2023 was an incredibly great year for travel for this grandma of 21! Business-class seats, luxury hotels, and wonderful memories were all made possible with credit card points and miles. Here is Pam’s 2023 points/miles recap!
I started the year with a multi-country trip to Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. I introduced my husband to hotel-hopping (he’s not a fan, sadly), but he did love some of the gorgeous hotels we used points and miles on. We loved each of these countries and plan to do a return visit.
Alex and I went to the Kimpton Seafire in the Grand Cayman Islands. It was a great use of IHG points, and we had a great time. The hotel is so cute, and the crystal-clear water is divine. Getting that fourth night free by having one of the IHG credit cards is always so nice too!
My sister, cousin, and I stayed at a timeshare in Cabo, but we made a quick trip to check out the Cape Thompson on points, too. Spoiler alert – I’m going back this January!
In April, my husband and I joined Alex’s family for a trip to both Kauai and Maui, staying at Hyatt Resorts. We had so much fun with them, and getting to stay for free at our resorts, complete with free breakfasts from our Globalist status, is always amazing.
April continued with my daughter’s trip to Scotland (minus Alex😢). We had a grand time exploring Scotland, which was made all the more enjoyable by sunny skies for most of the trip. I finished it with a quick trip to London.
Second up was a trip booked solely around a flight. Alex and I wanted to fly Emirates first-class from Milan to JFK so we planned a trip to Orselina, Switzerland. We had a great stay and thoroughly enjoyed that first-class seat, as well as, our business-class seats on KLM to get to Europe.
Visited my daughter in London during the month of June and also did some hotel-hopping. I really enjoy checking out different hotels and comparing how they compare to each other. I must admit that Hyatt seems to float to the top most of the time, though.
My annual sister’s trip was to NYC, London, Dublin, and Florence. It included my Florence fiasco but it was still an epic adventure. This trip was cut short a few days by a family emergency, but points and miles saved the day in the end.
I made a return visit to Costa Rica with a friend in September. We visited two Hyatt hotels, and one was a clear favorite. Costa Rica is also a great place for family travel!
I spent a few days in Salt Lake City at the Hyatt Regency on points and miles at the beginning of the month. It is my favorite hotel when I travel to Utah.
Oceanside, California, was my second destination in October. I was able to stay at the Seabird Resort there and can 100% recommend that hotel for families or couples. It is a perfect location, and I can’t wait to return.
We started the month with a trip to Mexico at two Hyatt all-inclusive resorts – the Impressions Secrets Moxché and the Hyatt Ziva Cancun. We had a great time on both trips, thanks to credit card points and miles!
Later, I returned to the Maldives. My husband mentioned that he’d like to go, so he twisted my arm into a return visit. Although we had paid for a package deal for our stay, our flights were all on points and miles.
I finished the year with a THM retreat at the Andaz Scottsdale with Alex and Jess. We made plans for the coming year and enjoyed spending time together. We are so grateful for this hobby and our business that has grown this year. Getting to fulfill our passions for travel and helping others do the same never gets old!
It wouldn’t be a points/miles year without applying for many new credit cards and getting new welcome offers for further travel. Here are the new cards my hubby and I signed up for this year:
Altogether, we earned about 1,500,000 points for travel this year on welcome offers. There is seldom a time that I am not working on a minimum spend. We use our cards to pay our taxes, which is a huge expense for us as we are both self-employed.
I canceled or downgraded the following cards:
I’ve already booked the following (so far):
I would love to book the Azores and Sardinia, too, but they are in the planning stages.
Never, ever did I think that this would be my life – travel is my passion, and the ability to travel so much for so cheap is unbelievable. My 2023 points/miles year was crazy, even crazier than the year before – what will 2024 bring?
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