My Travels In 2017 – The Numbers


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I’ve had a few emails from readers asking how my travels in 2017 panned out, what statuses I managed to earn for 2018 and a lot more so I thought I’d condense all that information in to one simple blog post….and here it is.

Flights & Airline Status

In 2017 I flew….

  • 148,619 miles
  • With 9 airlines
  • On 47 flights

Qatar Airways 777-300ER

Airlines Flown:

  • Alitalia
  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Japan Airlines (JAL)
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines

SIngapore Airlines First Class Suites A380Singapore Airlines Airbus A380

Class of Service:

Economy Class

  • 20 short-haul segments
  • 2 long-haul segments

Business Class

  • 2 short-haul segments
  • 18 long-haul segments

First Class

  • 0 short-haul segments
  • 5 long-haul segments

Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class

Where I Visited:

  • 14 Countries
  • 16 Cities
  • 17 Airports

Seoul, South Korea – One of the 14 countries I visited in 2017

Miles and Mileage Earning:

All my revenue flights were credited to American Airlines’ AAdvantage program

  • Longest segment flown – 9,032 miles (Auckland – Doha)
  • Most Elite Qualifying Miles earned from a single segment – 9,848 EQM(Kuala Lumpur – London)
  • Most Redeemable Miles earned from a single segment – 14,443 miles (Kuala Lumpur – London)
  • Most Redeemable Miles earned from a singe trip – 46,984 miles (LHR-KUL-SYD-KUL-LHR)
  • Most Elite Qualifying Dollars from a single trip – 4,272 EQD (LHR-KUL-SYD-KUL-LHR)

All that resulted in me creeping over the threshold for Executive Platinum Status one more time (and possibly for the last time):

In 2018 I’m crediting my flights to the British Airways Executive Club and I’ll be writing a separate post (at some point!) on my plans for this year.

Hotel Stays & Hotel Status

Primary Hotel Status

I don’t really keep detailed records of the hotels I stay at so this is going to be a somewhat brief section!

I re-qualified for Marriott Platinum status with relative ease – 83 nights in total:

  • 63 nights stayed at Marriott properties
  • 15 nights from the Chase Marriott Visa credit card
  • 5 nights from my spending on the Chase Marriott Visa credit card

Credit Cards The Offer Hotel Elite Status

I did stay at a few other chain properties too (like the Hilton London Canary Wharf, Andaz West Hollywood and the InterContinental London O2 all of which I’ll be reviewing soon) but I can’t remember all of them.

Other Hotel Statuses I’ll Have in 2018

  • Starwood Platinum – courtesy of my Marriott Platinum status
  • Hilton Honors Gold – courtesy of my Amex Platinum Card
  • IHG Platinum – courtesy of my IHG Rewards credit card
  • InterContiental Ambassador – courtesy of the $150 I pay for this status
  • Club Carlson Gold – courtesy of my Club Carlson Rewards credit card

As of 1 February I’ll no longer have status with World of Hyatt as I stayed a grand total of 5 nights at Hyatt properties in 2017 and all of those were award nights.

Overall

I had a lot of fun flying around the world in 2017 and I got to try out some fantastic premium cabins along the way and well as enjoying some nice hotels too.

Airline-wise the highlight of my year was probably finally getting to fly in Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class with Joanna (I still have to write up my second Suites flight!) but getting to fly on the longest commercial flight in the world was also a high point (just for the experience).

Hotel-wise I really enjoyed the JW Marriott in Hong Kong and the JW Marriott Singapore but the highlight was probably a property you wouldn’t expect me to choose – the Courtyard Seoul. I booked the Courtyard in Seoul because it was cheap and well located and I had very low expectations of the property (I hadn’t ever visited a Courtyard property outside of the US) but what I found when I arrived wasn’t what I had been expecting of a Courtyard property.

I’ve already flown my first long-haul segment of 2018 and I have a nice trip coming up later this month too so it’s already all systems go for my travels in 2018 – if they’re half as much fun as my trips in 2017 I’ll consider myself very lucky 🙂

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