I know, you are still waiting on my report from my status challenge trip to London, and that will start rolling later on this week. However, I did want to give a preview for all the travel I will be doing in the next month, with new lines, new airlines on some lines, and a wide variety of hotels to explore. Some of the travel will be done alone, some will be done with a friend, and some will be with a wide group.
I start off by flying up to Toronto on American, and spending the new years holiday in one of my favorite cities. Taking no extra time off work, but I do get to enjoy the city, and as the first trip I've taken since I started my new job, I've decided to splurge and stay at the Park Hyatt Toronto (In addition to it being a little away from the crazy celebrations so I can get some sleep). I am also using a suite upgrade, because I have 4 upgrades that expire at the end of February, and few trips to really justify the upgrade. This is a property I have stayed at previously redeeming free Hyatt nights, and it is reasonable, though maybe not up to the standards of some other Park Hyatt properties
Then the next weekend (and I should preface this by saying that my normal weekend is a Sunday-Monday weekend) I am doing a mileage run to DEN, and spending some quality time in the city that was my first work travel trip, just 3 years ago. This is taking advantage of the DEQM offer on American Airlines, and netting me 6,000 EQM, but with time to enjoy the city. Denver is one of my favorite cities in the US, just for the views, and the feel of the town. I'll be staying at the Grand Hyatt Denver, as it is a property I have heard wonderful things about, and a great rate. I am also using a suite certificate here, since I will have time, and want to get the full experience at this property.
The following weekend is my true mileage run for the month, with a same day turn to Seattle from Atlanta with Daniel. Before taking our flight, we will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest. Its closer to the airport than where I live, and the rates were only slightly more expensive than a Hyatt Place, and I do try and get a better experience. Nothing special here, and this hotel is nothing more than a place to crash where I do not have to drive out earlier to pick him up.
I will be working the next weekend, so I can enjoy the the oneworld Megado, with Daniel, and a few more friends, as we fly and have lots of fun, getting tours along the way and meeting executives from various airlines. All in all, a nice month, with 30k EQM, and only using my vacation for the megado. I couldn't be happier, and after taking February off from traveling, can decide if I can justify making the run to EXP this year (Since I was looking at renewing Platinum, but with only 20k miles needed to requalify, might go for EXP if the fares are right on some of the foreign partners).