Simply The Best: TPOL in 2015

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2015 is in the books and here are the top 10 most viewed posts from the year. It’s interesting which posts receive plenty of attention and which ones do not.

10. My Response to United CEO Munoz’s Letter to Me 

With the debacle of the CEO of United Airlines getting fired and enjoying his 4.9 million dollar parachute on the way down, United appointed Munoz to run what used to be my favorite domestic airline (in terms of points). Here’s his personal letter addressed to me:
With the debacle of the CEO of United Airlines getting fired and enjoying his 4.9 million dollar parachute on the way down, United appointed Munoz to run what used to be my favorite domestic airline (in terms of points).
Here’s his personal letter addressed to me:

9. 77,000 Trip Heard Round the World

It is my bold contention that this is the greatest award redemption of all time. I raise the challenge to any blogger, frequent flyer, or foe to prove otherwise.
It is my bold contention that this is the greatest award redemption of all time. I raise the challenge to any blogger, frequent flyer, or foe to prove otherwise.

8. Buyer’s Relief: Cancelled Etihad Apartments 

I had it all lined up and ready to go. The plan was to finish my epic Tahiti trip with a flight aboard Etihad Apartments. On paper, it looked like the world’s greatest redemption: Emirates Shower Class to Dubai and Shanghai , followed by Air New Zealand Dreamliner round trip to Tahiti for 60k United miles with free nights in the IHG Bora Bora and Hilton Moorea, then Shanghai to Abu Dhabi in Etihad business, culminating with the icing on the cake, Etihad Apartments from Abu Dhabi to JFK.
I had it all lined up and ready to go. The plan was to finish my epic Tahiti trip with a flight aboard Etihad Apartments. On paper, it looked like the world’s greatest redemption: Emirates Shower Class to Dubai and Shanghai , followed by Air New Zealand Dreamliner round trip to Tahiti for 60k United miles with free nights in the IHG Bora Bora and Hilton Moorea, then Shanghai to Abu Dhabi in Etihad business, culminating with the icing on the cake, Etihad Apartments from Abu Dhabi to JFK.

7. Where to Party: New Year’s Eve 2016

If you take a look at the New Year’s Roll Call Trip Report you’ll notice that the tradition of being out of the country for New Year’s Eve began in 2000 in Cancun, Mexico. From there it increasingly improved until last year’s destination which undoubtedly was the lamest place to ring in the New Year.
If you take a look at the New Year’s Roll Call Trip Report you’ll notice that the tradition of being out of the country for New Year’s Eve began in 2000 in Cancun, Mexico. From there it increasingly improved until last year’s destination which undoubtedly was the lamest place to ring in the New Year.

6. Dancin’ in Finnair Business: JFK-HEL

There aren’t too many bloggers out there who have flown Finnair Business class long-haul. For this reason, I’m going to spend a few more syllables detailing what was a great, professional trip flying from JFK to get to Helsinki. Actually, the trip across the Atlantic was more of a party thanks to the great selection of cocktails and DJ service provided by Nokia MixRadio.
There aren’t too many bloggers out there who have flown Finnair Business class long-haul. For this reason, I’m going to spend a few more syllables detailing what was a great, professional trip flying from JFK to get to Helsinki. Actually, the trip across the Atlantic was more of a party thanks to the great selection of cocktails and DJ service provided by Nokia MixRadio.

5. Why I Didn’t Cancel My Amex SPG

I was strongly leaning towards cancelling my SPG Amex because the $95 fee was due and I couldn’t justify paying it.
I was strongly leaning towards cancelling my SPG Amex because the $95 fee was due and I couldn’t justify paying it.

4. I’m Done with Manufactured Spending 

With the last Vanilla purchased today to hit the final min, I have decided to stop the manufactured spending madness. 44k here, 39k there, and thousands more from the glory days of REDbird have netted more points than I know what to do with. And that’s the problem.
With the last Vanilla purchased today to hit the final min, I have decided to stop the manufactured spending madness. 44k here, 39k there, and thousands more from the glory days of REDbird have netted more points than I know what to do with. And that’s the problem.

3. My Response to AA Ceo Parker’s Letter to Me 

Hi Doug, Many thanks for the email. Unlike the email from United’s CEO Munoz to whom I wish a speedy recovery, this one will remain positive though I do have a few recommendations as to how you can make American the best airline in the world.
Hi Doug,
Many thanks for the email. Unlike the email from United’s CEO Munoz to whom I wish a speedy recovery, this one will remain positive though I do have a few recommendations as to how you can make American the best airline in the world.

2. Chase Sapphire: No Retention Offer Again 

Another day, another annual fee (another year another Michigan loss to OSU) forced me to call Chase and plead for a retention offer. Call number one yielded nothing, not even the option to downgrade. Call number two resulted in the option to downgrade the card to the plastic no annual fee version.
Another day, another annual fee (another year another Michigan loss to OSU) forced me to call Chase and plead for a retention offer. Call number one yielded nothing, not even the option to downgrade. Call number two resulted in the option to downgrade the card to the plastic no annual fee version.

1. JAL Dreamliner Review: An American Marvel: SAN-NRT

It has been claimed that food tastes better on the Dreamliner because of the way the cabin is pressurized. Whether this is true, I have no idea but the Japanese entrée certainly did not disappoint.
It has been claimed that food tastes better on the Dreamliner because of the way the cabin is pressurized. Whether this is true, I have no idea but the Japanese entrée certainly did not disappoint.

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