Stats

Below are records of our travel expenses. Keep in mind this is for two people: my husband and I.  For the rules and specifics of how and what we track, see the About Me page.

 

To skip all the specifics and see a more general monthly tally of categorical spends, don’t forget to check out the Totals by Month category.

December…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras: $344.03 Phone fee from previous phone plan
December 31, 2015
(Vicksburg to Austin, Texas)
$0 $36.52$192 -SouthWest flight for 2 to Austin (with companion pass)
$35 -2 day Silvercar rental (after applied credits)
$131 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Midtown Austin962 SouthWest points and completed 1/2 of a second free night for the Accelerate promo
December 30, 2015
(Vicksburg)
$0 $0$0
Staying with family
December 29, 2015
(Vicksburg)
$0 $38.23$0
Staying with family
December 28, 2015
(Vicksburg)
$0 $41.54$0
Staying with family
December 27, 2015
(Vicksburg)
$0 $0$0
Staying with family
December 26, 2015
(Vicksburg)
$0 $30.30$0
Staying with family
December 25, 2015
(Vicksburg)
$0 $0$0
Staying with family
December 24, 2015
(Vicksburg)
$0 $0$0
Staying with family
December 23, 2015
(Vicksburg)
$0 $49.16$0
Staying with family
December 22, 2015
(Vicksburg, Mississippi )
$25 -week long gym membership $0$0
Staying with family
December 21, 2015
(Fort Myers to Vicksburg)
$0 $9.54$40 -taxi to airport
9,337 SouthWest points and $11.20 for two tickets from RSW to MSY
Staying with family
December 20, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$10 -thrift goods$15.92$0 Staying with family
December 19, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0$36.54$0 Staying with family
December 18, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0$0$0 Staying with family
December 17, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0$2.14$0 Staying with family
December 16, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0$37.25$0 Staying with family
December 15, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$3 -thrift goods $0$0 Staying with family
December 14, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0 $38.29$0 Staying with family
December 13, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0 $0$0 Staying with family
December 12, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$40 -weeklong gym membership $37.11$0 Staying with family
December 11, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$13.22 -thrift goods$46.05$0 Staying with family
December 10, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0$0$0 Staying with family
December 9, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0$4.44$0 Staying with family
December 8, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0$0.94$0 Staying with family
December 7, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0$36.84$0 Staying with family
December 6, 2015
(Fort Myers )
$0$44.35$0 Staying with family
December 5, 2015
(From Yangon Myanmar to the States )
$16.99 -gifts $0$ 295.10 + 135,000 American Airline Miles for two tickets from Myanmar to Fort Myers in Business/First 40,000 Hilton points for 1 night at the airport Hilton in Boston
December 4, 2015
(Yangon Myanmar)
$12.34 -temple entry
$20.00 - gifts
$17.44$6.56 -taxisStaying with friends
December 3, 2015
(Yangon Myanmar)
$0$14$0Staying with friends
December 2, 2015
(Yangon Myanmar)
$100 2 visas for Myanmar$18.29$4.63 -taxi Staying with friends
December 1, 2015
(Sydney to Kuala Lumpur)
$0$27.91$486.47 for 2 AirAsia tickets from Sydney to Yangon$29.95 and Orbitz points for 1 night at the Tune hotel attached to the airport

November…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:
November 30, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$0$37.30 $0 $195.05 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Old Sydney1/2 way to another free night for the IHG Accelerate promotion
November 29, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$0$27.66 $8.34 -Uber$117.90 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Darling HarborFree night for completing "2 stays" for the IHG Accelerate promotion
November 28, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$0$37.05 $13.06 -Uber$20 for an Airbnb for 1 night (using our credits)
November 27, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$0$18.41 $0See November 22
November 26, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$0$22.02 $0See November 22
November 25, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$0$33.07 $0See November 22
November 24, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$0$22.38 $0See November 22
November 23, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$0$21.37 $0See November 22
November 22, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$0$12.28 $0150,000 Club Carlson points for 6 nights at the Radisson Blu Sydney
November 21, 2015
(Sydney, Australia)
$21.66 -thrift $30.07 $050,000 IHG points for 1 night at the InterContinental Sydney
November 20, 2015
(New Zealand to Sydney, Australia)
$40 for 2 Australian visas $0 $9.83-trains to town$147.75 -Holiday Inn Sydney Old Town1/2 way to an IHG "free night" because of the "Accelerate" promotion
November 19, 2015
(New Zealand)
$1.37 -money exchange fee
$1.68 -laundry
$75.19 T-mobile bill
$12.12$0$0 and $92.83 Orbitz points
November 18, 2015
(Tahiti to New Zealand)
$0$040,000 AA miles and $225.40 flight from Tahiti to Sydney via Aukland
(LOSING A DAY)
This day was lost in the moving of time zones so it "didn't exist"
November 17, 2015
(Moorea to Tahiti)
$0$25.32$50.81 -taxi charges
$17.83 -ferry to Tahiti
1 IHG Free Night Cert for 1 night at the InterContinental TahitiHow we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 16, 2015
(Moorea)
$0$30.31$040,000 IHG points and $2.67 for 1 night at the InterContinental MooreaHow we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 15, 2015
(Moorea)
$0.94 -thrift$21.39$17.83 -taxiIHG Free Night Cert and $2.67 for 1 night at the InterContinental MooreaHow we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 14, 2015
(Moorea)
$0$1.78$0See Nov. 13How we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 13, 2015
(Moorea)
$0$38.09$17.83 -taxi 2 Hilton Free Night Certs and $5.35 for 2 nights at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & SpaHow we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 12, 2015
(Bora Bora to Moorea)
$0$26.08$0 See Nov. 11How we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 11, 2015
(Bora Bora to Moorea)
$0$51.70$456.20 -flights for 2 from Bora Bora to Moorea
$17.83 -taxi to ferry
2 IHG Free Night Certs for 2 nights at the InterContinental MooreaHow we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 10, 2015
(Bora Bora)
$0$7.16$0IHG Free Night Cert and $5.37 tax for 1 night at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le MoanaHow we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 9, 2015
(Bora Bora)
$0$14.33$0See Nov. 5How we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 8, 2015
(Bora Bora)
$0$33.67$0See Nov. 5How we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 7, 2015
(Bora Bora)
$0$0$0See Nov. 5How we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 6, 2015
(Bora Bora)
$0$12.63$0See Nov. 5How we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 5, 2015
(Bora Bora)
$0$9.85$05 IHG Free Night Certs and $26.86 tax for 5 nights at the InterContinental Bora Bora ThalassoHow we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 4, 2015
(Bora Bora)
$0$20.06$17.91-taxi
$442.80-2 tickets from Tahiti to Bora Bora
IHG Free Night Cert and $5.37 tax for 1 night at the InterContinental Bora Bora Le MoanaHow we did 2 weeks in Fr. Polynesia for free
November 3, 2015
(Atlanta to Seattle to LAX onward)
$0$41.7380,000 Alaska miles and $40 taxes for 2 tickets from Atlanta to Tahiti via Seattle and LA
$12 -for Sound Transit from airport to downtown Seattle
In the air
November 2, 2015
(Chattanooga, TN to Atlanta, GA)
$4.06 -toiletries$28$57.00 for a rental car from Chattanooga to Atlanta
$7.39 for gas
9,000 Club Carlson points and $5 tax for 1 night at the Country Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport South
November 1, 2015
(Chattanooga, TN)
$0$15.19$0 See October 31

October…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:
October 31, 2015
(Chattanooga)
$0 $14 $0$304.85 -two nights at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hixon to complete the IHG promotion
October 30, 2015
(Chattanooga)
$0 $5.98 $27.27 -gas for the rental carSee october 29
October 29, 2015
(Charlottesville to Chattanooga)
$0 $16.66 1,050 Hertz points purchased for $35.98 for a rental car from Charlottesville to Chattanooga10,000 IHG points for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Chattanooga Hixon
October 28, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$1.05 -thrift$61.51 $0 Staying with friends
October 27, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0 $32.10 $0 Staying with friends
October 26, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0 $21.89 $0 Staying with friends
October 25, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$2.63 -thrift$20.15 $12.63 -Uber
$5 -lift
Staying with friends
October 24, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$6 $0 Staying with friends
October 23, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$7.90$45.41 $0 Staying with friends
October 22, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$15.78 $0 Staying with friends
October 21, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$66.41 $11.10 and 8,882 South West points and 4,500 Avios for Carrie's SouthWest flights to Charlotte and AA flight to CharlottesvilleStaying with friends
October 20, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$93.40 -Tmobile bill with International Calling added$16.82 $0 Staying with friends
October 19, 2015
(Chicago to Charlottesville)
$0$46.34 $5.60 and 4,500 Avios for Drew's flight from Chicago to Charlottesville
$2.53 -Uber to airport
Staying with friends
October 18, 2015
(Chicago)
$0$0 -conference food$0Thanks for covering our hotel Chicago Seminars!
October 17, 2015
(Chicago)
$0$0 -conference food$5.60 and 4,812 SouthWest points for Carrie to fly to Ohio
$16.12 -Uber to airport
Thanks for covering our hotel Chicago Seminars!
October 16, 2015
(In the air towards Chicago)
$0$0 -(airline meals)$0Thanks for covering our hotel Chicago Seminars!
October 15, 2015
(Namibia)
$0$64.75$237 for 2 flights to Johannesburg and 29,962 Chase points and $677.08 for 2 flights from Johannesburg to Chicago on Emiratesovernight flight
October 14, 2015
(Namibia)
$12.20 -Etosha National Park
$81.31 -Night Safari (...do not recommend)
$43.09$0Etosha lodge
October 13, 2015
(Namibia)
$17.74 -rock carving tour$1.48$0$69.92 -Bushfeld
October 12, 2015
(Namibia)
$12.05 -Cape Cross Seals$27.51$0Cape Cross
October 11, 2015
(Namibia)
$4.44 -our share of tire repair
$TBD -Soussesvlei Dune park entry
$55.22$16.26 -shuttle$0 Protea Orbitz BRG
October 10, 2015
(Namibia)
$12.27 -fish river canyon entry
$48.51$0 $50.37 -Hammerstein
October 9, 2015
(Cape Town, South Africa to Namibia)
$0
$21.88$67.41 -our share of 5 days of gasoline
$11.09 -our share of cleaning fee at the end of car rental
$44.35 -our share of a new tire
$75.04 -Felix Unite
October 8, 2015
(Cape Town, South Africa)
$0.47-toiletries
$16.31 -Cape of Good Hope
$8.89 -Boulder's Beach
$14.52$0 See October 7
October 7, 2015
(Cape Town, South Africa)
$0$15.34$0 28,000 Club Carlson points for 2 nights at the Park Inn Cape Town
October 6, 2015
(Cape Town, South Africa)
$0$16.34$0 See October 5
October 5, 2015
(Cape Town, South Africa)
$1.31 -deoderant$26.26$14.07 -Uber from airport to Radisson Blu38,000 Club Carlson points for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Cape Town
October 4, 2015
(Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa)
$0 $7.43$15.20 -Ubers
30,000 United miles + $127.80 -flight for 2 from Cairo to Cape Town
Overnight flight
October 3, 2015
(Cairo, Egypt)
$2.55 -park entry $18.97$ Staying with friends
October 2, 2015
(Cairo, Egypt)
$0 $13.28$0.51 Staying with friends
October 1, 2015
(Cairo, Egypt)
$20.44 -Giza pyramids for 2$31.93$9.07 -UbersSee September 30

September…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:
September 30, 2015
(Luxor, Egypt)
$20.42- entry to Karnak
$6.38- Karnak tour guide
$0.38 -bathroom
$10.39$1.15 -taxi
$0.64 -local van taxi
$12 -Uber from airport to hotel in Cairo
20,000 Hilton points for 2 nights at the Hilton Cairo
September 29, 2015
(Luxor, Egypt)
$25.52 -valley of the kings
$3.19 -toiletries
$6.57$104.64 -taxi to Luxor 🙁
$19.14 -taxi/boat
$89.34 for 2 flights to Cairo
167.63 Orbucks for 2 nights at the Winter Palace
September 28, 2015
(Mara Salam, Egypt)
$14.95 -Audible book$0$0 $111.96 + 99.65 Orbucks
September 27, 2015
(Mara Salam, Egypt)
$0 $0$0 See September 24
September 26, 2015
(Mara Salam, Egypt)
$12.77 -snorkel gear for 2 days$0$0 See September 24
September 25, 2015
(Mara Salam, Egypt)
$0 $0$0 See September 24
September 24, 2015
(Mara Salam, Egypt)
$0 $0$19.16 -taxi to Mara Salam80,000 Hilton points for 4 nights at the Hilton Marsa Alam all inclusive!
September 23, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$0 $34.26$0 See September 13
September 22, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$0 $39.96$0 See September 13
September 21, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$0 $61.78$0 See September 13
September 20, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$53.04 -Tmobile bill$41.35$0 See September 13
September 19, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$0$31.40$0 See September 13
September 18, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$0$35.52$0 See September 13
September 17, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$0$19.54$0 See September 13
September 16, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$0$47.58$0 See September 13
September 15, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$0$34.73$0 See September 13
September 14, 2015
(El Quiser, Egypt)
$0$33.78$0 See September 13
September 13, 2015
(Herghada to El Quiser, Egypt)
$0$33.78$25.54 -taxi from Herghada to El Quiser99,000 Club Carlson points for 11 nights at the Radisson Blu El Quiser
September 12, 2015
(Herghada, Egypt)
$0$20.82$0 See Sept 10
September 11, 2015
(Herghada, Egypt)
$0$16.73$0 See Sept 10
September 10, 2015
(Herghada, Egypt)
$0$18.58$8.94 -taxi to airport
102.08 flight from Sharm to Harghada
15,000 Hilton HHonors points for 3 nights at the Hilton Harghada Resort
September 9, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq, Egypt)
$0$20.44$0See September 8
September 8, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq, Egypt)
$0$25.55$015,000 Club Carlson points for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Sharm El Shiq
September 7, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq, Egypt)
$0$24.15$12.77 -taxi to Park Inn15,000 Club Carlson points for 1 night at the Park Inn Sharm El Shiq
$1.99 city tax from Hilton
September 6, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq, Egypt)
$0$24.13$0See August 28
September 5, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq, Egypt)
$0$21.90$0See August 28
September 4, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq, Egypt)
$0$18.89$0See August 28
September 3, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq, Egypt)
$0$30.47$0See August 28
September 2, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq, Egypt)
$0$34.15$0See August 28
September 1, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq, Egypt)
$0$30.16$0See August 28

