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With 2014 coming to a close, we also are coming up on the 1 year anniversary of Points With a Crew, which started in January of this year.  It’s been a great year and I could not be more excited about the future as we look into 2015 and beyond.

Looking back at the top posts of 2014, I thought I’d run a short series of the top posts of 2014 at Points With a Crew.  These more or less are the most visited posts by blog visitors in 2014, and are pretty highly correlated with a list of my most popular posts.  Things are slightly skewed by the posts that ran in the week in September that I was featured on the main page of Boarding Area, where I got a ton more traffic.

So, without further ado, here are posts #16-20 in the Top PWaC Posts of 2014:

#15 – One of my oldest posts was my Beginner’s Guide that attempts to cover some of the basics of how to really travel hack and get those miles and points balances up.  It’s still one of my most popular posts, and one that I sometimes link to people that are new to miles and points.  Even if you think you’re an intermediate or advanced learner, there may still be a few tricks that you might pick up!

amazonpayments#14 – Amazon Payments was a great person to person payment transfer that most people used to transfer $1000 a month to another person (spouse, partner or other trusted friend).  When Amazon announced that it was discontinuing Amazon Payments late in 2014, I pondered whether  it was time to go “all-in” on Amazon Payments, signing up tons of accounts to take advantage of the limited time-frame.  I didn’t actually end up doing that, but if you did, feel free to let me know how it went in the comments!

#13- I’m a math and numbers kind of guy, so when I saw a list of the top 50 airline routes by length, I decided to take all of those routes (and a few additional ones) to calculate on which route you could fly the longest for the fewest amount of miles / points.  You’ll have to read the full article to find out which one it is, but I’ll tell you that it’s 4180 miles for 15,000 points, for a total of 3.59 points per (flown) mile.

southwestlogo#12 – We took a family vacation to Reno, Nevada this summer which was a great trip and the main reason I got into miles and points in the first place – I knew 8 cross-country plane tickets wouldn’t be cheap (we ended up using 170,000 Southwest miles and the Southwest Companion Pass instead).  Our flight out there was not too bad, but on the way back, find out why one of our fellow passengers told my wife and I that we were “the type of people that shouldn’t have children“.

#11 – IHG ran a promotion this fall called “Into the Nights“.  I wrote several articles describing the promotion, including one detailing why I personally was sitting this one out.  The promotion was rife with technical problems, with many people not even getting their full list of tasks for quite some time. The most popular of all my posts on the subject was one detailing that my promo had finally been fixed, with several commenters mentioning that theirs was still broken.  IHG has come out with a new promotion for the first quarter of 2015 called “IHG Set your Sights” – we’ll see if it fares any better!

There you have it!  Go back to Top 20 #16-20, or tune in next time for Points With a Crew Top 20 of 2014 #6-10!

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