As 2015 is winding down, in this post I’m revisiting my year and what is to come. I’ll have a more complete summary of my 2015 travels later.
Jacksonville may not be an exciting destination, but the sunrises along the beach were great.
I wrote this a few days before posting, so timing is a little off, but I think you’ll get the gist of it nonetheless.
For this year, I made the jump from a long loyalty to United, to flying American. I was content with my decision, and I was glad to take a break from the annoyances I experienced on United in recent years. My work travel was pretty intense, so I qualified for AA Executive Platinum status in August. At this point, I had a few long haul flights where I took United, and upgraded with Systemwide Upgrades. I had several more long trips come up too, so I realized I’d be pretty close to getting United 1K status again, so I went for it.
Now I’m about to take my last business trip of the year. The last segment will put me over 100,000 miles. I had already crossed the spend threshold a earlier this month. While I have a passion for travel, flying over 100,000 miles in two airline programs was a bit much. I’m glad to have made it, and having options is always a good thing in this game, but quite simply I was away from home too much. Especially as the father of a 1 year old.
With all of these flights I also had a lot of time in hotels. I requalified for both of my preferred hotel programs, Hyatt Diamond and Starwood Platinum. By the end of the year, I’ll have 75 nights with SPG, which is a new tier for me. I guess I’ll enjoy earning a few more points with each stay in what will likely be the last year of Starwood as we know it. Regrettably, I expect to end up just short of lifetime platinum status assuming the program ends in 2016. You can’t win them all.
Thanks for sticking with me through my crazy year of travel. Oddly, I’m really looking forward to yet another trip, but this one is just fun. My wife and I are off to Japan for a quick vacation. Japan is one of my favorite destinations, and I’m excited to share it with her.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!