August…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:
August 31, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq Egypt)
$0$22.70$0 See August 28
August 30, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq Egypt)
$0$23.01$0 See August 28
August 29, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq Egypt)
$0$21.59$0 See August 28
August 28, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq Egypt)
$0$25.76$6.38 -taxi to next hotel 40,000 Hilton points for the Hilton Sharm Waterfalls for 10 nights
August 27, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq Egypt)
$0$18.01$0 See August 23
August 26, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq Egypt)
$0$27.94$0 See August 23
August 25, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq Egypt)
$0$26.67$0 See August 23
August 24, 2015
(Sharm El Shiq Egypt)
$0$33.26$0 See August 23
August 23, 2015
(Istanbul Turkey to Sharm El Shiq Egypt)
$20.55 -fast track to make our flight on time...
$60 for 2 visas
$15.01$9.59 -bus tickets to airport
$15.96 taxi to hotel
$159.25 -2 Pegasus flights from Istanbul to Sharm El Shiq
20,000 Hilton points for 5 nights at the Hilton Sharm Dreams
August 22, 2015
(Istanbul Turkey)
$6.88 -laundry
$13.62$9.63 -bus to town
$8.93 -ubers
$0 for 1 night at the InterContinental Istanbul with breakfast via BRG
August 21, 2015
(Cappadocia to Istanbul Turkey)
$57.81 -Tmobile bill
$0.34 -bathroom
$30.76$95.66 -tickets for 2 on Pegasus air from Cappadocia to Istanbul
$13.75 -bus to airport
$6.88 taxi to hotel
$13.15 for 1 night at the DoubleTree Ankara for 1 night via BRG
August 20, 2015
(Cappadocia Turkey)
$4.47 -Ucasir Palace entry for 2$12.01$0 See August 18
August 19, 2015
(Cappadocia Turkey)
$1.71 -entry into Aylani church $32.65$0See August 18
August 18, 2015
(Ankara to Cappadocia Turkey)
$0 $11.27$5.23 -taxi
$27.31 -2 bus tickets to Cappadocia
$204.98 for 3 nights at the Goreme Kaya Hotel
August 17, 2015
(Ankarra Turkey)
$0 $9.75$4.18See August 15
August 16, 2015
(Ankarra Turkey)
$0 $17.16$0See August 15
August 15, 2015
(Ankarra Turkey)
$0 $15.70$030,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $67.50 for 3 nights at the Radisson Blu Ankarra
August 14, 2015
(Ankarra Turkey)
$0 $15.16$0$70.80 for 1 night at the Radisson Blu Ankara with Expedia BRG
August 13, 2015
(Ankarra Turkey)
$0 $20.92$0See August 12
August 12, 2015
(Istanbul to Ankarra Turkey)
$0 $33.22$5.75 -buses
$35.19 -flights for 2 on Pegasus Air
$18.68 -taxis
15,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $33.75 for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Ankarra
August 11, 2015
(Istanbul, Turkey)
$2.16 -postcard$7.55$10.06 -buses
$12.58 -taxi
$19BRG at Double Tree
August 10, 2015
(Istanbul, Turkey)
$0.09 -postcard$17.36$2.88$0BRG at InterContinental Istanbul
August 9, 2015
(Istanbul, Turkey)
$0$14.20$0See August 8
August 8, 2015
(Istanbul, Turkey)
$0.36 -bathroom fee
$9.71 -laundry
$9.35$8.63 -metro50,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $112.50 for 2 nights (booked when the CC credit card benefit existed)
August 7, 2015
(Istanbul, Turkey)
$0$21.95$0See August 6
August 6, 2015
(Plovdiv to Istanbul, Turkey)
$0$13.52$44.56 -bus tickets for 2 from Plovdiv to Istanbul
$5.75 -metro
50,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $112.50 for 2 nights (booked when the CC credit card benefit existed)
August 5, 2015
(Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
$0$21.36$1.11 -taxiSee August 4
August 4, 2015
(Veliko to Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
$0$19.97$23.05 -buses$78.50 for 2 nights at the Hotel Ego
August 3, 2015
(Veliko, Bulgaria)
$0$17.06$0 See August 2
August 2, 2015
(Sofia to Veliko, Bulgaria)
$0$23.45$3.93 -taxis
$24.65 -bus tickets for 2 to Veliko
$45 for 2 nights at the Belaneda Inn
August 1, 2015
(Sofia, Bulgaria)
$0$6.34$0See Jul 31

July…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:
July 31, 2015
(Sofia, Bulgaria)
$0 $24.77$2.81 -taxi $99.09 for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Sofia
July 30, 2015
(Sofia, Bulgaria)
$0 $36.77$0 See July 29
July 29, 2015
(Sofia, Bulgaria)
$0 $9.71$0 9,000 Club Carlson Points purchased for $20.25 for 2 nights at the Park Inn Sofia
July 28, 2015
(Sofia, Bulgaria)
$0 $25.67$0 See July 27
July 27, 2015
(Sofia, Bulgaria)
$0 $12.57$0 9,000 Club Carlson Points purchased for $20.25 for 2 nights at the Park Inn Sofia
July 26, 2015
(Sofia, Bulgaria)
$0 $22.01$2.27 subway to town See July 25
July 25, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia to Sofia, Bulgaria)
$0 $0$56.73 for a blablacar from Belgrade to Sofia 9,000 Club Carlson Points purchased for $20.25 for 2 nights at the Park Inn Sofia
$29.62 in tourist tax for the last 12 nights
July 24, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0 $13.24$0 119 Orbucks from BRG
July 23, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0 $13.35$0 See July 13
July 22, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0 $13.52$0 See July 13
July 21, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0 $14.04$0 See July 13
July 20, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0 $0.95$0 See July 13
July 19, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0 $0$0 See July 13
July 18, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$60.50 -T-mobile Simple Choice$0$0 See July 13
July 17, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0$7.30$0 See July 13
July 16, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0$17.01$0 See July 13
July 15, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0$4.81$0 See July 13
July 14, 2015
(Belgrade, Serbia)
$0$3.13$0 See July 13
July 13, 2015
(Budapest to Belgrade, Serbia)
$0$6.59$39.68 -for 2 train tickets from Budapest to Belgrade55,000 IHG points for 11 nights at the Crowne Plaza Belgrade on PointbreaksTrain tickets are purchased through Mavcsoport.hu.

Read about Pointbreaks here
July 12, 2015
(Budapest)
$23.62 -our 2/3s of a "Trapped" game$26.26$015,000 Club Carlson points for 1 night at the Radisson Beke Budapest, split with a friend, our half includes point purchase amount of $16.88
July 11, 2015
(Budapest)
$2.15 -cave church entry$14.99$015,000 Club Carlson points for 1 night at the Radisson Beke Budapest, split with a friend, our half includes point purchase amount of $16.88
July 10, 2015
(Zagreb to Budapest)
$0$18.40$71.40 -2 train tickets to Budapest
$2.50 -2 subway tickets
15,000 Club Carlson points for 1 night at the Radisson Beke Budapest, split with a friend, our half includes point purchase amount of $16.88
July 9, 2015
(Bled, Slovenia to Zagreb Croatia)
$0$24.48$32.33 -gas
$0.87 -toll
$300.01 -price for last two weeks of car rental
$2.95 -bus
4,000 SPG points for 1 night at the Sheraton Zagreb
July 8, 2015
(Bled, Slovenia)
$0$17.72$0See July 7
July 7, 2015
(Bled, Slovenia)
$8.84 -boat rental$9.95$1.10 -parking$98.50 for 2 nights at an Airbnb (with discount)
July 6, 2015
(Croatia to Ljubljana)
$1.10-toilet$18.84$16.44 -Slovenian toll sticker
$4.63 -toll
$53.29 -gas
$2 -Slovenian toll sticker
4,000 SPG points for 1 night at the 4 points Ljubljana +$2.74 city tax
July 5, 2015
(Croatia)
$1.46 -bike rental for an hour for 2 bikes$21.26$1.46 -parking
$43.92 for 1 more night at the Airbnb.
July 4, 2015
(Croatia)
$0 $8.63$0.88 -parking
See July 3
July 3, 2015
(Croatia)
$52.70 -park entry for 2 into the Plitvice Lakes National Park$48.70$4.10 -parking
$6.44 -toll
$75 for 2 nights with Airbnb
July 2, 2015
(Mostar, Bosnia and Herzagovina to Plitvice Lakes NP Croatia)
$0$27.18$63.82 -gas
$19.39 -tolls
$1.13 -parking
$29.24 1 night at the Hotel Jelena
July 1, 2015
(Mostar, Bosnia and Herzagovina)
$0$10.46$0$50 -another night at the Casa Mostar

June…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:
June 30, 2015
(Mostar, Bosnia and Herzagovina)
$11.40-speeding ticket bribe thingy $23.17$0 $50 for 1 night at the Casa Mostar
June 29, 2015
(Kotor to Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzagovina)
$0 $17.45$3.34 -beach parking
$2.79 -tolls
$45 for 1 night at the Leotar Hotel
June 28, 2015
(Kotor, Montenegro)
$0 $14.77$0See June 26
June 27, 2015
(Kotor, Montenegro)
$1.82 -laundry$37.39$0See June 26
June 26, 2015
(Helsinki to Montenegro via Dubrovnic)
$10.39 -toiletries$43.3320,000 AA miles +$32 for 2 tickets from Helsinki to Dubrovnic
$14.07 for the airport shuttle
TBD for 2 week car rental
$37 for 3 nights using Air BnB with referral credits
June 25, 2015
(Helsinki)
$4.58-thrift $17.65$0See June 24
June 24, 2015
(Tallinn to Helsinki)
$0 $16.55$50.42 for 2 tickets on the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki
$7.84 taxi to ferry
44,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $99 for the Radisson Blu Helsinki for two nights
June 23, 2015
(Tallinn)
$0 $23.63$0See June 14
June 22, 2015
(Tallinn)
$0 $43.60$0See June 14
June 21, 2015
(Tallinn)
$0 $19.65$0See June 14
June 20, 2015
(Tallinn)
$63.97 -T-mobile Simple Choice bill$12.23$0See June 14
June 19, 2015
(Tallinn)
$0 $17.68$0See June 14
June 18, 2015
(Tallinn)
$0 $21.16$0See June 14
June 17, 2015
(Tallinn)
$0 $37.72$0See June 14
June 16, 2015
(Tallinn)
$0 $24.27$0See June 14
June 15, 2015
(Tallinn)
$0 $22.22$0See June 14
June 14, 2015
(Tallinn)
$0 $18.19$4.50 -tram
$4.38 -Uber to hotel
$33.73 -train to Tallin
75,000 Club Carlson points purchased for$168.75 for 10 nights at the Radisson Blu Riga
June 13, 2015
(Riga)
$0 $30.11$0See June 8
June 12, 2015
(Riga)
$0 $16.09$0See June 8
June 11, 2015
(Riga)
$0 $12.94$0See June 8
June 10, 2015
(Riga)
$12.76 -thrift goods$16.57$0See June 8
June 9, 2015
(Riga)
$0$11.30$0See June 8
June 8, 2015
(Kiev to Riga)
$11.83 -haircut$39.51$14.13 -taxi
$67.14 -UNEXPECTED FEES (grrr baggage fees, ticket printing, etc.)
11,000 Citi ThankYou points +$40.10 -balticair flight for 2 from Kiev to Riga
$4.51 -bus to hotel
45,000 Club Carlson points purchased for$101.25 for 6 nights at the Radisson Blu Riga
June 7, 2015
(Kiev)
$0$18.41$.28 -tramSee June 6
June 6, 2015
(Kiev)
$0$19.20$.28 -tram30,000 IHG points for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Kiev
June 5, 2015
(Kiev)
$0$21.49$0.76 -subwaysSee May 29
June 4, 2015
(Kiev)
$4.75 -2 tickets to a soccer finals game!$14.48$2.61 taxisSee May 29
June 3, 2015
(Kiev)
$0$36.16$0See May 29
June 2, 2015
(Kiev)
$0$18.46$9.83 -SkyBus and Metros to airport to pick up my dad!See May 29
June 1, 2015
(Kiev)
$0$22.73$0See May 29

May…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:
May 31, 2015
(Kiev)
$0$21.93$0See May 29
May 30, 2015
(Kiev)
$0$31.62$.76 metroSee May 29
May 29, 2015
(Odessa to Kiev)
$0$12.22$30.07 train to Kiev for 290,000 IHG pointsfor 8 nights at the Holiday Inn Kiev
May 28, 2015
(Odessa)
$0$22.74$0 See May 27
May 27, 2015
(Odessa)
$0$24.14$0 $117.61 for 2 nights at the Continental Hotel using Orbitz's and Cheap Tickets BRGs$183.38 in Orbucks rewards!
May 26, 2015
(Odessa)
$0$33.46$0 See May 25
May 25, 2015
(Odessa)
$0$3.46$0 $117.61 for 2 nights at the Continental Hotel using Orbitz's BRG$183.38 in Orbucks rewards!
May 24, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0$7.96$0 See May 13
May 23, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0$4.64$0 See May 13
May 22, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0$12.82$0 See May 13
May 21, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0$9.28$0 See May 13
May 20, 2015
(Belgorod)
$65.66-T-mobile bill$7.05$0 See May 13
May 19, 2015
(Belgorod)
$3.71-castle entry $4.18$0 See May 13
May 18, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0 $4.18$0 See May 13
May 17, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0 $4.94$0 See May 13
May 16, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0 $9.39$0 See May 13
May 15, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0 $1.89$0 See May 13
May 14, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0 $5.27$0 See May 13
May 13, 2015
(Belgorod)
$0 $24.77$0 $180 for 12 nights in appartments above a clinic in Belgorod
May 12, 2015
(Colombus to JFK to Moscow to Odessa)
$0 $27.92$654 for 2 tickets on Transaero to Odessa
$26for 2 tickets on the shuttle from LGA to JFK
overnight flight
May 11, 2015
(Colombus)
$0 $13.98$010,000 IHG points for 1 night at the Staybridge Suites Colombus Airport
May 10, 2015
(Holmes County)
$0 $0$0See May 4
May 9, 2015
(Holmes County)
$0 $7.26$0See May 4
May 8, 2015
(Holmes County)
$1.25 thrift
$10.42 toiletries
$52.06$0See May 4
May 7, 2015
(Holmes County)
$55 health $28.95$0See May 4
May 6, 2015
(Holmes County)
$0 $0$0See May 4
May 5, 2015
(Holmes County)
$26.75 -license renewal$9.75$0See May 4
May 4, 2015
(Atlanta to Pittsburgh)
$0 $19.87$3.50 -subway to airport
7,091 SouthWest points +$11.60 for 2 tickets from Atlanta to Pittsburgh with companion pass
visiting family
May 3, 2015
(Atlanta)
$0 $11.64$0$127 for 1 night at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta
May 2, 2015
(Atlanta)
$0 $0$0Thanks for putting us up at the Hyatt, FTU folks!
May 1, 2015
(DC to Atlanta)
$0 $15.737,156 SouthWest points plus $11.20 for 2 tickets (via Companion pass) from DC to AtlantaThanks for putting us up at the Hyatt, FTU folks!

