Thursday, January 19, 2017

Alaska Airlines Approved! We’re Back

Before the Festivus offenders of 2015 & 2016, it used to be so easy to sit at home and churn. It was even easier to hit the mins using the RedBird. After that gravy...

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 night I'm looking for some... Cards to churn. I don't know how you...

Barclays Aviator Approved! Damn I Missed The Churn Life

My friend sent me a message saying that he had been approved for the Barclays AA Aviator card, something that I had waited for following Citi's elimination of my AA points party. The offer...

2016: What I Spent (And Received) in Annual Fees

Another year has gone by and more fees have been paid. For the most part, I did just fine in maximizing the value of the annual fees but not as well as I did last...

Happy Festivus! Airing of Points Grievances 2016

Happy Festivus! Festivus 2016 is just as cathartic as it was in 2015. It's been a good year for TPOL but let me tell you all the ways that airlines, hotel chains, credit card companies, bloggers,...

Sanya, China: Struggling To Find Where to Stay

I'm putting the final touches on my Year of the Monkey Trip Report which starts soon and covers the following places: New York, New York  Bangkok, Thailand Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Jakarta, Indonesia Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia   Guangzhou, China  Hong Kong  Shenzhen, China Sanya,...

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 natural instinct is to file a claim. (see the Successful...

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 gets the wrong ones. At this point, I've annoyed enough...

The Peaceful Conclusion: US Bank Follows Up

In my comments section, I often get readers who exclaim, "TPOL, you complain too much!" One person wrote in regards to my Delta experience that I should pay for first-class if I wanted better service. How does that...

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 points enthusiasts. Before Citi introduced the rule that a customer...
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