2022 was a very good year for me, with points and miles! Here is my 2022 travel hacking recap. I definitely use miles for my business-class seats, but I often don’t use miles or points for cheap seats. 2022 found me enjoying a nice lay-flat seat on all of my international trips- something that wouldn’t have happened without this hobby!
I started the year off slowly because I had to have back surgery in January so I could make all my other travels. No trips this month. But don’t worry, I made up for it!
I started my travel adventures with my trip to Tanzania for a safari and then on to Zanzibar. Incredible experiences are made better using points/miles to dramatically decrease costs. We traveled in business class seats which really made the trips easier. Part of the trip was in United Polaris – the best part. Unlike other business class seats, I wasn’t a huge fan of Ethiopian Airlines, but lay-flat seats are always nice!
Part of my Africa trip continued into March. I then went to Alex’s for babysitting duties so she could go to the Maldives. That is her best travel hack – having a mom who babysits! 😜
In April, Alex and I took her oldest son, Eli, to Washington, D.C., for a birthday trip. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Washington using free night certificates.
My four daughters and I try and take a yearly points/miles trip. This year it was to Croatia, and we LOVED it! It is a cross between Greece and Italy to me, so who couldn’t have the best time? Our favorite city was Hvar, and we would 100% go back! I stopped off in London for a few days to visit family after our Croatia trip.
Croatia was followed by a trip to the Hyatt Ziva Cancun – one of our favorite all-inclusive resorts! It was so much fun watching grandchildren enjoy unlimited treats and fun!
August continued with a points-and-miles trip to Huntington Beach Regency for our first-ever THM retreat. This was right after Jess joined our team; we loved the hotel. This is a great location, and the food was great, too – can’t beat a Globalist breakfast!
Besides my annual mom/daughters trip, I have an annual sister’s trip and an annual trip with a close friend. I did this back-to-back this year. One occurred in Maui, and the next was on the Big Island. Both trips were made cheaper with points/miles. In fact, I was actually able to book with Turkish Airlines for an incredible deal!
Fall was busy! I started with a trip to Paris, London, Abu Dhabi, then the Maldives – insane, right? Using points and miles for business class seats and some nice hotel stays made it truly memorable! Sharing it with two of my daughters made it even better! But the magic adventure was flying in Singapore Suites from JFK to Frankfurt to start this trip! That is one experience that I would never have had without this hobby!
Wow, that was a busy month!
As if two times to Maui and a trip to the Maldives weren’t enough tropical travel hacking, I also went to Bora Bora! Alex, my daughter Kasey, and I had a great stay in French Polynesia. It was definitely more expensive than the Maldives, so you are probably wondering which one was best. Read our post, Maldives vs. Bora Bora.
Time for one last trip – another THM retreat to make plans for 2023 and celebrate reaching a milestone. Alex, Jess, and I met at the Andaz Mayakoba Hyatt in Cancun.
It wouldn’t be a travel hacking 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 1,000,000 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 started planning and booking for 2023, and these trips include (so far):
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 2022 travel hacking was crazy – I can’t wait to see what 2023 brings!
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