This is the nerdy Excel and Great Circle Mapper for the Tahiti Triumph Trip Report which covers the following cities:
- New York City
- Dubai, UAE
- Shanghai, China
- Papeete, Tahiti
- Bora Bora, Tahiti
- Moorea, Tahiti
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- Tokyo, Japan
- Dallas, Texas
See the Picture Preview here.
Which part of the points hustle do you enjoy the most? Is it the MS and the feeling of shame and guilt as you buy one gift card after another? Is it the undeserved feeling of self-importance as you enter the first-class lounge? Or is it the thrill of executing a booking knowing you got in one more trip before the next devaluation?
For me, it’s creating my bus schedule Excel and tallying up how much the trip would have cost had I actually decided to burn a hole in my wallet and pay for it myself. Second to that is reflecting on just how far I traveled by looking at the Great Circle Mapper.
Analyzing the spreadsheet after the fact is a lot different from when I was piecing it together. Little did I know then that I would miss my flight from LAS to New York, that I would not be able to play golf in Dubai, and that I would be deported from China to Hong Kong. The last part was the worst experience because there was no Avios flight available to get me to HKG. Instead, I had to fly the worst airline in the world, Spring Airlines, for $325/pax. That put a black mark on the trip which is why I did not add it to the spreadsheet. Also, I kept the Vegas Freddies experience separate as that warrants its own trip report.
Let’s start with the GCM for some perspective on what TPOL has done.
Now, for my masterpiece, the colorful Excel. I’m terrible at making keys but it’s pretty self-explanatory. The trip retail was 差不多 $60,000 and required 800,000 points in total. But for that stupid Hong Kong getaway, it would have been $1999 out of pocket.
Which do you think is better, this trip or the $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World?
Who does it better than TPOL?