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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2130 on: February 25, 2016, 06:19:51 PM »
Same routing I think, though open to suggestions.

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2131 on: February 25, 2016, 06:25:41 PM »

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2133 on: February 26, 2016, 02:30:08 AM »
I've posted some of this over the past month but finally just finished the last flight so figured I'd post it all in one shot (and because I'm kinda proud of myself ;)). I separated the trips by the month that they're taking place in.

January
PHL-MIA AA Y (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): 15,000 Avios
2 Nights in Miami.
MIA-GCM AA Y (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): 9,450 Avios
2 Nights in Westin Grand Cayman: 32,000 SPG
GCM-MIA AA Y (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): 9,450 Avios
4 Nights in Miami.
MIA-PHL AA Y (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): 15,000 Avios

March
PHL-DOH-MLE QR J (2 Adults): 135,000 AA
6 Nights in PH MLE: 150,000 Hyatt Points
MLE-DOH-PHL QR J (2 Adults): 135,000 AA

May
EWR-HNL UA F (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): 60,000 SQ
6 Nights in GHK: 4 Sign Up Nights + 50,000 Hyatt Points (May switch to Maui. Not sure.)
HNL-EWR UA Plan B (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): 80,000 UA

(Going to book inter-Hawaii flights later on once I finalize which island I'll be going to.)

August
JFK-ICN KE F (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): 199,500 KE
1 Night in Grand Hyatt Seoul: Anniversary Night
ICN-CNX KE J (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): Free Stopover
6 Nights in LM Chiang Mhai: 22,000 SPG
CNX-USM PG Y (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): 20,000 JAL
5 Nights in Sheraton Samui: 28,000 SPG Points (Hope to change to CKS if there is still availability when I have enough points.)
USM-HKG PG Y (2 Adults + 1 Lap Infant): Free JAL Stopover
2 Nights in Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui: 1 Anniversary Night + 15,000 Hyatt Points
HKG-JFK CX J (2 Adults + 1 Infant in seat): 165,000 AA

And to think that it was just three years ago that I was proud of getting one free flight to Miami because I had accumulated enough cashback credit on my Amex Blue Cash...

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2134 on: February 26, 2016, 05:04:18 AM »
No F space for any dates that work and not worth doing that in J over 747 UD J.

Book F space >36 hours out when it opens?
At any rate you have at least another 2 years until ua retires 747s

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2135 on: February 26, 2016, 07:19:51 AM »
They stop flying domestic in May.
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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2136 on: February 26, 2016, 09:00:26 AM »
CLE-ORD-SFO for a quick trip with Rafi in the UD of a 747 before UA retires them.
I'm sure he'll love it! Pretty cool to share the hobby with him. Spending any time in the Bay Area before returning? Maybe stay at the Fairmont where all the fun started?

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2137 on: February 26, 2016, 09:07:27 AM »
DDMS shout out!! :)
Haha yup! 2 small changes to above itinerary though.

1) Changed hotel in Hawaii to Andaz Maui (6 Nights)
2) Cancelled Sheraton Samui and booked at CKS for 5 nights instead.

NOW I'm done.  :)

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2138 on: February 26, 2016, 09:13:34 AM »
Haha yup! 2 small changes to above itinerary though.

1) Changed hotel in Hawaii to Andaz Maui (6 Nights)
2) Cancelled Sheraton Samui and booked at CKS for 5 nights instead.

NOW I'm done.  :)

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2139 on: February 26, 2016, 09:14:46 AM »
I'm sure he'll love it! Pretty cool to share the hobby with him. Spending any time in the Bay Area before returning? Maybe stay at the Fairmont where all the fun started?
Plan is to spend a day there, not quite sure what we'll do though. And yup :)
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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2140 on: February 26, 2016, 09:18:42 AM »
Famous last words...
I meant in terms of tweaking these specific itineraries.  :) Not everyone changes their flight paths 46 times before flying  :P

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2141 on: February 26, 2016, 09:29:02 AM »
I meant in terms of tweaking these specific itineraries.  :) Not everyone changes their flight paths 46 times before flying  :P

Only 46?  ::)

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2142 on: February 26, 2016, 09:31:19 AM »
Only 46?  ::)
I meant in terms of tweaking these specific itineraries.  :) Not everyone changes their flight paths 46 times per day before flying  :P
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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #2144 on: February 26, 2016, 10:28:28 AM »
Staying in BKK the whole time?

My DH likes to hit the road, and he's not keen on big cities, so we will sandwich a stay in BKK at both ends, and explore the National Parks to the north of BKK for most of the trip.  I'm routing through TYO on the way home, with a one hour transit.  It sure would be nice to make that a 23 hour stay.  Any suggestions?

I'm pushing the bookings as hard as I can, with the SPG merger, the AA deval, etc.  As Dan said yesterday, the opportunities are diminishing for earning points.   I'm trying to get as many high value trips as I can on the books.    It's hard to squeeze out more vacation time than I've already got booked.  If it all fell apart tomorrow, I'd still be counting my blessings... miles and points have been very good to me.

So here are my tallies for:

2017(upcoming)-BKK

2016
Completed:
1 trip to Siem Reap, 1 to Central America
Upcoming:
3 trips to Europe, including Russia
2 domestic trips
My family has 1 additional trip to Europe

2015
3 trips to Europe, 1 trip to South America, 2 domestic trips, 1 trip to China
Husband had 1 additional trip to Europe

2014
2 trips to Europe, 1 trip to Africa, 1 trip to Israel/Middle East, 1 to Central America, 3 domestic trips

2013
3 domestic trips, 1 trip to Europe

2012 (first real year of miles and points)
2 domestic trips, 1 Europe, 1 South America