TB has pointed out in the Comments that the Midsummer's quests to Honor the Flames and Extinguish the opposing side's Flames are not bugged anymore. I don't know how the bug worked but I didn't see the quests before Blizzard hotfixed them. Before that, I had given up all hope that I would get the Spirit of Summer pet this year. I simply couldn't save enough Burning Blossoms from the other quests and the daily quests.
Now, however, everybody can participate in honoring and extinguishing flames. If you are a vanity pet whore like me and haven't got the Spirit of Summer yet, I urge you to visit all these locations. Not only will you get those valuable Burning Blossoms but you will also make some nice gold for each bonfire Honored or Extinguished.
By doing this, you will also complete the following achievements:
(I'm listing the Alliance quests but Horde has similar ones)
Flame Warden of Eastern Kingdoms - gives 14 x 5 = 70 Blossoms and 14 x 6.63 = 92.82 Gold.
Flame Warden of Kalimdor - gives 11 x 5 = 55 Blossoms and 11 x 6.63 = 72.93 Gold.
Flame Warden of Outland - gives 7 x 5 = 25 Blossoms and 7 x 6.63 = 46.41 Gold.
Doing the above 3 will allow you to complete the meta-achievement The Fires of Azeroth.
Extinguishing Eastern Kingdoms - gives 11 x 10 = 110 Blossoms and 11 x 13.23 = 145.53 Gold.
Extinguishing Kalimdor - gives 12 x 10 = 120 Blossoms and 12 x 13.23 = 158.76 Gold.
Extinguishing Outland - gives 7 x 10 = 70 Blossoms and 7 x 92.61 Gold.
Doing the above 3 will allow you to complete the meta-achievement Desecration of the Horde.
Doing all of these will get you a total of 450 Burning Blossoms, which is more than enough to buy the pet. You'll even have a lot of leftovers for the Midsummer set pieces if you wish.
You will also make a very hefty 609.06 Gold!
Notice that extinguishing the enemy faction's flames gives a lot more Blossoms than honoring your own, I guess because it's supposed to be more dangerous. In truth, it has been easy as cake to extinguish the Horde's flames so far. Even if you're not a PvP player (like me) and get ganked, just shrug it off and move on.
I won't give you any more tips on how to do these quests in the most efficient manner because if you follow the links, you can read the Wowhead comments which tell you exactly what you have to do. Personally I didn't even bother with those directions. Instead, I added each of the 2 achievements for a continent in my Objectives Tracker and made sure to cover all the zones. If you don't know the zones in detail, you will probably need the tips from Wowhead to be more efficient.
You can also combine these quests with the World Explorer achievement if you haven't done it already, which will make the whole experience more tolerable. Check out my article on how I obtained the Explorer title for tips on how to make these long journeys more tolerable.
Good luck in completing these achievements! There are still plenty of days left from the Midsummer Festival so take your time.
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