2013 Year End Review and 2014 plans!


Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great holiday season and I want to wish you all a Happy New Year for 2014!

2013 Recap

Well 2013 was a busy travel year for us! I can’t believe all the trips we took this year! My wife still can’t believe how slow I get through airport security though (lol)!!I am going to recap our travels for the past year.

  • Orlando/The Villages in February
  • Atlanta in April
  • Minneapolis in April
  • Denver in May
  • Bali & Hong Kong in June
  • Boston in August
  • Ireland in September
  • Maui in November/December
  • Atlanta in December

We did not pay normal airfare for any of these flights! All were paid using miles and points and only a few had some minor taxes or fuel surcharges. I also have 1 sick day left for 2013 that I can/will roll over to 2014.

Also in 2013 I was hoping to obtain Starwood Platinum status by getting the 25 stays required.  However I am going to end the year with 15 stays (10 shy!).  It just didn’t work out the way I had planned. In Bali we ended up skipping Starwood altogether as the St Regis was so expensive for just a basic room and the W in Seminyak was a poor points redemption.  So we lost a few stays there. Also in Ireland I was hoping for a stay at the Westin and it was booked for the night we needed. It looks like I really want to hit SPG plat for 2014 I would need to move every hotel stay to SPG or mattress run and I am not sure I really want to do either of those so we shall see.

2014 Plans

So far in 2014 we have a busy scheduled planned out already! Most of my vacation days are already spoken for it appears. I think I have 1 day for wiggle room or emergency day off.  So here are the plans for our destinations for 2014:


  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Orlando/The Villages
  • Paris
  • Toronto
  • Koh Samui/Phuket/Bangkok (2 weeks!)
  • Puerto Rico

Hopefully I will be able to add in our annual Atlanta and Minneapolis trips in 2014 for weekend getaways as well. I do hold the Southwest companion pass for 2014 yet however Mrs. PointsPinnacle’s companion pass is expiring tomorrow (12-31-13). If we can squeeze anything else in there for 2014 we will try! I now have 31 days paid time off for 2014 so thats a good amount and I am thankful my employer is generous in that regard.

Once again I hope you all have a great 2014 and I hope you have safe and prosperous travels as well!  Please remember to be thankful for every breathe and go out and see the world and appreciate the beauty of the Earth!

What are your 2014 travel plans?!


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