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With 2016 coming to a close, we also are coming up on the 3 year anniversary of Points With a Crew, which started back in January 2014.  It’s been a great run and I could not be more excited about the future as we look into 2017 and beyond.

Looking back at the top posts of 2016, I thought I’d run a short series of the top posts of 2016 at Points With a Crew.  These more or less are the most visited posts by blog visitors in 2016 (only including posts actually written in 2016), and are pretty highly correlated with a list of my most popular posts.

So, without further ado, here are posts #16-20 in the Top PWaC Posts of 2016:

#20 – Back in June, I was going through my online American Express account and realized that I had 11,436 “forfeited” American Express Membership Rewards.  After going through a live chat with American Express, I was able to get most of those forfeited points reinstated.  Have you ever had “forfeited” American Express points?


#19 – When I first started in the miles and points game, 99% of my points came from credit card signup bonuses.  I’ve never been a huge manufactured spender, though I have dabbled a bit.  As more and more banks have tightened our ability to get credit card signup bonuses (hello Chase 5/24!), I have been doing more and more reselling, both of products as well as gift cards.  Back in November, I wrote a post called Another day, another $900 profit from gift card reselling that detailed my adventures in gift card reselling on just one day.

#18 – In September 2015, my wife and I were ticketed in business class on Aer Lingus from Boston to Dublin, when the flight was canceled.  It took me almost a year, and a ton of follow-up phone calls, but I eventually got a check for $1306 from Aer Lingus for the flight cancellation.  It took me even longer, but I also got my 25,000 Avios reinstated by British Airways


#17 – As part of my wife and my first class trip around the world, we had 2 long-haul flights on Emirates First Class.  First was from Singapore to Dubai where I wrote about my experiences being “stuck” on Emirates First Class on “only” a 777 (so no shower!).  Then it was time for the 13+ hour flight on Emirates A380 First Class from Dubai to New York City (shower included!)

Should you dress up in first class?  Or if you're flying first or business class, do you get to do whatever you want?

#16 – After I posted some of the pics of our trip flying first class, I got a few comments about the fact that I was dressed in shorts and a T-shirt.  There were several people who felt that it was inappropriate to be so casual while flying first class.  I was curious to read others’ opinions, so I wrote a post asking “Should you dress up in first class?”  People had VERY strong opinions on this (nearly evenly balanced on both sides) – so much so that it became one of my 9 posts with the angriest blog comments for the year

There you have it!  Tune in next time for Points With a Crew Top 20 of 2016 #11-15!

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