Friday, February 23, 2018

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That’s Me in the Corner Losing My Globalist Status

So long Hyatt Globalist. I was unable to requalify for Globalist for 2018 because I refused to stay and make the Hyatt House my...

Rupert Wines Franschhoek: A Must Drink for Wine Enthusiasts

Rupert Wines Franschhoek is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report. It is unusual that I am devoting an entire post...

The Best Bubbly Comes From Franschhoek, Not France

The Bubbles Franschhoek post is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report. I boldly stated that the best sushi comes from...

Paying 2.5% Transaction Fee to Hit Mins: Sacrilegious?

I wanted to hit the min spend of 24k on my Virgin Atlantic cards. I had two choices: MS or pay bills. Initially, I used...

No Wi-Fi Compensation: A Long Explanation For Little Reward

Disclaimer: Sarcasm included.  Two weeks ago I asked if passengers should be compensated if Wi-Fi is not available on a plane. The overwhelming reaction was...

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...

Should Passengers Get Compensation for No Wi-Fi?

Remember the days when you'd be excited if there was a movie on board? That made those interminable flights from Dallas to Hawaii in...

2017: What I Spent (And Received) in Annual Fees

I did much better in 2017 in what I paid in annual fees and what I received in comparison to 2016. That's because I...

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.

Kibo Lodge Amboseli: It’s No Keekorok

Nothing will compare to Keekorok. Indeed, most things will disappoint. Unfortunately Kibo Lodge, a lovely resort at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, is included in this category.

So What We Smoke Weed: Cancun’s New Motto?

There's an article in Bloomberg called, "Legal Weed in Cancun Becomes New Idea for Curbing Violence," where the Ministry of Tourism is floating the idea of...

Fluent Forever: The Best Way to Learn Multiple Languages?

Disclaimer: I don't get paid for this either, just like I didn't get paid to endorse the Westin Air Diffuser. Sometimes it's fun to...

The Failing NYT Didn’t Hire TPOL: Sad!

Lil Marco, Lyin Ted, Crooked Hillary: hearing those nicknames enough times makes it difficult not to use the accompanying adjective with the proper noun....

Visit Africa’s #1 S#!T Hole Country! Namibia

Gondwana Collection, a private tour company in Namibia, has published this hilarious video asking people to visit Africa's #1 shithole country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCz66YlNbPQ According to the AP,...

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...

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...

The World’s Greatest Travel Jacket: Part II Coming Soon

If you see me on the road, chances are more likely than not that I will be wearing my Baubax Travel Jacket. It's the...

So What We Smoke Weed: Cancun’s New Motto?

There's an article in Bloomberg called, "Legal Weed in Cancun Becomes New Idea for Curbing Violence," where the Ministry of Tourism is floating the idea of...

Fluent Forever: The Best Way to Learn Multiple Languages?

Disclaimer: I don't get paid for this either, just like I didn't get paid to endorse the Westin Air Diffuser. Sometimes it's fun to...

My Home Smells Like A Westin: Yours Can Too!

Disclaimer: I do not get paid for this Westin Scent Diffuser Review. I am only including this sentence to improve the SEO for this...

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