Monday, May 20, 2019

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Stay Certificates: Saving Thousands in NY

Who likes annual fees? After this week, I can say that I do, especially when it comes from my Bonvoy cards. I've been in...

Destination Fee Scam: At Least Tell Me the ‘Benefits’

Just when I thought I was done complaining about the Maxwell NYC, I have another one. I received my folio and found a charge...

Complaints: How Long Till You Let It Go?

TPOL loves to complain (see Have You Ever Not Complained?). I have a whole category on my blog devoted to complaining. If things do not...

Keep vs. Cancel: Alaska Personal

Here's a zzz post. The $75 annual fee on my Alaska Personal came due. I called in to cancel since trying to do so...

Centurion Lounge’s Buzzkill Entry Policy

I used to love arriving in Vegas or LGA and go to the Centurion Lounge. I tried to do this in Dallas and was denied entry.

Flying 737 MAX 8

I learned about the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash moments before boarding my AA flight from Miami to San Juan this past Sunday (March 10)....

Happy Festivus! Airing of Points Grievances 2018

Happy Festivus! It’s been a great year for TPOL, but let me tell you all the ways that airlines, hotel chains, credit card companies, bloggers, and...

Citi Prestige: No Amex Platinum? No Problem

Rejection has been a constant in my life. My first Valentine, my first time taking calculus at the University of Michigan (details in the...

Careful! No 24 Hour Free JetBlue Cancellation w/in 7 Days of...

No Free JetBlue Cancellation w/in 7 Days is part of the Rum Rum Caribbean Castaway Trip Report. I found out the hard way that the 24...

Qantas Melbourne Hobart Flight Review: Alcohol Included

On the flight from Darwin to Melbourne, alcohol was not included leading me to rethink my Avios valuation (see Burn Those Avios!).

Aura Hotel Melbourne: Flinders, Flinders, Flinders!

The US dollar is too strong to justify paying in points in Australia (see Too Cheap for Points, Too Much for Cash: DoubleTree Darwin). My bank account is too weak to pay $120 a night for Holiday Inns.

Darwin to Melbourne: Burn Those Avios!

How do you measure the value of Avios? Most will assign a dollar value of 1.5 cents. From Sydney to Darwin, I flew business for 20k Avios and took advantage of the never-ending shiraz.

TPOL Opens M-F at 10:07AM EST

Many have said they don't see my posts on Boarding Area's homepage. I'm still on there but that homepage moves quickly and I may...

Centurion Lounge’s Buzzkill Entry Policy

I used to love arriving in Vegas or LGA and go to the Centurion Lounge. I tried to do this in Dallas and was denied entry.

Dancing Diplomacy: Why You Should Go to Nightclubs Abroad

Dancing Diplomacy is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve been. It...

The Etiquette of Things: Getting Off An Airplane

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, The Etiquette of Things: Things You Didn’t Know Were Things. It is based on my annoyance...

Skipping Airport Lounges with No Regrets

Skipping Lounges is part of the Rum Rum Caribbean Castaway Trip Report. I used to get to the lounge as early as possible (see Amex LAS...

Pho Bowl Dallas: Rebellious Summer Rolls, Fresh Pho

Pho Bowl Dallas is part of Freddy Awards to New Orleans Binge Weekend Trip Report which covers: Dallas, Texas New Orleans, Louisiana After a mini pub...

Bollanos Hotel Albanian Riviera: Wait, Where Am I?

Random Hotel Review is part of the #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL where I break my 100 country count mark. See the World Map for where I’ve...

Mystery Solved: TPOL’s Disappearance in Medellin

Remember TPOL's Quest Around the Globe Trip Report? It was a bit sparse on what I did in Colombia when I visited Cartagena and...

Freddie Awards 2019: Winner for Best Dressed And More

TPOL received free articles of clothing from Bluffworks. This review is based on my experience wearing said clothing. Disclaimer: Bluffworks sent me jeans to try...

Detained in Israel? Check The Back of Your Passport

I have a separate category on my blog called Travel Nightmares. It's where I recount everything that can go wrong or has gone wrong...

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