These Were the 15 Posts Everyone Else Read in 2014, But You May Have Missed

Looking back on the year, I thought I’d share what Google Analytics thinks were my most popular posts in 2014. These are the ones clicked on the most, that brought people to the site, rather than the most popular posts that were just read on my View From the Wing home page.

That means they’re the ones that were linked to elsewhere, drew the most search traffic, or went viral in social media.

And it’s striking to me that several of the posts actually were written in 2012 and 2013 — and even in 2010. These aren’t my favorite necessarily, but it’s telling for me what readers in general find interesting and useful.

Upgrades are popular. Starbucks is popular. Posts tied to current news are popular.

  1. 10 more free Starbucks stars towards status and a free drink

  2. How to use hidden city and throwaway ticketing to save money on airfare

  3. How to make sure your free domestic upgrades clear

  4. You can get a first class upgrade almost every time, even if you don’t have top elite status

  5. These are the world’s best business class airlines

  6. Don’t be fooled by studies on the cheapest day to buy airfare

  7. How much are miles really worth? Valuations for each program.

  8. Why Gold and not Diamond is the best status to have at Hilton, and how to get it easily

  9. Preparing for the dreaded American Express financial review

  10. What credit card does President Obama use?

  11. Virgin Atlantic may have the worst miles, but here are 8 great uses for them

  12. Overriding your hotel room’s thermostat settings

  13. United just destroyed their frequent flyer program as a way of rewarding travel on United

  14. Credit card purchase protection pays to fix my Samsung S3’s cracked screen

  15. 3 credit cards, 140,000 American miles, for $89

What was your favorite? And thank you for a fantastic 2014!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. I have done some recent checks on Delta flights domestically. What i see now if you compare a domestic Delta cash ticket vs points for the same flight it appears the miles are valued at 1.5%. So if a domestic Delta ticket is $450 the miles required seem to be at 30,000. There may some lower values per flights but on the domestic segments the max seems to be 1.5%. Just my observations.

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