Friday, December 9, 2016

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TPOL’s CFB Playoff Selection

Let the madness ensue. Tomorrow Condaleeza Rice and other randoms tell us who the top four teams in college football are.  Let's start with who should be...

Travel Advice: Mistakes in Medellin

The Mistakes in Medellin Post is part of The Quest Around The Globe Trip Report which covers the following places: Las Vegas, Nevada  Grand Cayman  ...

Guns & Butter: Cartagena Travel Guide

Unlike my Grand Cayman Travel Guide, the Cartagena Travel Guide is more difficult to write for two reasons: 1) There is so much to do in Cartagena 2) Both times I went to Colombia, Aguardiente played a pivotal role in derailing my plans.

Points News

Peaceful Resolution For My Denied Citi AA Exec Bonus

Maybe I have written one too many Fine Print posts on Frequent Miler about consumer arbitration, bank shutdowns, and eBay acting badly that my...

SPG Refer A Friend: Bonus Paid…9 Months Later

The worst feeling is when someone who has criticized you for your points obsession unilaterally goes out there and applies for credit cards and...

TPOL's Opinion

TPOL’s CFB Playoff Selection

Let the madness ensue. Tomorrow Condaleeza Rice and other randoms tell us who the top four teams in college football are.  Let's start with who should be...

Do Not Disturb: Why Is The Sign Required?

I am leaving Michigan for the Wild West in the back of another Delta flight after a hectic Thanksgiving and a lot of driving....

Up In The Air: Seat Etiquette Dilemma 

Here I go again to Detroit. Tomorrow I cross into the land of darkness for Thanksgiving in Cleveland followed by a drive to Columbus,...

Booking

Aegean Air Bait & Switch: Any Recs?

It's travel day! I'm going to Moscow in just a few hours. Before I takeoff, I am trying to book my flight from Cyprus to...

Complaining

HKG-BKK: AA Bumps Me Down to Business

I was looking forward to flying Cathay first from JFK-YVR-BKK then business on Malaysia from BKK-KUL-CTG this December. Then a schedule change email came from American...

Credit Cards

Retention Failures

Remember the days of Citi where you could call in and get a retention offer just because it was raining outside? While Citi may...

Reviews

Aloft Brickell: In Miami’s Other City

It's not all about South Beach when it comes to Miami. There are many great areas of Miami including Brickell, the next most livable city after Scottsdale, Arizona. Brickell is the financial district of Miami which is why it has high end hotels like the Mandarin Oriental, the Four Seasons, and the Conrad.

Aloft South Beach Review: Now A DoubleTree Review

Time flies when you're not blogging. I stayed at the Aloft South Beach in September. Moments after checking out of the hotel, the property changed from SPG to Hilton.

Holiday Inn Grand Cayman: Where’s the Beach?

Where is this taxi taking me? What are all these winding roads? What are all these expensive mansions? Who lives there?

Marriott Grand Cayman: 7 Miles of Beach

I've always wanted to go to the Cayman Islands. My dream was to arrive there via private plane with steel suitcases full of cash. Then I found out the penalties of money laundering and decided to keep my cash in my US high yield bank account which provides 0.00005% interest.

Vdara: Fresh Meets Familiar

The trend now is to unVegas the Vegas experience. Hotels like the Delano, SLS, the new W, and the Vdara aim to provide a different Vegas vacation, one that Mr. Papagiorgio, almost twenty years later, would appreciate.

Westin Las Vegas: Remodeled Review

I've reviewed the Westin Las Vegas before as part of my Vegas Knockout Series. Since then it has been remodeled. The highlights of the hotel include the 24 hour pool and hot tub, the breakfast buffet, and onsite Starbucks.

Pho

The Buckeye Pho Restaurant Review is part of the Trip Report: Buckeyes Wolverines 2016 which covers the following places: Cleveland, Ohio Columbus, Ohio  Detroit, Michigan  So we lost the game after a tremendous time in Columbus. That doesn't mean that I shouldn't treat...

Travel Advice

Travel Advice: Mistakes in Medellin

The Mistakes in Medellin Post is part of The Quest Around The Globe Trip Report which covers the following places: Las Vegas, Nevada  Grand Cayman  ...

Black Monday: Buying Stuff I Don’t Need

I've been missing in action since I boarded a plane bound for Michigan, went down to Columbus, saw nothing great there, and came home....

Faster Entry Through The UK Border

I woke up to this spam subject line: 'Faster Entry Through The UK Border'. It came from the sender donotreply. Curious, I opened it to...

Michigan Ohio State: A Case Study in Ticket Scalping

The book of Revelation describes the end of days where good will battle evil once and for all. A glimpse of this fight will take...

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