Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Park Hyatt Zanzibar: Right Hotel, Wrong Location, But So Beautiful

For this trip, I booked the Park Hyatt months in advance to make sure that I received a suite upgrade. That was not the problem with my stay. The issue was that the hotel is located in Stone Town, a two hour drive from the best beaches of Zanzibar.

Kenya Airways Nairobi to Zanzibar: Short And Sweet

The Kenya Airways NBO-ZNZ Flight Review is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report. I used my Air France points to book...

Turkish Airlines Lounge Review Nairobi: Lucky to Be Here

If you have a late night international flight out of Nairobi, head to Terminal, 1A and the Turkish Airways Lounge, part of the Priority Pass network. Although the place is jam packed, it does have plenty of food choices including delicious samosas and a generous serving of alcohol including my favorite Guinness Extra Stout and Kenya's own, and my favorite, Tusker beer.

Keep Vs. Cancel: SPG Personal

Every year, I get an annual fee for $95, and every year I consider cancelling the SPG Personal. Every year, I call in and...

Happy Festivus! Airing of Points Grievances 2017

Happy Festivus! It’s been a great year for TPOL, but let me tell you all the ways that airlines, hotel chains, credit card companies, bloggers, and...

How I Almost Left Marrakech After One Night

I try to blog in real time so I don't forget critical details. I was ready to hit publish on this post but had a...

Uber Won’t Stop, Can’t Stop Surging!

Disclaimer: I get Lyft credits if you sign up with Lyft. For those that have yet to sign up, why not support TPOL by...

Don’t Forget Annual Travel Credits!

A handy feature on AwardWallet is the reminder when travel credits have not been redeemed. I have my Amex platinum linked to my account...

Ethiopian Business JNB-ADD: The Worst Flight Experience

Move over Frontier. Out of the way Allegiant. There may be a new winner for worst flight I have ever taken that makes Air France from DTW-CDG look half decent.

Bidvest Premier Lounge Johannesburg: 3 Hour Time Limit!

Oh wow, not I see why they restrict access to three hours here. Step aside Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai , there's a new lounge in town.

Priority Pass Smoker’s Lounge JNB: Smokers Welcome All Day

After my delightful flight from Victoria Falls, I arrived at 3PM in Johannesburg and tried to access the SAA lounge in JNB using my Ethiopian Airlines business class ticket and my SAA ticket stub from my flight to JNB from VFA.

South African Airways VFA-JNB: Beautiful Business Again

Last time I flew SAA for the one hour flight, it was after my SAA flight from Sao Paulo to South Africa. That time, I did the blogging community a disservice and just fell asleep. This time, I was wide awake and able to share more pictures and my experience.

No One Circles The Wagons…TPOL’s Wildcard Weekend Predictions

Sports and points travel go hand-in-hand. From the Final Four, to Michigan vs. Ohio State and Ohio State vs. Michigan, to a futbol match...

TPOL’s CFB Selection

Looking at my Rollie, it's about that time. It's another opportunity to make my picks for the College Football Playoffs. I'm more qualified than Condoleeza...

Attending A Bullfight In Madrid: A Range of Emotions

Bullfighting is controversial. I didn't have a strong opinion about it before I went, and my thoughts on the pastime were more mixed after...

Chaldeans Facing Deportation: The Inhumanity of Trump’s Policy

I have tried to stay out of this new world of politics because it is no longer productive to have discussions with either Democrats or...

Beach Clubs in Barbados: A Tainted History

The social issues that island nations face is something that does not receive publicity. When I was in the Cayman Islands, locals and expats...

OBAO Noodles: Mid-Level Pho in Midtown

The more places I go for pho, the more I am convinced that I was right when I wrote that NY has terrible pho. A...

Malaria Or Food Poisoning? Day 2 Safari Ruined

Malaria Or Food Poisoning is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report. I'm too familiar with food poisoning. Sharm El Sheikh...

TPOL Moves to Scottsdale: My Drive to the Desert

I've already explained why I have delayed my move to the Voter's Choice of Tirana, Albania. In the interim, I will be splitting my...

Do You Tip UberEATS? I Didn’t

Maybe I should switch to Disqus before posting this instead of having the comments be a free for all to submit. But since the...

TPOL Is Moving to Albania! (Eventually)

Good afternoon from sunny Scottsdale. You may be asking why I am not in Tirana, Albania right now. Before I get to that excuse,...

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