My 2013 Travel on Points and Miles

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I’ve been quite lucky and blessed to been able to travel to many places in 2013 with points and miles.  Without points and miles, I probably would not have gone to so many places.  I wanted to summarize my 2013 travel on points and miles to inspire and give people ideas on how and where to travel.

Other than a few work travel trips, my three big trips in 2013 using points and miles are as follows:

Here is what my travel looks like when mapped out:


30,000+ miles flown for almost free!

30,000+ miles flown for almost free!

From these three trips I spent the following points and miles:

Hawaii – 36,000 Hyatt points, 40,000 United miles for 2 one-way tickets to Maui

London/Germany – 125,000 AA miles for 2 one-way first class tickets from Honolulu to LAX (stopover) to London, 100,000 United miles for 2 one-way business class tickets.  40,000 Marriott points, 145,000 Marriott points, Barclaycard points.  See this post for more details.

Taiwan/Japan – 120,000 United miles for 2 one-way business class tickets, 125,000 AA miles for 2 one-way first class tickets, 51,000 Hyatt points for 3 nights, 2 free nights at Conrad Tokyo with Citi Hilton Reserve.  More details to come…

I used all points and miles for all trips with the exception of 3 nights in Maui.  I also paid about $329 in taxes for British Airways first class per person and about $125 per person for Lufthansa business class.  My Asia trip had minimal fuel surcharges of about $75 per person.

Overall, this has been a great year of earning points and miles to travel without paying much at all.  I’ve spent less than $2,000 on taxes, hotels, and flights in 2013.  A majority of the costs stem from fuel surcharges on flights.  Even though I paid about $2,000 for everything, the retail value of my travels is well over $50,000.  Four one-way first class international flights already equate to about $40,000 or more (of course I would never pay that).  For the price of two round trip tickets to Europe in economy class, I was able to stretch my dollars to places I could never imagine.  The points and miles game can be tedious, but it definitely is worth it when you reflect on your travels.  My 2013 travel on points and miles was more than I could ever ask for.

How much money have you saved this year using points and miles? 


6 comments for “My 2013 Travel on Points and Miles

  1. Maury
    January 2, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Very nice travels. Congratulations! I too have been very blessed to have traveled a lot in 2013: Hawaii, Los Angeles, Italy, Switzerland twice, Sweden, Japan, San Francisco, Vancouver, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Seattle, and Northern California. 2014 promises to be full of exotic destinations like Aftica and Bora Bora.

    • January 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Awesome! Enjoy it while you can!

  2. BillyVB
    January 2, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading about your 2014 trips!

  3. liz
    January 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm


    i noticed you only bought One way tickets with your miles and points. did you pay full price for one way tickets to return home?

    • January 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      I had a free one-way, which set up my next trip. When you book a ticket with AA miles, you can stop at an international gateway (in my case LAX) on your way out of the country. I did buy a cash ticket with Citi TY points from OGG to HNL.

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