Sunday, May 19, 2019

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). Incidentally, I was flying a 737 MAX 8 home. I...

Aviator Issues: Business Bonus (Most of It), Personal Rejection

Oh Barclays, you do know how to make me happy and frustrated. Let's start with the good: After months of back and forth calling Barclay, (see Like JetBlue, The Process Drags On), I finally was approved for...

Is Iberia Flying Around with Empty Planes?

I'm supposed to go to Sevilla, Spain today. I'm supposed to go there again on Thursday. I was supposed to go there last week as well, and a few times more. Many of us...

Keep Vs. Cancel: Barclays AAdvantage Aviator

I hate annual fees as much as I hate losing a ball on the golf course. I also haven't had much luck getting retention offers for keeping cards open. My Aviator card's annual fee...

SPG Annual Choice Benefit? What Benefit?

Yesterday was the deadline for selecting your SPG Annual Choice Benefit. You shouldn't worry if you forgot to do so because there were no good choices and the default choice is 5 Suite Night...

Blizzard Gamble? Booking a JetBlue Full Revenue Fare

Blizzard Gamble is part of my ongoing adventures in NYC. Last Friday, I was in NYC staying at the Four Points Times Square, a great value at $97 a night. I was transitioning from TPOL the...

Cutting It Close: Will I Make My JFK-HKG Connection?

Cutting It Close is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report which covers the following places: San Juan, Puerto Rico  New York, New York  Hong Kong  Sydney, Australia Darwin, Australia Melbourne, Australia  Hobart,...

HKG! AUS! NZ! Booking a Last Minute Trip Down Under

Booking a Last Minute Trip Down Under is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report which covers the following places: San Juan, Puerto Rico  New York, New York  Hong Kong  Sydney, Australia Darwin,...

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 commentators have disappointed me over the last year. I’m just...

Keep Vs. Cancel: Virgin Atlantic Card

What a quick call this was: TPOL: I would like to close my card. Agent: Why? TPOL: Because of the annual fee. Agent: Reads Disclaimer and adds, "You're account is now closed." I signed up for the Virgin Atlantic card...
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