April…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:
April 30 2015
(DC)
$0 $42.50$038,000 Radisson points purchased for $85.50 for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Arlington
April 29 2015
(enroute)
$0 $0$11.11 Uber
See flight from April 21nd
in flight
April 28 2015
(Beijing)
$12.91 -two tickets for entry into the Great Wall Badaling$14.52$2.58-subway
$1.61-Uber
$3.87-trains to and from Great Wall
$96.79 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Central Plaza Beijing
April 27 2015
(Beijing)
$0$12.10$0 10,000 Hilton points for 1 night at the Double Tree
April 26 2015
(Beijing)
$12.90 -entry into the Summer Palace and the Buddha tower inside the Summer Palace$24.12$3.87 train tickets to and from the Summer PalaceSee April 25
April 25 2015
(Beijing)
$0 $12.59$6.78"People's" Uber to hotel $159.72 for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Beijing Temple of Heaven Helps with our Set your Nights promotion
April 24 2015
(Beijing)
$19.36 -entry for 2 into the Forbidden City$21.31$0 $89.06 for 1 night at the Crowne Plaza
April 23 2015
(Beijing)
$0$9.28$3.23 "People's" Uber to hotel20,000 IHG points for 1 night at the Crowne Plaza Beijing
April 22 2015
(Beijing)
$0$3.87$6.61 "People's" Uber to hotel12,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $27 for 1 night at the Radisson Blu BeijingThis originally cost 28,000 Club Carlson points but we were refunded (no we didn't ask for any refund) because of an issue with the internet
April 21 2015
(enroute from DC to Beijing)
$0$0$6.30-metro tickets to airport
$880 for 2 business class roundtrip tickets to Beijing
in flight
April 20 2015
(DC)
$56.38 -T-mobile$25.092,598 SouthWest points plus $11.20 for flights from DAL to DC with the Companion Pass20,000 IHG points for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Alexandria
April 19 2015
(Dallas, TX)
$0 -stamps$21.84$015,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $33.75 at the Country Inn and Suites Dallas
April 18 2015
(Dallas, TX)
$2.99 -stamps$0$0Hyatt courtesy of FTU
April 17 2015
(Dallas, TX)
$0$3.75$0Hyatt courtesy of FTU
April 16 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$37.97$8.97 -LyftSee April 15
April 15 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$33.15$028,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $63 for the Country Inn and Suites for 2 nights with breakfast
April 14 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$34.99$57.43 for Silvercar for 2 days (with coupons)5,000 Club Carlson points plus $54.51 for 1 night at the Country Inn and Suites Austin with breakfast30,000 Club Carlson points (for paying with the credit card after devaluation was announced)
April 13 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$31.41$0See April 12
April 12 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$17.63$044,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $99 for the Radisson Austin for 2 nights
April 11 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$46.37$0See April 10
April 10 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$47.71$8 -gas for the rental28,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $63 for the Country Inn and Suites for 2 nights with breakfast
April 9 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$19.28$84.46 -rental car for 3 days15,000 IHG points for the Candlewood Suites for 1 night
April 8 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$33.60$0See April 1
April 7, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$30.95$0See April 1
April 6, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$23.60$0See April 1
April 5, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$33.81$0See April 1
April 4, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$4.48 -toiletries $7.89$0See April 1
April 3, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$320 -Daily Getaways 80,000 Choice points$3$0See April 1
April 2, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0 $34.09$0See April 1
April 1, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0 $46.61$0176,000 Club Carlson Points purchased for $396 for 8 nights at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin

March…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:
March 31, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0 $30.65 $13 Lyft to visa placeSee March 28
March 30, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$2.71 -thrift goods
$26.65 -4 passport photos each
$520 -2 chinese visa applications
$30.76 $13 Lyft to visa placeSee March 28
March 29, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$30.44 $0 See March 28
March 28, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$52.93 $1.08 -Lyft88,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $198 for 4 nights at the Radisson Hotel & Suites downtown
March 27, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$6.50 $0 $0 and Free night cert (from the IHG credit card) for 1 more night at the Intercontinental
March 26, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$15 for Wandr.me tools tools$16.75 $0 $0 BRG at the InterContinental Stephen F Austin
March 25, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$14.52 $0 See March 18
March 24, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$6 -toiletries$48.24 $6.45 -LyftSee March 18
March 23, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$36.51 $0 See March 18
March 22, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$37.07 $0 See March 18
March 21, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$13.80 -thrift goods$34.25 $0 See March 18
March 20, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$0$11.64 $0 See March 18
March 19, 2015
(Austin, TX)
$56.58 -T-mobile Simple Choice Plan bill$51.63 for food and groceries$51.98 for 1 month passes for 2 people on B CycleSee March 18
March 18, 2015
(Dallas, TX to Austin, TX)
$0$28.86$50for 2 Amtrak tickets from Dallas to Austin
$6 for a Lyft to the Radisson
220,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $495 for 8 nights at the Radisson Hotel & Suites downtown
March 17, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS to Dallas, TX)
$0$33.17$11.20 + 1,693 Southwest points for two tickets from New Orleans to Dallas15,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $33.75 for 1 night at the Country Inn & Suites Dallas
March 16, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$42 -fixing a broken phone$25.870$7.99-gas
March 15, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$25.87 $0
March 14, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$42.62 $0 $90.48 -mattress run at the Holiday Inn 50,000 IHG points
March 13, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$35.43 $0
March 12, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$52.87 $0
March 11, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$0 $0
March 10, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$0 $0
March 9, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$5.65 $0
March 8, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$0$0
March 7, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$2.09 -toiletries$68.14 -groceries$0
March 6, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$19.91 -thrift goods
$42.86 -used shoes for Drew on ebay
$35.66$0
March 5, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$0$0
March 4, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$0$0
March 3, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0$0$0
March 2, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$62.91 T-mobile phone bill
$43.95 glasses via 39glasses.com (made in the USA!)
$0$0
March 1, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$95.88 -Trusted Housesitters membership$46.40$0

February…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
February 28, 2015
(Lonoke, Arkansas to Vicksburg, MS)
$24.50 -thrift goods$0$0visiting Drew's family
February 27, 2015
(Lonoke, Arkansas)
$0 $0$0visiting Drew's family
February 26, 2015
(Vicksburg to Lonoke, Arkansas)
$0 $1.63$0visiting Drew's family
February 25, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0 $0$0visiting Drew's family
February 24, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0 $0$0visiting Drew's family
February 23, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0 $21.74$0visiting Drew's family
February 22, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0 $0$0visiting Drew's family
February 21, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0 $2.14$0visiting Drew's family
February 20, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0 $0$0visiting Drew's family
February 19, 2015
(Vicksburg, MS)
$0 $0$0visiting Drew's family
February 18, 2015
(Jamaica to New Orleans)
$0 $16.5012,740 SouthWest points + $133.50 for flights (via companion pass) from Montego Bay to New Orleans 15,000 IHG points for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Express Amite
February 17, 2015
(Jamaica)
$0 $0$15.48 -gas for the rental car25,000 Hyatt points for the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall (all inclusive)
February 16, 2015
(Jamaica)
$0 $0$0
February 15, 2015
(Charlottesville to Jamaica)
$0 $11.7110,080 SouthWest points + $99.20-flights for 2 to Jamaica on SouthWest Airlines

~$106 for 3 day car rental
February 14, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$30.68 -toiletries$47.37$34.54 -gas for car rental$75.71 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn DullesTBD
February 13, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$3.95-thrift goods$60.85$0See Feb 3
February 12, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$48.53$0See Feb 3
February 11, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$45.72$15.11 -gas for rentalSee Feb 3
February 10, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$53.76$0See Feb 3
February 9, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$20 -license renewal$38.47$0See Feb 3
February 8, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$28.12$0See Feb 3
February 7, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$19.34$0See Feb 3
February 6, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$16.82$0See Feb 3
February 5, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$44.40$0See Feb 3
February 4, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0$38.70$0See Feb 3
February 3, 2015
(Enroute from Nairobi to DC)
$0$22.03187.11 for 12 days of car rental (via autoslash.com)Staying with friends
February 2, 2015
(Enroute from Nairobi to DC)
$0 $27.85$16 -taxi to airport (shared with 3 others)
Return flight of January 26th ticket (see Jan. 26)
On the plane
Feb 1, 2015
(Nairobi)
$0.66-local phone call$19.66$0$0 for 1 night at the InterContinental Nairobi on BRG0

January…

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
January 31, 2015
(Lake Naivasha/ Lake Nokuru)
$160 -Lake Nokuru park entry for 2
$1.53 - entry for a car (shared with 3 others)
$23.48 $18.23 -gas (shared with 3 others)See January 30
January 30, 2015
(Masai Mara Reserve to Lake Naivasha)
$13.11 -a game-drive guide for the morning (shared with 3 others)$17.21 $80 -a new tire...(shared with 3 others) $316 for 2 nights at Lake Naivasha Country Club tents with breakfast
January 29, 2015
(Masai Mara Reserve)
$140 for 2 park passes for Masai Mara... $2.95 $21.85 -gas (shared with 3 others)See Januray 27
January 28, 2015
(Masai Mara Reserve)
$0 $0 $0 See January 27
January 27, 2015
(enroute from Nairobi to Masai Mara Reserve)
$0 $25.13 $156 -for 6 days of car rental shared with 3 other friends
$18.18 -for gas (shared with 3 others)
$451 for 3 nights at the Keekoroke Lodge using an Amex buy 2 nights get 1 free deal via "Preferred Hotel Group." (All-inclusive with 3 complementary meals a day).
January 26, 2015
(Nairobi)
$100 -two visas for Kenya$0$30 -van to hotel 30,000 IHG points for 1 night at the InterContinental Nairobi
January 25, 2015
(Enroute to Nairobi)
$0$0$422 for both of us to fly to Nairobi (mistake fare)On flight
January 24, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$1.67-toiletries$43.04$0 staying with friends
January 23, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$1.05-thrift goods
$15.77-insect repelant
$40.48$0 staying with friends
January 22, 2015
(Charlottesville)
$0 $25.46$~29 -three days of car rental via Autoslash staying with friends
January 21, 2015
(Oman/DC)
$1.04 -postage$27.22$20.78 In transit (return flight from January 14)
January 20, 2015
(Oman)
$67.85 -ARG! Phone$27.78$0 1 Free night credit at the InterContinental Muscat
January 19, 2015
(Oman)
$0 $32.47$0 1 Category 4 cert for 1 night at the Grand Hyatt Muscat
January 18, 2015
(Oman)
$2.60 -postcard$65.95$19.48 -taxis
$2.08 -passenger van
See January 17
January 17, 2015
(Oman)
$0$18.57$0 44,000 Club Carlson points for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Muscat
January 16, 2015
(Oman)
$0$27.97$0 See January 15
January 15, 2015
(Oman)
$35.06 -two 10-day visas on arrival for Oman$3.60$20.78 -taxi to hotel44,000 Club Carlson points for 2 nights at the Park Inn Muscat
January 14, 2015
(Enroute to Oman)
$0 $11.76$420 for 2 mistake fare tickets to Omanin flight
January 13, 2015
(DC)
$0 $41.62$2.41 -Uber from airport10,000 Marriott points for 1 night at the Marriott DC
January 12, 2015
(Ohio)
$214 -health$60.30$0See January 9
January 11, 2015
(Ohio)
$0$0$0See January 9
January 10, 2015
(Ohio)
$0$0$0See January 9
January 9, 2015
(Vienna/ Ohio)
$0$0$35.43 -Uber to the airport
40,000 American Airline miles plus $220 for two flights back from Europe
Visiting folks
January 8, 2015
(Vienna)
$0$52.75$0See January 7
January 7, 2015
(Budapest to Vienna)
$75 -Club Carlson Card annual fee$53.49$1.86-metro to train station
$66.89-2 train tickets to Vienna
$43.82-2 train tickets for a train we missed...it's a long story...
$8-Uber to our hotel from train station
50,000 Club Carlson points purchased for $110 for the Radisson Blu Vienna Styles
January 6, 2015
(Budapest)
$147.20$21.32$7.82 -Uber to BFKH vaccination clinic
$2.61 -Metro back from BFKH vaccination clinic
See January 5
January 5, 2015
(Budapest)
$0$22.64$4.38 -Uber$25.56 for 2 nights at the Castle Garden Hotel purchased via Orbitz's $100 off sale
January 4, 2015
(Budapest)
$0$20.01$0 See January 3
January 3, 2015
(Budapest)
$0$23.68$0 $33.36 for 2 nights at the Soho Hotel purchased via Orbitz's $100 off sale
January 2, 2015
(Budapest)
$0$29.14$0 See Jan. 1
January 1, 2015
(Budapest)
$124.33 -iPhone...$27.91$2.65 -metro15,000 Club Carlson points (purchased for $33) for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Bekke

December….

Date/location
Misc.
Food & bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points earned/ How'd we do it?
Misc. End of year additions:$119.40 -accidentally forgetting to cancel boingo for a year...
$543 -credit card annual fees that were not waived for the first year
Dec, 31, Budapest$41.03See Dec. 30
Dec, 30, Budapest$21.34$11.58 taxi$108.02 + 35,000 points for 2 nights at the InterContinental BudapestIHG Winter Sale
Dec. 29, Budapest$30.61See Dec. 29
Dec. 28, Vienna/Budapest$1.22 bathroom$20.32$98.21- train
$8.51 -Uber
15,000 points for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Bekke Budapestcredit card perk of free night per redemption stay
Dec. 27, Salzburg/Vienna$1.22 bathroom$16.86$26.11 - taxis
$30.51 - train from Salzburg to Vienna
$71.54 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Vienna City with breakfast (booked via the Winter Sale)
$118.84 for 2 mattress run rooms
IHG Winter Sale
Dec. 26, Salzburg$24.01See Dec. 24
Dec. 25, Salzburg$61.33See Dec. 24
Dec. 24, Vienna/Salzburg$19.03$60.38 -train from Vienna to Salzburg$210.63 for 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Salzburg booked on the Winter SaleIHG Winter Sale
Dec. 23, Vienna$39$59.47 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn vienna with breakfast (booked via the winter sale)IHG Winter Sale
Dec. 22, Vienna$39.21$6.10 - uber$156.52 for 1 more night at the InterContinental Vieanna booked via IHG's Winter SaleIHG Winter Sale
Dec. 21, Krakow/Vienna$25.24$42.78 - blabla carpooling via blablacar.com$0 for 1 night at the InterContinental Vienna via BRGBRG
Dec. 20, Krakow$25.55$3.44 - taxi$121.37 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Krakow
Dec. 19, Krakow$42.43$12.90 - buses to/from AuschwitzSee Dec. 18
Dec. 18, Krakow$35.07$107.18 for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Krakow using the 2 for 1 deal for Gold members
Dec. 17, Krakow$13.74See Dec. 16
Dec. 16, krakow$22.03$131.08 for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Krakow (1 night with breakfast) booked via the Winter SaleIHG Winter Sale
Dec. 15, Krakow$18.26See Dec. 14
Dec. 14, Warsaw/Krakow$24.2$20.85 -blabla car carpooling via blablacar.com$73 for 2 nights at the Hotel Wentzl booked via the Orbitz $100 off sale
Dec. 13, Warsaw$21.49$86.94 for 1 night at the InterContinental WarsawHelps us with the "Into the Nights" promotion
Dec.12, Warsaw$30.25$23.23 for 1 night in a hotel booked via the Orbitz $100 off sale
Dec. 11, Wroclaw/Warsaw$22.27$2.61 - train
$22.56 -blabla car carpooling via blablacar.com
$10 for 1 night in an apartment booked via the Orbitz $100 off sale
Dec. 10, Prague/Wroclaw$27.14$27.01 car-pooling via blablacar.com
$0.89 - tram
$65 for 1 night in an apartment booked via Air BnB
Dec.9, Prague$36.59See December 8
Dec. 8, Prague$30.47$35 for 2 nights at the Hotel Aurus booked via Orbitz $100 off sale
Dec. 7, Prague$33.20$143.77 for 1 night at the InterContinental Prague
Dec. 6, Amsterdam/Prague$34.57$9.72 -metro to airport
$2.80 -bus for two from airport
$166.95 - 2 Easy Jet tickets
$69.62 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre
Dec. 5, Amsterdam$54.57See Dec. 4
Dec. 4, Amsterdam$19.9150,000 points for 2 nights (via the credit card perk) at the Park Inn
Dec. 3, Amsterdam$24.53See Dec. 3
Dec. 2, Brussels/Amsterdam$41.87$5.10 -tram
$46.19 -bus to Amsterdam
50,000 points for 2 nights (via the credit card perk) at the Radisson Blu Amsterddam
Dec. 1, Brussels$31.60See Nov. 30

