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Passenger Stole a Business Class Seat on Turkish, The 25 Worst Popular Passwords, Google Fi on iPhone, Garmin vs Apple Watch, and More

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Written by Charlie

Check out the top 10 most popular posts of 2018! They include the passenger who stole a business class seat on Turkish, the 25 worst, popular passwords, Global Entry reimbursement credit cards, Garmin vs Apple Watch, and more!

Here we are – the end of 2018! As my last post of the year, I am doing a roundup of the top 10 most popular posts here on Running with Miles for 2018. There are still some post topics that still are in the top 10 year after year and this year is no exception!

Most Popular Posts of 2018

In 2018, there were almost 1,000 posts written here, covering everything from credit card reviews to flight reviews to hotel reviews to marathon reviews, travel news, and a whole lot of deals. I really appreciate the e-mails, comments, and interactions on social media that I had with many of you. It is always nice to interactive with people!

Most of these were written this year but the reason I am including posts that were not written this year is to provide some updates about those topics as well.

10. First Southwest Sale of the Year – From $40

It is funny, year after year, one of the most popular topics around here tends to be about Southwest sales. If you ever wonder why you see me write about them all, that is why! Many people tend to come here for the sale information, enough that, sometimes, traffic to Southwest from those pages is higher than almost every other site writing about the deals!

9. This Passenger Stole a Business Class Seat on Turkish Airlines – and Got What She Wanted

This was an interesting experience and certainly not the way to upgrade to business class! The general consensus in the comments and on social media was that the way Turkish handled it was quite a bit different from the way US airline attendants would have handled it!

8. If One of These 25 Passwords Is Yours, Time to Change It!

This one was a bit of a surprise for this list since it is only a few weeks old! But, I think that has to do with the amount of security breaches we have seen in this area this year.

7. Credit Cards That Have Global Entry Reimbursement and How Often It Resets

One of the most common credit card benefits has to be Global Entry reimbursement. You may even have cards that have it and you don’t even know it! Check this list to see.

6. 5 Non-Stop Flights to Greece from the US This Summer

This post was actually from 2 years ago but is generally still accurate. There is a more recent post with the latest schedules. I think this post was so popular because Greece has been making a resurgence for tourists from the US. Keep visiting Greece!

5. New United Explorer Card Is Here with 65,000 Mile Bonus

United and Chase revamped their United credit card and rolled it out with an offer that had 65,000 miles. This has been a very popular post with many, many people hitting it every day from searching. Unfortunately, the same 65,000 mile offer has not been around for a while (there is a version that requires more spending) but I would imagine it would be back in May or so next year.

4. How to Use Your iPhone with Google Fi

This post was very helpful to many people that wanted to use their iPhone with Google Fi, but, thankfully, the iPhone is now officially supported by Google for Fi! If you have any other questions about Google Fi, check out this post.

3. Using Points for All-Inclusive Resorts – Hilton Edition

This post was written 5 years ago and I plan on updating it this year but this has been incredibly popular. While Hilton points are not worth as much as they once were, using them for all-inclusive resorts can give some incredible value!

2. Apple Watch Series 3 or Garmin

Every year since the first Apple Watch was revealed, posts about the Apple Watch in comparison to Garmin watches have always been on this top 10 list. Each Apple Watch has made great advances but the Apple Watch Series 4 is the first one that has made me really switch over (expect a post on that soon!)

1. Best Approach to Upgrade to the Chase Sapphire Reserve

That was the number one visited post this year here! The funny part is that it is 2 years old! The reason for this interest likely has to do with the moves Chase has made to their card family over the last year or so and people want to know the best way to get to the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

Since you cannot get this card if you have received a bonus on this or the Chase Sapphire Preferred card in the last 24 months (plus the infamous Chase 5/24 rule), people really want to know how to take advantage of this card – especially if they cannot get it.

The best thing to do would be to get the Chase Sapphire Preferred first and then you can always upgrade to the Reserve later without the upgrade counting as a “new” application. That way, you can get the same sign-up bonus without the big fee – but then you could upgrade when you want things like the 1.5 cents per point redemption rate with Ultimate Rewards, the lounge membership, the $300 travel credit, and more.

Thanks for being around this year! Have a happy new year!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.