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2014 Year in Review
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Self examination time: Is this hobby worth the time I’ve invested thus far? I like to evaluate where my time goes and if my ROI is sufficient. If not, change is essential. Enjoying first class flights and high end hotels is great but if you’re spending the same or more time (and time=money) than you would working and just booking what you like then it may not be worth it.     So how’d I do and what does it mean? I’ve run down the spoils of the past year to see what types of savings ($) and expenditures (miles/points & time) I’ve spent. Here’s the 2014 year breakout: Flights Miles redeemed:                                 738,498 Total flight segments:                         58 USD ($) saved by using

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GTHQ Jaunt Journal – Flight: Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner – Business
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GTHQ Jaunt Journal – Flight: Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner – Business Route: Frankfurt (FRA) – Addis Ababa (ADD) – Lusaka (LUN) – Harare (HRE) 11H50M The Good: Friendly service and good meals   Normal cost: USD$2906   Our cost: USD$78.10 + 37.5K United miles The Bad: Service needs polishing up from a service and professionalism perspective The Ugly: Beat up seats and hardware I had flown Ethiopian Airlines once before about two years ago. Although initially I was a bit concerned which condition the aircraft would have, it turned out to be a fairly new 737 if memory serves me right. We were more than impressed (due to low expectations) with the service and food at that time. That being said, we decided to use Ethiopian to fly their 787 Dreamliner down to Zimbabwe. We had a connecting flight in Addis but the plane was still a 787 followed by a stop

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GTHQ Jaunt Journal – Hotel: Grand Hyatt Taipei
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GTHQ Jaunt Journal – Hotel: Grand Hyatt Taipei – Taipei, Taiwan Location: No. 2, Songshou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei; Next to Taipei 101 and high end shopping mall Ni hao! Taiwan is a fascinating country with amazing people. We have been to almost 80 countries and territories and only a handful stand out as being orderly, clean and having great customer service. Taiwan impressed us. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Taipei which is one of Hyatt’s Category 4 properties. We arrived around noon by train from Tainan. The initial impression of the hotel was good and only got better when we took advantage of the spa and gym. The Room We booked a Grand King room which was 33 sqm and had a city view looking north towards Taipei’s city hall. The décor was Asian (big surprise J) and had a spacious marble bathroom with a separate tub and glass walk in

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Avianca 3X1 mile purchase is back… again!
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Just like last December and last May, Avianca’s 3×1 miles purchase is back. I received again the following email from Avianca which states that if you buy a block of 1000 miles you will receive a total of 3000. This offer is only valid until the 4th of December and you must have received the email. What’s odd is the T&C mention that the promotion period is until Dec 19 but that refers to the parallel and less attractive 2×1 offer. The 1000 miles will cost USD $33 + tax. US residents can purchase by going online, calling the call centers (phone numbers here) or by visiting one of their offices. Other countries vary. This is a targeted offer for inactive accounts. A few points from the T&C: Only one purchase can be made during this promotion Min 1000 miles; Max 75,000 miles purchased (this went up from 20,000 in May) Must have received the

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