November….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
November 30, 2014
()
$0
$68.30$149.12 for 2 WizzAir flights from LjubLjiana to Brussels
$5.17 -metro
$41.84 -shuttle from airport to town
44,000 Club carlson points (purchased for $96.80) for 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Brussels Royal
November 29, 2014
(Ljubljana, Slovenia)
$0
$19.64$0 See Nov 27
November 28, 2014
(Ljubljana, Slovenia)
$3.73-thrift goods
$28.72$0 See Nov 27
November 27, 2014
(Enroute from Bled to Ljubljana)
$0
$28.28$13.94 bus
$5.60 taxi
6,000 SPG points for 3 nights at the Four Points Ljubljana
November 26, 2014
(Bled, Slovenia)
$0$43.07$0
$84.67 for 1 night at Hotel Jelovica with breakfast
November 25, 2014
(Enroute from Villach to Bled, Slovenia)
$0
$21.62$3.24 -bus
$33.86 -train
$144.42 for 1 night at Sava Hotel Golf booked with Rocket miles, with breakfast
November 24, 2014
(Villach, Austria)
$0$21.29$0
See Nov 23
November 23, 2014
(Enroute from Verona to Villach, austria)
$0 $22.84$56.02 for a rideshare via blablacar.com30,000 IHG points for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Villach
November 22, 2014
(Verona, Italy)
$0 $24.66$16.43 -taxi$85.89 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Verona858
November 21, 2014
(enroute from Milan to Verona)
$0 $35.60$82.71 -buses from Milan to downtown to Verona20,000 IHG points + $4.98 for 1 night at the Crowne Plaza Verona- Fiera
November 20, 2014
(Enroute from NYC to Milan)
$3.99-lipgloss
$10.88-second attempt at a T-mobile SIM card
$0$37.25 -trains downtown and to airport
$280 for 2 mistake fare flights
In flight5,500 IHG points (10% rebate card-holder benefit)
November 19, 2014
(New York City, NY)
$7.98 -thrift goods$8.50$5.50-PATH transit See Nov 18
November 18, 2014
(Vicksburg, Mississippi)
$0$05,665 +
$5.60 for a Southwest flight from NewOrleans to LGA
$38.58 in taxes and fees + 2 Free Night Certs for 2 nights at the Radisson Martinque
November 17, 2014
(Vicksburg, Mississippi)
$0$0$0 See Nov 10Read about getting your own Uber credit, up to $120
November 16, 2014
(Vicksburg, Mississippi)
$0
$0$0 See Nov 10
November 15, 2014
(Vicksburg, Mississippi)
$53.49 -iPhone$0$0 See Nov 10
November 14, 2014
(Vicksburg, Mississippi)
$0$0$0See Nov 10
November 13, 2014
(Vicksburg, Mississippi)
$0$48.73$0 See Nov 10
November 12, 2014
(Vicksburg, Mississippi)
$2.99 -toiletries
$10.88 -first attempt at T-mobile SIM card
$32.77$0 See Nov 10
November 11, 2014
(Vicksburg, Mississippi)
$4.92 -toiletries$15.94$0See Nov 10
November 10, 2014
(Enroute from Tampa to Vicksburg via New Orleans)
$0$16.46$0 free Uber to the airport
6,772 +
$5.60 for a Southwest flight from Tampa to New Orleans
Staying with familyRead about getting your own Uber credit, up to $120
November 9, 2014
(Tampa, Florida)
$8 -toiletries$31.87$0 a few free uber rides to town and back
See November 8Read about getting your own Uber credit, up to $120
November 8, 2014
(Enroute from Orlando to Tampa)
$0$41.30$3 for 2 Megabus tickets from Orlando to Tampa$161.28 + a BOGO cert for 2 nights at the InterContinental Tampa8,832 (including points earned for completion of an Into the Nights goal)
November 7, 2014
(Orlando, FL)
$0$17.86$5.22 -Uber across town$133.88 for 1 night at the Radisson University Orlando 1,338Read about getting your own Uber credit, up to $120
November 6, 2014
(Orlando, FL)
$14.17 -thrift goods$1.90$010 IHG points (from survey)
November 5, 2014
(Orlando, FL)
$0$21.38$0See Nov. 4
November 4, 2014
(Enroute from Cancun to Orlando)
$0$21.12$11.48 -buses
7,000 Rapid Rewards points + $42.86 2 SouthWest flights from Cancun to Orlando
Staying with friends
November 3, 2014
(Cancun, Mexico)
$0$42.79$0$83 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Cancun with breakfast2,547
November 2, 2014
(Cancun Mexico)
$0 $26.27$9.62 -bus back to main Cancun from our friend's resort
November 1, 2014
(Cancun, Mexico)
$0$22.04$0See Oct. 26

October….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Extras:$29.70 for MS
~$5 for ATM fees
October 31, 2014
(Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
$0
$27.05$0 See October 26
October 30, 2014
(Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
$0
$21.57$0 See October 26
October 29, 2014
(Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
$0
$39.06$0 See October 26
October 28, 2014
(Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
$0
$33.06$0 See October 26
October 27, 2014
(Playa del Carmen, Mexico)
$0
$45.44$0 See October 26
October 26, 2014
(Cancun, Mexico)
$0$39.58$9.20
-Bus for 2 ppl to airport to meet our friends
7 nights being hosted at a friend's timeshare
October 25, 2014
(Cancun, Mexico)
$0
$9.56$0.59
-bus to main bus station.
See October 24
October 24, 2014
(Merida, Mexico)
$0$9.71$41.37
-bus for 2 from Merida to Cancun
$1.48 -bus for 2 from bus station to hotel
$111.62 for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Cancun with free breakfast1,819
October 23, 2014
(Merida, Mexico)
$0 $21.26$0 See Oct. 22
October 22, 2014
(Merida, Mexico)
$0 $16.47$2.97 -taxi$103.14 for 2 nights at the El Gran Hotel
October 21, 2014
(Merida)
$0 $48.23$0 10,000 IHG points for 1 more night at the Holiday Inn Merida
October 20, 2014
(Enroute from Atlanta to Merida)
$0.37 -bathroom$15.65$56.39 -buses
$6
-Uber to airport after $30 credit
(flight continued from Oct. 19)
$88.21 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Merida 1,111Read about getting your own Uber credit, up to $120
October 19, 2014
(Enroute from Chicago to Atlanta)
$0$19.46$5.60 + 8,075 rapid rewards -SouthWest from Chicago to Atlanta for a layover then on to Cancun$71.42 for 1 night at the Country Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North714
October 18, 2014
(Elk Grove, IL)
$0$0$0See October 17
October 17, 2014
(Enroute from Houston to Chicago)
$37.08 -thrift goods$0$16 -Thanks for covering the rest of our flight to Chicago Seminars, Chicago seminars ppl!
$25 for an Uber from the airport after our $30 free credit
$0 for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Elk Grove (Thanks for covering it Chicago Seminar ppl!)Read about getting your own Uber credit, up to $120
October 16, 2014
(Bay City, TX)
$0
$4.36$0 See October 138,000 IHG points (10% rebate card-holder benefit)
October 15, 2014
(Bay City, TX)
$0$16.44$0 See October 13
October 14, 2014
(Bay City, TX)
$0$0$0See October 13
October 13, 2014
(Enroute from LittleRock to Houston)
$0$0$5.60 + 4,493 Rapid Rewards -Southwest flight from LittleRock to HoustonVisiting Drew's parents
October 12, 2014
(LittleRock, AR)
$0$0$31.13 -gasSee Oct. 1
October 11, 2014
(LittleRock, AR)
$0$34.75$0See Oct. 1
October 10, 2014
(LittleRock, AR)
$0$9.03$0 See Oct. 1
October 9, 2014
(LittleRock, AR)
$0 $13.81$0
$6.55 -tolls
See Oct. 1
October 8, 2014
(LittleRock, AR)
$0$34.13$0See Oct. 1
October 7, 2014
(LittleRock, AR)
$0$21.56$0See Oct. 1
October 6, 2014
(Little Rock, AR)
$13.05 -eye care$31.73$0See Oct. 1
October 5, 2014
(Little Rock, AR)
$0$9.79$0See Oct. 1
October 4, 2014
(Little Rock, AR)
$0$0$0See Oct. 1
October 3, 2014
(Little Rock, AR)
$0$0$0See Oct. 1
October 2, 2014
(Little Rock, AR)
$0 -books$0$0See Oct. 1
October 1, 2014
(Little rock, AR)
$0$17.26$0Staying with friends

September….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
September 30, 2014
(Enroute from Golden to Little Rock via Houston)
$0
$28.776,381 Rapid Rewards points for my flight + free companion pass to Little rock from Denver + $5.60 in taxes and fees
$23.62 Uber ride to airport...
$486.82 -car rental for 2 weeks (using Autoslash)
5,000 IHG points for 1 night at the Crowne Plaza Little Rock (on PointBreaks) with free breakfast (****)
September 29, 2014
(Golden, CO)
$30.83 -rock climbing gym
$63.75$0 See Sept. 24
September 28, 2014
(Golden, CO)
$0
$23.09$0 See Sept. 24
September 27, 2014
(Golden, CO)
$0
$28.50$0 See Sept. 24
September 26, 2014
(Golden, CO)
$4.05 -thrift
$70.33$0 See Sept. 24
September 25, 2014
(Golden, CO)
$0
$57.82$0 See Sept. 24
September 24, 2014
(Golden, CO)
$6.45 climbing gym
$5.50 toiletries/ greeting card
$40.05$0 60,000 IHG points for 6 nights at the Candlewood Suites
September 23, 2014
(Golden, CO)
$0 $47.24$0 Jeremy's house for 2 nights
September 22, 2014
(Enroute from Vegas to Denver)
$0 $06,902 Rapid Rewards points for my flight + free companion pass to Denver from Vegas + $5.60 in taxes and feesJeremy's house for 2 nights
September 21, 2014
(Vegas)
$0 $74.66$10 -taxi back to HI Express$150.08 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Express Las Vegas South with free breakfast.3,989
September 20, 2014
(Vegas)
$0 $30$10 -taxi back to HI Express$206.08 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Express Las Vegas South with free breakfast.2,060
September 19, 2014
(Vegas)
$25 -wasted on gambling$23.7808,000 Hyatt Points for 1 night at the Excalibur
September 18, 2014
(Vegas)
$0$44.13$25 -taxi from airport to HI Express $153 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn Express Las Vegas South1,530
September 17, 2014
(enroute from Guatemala City to Phoenix)
$0$7.8035,000 AA miles + $122 taxes and fees, (reiumbursable with the Barclay) for two AA tickets from Guatemala to Vegas (via Pheonix)
$10.97 -taxi to airport (reimbursable with Barclay)
$133.61 for 1 night at the Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport North with free breakfast.1,336
September 16, 2014
(Guatemala City, Guatemala)
$1.30 -ruinas y museo
$0.91 -bathrooms
$0.91 -nail polish...
$42.53$5.20 -taxis
$2.60 -bus to/from Antigua
See Sept. 10
September 15, 2014
(Guatemala City, Guatemala)
$0$0$0 See Sept. 10
September 14, 2014
(Guatemala City, Guatemala)
$4.13 -laundry$5.85$9.75 -taxisSee Sept. 10
September 13, 2014
(Guatemala City, Guatemala)
$0$8.71$0See Sept. 10
September 12, 2014
(Guatemala City, Guatemala)
$0$0$0See Sept. 10
September 11, 2014
(Guatemala City, Guatemala)
$4.69-atm fee$7.49$10.34 taxi there and back to Old townSee Sept. 10
September 10, 2014
(Enroute from Costa Rica to Guatemala City)
$0$22.60Continued flight from Aug. 30
$11.63 -gas fee for rental car upon return
$13.06 -hotel transport from airport to hotel
35,000 IHG points for 7 nights at the IC Guatamala City on Pointbreaks ***** (with lounge access)55 welcome points
September 9, 2014
(San Jose, Costa Rica)
$20 -Carara National Park entry$38.95$31.38 -gas
$6.55 -tolls
See Sept. 68,500 IHG points (10% rebate card-holder benefit)
September 8, 2014
(San Jose, Costa Rica)
$20 -"AdrenaLINE" zip line for 2$22.60$1.72 -tollsSee Sept. 6
September 7, 2014
(San Jose, Costa Rica)
$0$29.23$0See Sept. 6
September 6, 2014
(Enroute from Colombia to San Jose, Costa Rica)
$50.08 -yellow fever vaccine papers....$15.31Continued flight from Aug. 30
$25.04 -taxi to airport charged to IC Cali and reimbursable with Barclay Plus.
$0.63 -toll
$124.72 -car rental for 4 days (reimbursable with Barclay?)
20,000 IHG points for 4 nights at the InterContinental San Jose on PointBreaks. *****600 welcome points
September 5, 2014
(Cali, Colombia)
$0$16.32$0See Aug. 30
September 4, 2014
(Cali, Colombia)
$0$27.76$0See Aug. 30
September 3, 2014
(Cali, Colombia)
$1.05 -laundry soap (well...it was actually fabric softener. oops)$26.19$0See Aug. 30
September 2, 2014
(Cali, Colombia)
$3.76 -books$16.41$0See Aug. 30.
September 1, 2014
(Cali, Colombia)
$0$15.92$0See Aug. 30

