2023 was another year full of earning and redeeming points and miles for nearly free travel! This year we took more family trips than we have ever before. It was a great year full of making great memories! Here’s Alex’s 2023 Points/Miles Recap!
The first trip in my 2023 Points/Miles Recap was in February during President’s Day weekend to St. George, UT. We used some Marriott free night certificates to stay at the Springhill Suites for a soccer tournament for my oldest. Nights were going for close to $300 this this was a great use of those certificates! This property is a little newer, has a fun pool, free breakfast, and enough room to sleep my family of 6. Bonus– my son’s team took first place in the tournament!
In March, my mom and I used some IHG points to stay at the Kimpton Seafire in Grand Cayman. We had had this resort on our radar for a while, and it did not disappoint! You can read more about our trip to the Kimpton Seafire in Grand Cayman here.
In April, we spent spring break as a family in Hawaii. My parents joined us too, as we stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai and then island hopped on over to the Hyatt Regency Maui! We flew on Southwest using points and Southwest Companion Passes.
In May, my mom and I went on a trip that was solely based around a flight after finding availability on Emirates first class from Milan to JFK. We flew from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam on KLM business class and from Amsterdam to Milan. Once we arrived in Milan, we drove for about an hour to our hotel, Villa Orselina, in Switzerland. After a few relaxing days here, we took that amazing flight on Emirates and then spent two nights in NYC!
In June, Mitch and I spent three nights at the Alila Ventana in Big Sur, California. We used Southwest Rapid Rewards for our flights and World of Hyatt points for the resort. This was a one-of-a-kind resort! You can read all about our trip to Alila Ventana Big Sur here.
Just a couple of days after getting home, my parents and I hopped in the car and drove to Rexburg, Idaho, for my oldest soccer tournament. We used IHG free night certificates to stay at a Holiday Inn Express.
Later that month, we headed to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Once again, we took advantage of those Southwest Companion Passes and used Hyatt points for our stay. This trip was extra fun because we invited our friends to accompany us! It was so much fun!
In July, we took our annual family trip to Colorado to visit family. We drove and stayed at my parents’ house, but while we were there, we went to Denver for the Eras Tour! We got super lucky and were able to get Tickets from Ticketmaster a couple of weeks before the show. Getting hotel rooms that late was no easy task, though! Luckily (or unluckily, since the place was kind of a dump, lol), We were able to find availability at a Marriott and used our 35K free night certificates.
Later in July, we spent 3 nights at the Hyatt Place Park City. We used Hyatt free night certificates for this stay. My two oldest boys were both playing in Park City for a soccer tournament, so we made a trip of it. This tournament was so fun, but the highlight was Cruz’s team taking first place!
In September, Jess and I headed to Secrets Impression Moxche. We absolutely loved it! It’s a pricey one, but we think it’s totally worth it, especially since it’s all-inclusive.
At the end of September, we had family come to Salt Lake City for a conference our church holds semi-annually. We spent two nights at the Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City (my favorite hotel in downtown Salt Lake City) and enjoyed eating out, shopping, attending the conference, and the kids’ favorite- swimming in the rooftop pool.
My kids have a fall break in October, so we headed to Austin, Texas, to check out the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. Jess and her family even joined us for a few days! It was so fun introducing our families to each other and we all had such a great time! Check out episode #51 of our podcast to hear all about this trip.
In November, we took a family trip to Hyatt Ziva Cancun. This trip was extra special because both my parents and my sister Kasey and her family joined us! The cousins had the best time together. We used Hyatt points to stay and Southwest (as always) for our flights.
My last trip in this 2023 recap was our annual retreat. At this retreat, we discuss the previous year, make goals for the next year, and, of course, get some massages as well! We stayed at the Andaz Scottsdale. Each of us really enjoyed it. It’s a great spot for a girl’s trip or a couples’ trip. The three of us always have so much fun together, but somehow, this year, we didn’t get a picture all together!
In 2023 I opened 7 cards and Mitch opened 5 cards.
All together, from welcome offers on the cards we opened in 2023, we will have earned 1.5 million points. That does not include any points earned on meeting the minimum spend or points from referring each other to those cards.
Here are the trips I have booked for 2024 so far:
I hope 2023 was a wonderful year for you as well. I hope you enjoyed reading about my 2023 Points/Miles Recap. Let me know in the comments how you used points this year or what you have planned for 2024! We can’t wait to see where points and miles take you.
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