It is time for the annual post with all the ways How I Burned 1,148,286 Miles and Points in 2023. I am including some photos along with some advice and feedback as always of course. See you on Friday with the usual blog post featuring a collection of curated links along with my commentary, thank you for reading my blog.
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Every year I try to do a post showing you how I spent my miles and points. Here are the posts from the previous years:
I ended 2023 with the following in the bank:
5 Hyatt Free Night Certs
1 Hilton Free Night Cert
Airline Gift Cards/Vouchers: Southwest $161
A few notes:
Everything noted in the spreadsheet below is as I book them, NOT when the travel actually occurred.
I ended the year with about 300k points more than what I had at the end of 2022. Which is crazy as I have really slowed down in my activity getting travel rewards credit cards for the fat Signup Bonuses. These days, such a bonus needs to be really fat for me to get interested. I would not bother with any bonus less than 50,000, just not feeling it you guys. Which also goes to show you what the potential is to enhance your travel with selected travel reward credit card signups. And of course, having a business and family members helps a lot.
We finally got back on the road traveling to Singapore for a wedding and then ten days vacation in Phuket and Bangkok in Thailand. In early 2023 I brought my mom to the US from Greece (flying Business Class of course) and there was some miles and points burning for some of this trip (even though most of it was actually booked in 2022). I do use a fair number of miles and points for my kids and relatives/friends which will likely continue. This included a trip for daughter in Paris to study abroad. And I sent her mom there for a visit as well.
Several Hyatt stays with points later in the year were booked solely to requalify for the top World of Hyatt Globalist elite status. We enjoyed a family gathering in Seattle to see our daughter during her Microsoft internship and we are looking forward to visit her again when she moves permanently there in August 2024 to start her career. I will be returning to the same Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, CA on September 2024 for a conference. Again, several trips booked with British Airways Avios points to fly on American Airlines back and forth from Detroit to New York City area, we have been doing this for years. I think I flew on an actual British Airways airplane just once in the early 199s lol.
2024 travel plans are in flux at this point. I am going back to Greece for sure sometime this year. Wife’s sisters are visiting the US for a whole month and that kind of threw the family Asia trip in November 2024 I was planning to book in jeopardy. Maybe I take off for a week or two around the world doing some aspirational flights and hotel stays, we shall see. Picture will become clearer after all client tax returns are done by April and I finalize my trip to Greece. Developing…
I would like to thank the US banks for assisting me in this, without them it would not have been possible. Thank you for what you do and please continue! 🙂
Any questions please ask in the comments.
And a few photos from 2023:
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