August….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
August 31, 2014
(Cali, Colombia)
$0$15.74$0See Aug 30
August 30, 2014
(Enroute from Panama to Cali, Colombia)
$0$17.08$37.45 -hotel taxi to airport, charged to the room and reimbursable with Barclay Plus
40,000 United miles -for 2 tickets from Panama to Colombia (then on to Costa Rica and Guatamala)
$26.92 -hotel taxi from the airport, charged to the room and reimbursable with Barclay Plus
35,000 IHG points for the InterContinental Cali for 7 nights on pointbreaks *****100 welcome points
August 29, 2014
(Panama City)
$0$0$0See August 24
August 28, 2014
(Panama City)
$0$0$0See August 24
August 27, 2014
(Panama City)
$0$23.89$0See August 24
August 26, 2014
(Panama City)
$0$0$0See August 24
August 25, 2014
(Panama City)
$0$8$0See August 24
August 24, 2014
(Enroute from IAH to PTY)
$0$22.39Continued flight from August 2330,000 IHG points for the InterContinental Panama Miramar for 6 nights on pointbreaks *****
August 23, 2014
(Enroute from Albuquerque to Houston)
$0$25.8132,000 Lufthansa miles for a United flight from Albuquerque to IAH (then on to PTY).
+ $25.66 for taxes (reimbursable with Barclay Plus)
22,500 Marriott points for the Towne Place Suites Houston for 1 night for 3 rooms ***
August 22, 2014
(Enroute from Grand Canyon to Albuquerque)
$0 $53.76$05,000 Hyatt points for the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque for 1 night ****
August 21, 2014
(Grand Canyon!!)
$0$32$0Bright Angel Lounge (Thanks dad!)
August 20, 2014
(Grand Canyon!!)
$0 $0$0Phantom Ranch (Thanks dad!)
August 19, 2014
(CO to North Rim Grand Canyon)
$0 $54.42$0Lodge on the North Rim. (Thanks dad!)
August 18, 2014
(Durango, CO)
$0$51.92$0See August 17
August 17, 2014
(Kansas to CO on the way to Grand Canyon)
$0 $9.35$0$150 Air B & B for 2 nights
August 16, 2014
(OH to Kansas enroute to Grand Canyon)
$0 $0$015,000 IHG points Holiday Inn Express Junction City for 1 night (3 rooms) ***500 welcome points
August 15, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0 $10.79$0Chillin with family.
August 14, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$4.27 -thrift goods$41.04$0Chillin' with family
August 13, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0 -toiletries$10$0Chillin' with family
August 12, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0 -toiletries$13.56$56.14 -gasChillin' with family
August 11, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$3.49 -toiletries$32.74$0Chillin' with family
August 10, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$54 -meds$0$0Chillin' with family
August 9, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0 -toiletries, etc$37.88$0Chillin' with family
August 8, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$11.57 -toiletries, etc$12.95$0Chillin' with family
August 7, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$52.80$54.72Chillin' with family
August 6, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$11.50$0Chillin' with family
August 5, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$22.77$0Chillin' with family
August 4, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$6.68$0Chillin' with family
August 3, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$0$0Chillin' with family
August 2, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$0$0Chillin' with family
August 1, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$33.20$0Chillin' with family

July….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
July 31, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0 $66.75$0See July 21
July 30, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$1.05 -thrift goods$6.50$0See July 21
July 29, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$11.76$0See July 21
July 28, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$0$0See July 21
July 27, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$0$0See July 21
July 26, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$0$0See July 21
July 25, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$0$0See July 21
July 24, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$9.86$0See July 21
July 23, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$0$0See July 2124,000 (%10 rebate card-holder benefit)
July 22, 2014
(Holmes Co, OH)
$0$48.78$22.69 -gas for borrowed carSee July 21
July 21, 2014
(Enroute from Ann Arbor, MI to Holmes Co, OH)
$22 -canoeing $10$7.40 -parking in downtown Ann Arbor
$130 -spontaneous 1 day Hertz rental
Visiting parents
July 20, 2014
(Ann Arbor, MI)
$4.23 -toiletries$0$0See July 18
July 19, 2014
(Ann Arbor, MI)
$0$13.44$0See July 18
July 18, 2014
(Enroute from Charlottesville, VA to Ann Arbor, MI)
$0$73.4818,000 Avios for 2 tickets from CHO to DTWStaying with Bikeguy. Thanks Bikeguy!
July 17, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$43.01$0Staying with friends.
July 16, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$35.63$0Staying with friends.
July 15, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$72.65$0See July 3
July 14, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$35.71$0See July 3
July 13, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$27.97$0See July 3
July 12, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$46.94$34.93 -gas for rental carSee July 3
July 11, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$6.32 -thrift clothes$52.73$0 See July 3
July 10, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$26.33 -thrift clothes$34.55$0See July 30
July 9, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0 $56.24$0 See July 30
July 8, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$3.16 -thrift shoes$19.53$0See July 30
July 7, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$39.81$0 See July 30
July 6, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$20.97$0See July 30
July 5, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$33.20$0 See July 30
July 4, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0 $26.35$0See July 30
July 3, 2014
(Enroute from NYC to CHO)
$0 $27.11 -food$12 -Added MTA value
$8.75 -Taxi
$318 (still being calculated) -15 days of rental car
House sitting in Cville!0Car rental via Car Rental Savers
July 2, 2014
(Enroute from HongKong to NYC)
$9.97 -toiletries$37.15$11 -airtrain to Manhattan
$12.85 -metro cards
$126 for 1 night at the Hotel Indigo Chelsea (****) 22,850 (including Big Win category achievement earnings)
July 1, 2014
(Enroute from Bangkok, Thailand to HongKong)
$0$5.69$4.36 Train to BKK
135,000 AA miles for 2 first class Cathay tickets from BKK-HKG-JFK-CHO
$34.19 Taxi from HKG to IC HongKong

June….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
June 30, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$6.22 -laundry$4.20 -$0$110 -2 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Siam2,831
June 29, 2014
(Enroute from Koh Samui to Bangkok, Thailand)
$0$9.06$33.89 -shuttle/ferry combo from Koh Samui to Sarathani
$80 for two Thai Airways flights from Surathani to BKK
$6.47-subway to town from airport
June 20-28, 2014
(Koh Samui, Thailand)
$0$0$0
June 19, 2014
(Enroute from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Koh Samui, Thailand)
$0$3.70$21.80 -KLIA express tickets for two
$33.89 -shuttle/ferry combo from Surathani to Koh Samui
$59.39 -two Air Asia tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Sarathani
June 18, 2014
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
$0$8.88$0
see June 170
June 17, 2014
(Enroute from Bangkok, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
$0$13.85$6.23 -trains
15,000 Avios -two Malaysian Airlines tickets from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur
$162.59 for 2 nights at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur (*****) with lounge access 1,625
June 16, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$0$0$0
June 15, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$6.18 -Ultimate Frisbee$0$7.42 -taxi to ultimate frisbee
June 14, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$4.33 -laundry$0$0
June 13, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$9.27 -thrift goods$0$0
June 12, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$0$0$0 -taxis
$21.79 -express train to airport for 2
OOPS! This expense was accidentally pasted in from last month but has been calculated in every post...afterward...this is part of our margin for error I suppose...$217.82 -Air Asia flights to Phuket.
June 11, 2014
Bangkok, Thailand)
$6.18$5.96$10.54-taxi
June 10, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$117.36 -Visa Extension for 7 days
$7.72 -Thrift goods
$6.18 -passport photos
$2.78$6.67 -BTS
$13.43 -taxis
15,000 Hyatt Points for 1 night at the Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan (*****) with lounge access
June 9, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$0 $2.32$0 See June 4
June 8, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$12.35 -haircut
$3.09 -ultimate frisbee
$3.24$4.63 -taxis
$.46 -BTS
See June 4
June 7, 2014
Bangkok, Thailand)
$0$0$0 See June 4
June 6, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$0$5.99$4.94 -taxiSee June 4
June 5, 2014
(Bangkok, Thailand)
$0$6.18$0 See June 4
June 4, 2014
(Enroute from Krabi to Bangkok, Thailand)
$5.40 -laundry$6.76$15.44 -taxi to airport
$1.85 -bus to Mo Chit
$2.47 -BTS to Crowne Plaza
30,000 IHG Points for 6 nights at the Crowne Plaza Bangkok (*****) with lounge access (on PointBreaks)
June 3, 2014
(Krabi, Thailand)
$0 $9.14$0 See June 2
June 2, 2014
(Enroute from Phi Phi Island to Krabi, Thailand)
$1.58 -toiletries$25.49$4.11 -taxi20,000 IHG Points for 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Resort Krabi (****)
June 1, 2014
(Phi Phi Island, Thailand)
$0$11.25$0 See May 28th

May….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
May 31, 2014
(Phi Phi Island, Thailand)
$0$35.32$0 See May 28TBD
May 30, 2014
(Phi Phi Island, Thailand)
$0$37.76$27.41 -boat trip to Misquito islandSee May 28TBD
May 29, 2014
(Phi Phi Island, Thailand)
$0$25.88$0 See May 28TBD
May 28, 2014
(Enroute from Patong to Phi Phi Island, Thailand)
$0$30.97$18.27 -taxi
$91.36 -ferri to Phi Phi Island for 2
$500 for 5 nights at Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island (*****)14,906
May 27, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$16.48$0See May 22
May 26, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$11.47$0See May 22
May 25, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$14.22$0See May 22
May 24, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$23.01$0See May 22
May 23, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$7.06$0See May 22
May 22, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$11.98$0$156 for 6 nights of mistake fare at the Millenium Resort Patong Phuket
(+ $36 cancellation fee for an accidental booking....oops.
May 21, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$13.73$0See May 19
May 20, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$6.14 -laundry$14.81$0See May 19
May 19, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$10.91 -toiletries$8.76$15.36 -taxi to Holiday Inn Express$150 for 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Patong with breakfast. (***)1,500
May 18, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$0$0See May 15th
May 17, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$0$0See May 15th
May 16, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$0$0See May 15th
May 15, 2014
(Patong, Thailand)
$0$1.60$36.87 -taxi to Hyatt$213.68 + 1 suite upgrade from diamond challenge for 4 nights at the Hyatt Regency Phuket with lounge access (shared with a friend).7,298
May 14, 2014
(Phuket, Thailand)
$0$15.05$0See May 12
May 13, 2014
(Phuket, Thailand)
$0$6.14$0See May 12
May 12, 2014
(Enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Phuket)
$0$20.07$20.12 -taxis
$21.79 -express train to airport for 2
$217.82 -Air Asia flights to Phuket.
45,000 IHG points for 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Resort Mai Khoa (****)
May 11, 2014
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
$6.19-thrift goods$7.31$3.72-taxi$41+ 4,000 Hilton points -Double Tree for 1 night (*****) with lounge access
May 10, 2014
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
$0$0$6.19 -bus from airport to downtown
$1.86 -taxi
Free Night Cert for 1 night at the Grand Hyatt (*****) with lounge access0
May 9, 2014
(Enroute from Calcutta, India to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
$0.13 -entry for 2 at the Victoria Memorial Hall Gardens$13.84$8.67 -taxis
$196 -Air Asia flights from Calcutta to Kuala Lumpur
overnight flight0
May 8, 2014
(Calcutta, India)
$0$0$4.17 -taxis
8,000 Hyatt Points for 1 night at the Hyatt Regency (****) with lounge access0
May 7, 2014
(Enroute from Varanasi to Calcutta, India)
$0$14.98$13.51 -rickshaws and taxis
$1.67 -printing SpiceJet ticket
$337.85 Spice Jet flights from Varanasi to Calcutta
5,000 Club Carlson Points + $60 for 1 night at the Park Plaza (****) 0
May 6, 2014
(Varanasi, India)
$0$15.43$2.34 -rickshawsSee May 50
May 5, 2014
(Enroute from Amritsar to Varanasi, India)
$0$10.42$18.26 -rickshaws and taxis
$0.83 -printing JetConnect tickets
$218 -Jetlite tickets from Amritsar to Varanasi
15,000 Club Carlson Points for 2 nights at the Raddisson (****) 0
May 4, 2014
(Amritsar, India)
$11.67$1.83$2.00 -rickshawsSee May 30
May 3, 2014
(Amritsar, India)
$0.62 -toiletries$1.52$1.67 -rickshaws9,000 Club Carlson Points for 2 nights at the Country Inn & Suites (****) 0
May 2, 2014
(Amritsar, India)
$0$5.42$09,000 Club Carlson Points for 1 night at the Country Inn & Suites (****) (in between the buy one get one perk with the credit card).0
May 1, 2014
(Amritsar, India)
$0$8.34$0 See April 300

