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Jet Set Go!

ThePointsOfLife is continuing its makeover from small time points peddler to big time points spender. Yesterday, I introduced the homepage for Hotel Reviews which is a ridiculous list of the number of hotels I’ve stayed at over the years. Today, I’m rolling out the Trip Reports Directory outlining all my points redemption since officially joining the points game as a professional churner when I applied for an Amex SPG in November 2011.

I would like to thank my credit score, big banks, and my OCD obsession with Microsoft Excel for making this possible. While creating this directory, I was dumbfounded that all of this was the result of accruing points. To date, I’ve seen 71+ countries*, flew so many first/business class segments, and have stayed at too many 5-star hotels-all for next to nothing.

Besides serving as a trophy case, the Trip Reports section will walk you through the when, where, and most importantly, the how I made all this happen. That way you can do it too.

Here is a snapshot of the page to date, much of details have yet to be completed:


Here is the Trip Report Index of all the Hotels, Flights, and Airline Lounges combined into a complete, beautiful itinerary per each trip taken via ThePointsOfLife career:


ThePointsOfLife Visa Run Keeps Running (October 2014)

  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Shanghai, China
  • Hong Kong
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Kyoto, Japan
  • Beijing, China
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Welcome to the Cold (July 2014)

  • New York, New York
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Riga, Latvia
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Road Trip One Last Time in the US (July 2014)

  • Montana
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Michigan

A Trip to the Far East (June 2014)

  • Shanghai, China
  • Bali, Indonesia

The Fees of Frontier Airlines and the Free of Hyatt Gold Passport (May 2014)

  • Liberia, Costa Rica
  • San Jose, Costa Rica


The Trip Heard Round the World: The 50,000 American Airlines Explorer Award (December 2013-January 2014)

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • San Diego, California
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Maldives
  • Saigon, Vietnam
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Hong Kong
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Knysna, South Africa
  • Durban, South Africa
  • Mauritius
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Doha, Qatar
  • New York, New York

 From the West Coast the East Coast, I Love the Southwest Companion Pass (August-October 2013)

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Napa Valley, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • New York, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Phoenix, Arizona

Hyatt Diamond Challenge and Mi Amor, Argentina (August 2013) 

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina,
  • Mendoza, Argentina

Why British Avios Are the Greatest: Free Tickets to the Final Four (April 2013)

  • Atlanta, Georgia

Earning Dividends from US Airways Geographically Challenged (March 2013) 

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Khartoum, Sudan
  • Seychelles

Are You Ready for Some Football? An Aloft AA Supebowl with All the Fixin’s (February 2013) 

  • Nashville, Tennessee


How Points Changed my Life: Losing my Virginity in Business (December 2012-January 2013) 

  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Goa, India
  • New Delhi, India
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

How Hard Can It Be to Run a Marathon (August 2012)

  • Anchorage, Alaska

My First SPG Redemption (March 2012) 

  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Las Vegas, Nevada


On the 8th Day ThePointsOfLife Was Born (December 2011)

  • New Orleans, Louisiana
Sheraton Kuta Bali Hotel


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