I always appreciate interacting with like-minded travelers. I’m also grateful that anyone reads my blog, especially those that take the time to comment. I fully encourage comments to my posts. That sometimes has mixed success, but I think providing incentive to post has helped.
Recently, I had some United Amenity Kits and other items to giveaway. I asked readers to comment on their travel goals for 2015 to enter the random drawing. Winners have already been notified, but I wanted to add on to comments from that post.
Probably my best redemption of 2014, a suite at the Andaz Penninsula Papagayo
I enjoy reading trip reports and hearing about travel experiences, so I really enjoyed seeing what some of you have planned for the new year. I travel a lot, and often it is repetitive domestic travel, but I still often have the itch to travel more, especially new places to discover.
My goal is to requalify for EXP, but with a change in the requirements I don’t know if I will hit the 120 segment mark. It may be extra difficult this year, Not to mention my ever changing work travel pattern makes it difficult.
I’m in a similar situation. I’m not sure how my travel plans will play out. Status requalification is always in the back of my mind, and 2015 will be interesting given how I will have both United and US/AA status…
My 2015 goal: Lampedusa! I’m hoping to fly Alitalia for the first time from New York to Rome and then on to Lampedusa to visit some Italian friends of mine.
I admit, I had to Google that one. But it looks lovely! I don’t think one can go wrong with Italy.
Later this month I’m traveling to Oman; in March to India; and in August to the Baltics.
I’ve never been to the Middle East beyond 10 or so hours in Dubai, while its not high on my list, there are definitely some places in that area I’d like to explore. I had an interesting business trip to India in 2014, maybe I’ll get the chance to write about it. The Baltics sound great too, but I haven’t made it there yet.
My goal for 2015: Visit state number 49 and 50 for me: Alabama and Tennessee.
I earlier mentioned inspiration. This message definitely inspired me. I also have visited 48 states. I haven’t prioritized getting to the last two. I always figured work would take me to them eventually. Anyway, Maybe I’ll make more of an effort to get to New Mexico and Idaho in 2015. Thanks Justin!
My pipe dream is to be upgraded more than twice in a year, now that I’ve made Platinum.
My original goal was to not have United lose a 737 between T5 and T1 at O’Hare, but they failed that one last Sunday.
But seriously, just looking forward to another year of looking out the window at the world from 35,000 feet.
Good snark and United bashing; both things I seem to do a lot myself. I’m also a window seat guy, and as much as I fly, its still pretty darn cool just hopping in a plane and going somewhere else in a (relatively) short time.
After earning United Platinum status for 2014 my goal is to earn 1K status in 2015. On the books already are numerous cross country trips on United (#hateold757s) a trip to Auckland on AirNZ, and Munich on Lufthansa. Need to plan a Saigon trip but haven’t found a good Star Alliance flight yet!!
Upward. Good luck with the status addiction…With various good Star Alliance carriers in Asia, getting to Saigon shouldn’t be too difficult. New Zealand is one of my favorite places on earth, so I hope you enjoy that. I also hope to return, maybe even in 2015!
My Goal for 2015: Redeem as many points possible, I have accumulated a lot. Time to starting burning them!
SC brings up an excellent reminder. Even though I feel like I’m good at this game, I really need to burn more rapidly. There is little benefit in building up a bank of points, it will only devalue over time. There is not interest earned!
My goal is exactly what you’d expect from someone with a blog named The Road More Traveled – do at least 5,000 miles of road tripping!
I’m not really a car person, but I have had some great road trips through the years. I’m a fan of Sriram’s reports on his road trips and especially dining. And I’m really looking forward to a place that makes the cut where he’d walk 500 miles to visit 😉
Take my children and their spouses to see Machu Picchu, using frequent flyer miles for everyone.
That’s playing the game well! I’ve done a few redemption for family, and it’s really rewarding to help them travel. Plus, Machu Picchu is definitely on my list. But I haven’t made it there yet.
Get my bf to renew his passport and enroll in Global Entry! Visit his ailing dad in Park City, then head to Yellowstone. Next year, overseas!
I often talk of international travel, but there are so many great places here in North America. Yellowstone is beautiful!
Using my miles to fly at least 3 International first class flights this year 🙂 I already just booked one next month! 🙂 On United’s 777 gloal first. Can’t wait! 🙂
International First Class is quite an experience. You’ll never feel the same about longhaul travel. While its worth trying United Global First, and its a good hard product, I strongly encourage you to try other carriers for your first class flights.
My goal is to use my United Miles to upgrade to BusinessFirst on a flight to LAX this summer.
BusinessFirst is a great way to fly domestically, since it is obviously intended for longer flights. Enjoy!
My husband has never left the USA so I am surprising him with a trip to Paris and Rekyavik for our one year wedding anniversary this March. So that is my goal, cross the ocean with my husband and join a miles program before hand so those can apply! I am pretty excited about it. I also plan to go to Punta Cana with my sisters in August 2015 and to Bimini, Bahamas (home) on a cruise so I can play tourist for a weekend.
That sounds like a great anniversary trip, plus the Caribbean will be lovely, especially since it’s home.
I am planning on trying to use my UA miles before they change the redemption rules to $ and go international. Perhaps Buenos Aires and then maybe Brazil.
I‘m hopeful you have a little time before redemption changes drastically again, but as I mentioned before, burn baby burn! South America would be fun.
My game plan for 2015 is to finally try and make medallion status with Delta. Then I booked several trips to Florida to visit my elderly snowbird parents. I then have not told my wife yet but I also booked a mileage run from MSP to SEA in April which will give me some more medallion miles towards status. After I explain to my wife about why having status with an airlines is a good thing may book a couple more runs along with taking her to a destination of her choice!! When all is said and done I should be Gold or Platinum and then maybe able to give away something from First Class to our kid. Thanks and really enjoy your blog!!
Thanks Steve! That sounds like a good plan, and good luck with your wife 🙂
Just because my contest is over, doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear about your travel goals. Who else has travel plans they are excited about?
For me, I’m hoping to take my wife and daughter on a few trips. I’d also like to get back to New Zealand, and maybe even tick off states 49 and 50 to complete the cycle.