April….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
April 30, 2014
(Enroute from Katra to Amritsar, India)
$0$12.28$1 -rickshaw
$9.12 -2 bus tickets from Katra to Amritsar
9,000 Club Carlson points Country Inn & Suits for 2 nights (****) with breakfast
April 29, 2014
(Katra, India)
$1.66 -meds$9.33$0$58.72 The Atrium on the Greens for 1 night (****)
April 28, 2014
(Katra, India)
$0$5.63$0See April 27
April 27, 2014
(Katra, India)
$0$16.59$0$129.28 Country Inn & Suites for 2 nights (*****) with breakfast1,861
April 26, 2014
(Katra, India)
$0$9.59 $0 See April 25
April 25, 2014
(Katra, India)
$0$11.18 $2.18-2 bus tickets from Jammu to Katra
$3.30 -rickshaw
9,000 Club Carlson points Country Inn & Suites for 2 nights (*****) with breakfastClub Carlson card holders get a free night at the end of their rewards stays.
April 24, 2014
(Enroute from Agra to Jammu via Tundla, India)
$24.74 -Taj Mahal entry for 2
$0.33 -locker at Taj Mahal
$14.92 $12.03 -rickshaws
$56.06 -sleeper train from Tundla to Jammu
Sleeper train
April 23, 2014
(Agra, India)
$0$10.70 $0 See April 22
April 22, 2014
(Enroute from Jaipur, India to Agra)
$0$17.79 $12.53 -2 train tickets from Jaipur to Agra
$2.47 -rickshaw
8,000 Starwood points ITC Mughal for 2 nights (*****)
April 21, 2014
(Jaipur, India)
$0$14.83$1.65 -rickshawsSee April 20
April 20, 2014
(Jaipur, India)
$0$9.40$0.41 -rickshaw9,000 Club Carlson points Park Inn for 2 nights (****)Club Carlson card holders get a free night at the end of their rewards stays.
April 19, 2014
(Jaipur, India)
$0$22.11$3.30 -rickshaws3,000 Starwood points ITC for 1 night (*****)
April 18, 2014
(Jaipur, India)
$0$26.75$4.95 -rickshaw1 category 5 certificate Marriott for 1 night (*****)
April 17, 2014
(Jaipur, India)
$0$8.65$0.49 -rickshawSee April 16
April 16, 2014
(Enroute from Jodhpur to Jaipur, India)
$1.03 -meds$7.82$9.16 -rickshaws
$14.58 -train tickets for two from Jodhpur to Jaipur
20,000 IHG points Holiday Inn for 2 nights (****)
April 15, 2014
(Jodhpur, India)
$0$5.24$6.46 -rickshawsSee April 14
April 14, 2014
(Enroute from Udaipur to Jodhpur, India)
$4.45 -laundry$20.46$2.48 -rickshaws
$8.61 -bus ticket for two from Udaipur to Jodhpur
$84.00 Park Plaza Jodhpur for 2 nights (****) with breakfast2,650
April 13, 2014
(Udaipur, India)
$1.81 -tailor$13.42$0$28.99 ...same hotel but hotel's rate...
April 12, 2014
(Enroute from Mumbai to Udaipur, India)
$0$7.62$182.94 -Air India flight for 2 from Mumbai to Udaipur
$8.25 -taxi
$24 ...Hotwire find...
April 11, 2014
(Mumbai, India)
$0$2.09$8.95 -rickshaws15,000 IHG Points Holiday Inn Mumbai for 1 night with lounge access and breakfast (****)
April 10, 2014
(Mumbai, India)
$0.30 -bandaids$22.25$0See April 6th
April 9, 2014
(Mumbai, India)
$0.33 -meds
$0.33 -shoe repair
$10.68$0See April 6th
April 8, 2014
(Mumbai, India)
$3.07 -meds$5.81$0See April 6th
April 7, 2014
(Mumbai, India)
$1.21 -meds$12.23$0See April 6th
April 6, 2014
(Enroute from Singapore to Mumbai, India)
$0$0.67$9.80 -taxi from airport
$368.08 -Air India flight for 2 from Singapore to Mumbai
25,000 IHG Points InterContinental Mombai for 5 nights on pointbreaks (*****)
April 5, 2014
(Enroute from YogYakarta to Singapore)
$0$67.76$60Air Asia flight from YogYakarta to Singapore for 2 ppl
$36.84 -taxi
$17.69 -airport tax for 2 at JOG
20,000 IHG points Holiday Inn Express Clark Quay for 1 night (****)
April 4, 2014
(YogYakarta, Indonesia)
$2.71-laundry $0 $0 See April 3
April 3, 2014
(Enroute from Bali to YogYakarta)
$0 $0 -airport tax$40Air Asia flight from Denpasar to YogYakarta for 2 ppl
$7.08 -airport tax
$3.98 -taxi to airport
10,000 Hyatt points Hyatt Regency YogYakarta (*****) for 2 night with lounge access
April 2, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$1.77 -entry for 2 into Tirta Ganga
$5.75 -entry for 2 into Tanah Lot (and parking for 1 vehicle)
$16.96$53.07 -taxi from Amed to Denpasar via Tirta Ganga and Tanah Lot$52.93 Holiday Inn Express Kuta (***) for 1 night529
April 1, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$1.63 -toiletries
$24.50$1.24 -gasSee March 17

March….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
March 31, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0 $$2.12 $0 See March 17th
March 30, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0 $15.66 $0 See March 17th
March 29, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$8.80 -internet$13.82$0See March 17th
March 28, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0$6.69$0See March 17th
March 28, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0$6.69$0See March 17th
March 27, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$153.12 -India visas for 2
$5.28 -Ulundanu Beratan entry for 2
$16.24$0.88 -temple parking
$26.40 -gas
See March 17th
March 26, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$2.90 -sunblock
$1.58 -passport photos
$2.11$0 See March 17th
March 25, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$5.54 -internet$8.80 $0 See March 17th
March 24, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$2.38 -internet$0 $0See March 17th
March 23, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$4.14 -internet$0$0See March 17th
March 22, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0$5.54$4.40 -gas for fishing tripSee March 17th
March 21, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0$9.24$0See March 17th
March 20, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0 $10.18 $0 See March 17th
March 19, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$2.17 -laundry$11.92 $0.61 -petrol for scooter
$4.35 -scooter rental for the day
See March 17th
March 18, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$5.05 -toiletries
$1.48 -internet
$14.79 $0 See March 17th
March 17, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0 $5.74$43.50 -taxi from South Kuta to Amed$141.53 at Hoky Homestay for 16 nights
March 16, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0 $0 $0 See March 14th
March 15, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$11.70 -sunscreen and postcards$0 $0 See March 14th
March 14, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0 $0 $5.28 -taxi$412.61 - InterContinental Bali for 3 nights (with lounge access) (*****) + 1 BOGO certificate4,126This helps us work towards our BIG WIN promotion!
March 13, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0 $4.31 $0 See March 10th
March 12, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0 $11.76 $0 See March 10th
March 11, 2014
(Bali, Indonesia)
$0 $19.18 $0 See March 10th
March 10, 2014
(Enroute from Jakarta to Bali, Indonesia)
$82 -passport pages from US Embassy of Jakarta$0 $15.40 -taxis
$106.88 Air Asia tickets for 2 from Jakarta to Denpasar.
$178.02 -Holiday Inn Express (***) for 4 nights with breakfast1,780
March 9, 2014
(Jakarta, Indonesia)
$0 $0 $2.64 -taxi $186.54 -InterContinental Jakarta Midplaza (*****) for 1 night with lounge access1,865
March 8, 2014
(Jakarta, Indonesia)
$0 $12.36$38.33 -taxi to airport See March 7
March 7, 2014
(Enroute from HongKong to Jakarta)
$50 -Visa on arrival for 2$0 $17.40 -taxi$141.05 -Holiday Inn Jakarta Thamrin for 2 nights (***)1,410
March 6, 2014
(Hong Kong)
$1.93 -use of hotel printer$19.07 $46.39 -speed train to HongKong from airport for 2
(March 5th flight ctd)
25,000 Hyatt points - Grand Hyatt Hong Kong for 1 night (*****)0
March 5, 2014
(Enroute from CHO to PHL to ORD to HKG)
$0 $7.55 $30.34 - taxi to airport
70,000 AA miles + $41 -CHO-PHI-ORD-HKG-CGK
$0 0
March 4, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$22 -haircut$24.79$3 -day pass for the bus$00
March 3, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0$48.41$0$00
March 2, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0 $18.58$0$00
March 1, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$16.65 -mailed snorkel gear from my parents' house$67.68$0 -gas $0 -0

February….

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Feb 28, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0 $20.48 $1.50 $0 0
Feb 27, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0 $38.75 $1.50 $0 0
Feb 26, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$1 -thrift goods$17.01 $0 $0 0
Feb 25, 2014
(Charlottesville, VA)
$0 $44.03 0 $0 0
Feb 24, 2014
(Enroute from NYC to Charlottesville, VA)
$0 $12.17 $5 -taxi
$265 -Amtrak
$0 0
Feb 23, 2014
(Enroute from MXP to LGA)
$0 $44.23 $2.33 -toll
$48.03 -gas
$12.05 -MTA
$0 -Grand Hyatt NYC for 1 night (****) (paid via giftcards)0Yay! At the FTU conference in 2011 we won a bunch of Hyatt gift cards.
Feb 22, 2014
(Enroute from Civita di Bagnoregio to Milan, Italy)
$0 $20.55 $22.68 $13.72 -city tax
30,000 IHG Rewards points - Crowne Plaza Milan (****)
0
Feb 21, 2014
(Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy)
$0 $76.46 $0 $0 -see Feb. 200
Feb 20, 2014
(Enroute from Rome to Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy)
$0 $26.20 $0 $0 -stayed at a friend's place for 2 nights0
Feb 19, 2014
(Rome, Italy)
$34.50 -two tickets for entry into the Collosseum$67.15$4.13 -busContinued from Feb. 170
Feb 18, 2014
(Rome, Italy)
$0$58.40$44.67 -gas
$4.81 - toll
Continued from Feb. 170
Feb 17, 2014
(Enroute from Florence to Rome, Italy)
$0$58.48$12.82 -tolls$24.74 -city tax
90,000 IHG points -Crowne Plaza St. Peters for 3 nights (****)
0
Feb 16, 2014
(Florence, Italy)
$8.90 -entry to the museum where the statue of David is$52.74$4.93 -bus$10.96 -city tax
20,000 Hilton Points -Hilton Garden Inn for 1 night (****) with breakfast
0Our travel-buddies covered this one.
Feb 15, 2014
(Enroute from Venice to Florence, Italy)
$0$26.03$16.30 -tolls
$45.21 -gas
$22.26 -parking for 2 1/2 days
$127.40 -Hilton Florence for 1 night (****) with lounge accessTBDFailed BRG 🙁
Feb 14, 2014
(Venice, Italy)
$0$68.93$020,000 SPG points -Westin Regina & Europa for 1 night (*****) 0We earned our SPG points by having the SPG card but also by using a mistake fare in Puerto Vallarta to accumulate points for cheap!
Feb 13, 2014
(Venice, Italy)
$0$25.83$0$106.64 -Pilazzio Priuli via Hotwire.com0
Feb 12, 2014
(Enroute from Davos, Switzerland to Italy)
$0$47.45$34.25 -gas
$17.77 -tolls
$115.83 -Best Western for 1 night (***)TBD
Feb 11, 2014
(Enroute from Como, Italy to Davos, Switzerland)
$0$12.41$192.14 -shared rental car for 13 days$16.94 -city tax
50,000 IHG points -InterContinental Davos for 1 night (*****) with lounge access
0We found the rental car on kayak.com
Feb 10, 2014
(Como, Italy)
$0$38.45$0$71.920
Feb 9, 2014
(enroute from New York to Milan via Toronto and Munich)
$0$24.46$513.64 -Air Canada flight from New York to Milan via Munich.
$3.25 -Metro
$00This was the Wideroe mistake fare.
Feb 8, 2014
(enroute from OH to LGA)
$0$53.20$13.50 + 7,920 Rapid Rewards -Southwest flight from CAK to LGA

$20 -Metro
$12 -taxi
$4.89 -Hyatt Andaz for 1 night (*****)TBDWe used Hyatt giftcards we won at the Chicago Seminar three years ago for our accommodations and vouchers we got from delayed flight for my Southwest ticket.
Feb 7, 2014
(Baltic, OH)
$0$6$0$00
Feb 5, 2014
(Wooster, OH)
$0$49.02$45.12 -gas$00
Feb 4, 2014
(Wooster, OH)
$0$36.24$0$00
Feb 3, 2014
(Millersburg, OH)
$194 -health care$0$0$00
Feb 1, 2014
(Enroute from Erie, PA to Baltic, Ohio)
$0$0$50.89 -gas $0 -0

January….

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December….

(note, I’ve changed the organization of the detailed daily stats for this month.  Give me your thoughts!)

Date/Location
Misc.
Food & Bev
Transit
Accommodation
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Dec 31, 2013
(Columbus, OH)
$0 $14 $50.15 -gas$0
Dec 29, 2013
(enroute from PA to OH)
$0 $35.49 $20 -toll $0
Dec 27, 2013
(enroute from OH to PA)
$0 $13.54 $34.59 -gas$0
Dec 23, 2013
(Millersburg, OH)
$0 $10.79 $0 $0
Dec 22, 2013
(Millersburg, OH)
$10.33 -Christmas gifts and toiletries$0 $0$0
Dec 21, 2013
(Columbus, OH)
$37.97 -Christmas gifts$8$0$00
Dec 20, 2013
(enroute from NYC to Colombus)
$0$21.03$1 -Metro card refill
9,000 BA Avios -American Airlines LGA - CMH
$5 -flight taxes
$00
Dec 19, 2013
(NYC)
$0$16$27.40See Dec. 18See Dec. 18
Dec 18, 2013
(Enroute from SFO to DFW to NYC)
$45 -taxi from InterContinental to SFO

$20 -subway to Manhattan
$246.83 -Candlewood Suites for 2 nights ****10.567Helps meet our IHG Big Win promotion.
Dec 16, 2013
(Enroute from DFW to BOS to DFW to SFO)
$0$10.56$20 -BART train to downtown San Francisco
$8 -taxi from BART to InterContinental
$292.48 -InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel for 2 nights**** 10,040Helps meet our IHG Big Win promotion.
Dec 15, 2013
(Enroute from PVR to DFW)
$1.08 -postcard$28.22American Airlines mileage run: PVR - DFW - BOS - DFW - SFO - LGA - CMH10,000 IHG pts -CandleWood Suites DFW South **** for 1 night0*newsletter exclusive information* Also read more here
Dec 14, 2013
(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
$0$24.11 $6.05 -buses around Puerto Vallarta$70.82 -Holiday Inn Resort hotel for 1 night ***10,880Completes IHG's Big Win Promotion
Dec 12, 2013
(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
$5.08 -laundry$0$12.82 -boat and snorkel gear in MismaloyaSee Dec. 8thTBDSee Dec. 8th
Dec 10, 2013
(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
$64.46 -Boat tour to Marietes islands and whale watching$24.96$0See Dec. 8thTBDSee Dec. 8th
Dec 9, 2013
(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
$17.10 -sunscreen$3.11$0See Dec. 8thTBDSee Dec. 8th
Dec 8, 2013
(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
$4.68 -contact solution$3.74$19.40 -taxi to airport
$0 -American Airlines covered Air Mexicoflight from Guadalajara to Porto Vallarta
$124.93 -Sharaton Porto Vallarta mistake fare for 6 nights!!! ****5,000 SPG Points and 15,000 AirCanada Aeroplan milesFollow @travelisfree on twitter
Dec 7, 2013
(DFW, Texas to Guadalajara)
$0$5American Airlines continued from Dec. 5th
$23.22 -taxi to hotel in Guadalajara
$103.29 -InterContinental Guadalajara hotel for 1 night.8,701Helps meet our IHG Big Win promotion.
Dec 6, 2013
(Enroute from S. Africa to Mexico via US)
$0$0American Airlines continued from Dec. 5th10,000 IHG rewards -CandleWood Suites DFW South for 1 night ***0
Dec 5, 2013
(Enroute from S. Africa to Mexico via US)
$0$0$19.32 -Gautrain to airport
TBD- American Airlines flight from Johannesburg to Dallas via London and Chicago
$0TBD
Dec 4, 2013
(Jo-burg, S.Africa)
$16.30 -Pilanesberg park entry and map$43.67$76.70 -fuel for rental
$14.21 -charge for returning the vehicle not quite full
30,000 IHG Rewards -InterContinental Johanessburg Sandton Towers hotel for 1 night ***** (with lounge access)0Read about earning IHG points
Dec 3, 2013
(Jo-burg, S.Africa)
$0$10.80$67.34 -one day SUV rental
$4.89 -GPS rental
*see previous day*SOMEHOW we got 25,000 IHG points...for a stay we didn't make at the InterContinental this night...uh... what?
Dec 2, 2013
(Jo-burg, S.Africa)
$0$23.68$040,000 IHG points -Crowne Plaza hotel for 2 nights ****0Read about earning IHG points on steroids
Dec 1, 2013
(Jo-burg, S.Africa)
$0$6.75$41.59 -Gautrain tickets5,000 IHG Rewards -InterContinental Johanessburg Sandton Towers hotel for 1 night ***** (with lounge access)0Read about Point Breaks

November….

