Monday, April 23, 2018

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Positive Change: Amex SPG Offers Free Night

With all the changes coming to the SPG program, one that caught my attention was the change to the Amex SPG cards, both business...

Final Four San Antonio: Trip Recap

The Final Four Trip Recap is part of the Final Four San Antonio Trip Report. Spoiler alert: Michigan didn't win it all, neither did...

The Best BBQ in Texas?

Dejected after Michigan's loss in the Final Four championship game, I visited the Barbecue Capital of Texas, Lockhart. This small town is in between San Antonio and Austin and is a must eat if you are a carnivore like myself.

Michigan 7:1 to Win: Good Enough to Book San Antonio?

Once upon a time in 1989 Michigan went to the Final Four and won it all. Once upon a timeout, Chris Webber called one,...

Iberia Credit Card App Rejected: As Shocking As MSU’s Loss

Yesterday I wrote about how Iberia does not have a 24 hour cancellation rule. Today, I'm writing about my rejection for Chase's new Iberia...

Michigan vs. Notre Dame: $1240 for a Hyatt Place!

I have cleverly called this trip report : Harbaugh's Last Chance. Like last year, I am going to Michigan's opener (see Jerry's World Trip Report)....

Thank You Bachuwa Law! Barclays Honors Spend Promo

Disclaimer: The following is not legal advice. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Contact Bachuwa Law if you have a question or...

My Amex Platinum Broke!

Besides booking flights, there's not a great reason to use the Amex Platinum over the Amex Blue for Business as the former only earns...

Protea Franschhoek: Beautiful Place to Stumble Upon

Stumbling back to the Protea Franschhoek after a day of perhaps too much wine and too much dine, I reflected on how great life was.

Protea Seapoint: That’s An Ocean View?

I checked into the Protea Sea Point which is located in the affluent Sea Point neighborhood minutes away from the Protea Waterfront, aka Prison/Business School. The hotel costs 5,000 more points, but the rooms are nicer and the location gives travelers an opportunity to experience more than the Waterfront.

Protea Cape Town Waterfront: A Prison, Hotel, And Business School All...

Protea is to points as the rand is to dollar. The value is exceptional. I booked two separate stays at Protea Cape Town Breakwater and here's what I found: 

SAA A330 (JNB-CPT): The Most Comfortable Business Class Flight?

The South African Airways Domestic Lounge Review Johannesburg is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report. Recall how angry so many readers...

Michigan 7:1 to Win: Good Enough to Book San Antonio?

Once upon a time in 1989 Michigan went to the Final Four and won it all. Once upon a timeout, Chris Webber called one,...

TPOL’s 2018 Winning NCAA Bracket!

I picked Michigan to win last year. That didn't work out. The loser of that wager would have to fly Air India from SFO-DEL in...

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....

Pholl of Regrets: Turtle Tower’s Decline in San Francisco

We all make mistakes. I haven't made one since '78 but I understand why people do. That's why I hope you forgive me for writing in July of 2014 that Turtle Tower is the 6th based place to get pho in the world.

CEO of Allegiant’s Message to TPOL (And You)

For a split second, I thought that the CEO of Allegiant had read my blog post - Don't Fly Allegiant! - which details the questionable safety...

Don’t Fly Allegiant!

I once wrote a post called Allegiant Airlines Review: Expect Everything, Carry Nothing. There I documented a perfectly peaceful journey from Montana to Las...

Bevvy Scottsdale: Where to Watch Michigan Win

When I was living in Mongolia in 2014, I wrote Are You Ready for Some Football? An Expat’s Survival Guide for American Deportes. A fellow Michigan grad who happened to be in Ulaanbaatar read the article and wanted to see the home opener spent the evening watching the Michigan game in my apartment.

Ripoff Alert! Great White Cage Diving in South Africa with SharkLady Adventures

Warning! Warning! Warning! Do not go shark cage diving in Gansbaai before reading this post.

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