2013 Year in Review
-I rode my bike across the US
-I visited Australia for the first time
-I visited the Middle East for the first time
-I visited quite a few new domestic locations including, but not limited to, Baltimore, Las Vegas, New York City, Colorado, San Francisco, and St. Louis.
Thoughts for Next Year
-Just like this year, I am not going to actively pursue airline status, but dependent on good deals, it may end up happening anyway.
-Goal is to burn some miles! I am pretty good about burning hotel points, but less good at burning miles. I already have one award ticket booked for my boyfriend and I to go to Copenhagen and Stockholm for about 6 days in March.
-Other than the trip to Copenhagen and Stockholm, I am planning to go to Mexico in January and Colorado in February. Next year I really want to get back to Central America or (and?) visit Asia for the first time. Currently pondering El Salvador in late May. Since I’ll most likely be starting a graduate program in the fall, I think it is going to be a lot more weekend domestic trips late in the year.
-I am going to try to maintain my InnerCircle status with Kimpton, because I really love their program. It is either 15 stays or 45 nights, so I am going to try to do a lot of 1-night stays. I already have 2 booked in January, and since I am planning on moving to the east coast for school, it should be pretty easy to pick up sub-$100 nights with their last minute rates. Also, when the parents come visit, that is probably where I will have them stay anyway because I really don’t think there are better options if a similarly-priced Kimpton is around.
-I will continue to maintain other hotel status through credit cards.
Note: I have a few segments that I didn’t put the date in… so these stats and map are actually not *quite* accurate. I will keep better track for next year.
Miles – 51,580 (vast majority from Aug – Dec)
Segments – 35
Longest Flight – SYD – DFW (8,589 miles, 15:51)
Shortest Flight – FNT – CLE (145 miles, 0:46)
Total Airports – 21
Total Airlines – 6
Total Aircraft Type – 12
Total Routes – 34
Total Countries – 5
Status Achieved – United Silver
Hostels – 4
Liveaboard – 1
IHG – 19
SPG – 8
Hilton – 5
Best Western – 1
Club Carlson – 2
Choice Hotels – 2
Kimpton – 6
Marriott – 7
Drury – 1
Total Nights – 56
Status Achieved/Maintained – Through Credit Cards: IHG Platinum, SPG Gold, Club Carlson Gold, Hilton Gold, Hyatt Platinum. Through Status Matches: Kimpton InnerCircle