Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Canceling Citi Prestige: But First, We Golf!

Sorry Citi Prestige, even at the discounted $350 from a Citi Gold Checking Account, you are not worth the annual fee. I've burned the...

No Worries: Shenzhen to Hong Kong Via Transfer Van

The Shenzen to Hong Kong Van Transfer Transport Review is part of The Year of the Monkey Trip Report which covers the following places: New York, New...

Grand Hyatt Shenzhen: Food, Food, Food!

Reviewing the Grand Hyatt Shenzhen after staying at the St. Regis Shenzhen is unfair. Although it's not as extreme, it's like the time I stayed at the Sheraton New York Times Square after staying at my favorite hotel of all time, the St. Regis New York.

Points News

Guadalajara: Detour to Mexico Trip Report Intro

I'm finally finishing the Year of the Monkey Trip Report meaning it will be time to resume my Tahiti Triumph and Quest Around the Globe...

Canceling Citi Prestige: But First, We Golf!

Sorry Citi Prestige, even at the discounted $350 from a Citi Gold Checking Account, you are not worth the annual fee. I've burned the...

TPOL's Opinion

Living Doesn’t Have to Suck, Now It Goes Without Saying

Somewhere along the way, The Points Of Life became TPOL. Somewhere along the way, TPOL decided he needed to be more marketable. Thus, it...

President Trump Can Learn from Bloggers

Let me start off by saying that it does not matter if you voted for Clinton or you voted for Trump. The election is...


Booked! 80k United to Africa on Turkish

It's been quite a week at tpol.com. The points gods are certainly smiling on me. I thought the first good deal was booking Detroit...


Stiffed Citi AA Exec Bonus Points: Arbitration Right Away?

Here's another candidate for the 2016 Festivus Airing of Grievances. This time it's brought to you by Citi, another bank who no longer cares for...

Credit Cards

LifeMiles Avianca Vuela Visa: Churning Into The Night

Deep in the night I'm looking for some fun Deep in the night I'm looking for some love Deep in the night I'm looking for some fun Deep in the...


Oman Air Lounge Bangkok: Hummus & Hennessy

Recall 2pac's lyrics where he boasts about riding on his enemies, drinking Hennessy, and eating hummus. That was my experience at the smartly appointed Oman Air Lounge Bangkok.

Premium Lounge Guangzhou: Not Yuck, Not Great

God bless Priority Pass Lounges. When they are good (see ATL, Athens, Gatwick) they can't stack up to the likes of Cathay's The Wing or Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai. When they are terrible, they are victims of my contempt (see Priority Pass Lounge Jakarta and Mexico City).

Park Hyatt Guangzhou: The Sweet Upgrade

There are Park Hyatts and then there are Park Hyatts. Unlike the Park Hyatt Melbourne or the Park Hyatt Toronto, the Park Hyatt Guangzhou falls into the latter category. Situated in the business district of Guangzhou, the Park Hyatt Guangzhou is one of the best Park Hyatts in the collection.

Grand Hyatt Guangzhou: It’s Great to Be Grand

Welcome to the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, an impressive hotel with great customer service, a beautiful room, and an overwhelming breakfast. But for my stay at the Park Hyatt Guangzhou, I would recommend making this your home when you visit Guangzhou.

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu vs. The Hyatt Regency

What's a vacation without switching hotels every day? Looking to requalify for Hyatt Diamond, I switched to Le Meridien for one night and am glad that I did.

Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu: The Best Deal in the Hyatt Portfolio

Where is Kota Kinabalu? I used to ask myself that every time I connected in Kuala Lumpur. Finally, I asked Google and it told me that it was a city in the Malaysia part of Borneo. Borneo consists of three countries: Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia. For my country count travelers, Malaysia and Indonesia Borneo count separate from mainland Malaysia and Indonesia.


While visiting the Guangzhou International Financial, I stumbled upon Pho Kim Saigon. I rationalized another culturally insensitive meal as something I had to do for the blog. As I was flipping through the menu, something caught my eye.

Travel Advice

Window or Window: Side Does Matter 

Some of us have no airline status, so the best that we can hope for is a windor or aisle seat, depending on our...

The Uber China App Workaround

Each time I go to China, I am reminded of Al Pacino's speech from Any Given Sunday. "You know when you get old in life things get taken from you. That's, that's part of life." Each time I visit China, something also gets taken from me.

Uber Motorbike Jakarta! What Could’ve Been A Great Story

I rationalize doing many things 'for the blog'. Caviar and vodka tour in Russia? For the blog. Impromptu trip to Abu Dhabi? For the...

VPN: A Necessary Hotel Amenity in China 

TPOL was blocked in China! I've been trying to publish reviews as quickly as possible because I won't do it when I get home. The...

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