I started getting comments on posts I would write from “strangers”, and I was totally shocked that someone else was reading what I wrote…and I still am.
A while later I learned people actually made “side money” from writing their blogs, and that was an unexpected added bonus to the whole deal. I think my first check from joining the BoardingArea network a couple months into blogging was for about $25, and that was something I was really excited about and proud of at the time…and I still am. I had found something that I loved to do that actually paid a little bit of extra cash on the side! It was the best kind of hobby ever, next to earning and using miles and points of course!
After a year or so of running the site I had to make a big choice as the blog had gone from a fun occasional hobby to a daily occurrence requiring hours of attention most evenings both writing posts and doing the “behind the scenes” sort of tasks on the back-end. I couldn’t continue to do a full-time social work job, the blog, and be a halfway attentive wife/mom to an increasingly active two year old. The financial side of it all very unexpectedly supported me making a transition to it being a full-time endeavor. As a risk-adverse person I very nervously made the big leap.
You don’t have to have experience blogging to guess that it isn’t exactly the most stable paycheck out there, but very fortunately opportunities and partnerships would pop up enough to keep things pretty stable on the back-end so I could write about the deals and trips I liked the most on the front-end. I turned down way more opportunities and offers than I accepted in order to keep the content focus on the things I found to be most relevant and helpful both to my family and those nice enough to take the time to visit our site…and I still do.
One of the biggest topics and partnerships for the blog through the years was and is rewards earning credit cards. I wrote about these from the first week of running the site because they are the backbone to how we earn our miles and points. After several months of writing I learned that the various banks partner with some blogs and there was a very natural match for me to do what other bloggers had done and partner with some banks via obtaining affiliate links for rewards credit cards.
If someone happened to apply for and get approved for a credit card via an affiliate link then the blogger would get a commission. Not all cards or offers are available via affiliate links, but when the offer is the same whether or not an affiliate links is used, it made sense to use that to keep the site running while writing about something that I found to be a great tool for earning miles and points.
This set-up has been in place here for over four years, and while there has been increasing back-end work to keep all that info up-to-date and kosher with various regulations, the partnership has continued to make a lot of sense via a very natural fit of things I would write about anyway.
However, the blogging, miles, and credit card worlds are ever-changing, and while most miles and points blogs were run by individuals with laptops when I started five years ago, things have evolved quite a bit since then. Many are now actually pretty advanced and elaborate operations, which is great for those looking for the most up-to-date info out there. Some sites are indeed still run by individuals with laptops, but increasingly those are the blogs that are run as a side-hobby and not really as a full-time job.
This site is still pretty much just me (two kids) and a laptop, and that comes with it’s pros and cons. Inability to really scale or maintain a 365 blogging pace is a type of con, and in this case it more or less means that effective Thursday afternoon there will no longer be Chase affiliate links on this site. There’s no bad blood, just business decisions that get made along the way. I’m sharing this with you because many of you have been so generous over the years to choose to use our affiliate links when applying for a credit card. I was honored that a “big bank” like Chase would partner with a little site like this four years ago…and I still am.
The focus of the site won’t be changing, and of course the same Chase offers are still out there (and will be shared here), but at least for now the formalized partnership will end after tomorrow. Not that you would, but please do not change your plans for applying for a credit card (especially since it is harder to get a Chase card for many of us now than it has been in the past), but if you have been meaning to apply for a Chase offer and want to support this site in that manner one more time, Thursday morning looks like it will be the last chance, at least for a while.
I’ll list some Chase offers below with the Sapphire Preferred and Freedom offers being my current favorites of the ones listed since many of the other bonuses sometimes increase over the standard levels either for everyone or via referrals or targeted offers. Both the Chase Freedom® and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card cards recently increased their bonuses, so I feel comfortable recommending those offers as the current best of the bunch in terms of sign-up bonuses.
Honestly I have been blown away by those of you that have supported this site and my family over the years via applying for some of your Chase cards here and I want to sincerely thank you. While there are many ways to support this site if you wish including utilizing our links for Amex cards, Amazon purchases, and more, the biggest thing I could really ask of anyone is that you just keep reading as you have time and as the topic suits your needs. I know things here have been a little more scattered than normal since the birth of Baby S, but life with a newborn at home does that. She will grow and things here will continue on in an ever-evolving way.
Thank you again and now back to hunting for the next travel deal…
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