Date
Where
USD spent
On what?
Points spent
Points earned
How can I do it?
Nov 30, 2013London Heathrow$4.08Food & Bev00
Nov 29, 2013Enroute from Houston to Johannesburgpending $?British Airways flight to Johannesburg via London0TBD*newsletter exclusive information*
Nov 29, 2013George Bush Intercontinental $10.05Food & Bev00
Nov 24, 2013Bay City,
Texas
$1.10Postage00
Nov 23, 2013Little Rock,
Arkansas
$20Gas00
Nov 23, 2013Little Rock,
Arkansas
$37.59Food & Bev00
Nov 22, 2013Hot Springs,
Arkansas
$230.96Stay Bridge Suites hotel for 2 nights ***08,155 IHG Rewards
Nov 21, 2013Hot Springs Arkansas$7.35 Food & Bev00
Nov 21, 2013Hot Springs Arkansas$1toothpaste
Nov 21, 2013Hot Springs, Arkansas$170Passport renewel00
Nov 21, 2013Hot Springs, Arkansas$19.44Passport photos00
Nov 21, 2013Hot Springs,
Arkansas
$91.80Candlewood Suites hotel for 1 night ***018,429 IHG Rewards points
Nov 19, 2013Enroute from Bay City to Lonoke, Arkansas$4.55Food & Bev00
Nov 19, 2013Bay City$0.58Thrift store00
Nov 18, 2013Bay City,
Texas
$13.49Groceries00
Nov 16, 2013Houston,
Texas
$20.79Food & Bev00
Nov 15, 2013Bay City,
Texas
$10.08Thrift store goods00
Nov 14, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$321Air Berlin and American Airlines flight from Vienna to Dallas for 2 people40,000 AA miles0
Nov 14, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$16.19Shuttle to airport00
Nov 13, 2013Vienna,
Austra
$40.66Eurohotel for 1 night (for three people) ***$50 Coupon from cheapticketsBRG's with Cheaptickets earn you a $50 coupon.
Nov 13, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$22.66Taxi from car rental drop-off to airport hotel00
Nov 13, 2013Enroute from Berchtesgaden to Vienna$106.92Gas for Rental car0
Nov 13, 2013Enroute from Berchtesgaden to Vienna$21.04Food & Bev (for 3)00
Nov 12, 2013Berchtesgaden,
Germany
$37.62Food & Bev (for 3)00
Nov 12, 2013Enroute to Hallstatt from Berchtesgaden$12.99Groceries (for 3)00
Nov 11, 2013Berchtesgaden,
Germany
$17City tax for 3 people for 2 nights00
Nov 11, 2013Berchtesgaden,
Germany
$60.70Parking at the IC for 3 days00
Nov 11, 2013Berchtesgaden,
Germany
$0InterContinental Berchtesgaden hotel for 2 nights *****70,000 IHG Rewards0Read about earning IHG Rewards
Nov 11, 2013Salzburg,
Austria
$55.32Gas for rental car00
Nov 11, 2013Salzburg,
Austria
$30.19Food & Bev (for 3)00
Nov 11, 2013Salzburg,
Austria
$24.12Parking at the Crowne Plaza 00
Nov 10, 2013Salzburg,
Austria
$146.08Crowne Plaza Salzburg hotel for 1 night ****00Hotwire.com
Nov 9, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$142.77Rental car for 5 days00Expedia.com
Nov 8, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$293.13InterContinental Vienna hotel for 2 nights ***** (with lounge access)1 BOGO certificate (which comes with ambassador status/ royal ambassador status4,000
Nov 8, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$16.83S-Bahn from airport to downtown Vienna00
Nov 8, 2013Enroute from Paris to Vienna$121British Airways flight from Paris to Vienna13,500 Avios0 Read about Best Use of British Airways Avios
Nov 8, 2013Noisy,
Paris
$48.89Metro from Noisy to Charles De Galles airport.00
Nov 7, 2013Paris,
France
$70.59Food & Bev (for 3)00
Nov 7, 2013St. Denis,
France
$17.50Food & Bev (for 3)
(escargot!)
00
Nov 7, 2013Noisy,
France
$10.47Metro to St. Denis00
Nov 6, 2013The Louvre
Paris,
France
$32.46Two tickets for entry into the Louvre (excluding temporary exhibits)00
Nov 6, 2013Paris,
France
$9.06Metro into Paris City from Noisy le Grand00
Nov 5, 2013Noisy,
France
$51.94Groceries00
Nov 5, 2013 Noisy,
France
$13.85Food & Bev (for 3)00
Nov 4, 2013Noisy,
France
$0Holiday Inn Express hotel for 4 nights *** (two rooms)25,000 IHG Rewards ... (sometimes the errors work in our favor...)TBD + 800 IHG Rewards points as a welcome gift (500 for our room and 300 for Mary Ann's)Read about earning IHG Rewards
Nov 4, 2013Noisy,
France
$33.77Food & Bev (for 3)00
Nov 3, 2013Paris,
France
$13.58Subway to Noisy from Paris00
Nov 3, 2013Skype$10Skype credit for calls outside of U.S.00
Nov 2, 2013Paris,
France
$0InterContinental Paris for 2 nights **** (with lounge access)50,000 IHG Rewards for 1 night and 1 IHG Cert for the other.0Read about earning IHG Rewards. The Cert is an annual gift for the credit card.
Nov 2, 2013Paris,
France
$13.57Subway from the Holiday Inn in Noisy to the IC in Paris.00
Nov 1, 2013Noisy,
France
$0 Holiday Inn Express hotel for 1 night ***5,000 IHG Rewards0 Read about PointBreaks
Nov 1, 2013Enroute from Guildford, England to Noisy, France$166.76Car share via blablacar.com00 Check out car-pooling websites like blablacar.com
Nov 1, 2013Guildford,
England
$26.16Groceries (for 3)00
Nov 1, 2013 London,
England
$61.64Bus to Guildford to meet our blablacar.com car-share (for 3)00

 October….

Date
Where
USD spent
On what?
Points spent
Points earned
How can I do it?
Oct 31, 2013Heathrow,
England
$0Renaissance hotel for 1 night ****1 Cert0Earned via the Megabonus.
Read about 6 steps to free nights with Marriott.
Oct 31, 2013Heathrow,
England
$67Late return fee for car rental00
Oct 31, 2013Enroute to London from Edinburgh$76.16Gas for the rental car00
Oct 31, 2013Enroute to London from Edinburgh$12.74Groceries (for 3)00
Oct 30, 2013Edinburgh,
Scotland
$50.97Two Edinburgh Castle tickets00
Oct 30, 2013Edinburgh,
Scotland
$16.72Day bus passes (for 3)00
Oct 29, 2013Edinburgh,
Scotland
$0Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh hotel for 2 nights ***17,500 IHG Rewards Points0
Oct 29, 2013Edinburgh,
Scotland
$18.00Groceries (for 3)00
Oct 29, 2013Edinburgh,
Scotland
$12.77Food & Bev (for 3)00Bus ticket receipts come with coupons on the back for fast food joints! Woohoo! I am not ashamed of going to McD's for cheap food.
Oct 29, 2013Edinburgh,
Scotland
$14.44Bus from Holiday in to downtown Edinburgh and back (for 3)00
Oct 28, 2013Glasgow,
Scotland
$11.02Parking at the Holiday Inn0TBD + 500 points as welcome gift
Oct 28, 2013Glasgow,
Scotland
$0Holiday Inn Express hotel for 1 night *** with breakfast10,000 IHG Rewards Points0
Oct 28, 2013Enroute to Glasgow$8.85Tolls on the M6 to Glasgow00
Oct 28, 2013Enroute to Glasgow$88.16Gas for rental car00
Oct 28, 2013Rockingham,
England
$33.03Groceries (for 3)00
Oct 27, 2013Rockingham,
England
$0Hampton Inn by Hiltonhotel for 1 night ***with breakfast5,000 Hilton HHonors Points0
Oct 27, 2013Rockingham,
England
$42.83Food & Bev for Drew, Drew's mom and I00
Oct 26, 2013Swindon,
England
$8.09Parking at the Holiday Inn0TBD
Oct 26, 2013Swindon,
England
$33.09Food & Bev (for 3)00
Oct 26, 2013Oxford,
England
$6.47Parking in Oxford00
Oct 26, 2013Oxford,
England
$62.85Gas for the rental car00
Oct 25, 2013Swindon,
England
$7.24Groceries (for 3)00
Oct 25, 2013Swindon,
England
$29.49Food & Bev (for Drew's mom, Drew and I)00
Oct 25, 2013Swindon,
England
$8.09Parking at the Holiday Inn0TBD
Oct 25, 2013Swindon,
England
$216.62Holiday Inn hotel for 2 nights *** with breakfast030,657Contributes to our Big Win Promotion with IHG. Read more about the Big Win Promotion
Oct 25, 2013London,
England
$48.47Gas for rental car00
Oct 25, 2013London,
England
$114.71Car rental for 6 days00a Kayak find
Oct 25, 2013London,
England
$16.16Oyster card refill for metro00
Oct 24, 2013London,
England
$3.53Beverages00
Oct 23, 2013London,
England
$17.70Groceries (for Drew's mom, Drew and I)00
Oct 23, 2013London,
England
$16.17Oyster Card refill for metro00
Oct 23, 2013London,
England
$13.89Food & Bev (for Drew and I and Drew's mom)00
Oct 22, 2013London,
England
$6.60Food (for 3)00
Oct 22, 2013London,
England
$32.42"Oyster Card" for Drew's mom00
Oct 22, 2013London,
England
$44.18Groceries (for 3)00
Oct 21, 2013London,
England
$0Plaza on the River hotel for 4 nights *****100,000 Club Carlson points0Read about the perks of having a Club Carlson card.
Oct 21, 2013London,
England
$14.95Groceries00
Oct 21, 2013London,
England
$58.17"Oyster Card" for metro00
Oct 21, 2013London,
England
$32.32Bus from airport to city00
Oct 21, 2013Enroute from Warsaw to London$99.52Ryanair flight from Warsaw to London00Read a bit about the hassles of this kind of flight here.
Oct 21, 2013Warsaw,
Poland
$71.45Taxi from the wrong airport to the right airport...00
Oct 21, 2013Warsaw,
Poland
$9.72Taxi to...the wrong airport00
Oct 18, 2013European mail system$21.78Having the Crowne Plaza Vilnius mail my forgotten glasses to Plaza on the River London...00
Oct 18, 2013Warsaw,
Poland
$289.79InterContinental Warsaw hotel for 3 nights ***** (with lounge access) 017,200Contributes to our Big Win Promotion with IHG. Read more about the Big Win Promotion
Oct 17, 2013Warsaw,
Poland
$34.60Food & Bev00
Oct 16, 2013Warsaw,
Poland
$0Radisson Blu Warsaw hotel for 2 nights ****28,000 Club Carlson points0Read about the perks of having a Club Carlson card.
Oct 16, 2013Warsaw,
Poland
$10.13Taxi to Radisson blu Warsaw00
Oct 16, 2013Enroute from Vilnius to Warsaw$41.41Bus from Vilnius, Lithuania to Warsaw, Poland00
Oct 16, 2013Vilnius,
Lithuania
$6.71Hotel taxi to bus station0TBD
Oct 16, 2013Crowne Plaza
Vilnius
Restaurant,
Vilnius,
Lithuania
$16.57Crowne Plaza meal0TBD
Oct 16, 2013 Vilnius,
Lithuania
$5.60Groceries00
Oct 15, 2013Vilnius,
Lithuania
$6.21Groceries00
Oct 15, 2013Vilnius,
Lithuania
$20.34Food & Bev00
Oct 14, 2013Vilnius,
Lithuania
$4.83Groceries00
Oct 14, 2013Crowne Plaza
Vilnius,
Lithuania
$39.34Crowne Plaza meal0TBD
Oct 14, 2013Crowne Plaza
Vilnius,
Lithuania
$10.85Crowne Plaza breakfast0TBD
Oct 13, 2013Vilnius,
Lithuania
$73.19 (for 1 of 3 nights)Crowne Plaza Vilnius hotel for 3 night ****10,000 IHG Rewards (for 2 of the 3 nights)34,400 IHG Rewards (plus some for Big Win TBD)The paid night contributes to our Big Win Promotion with IHG. Read more about the Big Win Promotion. The other two nights were on PointBreaks! Read about the Best use of IHG Rewards Points
Oct 13, 2013Vilnius,
Lithuania
$14.88Food00
Oct 13, 2013Vilnius,
Lithuania
$2.75Bus from airport to Crowne Plaza00
Oct 13, 2013Kiev,
Ukraine
$116.00Ukraine International Airlines economy flight to Vilnius Lithuania00
Oct 12, 2013Kiev,
Ukraine
$31.76Drinks00
Oct 7, 2013iTunes$2.99Ryan Holiday's "Trust me I'm Lying" for Audible00
Oct 7, 2013Kiev,
Ukraine
$1.22Postage for grandma's card00
Oct 6, 2013 Kiev,
Ukraine
$3.05Card for Grandma00
Oct 4, 2013Kiev,
Ukraine
$24.66Toiletries00

September… 

(Find the totals for September here.)

