It’s time for my traditional look back at the year in review – both my personal travels and events that affected the miles and points community. Sorry it’s late but I have been busy with personal things. Last year was epic and I knew it would be hard to top but I may just have at least equaled it.
JANUARY – FEBRUARY – MARCH
Very quiet months. The miles and points opportunities have wound down so I have been more in a spend miles mode rather than earning. I have begun the shift away from the US programs and back to Australian programs. So my focus has been on maximizing the Coles (Virgin) and Woolies (Qantas) programs.
APRIL – MAY
The Godmother of All African Adventures happened over 4 amazing weeks and has been already covered extensively on this blog.
On the miles and points bucket list perspective I got to have my first ever business class experience flying Etihad from Perth to Abu Dhabi and Qatar from Windhoek to Doha to Adelaide!
JUNE – JULY – AUGUST
It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind and so I did. Earlier this year I had posted that I wanted to do an Outback Australia birding trip. And that I was saving miles to go to the Loro Parque Conference in 2018. Well I changed my mind and decided to blow almost all of my remaining AA and BA miles on a trip to Peru to visit the Manu Wildlife Reserve. So I put in a lot of planning and research to make this trip happen.
The big trip to Peru happened and was a huge success! I will get around to blogging it in the New Year.
And this was the final miles and points bucket list item. I traveled in First Class on Emirates between Auckland and Brisbane. Only a 3 hour flight but it was awesome and a great use of QF points!
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER -DECEMBER
Back to a more quiet lifestyle. I have spent almost all my miles and points (and very well I might add). I still do the shopping promos at Coles and Woolies but now I feel like I have accomplished so much of what I set out to do in regards to travel. I am not going to stop traveling but I will tone it back. I still have plenty of miles in Velocity, Qantas and Amex MR to easily cover travel plans in 2019, even 2020.
You may have noticed I also scaled back on blog postings. My personal life has become busier than it used to be so I apologize for that. I will be doing only 3 posts a week from now on just to keep a sustainable posting frequency.
I hope you all had wonderful travels this year too!!