Sunday, April 22, 2018

Booking an Award Ticket: An Anxious Ordeal

The process of booking an awards ticket is characterized by highs and lows. The life cycle goes as follows: The seed is planted:  You're at work bored. You see a display banner ad about visiting a...

Alaska’s Free Companion Fare: Useless?

I have 7, that's right 7, Alaska Free Companion fare tickets to use with varying expiration dates. I pay full price for one ticket and my companion gets to fly for 'free'- $121 extra....

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Booked to LHR

Phew! What an ordeal this whole thing has been. Finding a flight to Europe to get to Athens for the marathon was hardly simple. First, I thought I could deal with peasant class and...

Denied Delta Bonus: Plan B ThankYou Points

Your results may vary. How many times have we heard that? Chase is cracking down on churners. How many times have we heard that? American Express's website clearly states for certain cards the sign up...

Park Hyatt Moscow, Postponed AGAIN

When you live in Mongolia you expect travel to be difficult. When you live in the United States, you expect travel to be easy. Trips to Costa Rica on a whim are simple as 1,...

Virgin Business…Athens Afterthought

Who is TPOL kidding? Flying peasant class is for the birds. Actually the birds probably have a nicer time because they don't have to go through TSA. While I do have my 20k AA...

Athens Marathon: Step 1, The Flight to Greece

Wheels up! Even though I haven't received confirmation of my marathon registration, I've going to go ahead and book my award flight. There are no great options for OneWorld flights to Athens so I...

Hyatt Let Me Cancel a Non Refundable Award!

Calgary Stampede lost its gallop this week when I had second thoughts about driving to Canada for 4th of July weekend, spending 12k points at Hyatt, and using my stay certificate. Unfortunately, the terms and...

Hyatt Suite Upgrade Change? No Diamond, No Problem

I signed up for the Hyatt Diamond Challenge in August of 2013 and visited the Andaz Napa, the Park Hyatt Mendoza, and the Park Hyatt Palacio Duhua in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The Diamond Challenge gives...

Overview: Glacier National Park & Calgary Stampede

As much as TPOL loves Shanghai and Hong Kong, sometimes it is nice to get off the beaten path and explore somewhere new. It makes for a great adventure and more interesting writing. The mission...
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