Here’s how we’ve used our miles and points so far this year:
♦ January—Crete–120K United miles in Economy for two round trip Atlanta to Heraklion. Killer 5 legs on the outbound. Thankful for Star Alliance lounge access! Used 20K IHG points for Holiday Inn in Vienna on layover back to Atlanta.
♦ January–25K American Airlines miles round trip in Economy for one plus a lap infant Montreal to Atlanta. Flew my grandson and his mom for a visit to see us.
♦ February–Road trip Atlanta to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to carry grandson, his mom, and their dog, who had been missing for a year since the last time they visited, part way back to Canada. (This deserves a blog post in and of itself!) Stayed in Holiday Inn Express for 20k IHG points, and Homewood Suites for 30K Hilton points. Got one-way car rental from the Capital One travel portal. Flew nonrev on Delta from Philadelphia to Atlanta.
♦ March–-Montreal–babysitting trip. Nonrev x 2 on Delta Atlanta to Montreal non-stop, round trip. Great route for nonrev. Sometimes we even get First Class on this route!
♦ May—Road trip to Northern Georgia and North Carolina mountains with mother and sister. No points or miles used.
♦ May—-Northern Aegean Island Hopping Trip— 100K AA miles for two in Business Class from Atlanta to Athens on US Airways. Chase Anniversary Free Night at the Athens Athenaeum in Athens. Marriott Anniversary Free Night in Category 1-4 at the Sheraton/Frankfurt Airport. 60K United miles for two in Economy on Aegean Air and Lufthansa Thessaloniki to Atlanta.
♦ June–Salt Lake City–Visiting daughter and day hikes in the Wasatch– 32,500 Delta miles for one, one-way Atlanta to Salt Lake, but I got bumped twice resulting in $1200 in Delta vouchers. Nonrev back from Salt Lake City to Atlanta.
♦ August—Road trip to North Georgia and North Carolina to take Boppo on the train. Stayed three nights in Holiday Inn Expresses–20k IHG points per night for three nights.
I’m glad I’ve outlined the trips that we/I’ve taken. I’ve been feeling like our travel has slowed down this year, but when I list the trips, it seems like we’ve been out of town a lot.