Date
Location
USD Spent
On What?
Points Spent
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Sept 26, 2013Kiev,
Ukraine
$0InterContinental Kiev hotel for 17 nights (Lounge Access) *****85,000 IHG Rewards Points0Read more about IHG Rewards points and in particular, PointBreaks!!
Sept 26, 2013Enroute from
Budapest to
Kiev
$138.82Wiz Air flight from Budapest to Kiev00
Sept 26, 2013Budapest
airport
$14.02Airport food00
Sept 26, 2013Budapest,
Hungary
$33.76Taxi to Budapest airport00
Sept 25, 2013Budapest,
Hungary
$28.70Food & Bev00
Sept 24, 2013Budapest,
Hungary
$0Raddisson Blu Budapest hotel for 2 nights ****9,000 Club Carlson Points0Use the credit card's perk to get a free night for every stay of two nights or more on rewards stays!
Sept 24, 2013Budapest,
Hungary
$16.83Food & Bev00
Sept 24, 2013Enroute to
Budapest
$42.32Train from Bratislava to Budapest00
Sept 24, 2013Bratislava,
Slovakia
$6.74Taxi00
Sept 24, 2013Bratislava,
Slovakia
$0.54Bev00
Sept 23, 2013Bratislava,
Slovakia
$18.83Food & Bev00
Sept 23, 2013Bratislava,
Slovakia
$1.33Thrift store coat00
Sept 22, 2013Bratislava,
Slovakia
$29.65Park Inn Bratislava hotel for 2 nights ***9,000 Club Carlson Points0Use the credit card's perk to get a free night for every stay of two nights or more on rewards stays!
Sept 22, 2013Bratislava,
Slovakia
$28.36Food & Bev00
Sept 22, 2013Enroute to
Bratislava
$40.43Train from Vienna to Bratislava00
Sept 22, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$32.60Food & Bev00
Sept 21, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$34.77Food & Bev00
Sept 20, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$0Raddison Blu Style Vienna hotel for 2 nights *****50,0000Use the credit card's perk to get a free night for every stay of two nights or more on rewards stays!
Sept 20, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$32.73Food & Bev00
Sept 19, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$0InterContinental Wien hotel for 1 night ***** (Lounge Access)00Read about IHG BRG
Sept 19, 2013Vienna,
Austria
$2.84Bus
Sept 19, 2013Enroute from
Salzburg to Vienna
$35.16Car share00This time we used a car pool site
Sept 19, 2013Salzburg,
Austria
$6.09Food00
Sept 19, 2013Salzburg,
Austria
$4.33Bus to Europark00
Sept 18, 2013Holiday Inn,
Salzburg,
Austria
$29.88Food (Room service at Holiday Inn)00
Sept 18, 2013Salzburg,
Austria
$147.41Holiday Inn Salzburg hotel for 1 night ****03,328Helped complete the IHG Big Win Promotion
Sept 17, 2013Murnau,
Germany
$4.88Groceries00
Sept 17, 2013Murnau,
Germany
$13.51Thrift store goods00
Sept 15, 2013Online$62Bridesmaids dress00Used dress site
Sept 15, 2013Garmisch$63Groceries/Hospitality00
Sept 11, 2013Garmisch$60Groceries/ Hospitality00
Sept 11, 2013Garmisch$8.20Thrift Store Goods00
Sept 10, 2013Eschenlohe,
Germany
$0Visit with friends for 7 nights00
Sept 9, 2013Innsbruck$161Hilton Innsbruck hotel for 1 night ****03,271 Hilton points and
500 United Miles
Hmmm not a recommended decision 😛 unless you're stranded in a town with no other options at 11:00 pm.
Sept 9, 2013Enroute to Innsbruck$70.01Food & Bev00
Sept 9, 2013Berchtesgaden,
Germany
$9.42Bus to town00
Sept 8, 2013Berchtesgaden,
Germany
2.78InterContinental Bechtesgaden hotel for 1 night *****35,0000
Sept 8, 2013InerContinental Berchtesgaden$77.01Food & Bev00
Sept 8, 2013Enroute to Berchtesgaden$25.19Bus00
Sept 7, 2013Salzburg$17.27Food & Bev00
Sept 6, 2013Salzburg$7.69Raddisson Blu Salzburg hotel for 2 nights **** (Lounge Access)28,000 Club Carlson Points0Use the credit card's perk to get a free night for every stay of two nights or more on rewards stays!
Sept 6, 2013$301.17137,700 Frequent Flier Miles00Subscribe to the newsletter to find out the secrets we don't publish!
Sept 6, 2013Salzburg$2.63Food & Bev00
Sept 4, 2013Salzburg$7.69Raddison Blu Salzburg hotel for 2 nights **** (Lounge Access)28,000 Club Carlson points0
Sept 4, 2013Salzburg$4.61Food & Bev00
Sept 3, 2013Salzburg$146.57Crowne Plaza Salzburg hotel for 1 night ****02,986Helped complete the IHG Big Win promotion...
Sept 3, 2013Salzburg$28.98Castle Tickets00
Sept 3, 2013Salzburg$34.82Food & Bev00
Sept 2, 2013Salzburg,
Austria
$28.25Food & Bev00
Sept 1, 2013Salzburg,
Austria
$7.69Raddisson Blu Salzburg hotel for 2 nights ****28,000 Club Carlson points0Learn about earning points with the club Carlson Visa
Sept 1, 2013Enroute to
Austria
$55.80Air Berlin economy flight from Hamburg to Salzburg9,000 British Airways Avios (transferred from 9,000 Amex Membership Rewards Points)0Learn about British Airways Avios
Sept 1, 2013Hamburg,
Germany
$4.23Public Transit00

August…

(Find the totals for August here.)

Date
Location
USD spent
On what?
Points Spent
Points Earned
How can I do it?
Aug 31, 2013Hamburg,
Germany
$26.42Leonardo Hotel Hamburg for 1 night
Aug 31
Hamburg,
Germany
$6.87Internet charge00
Aug 31Hamburg,
Germany
$56.13Food & Bev00
Aug 31Hamburg,
Germany
$7.79Public Transport00
Aug 30, 2013Hamburg,
Germany
$0Park Hyatt
Hamburg
for 1 night (Lounge Access) *****
1 Free Night Cert
Aug 30Hamburg,
Germany
$7.40Food & Bev00
Aug 30Enroute to
Hamburg
$39.62Carpool00We used carpooling website: blablacar.com
Aug 29, 2013Berlin,
Germany
$37.04Food & Bev00
Aug 29Berlin,
Germany
$47.62"Museum Island" tickets00
Aug 28, 2013Berlin,
Germany
$0Park Plaza Berlin hotel for 2 nights ****15,000
Club Carlson points
0Get one free night with any multi-night redemption when you have the Club Carlson Card. Read more about that here.
Aug 28Berlin,
Germany
$24.62Food & Beverages00
Aug 27, 2013Berlin,
Germany
$8.97Food & Beverages00
Aug 26, 2013Berlin,
Germany
$13.96Food & Beverages00
Aug 25, 2013Berlin,
Germany
$20.59Food & Beverages00
Aug 23, 2013Berlin,
Germany
$16.34Laundry00
Aug 23Berlin,
Germany
$21.42Food00
Aug 23Berlin,
Germany
$18.31Groceries00
Aug 22, 2013Berlin,
Germany
$26.78Leonardo Hotel Berlin City West hotel for 6 nights ***00Mistake Fares- sign up for the Newsletter to find out more!
Aug 22Berlin,
Germany
$24.89Food00
Aug 22Enroute to
Germany
$67.74Air Berlin economy flight from Budapest to Berlin9,000 British Airways Avios0Learn about using British Airways Avios well.
Aug 22Budapest,
Hungary
$22.29Taxi to Airport00
Aug 21, 2013Budapest,
Hungary
$0InterContinental Budapest hotel ***** (Lounge Access)00Learn about Best Rate Guarantees with IHG.
Aug 21Budapest,
Hungary
$5.33Drinks00
Aug 21Budapest,
Hungary
$8.39Batteries for sound recorder.00
Aug 20, 2013Dobogoko,
Hungary
$29.03Gas for our motorcycle ride through the countryside.00
Aug 20Budapest,
Hungary
$25.40Food & Beverages00
Aug 20Budapest
/Dobogoko,
Hungary
$15.67Bus tickets for city transport and transport to Dobogoko. 00
Aug 19, 2013Budapest,
Hungary
$0Raddisson Blu Budapest hotel for 2 nights ****9,000 Club Carlson Points0Read about using Club Carlson points well.
Aug 19Budapest,
Hungary
$0.81Toilet Fee00
Aug 19Budapest,
Hungary
$48.68Food00
Aug 19Budapest,
Hungary
$6.76Taxis00
Aug 18, 2013Budapest,
Hungary
$71.36Courtyard Marriott Budapest hotel for 1 night ****0One free night certificateRead about getting free nights with Marriott
Aug 18Budapest,
Hungary
$16.19Food00
Aug 18Budapest,
Hungary
$3.29Taxi00
Aug 18Enroute to
Budapest
$123.76Train from Bucharest to Budapest00
Aug 18Bucharest,
Romania
$7.10Taxi to train00
Aug 17, 2013Bucharest,
Romania
$1.50Taxi00
Aug 17Bucharest,
Romania
$17.27Food00
Aug 17Bucharest,
Romania
$10.27Groceries for train ride00
Aug 17Bucharest,
Romania
$14.99Laundry00
Aug 16, 2013Bucharest,
Romania
$27.00Food00
Aug 15, 2013Bucharest,
Romania
$1.50Flowers 🙂00
Aug 15Bucharest, Romania$13.59Food00
Aug 15Bucharest,
Romania
$3.59Subway Tickets00
Aug 14, 2013Bucharest,
Romania
$1.80Food00
Aug 13, 2013Bucharest,
Romania
$1.50Taxi00
Aug 13Bucharest,
Romania
$10.90Groceries00
Aug 13Bucharest,
Romania
$4.51Food00
Aug 12, 2013Bucharest,
Romania
$29.47Food00
Aug 11, 2013Bucharest,
Romania
$9.63Food00
Aug 11Bucharest,
Romania
$0InterContinental Bucharest hotel for 7 nights *****35,000 IHG points0Read about PointBreaks
Aug 11Bucharest,
Romania
$1.81Taxi to InterContinental.00
Aug 10, 2013Bucharest,
Romania
$14.33DoubleTree Bucharest hotel for 1 night ****0TBDHilton BRG
Aug 10Bucharest,
Romania
$8.36Food00
Aug 10Bucharest,
Romania
$3.23Bus into town from airport.00
Aug 10Enroute to
Bucharest
$452.81Tarom economy flight Athens-Bucharest 00
Aug 10Athens,
Greece
$46.69Personal car to the airport!00
Aug 8, 2013Athens,
Greece
$7.55food00
Aug 8Athens,
Greece
$32.12Acropolis tickets00
Aug 7, 2013Athens,
Greece
$6.65food00
Aug 6, 2013Athens,
Greece
0InterContinental Athens hotel for 4 nights ***** (Lounge Access)20,000 IHG points0Read about PointBreaks
Aug 6Athens,
Greece
$18.34 food00
Aug 6Athens,
Greece
$22.59Taxi00
Aug 6Enroute to
Athens
$90.49Bus/Boat to Athens00
Aug 5, 2013Zakynthos,
Greece
$26.54Lunch at Malanos00
Aug 4, 2013Zakynthos,
Greece
$16.19Food00
Aug 4Zakynthos,
Greece
$31.85Boat Tour with Aphrodite00
Aug 4Zakynthos,
Greece
$11.94Gas for scooter00
Aug 3, 2013Zakynthos,
Greece
$7.43Gas for scooter00
Aug 3Zakynthos,
Greece
$26.54Food at Malanos00
Aug 3Zakynthos,
Greece
$9.74Toiletries00
Aug 2, 2013Zakynthos,
Greece
$04 night Couch-surfing stay in Zakynthos00 Couchsurfing.org
Aug 2Zakynthos,
Greece
$0Free food at Malanos00
Aug 2Zakynthos,
Greece
$13.67Gas for scooter00
Aug 2Zakynthos,
Greece
$66.34Scooter rental for 4 days00
Aug 2Zakynthos,
Greece
$19.55How expensive is Sunscreen!???!00
Aug 2Zakynthos,
Greece
$15.92Taxi to Malanos00
Aug 2Dusseldorf,
Germany
$7.83Airport food00
Aug 2Dusseldorf,
Germany
$13.93Taxi/Train00
Aug 1, 2013Dusseldorf,
Germany
$0InterContinental Dusseldorf hotel for 1 night ***** (Lounge Access) 014,000 IHG Rewards PointsRead about IHG Best Rate Guarantee
Aug 1Dusseldorf,
Germany
$6.62Train00
July 31, 2013NYC$17.70The most expensive Subway meal ever!!00
July 31NYC$2forwarding address00
July 31NYC$55.03taxis!00
July 31Enroute $60.60American Airlines and Air Berlin economy flight Cville-Chicago-NYC-Dusseldorf-Zakynthos flight60,000 American Airline miles0Get the American Airlines Credit Card
*Note that while we are as open as we possibly can be, there are some details that must be explained in newsletters or private emails. Bloggers in this niche have long since learned that some things just should not be made too public. It’s part of participating in the hobby. Thank you for your understanding.
Also Note that we do our best to include all spends (excluding charitable giving and tips). I keep tabs as closely as possible…however leave margin for human error as we do this old-school style, hoarding receipts and taking notes throughout each day. While this may very well assure more accuracy than an automated method, it may still allow a few things to slip through the cracks. I appreciate your understanding and know that I do my very best.

62 Comments on “Stats

  1. My rough count show that you’ve redeemed more than 250,000 Club Carlson points so far. How are you accounting for the cost of accruing those points. I know many can be had for CC signups but not that many for two people in one year last I checked. Ditto the more than 200,000 IHG points redeemed.

    Without accounting for the cost of the points – either cash or otherwise – this is really just a cute math exercise, not a real demonstration of the value proposition available.

    Also, it looks like you’re tracking a bit higher than the planned $20k annual spend. Good luck with that.

    • Thanks for your comment

      Yep. It’s definitely an imperfect system at its start because many of our points were collected prior to this experiment and we can’t track everything backwards or rather, have decided not to, but moving forward, you should be able to see how everything’s earned. (Would have been really neat to start a project like this at the very start of our getting into this hobby.) If we buy points, it’ll be posted. If we’re earning them from stays, you’ll be able to see that too. By the end of this quarter we’ll have likely earned that many IHG points and as often as possible I’ll link to the posts that explain how.

      Also some months (ex: months spent in Europe) are going to cost more than other months (ex: months spent in Asia), so I’m not too worried but I guess we’ll see!

      Lastly, rough counts shouldn’t be necessary as I post totals for each month (look for the “Totals by month” button to the right).

      Glad you checked the page out and thanks for your thoughts.

  2. On Sept 6th, you show spending $301.17 on 137,700 frequent flyer miles. Any details on that transaction you can provide?

    • You caught it! This is actually something Drew is going to discuss in a newsletter soon. If you’re not signed up, let me know and I’ll make sure you get a copy.

  3. love your post and this idea (im doing the same type -spending and earning per month)
    just wondering there was a lot of travel -train -plane – bus – food -etc etc that you spent money but earned no miles/points -a lot of miles/points left on the table ?
    did you use cash ?’
    kept up the great work -love your blog

    • Glad you brought it up! We do nearly all of our spending on our Ink Bold card, but decided not to include points earned from those smaller spends throughout the day, just because it could get really really hard to track but if it’s something that we get feedback about a lot or something people say they wish we’d include we can try to figure something out for that.

      glad your liking the blog and thanks for your comment!

      • Why Ink Bold to put expenses on? Why not SPG, where you can get 1.25x on airfare?

        Where do you get the $20K a year to live on? Making it all from that big blog income?

        • We really value United Miles more than any other, (awesome rules for award tickets and don’t have to worry about fuel surcharges) and SPG’s points transfer to United at a 2:1 ratio, not awesome compared to Ink Bold’s 1:1 ratio with United. Also Ink Bold has no foreign transaction fee as compared to SPG’s 2.7% foreign transaction fee.

          Our bog by no means has a “big” income lol, but combined with some freelance writing, it is indeed our main income for now. So…we have all kinds of motivation to live as cheaply as possible. Think we’ll head to Asia soon 😛 (we love Asia anyway)

  4. can you share more details on $300 miles purchase?
    how, which carrier? THANKS!

    • This rather cryptic purchase may or may not be discussed in an upcoming newsletter. If you’re not signed up, let me know and I can make sure you get a copy.

      • Would be interested to know about the “rather cryptic purchase may or may not be discussed in an upcoming newsletter”.

  5. so you first say you would reveal all of the details of whatever you are doing through the year, then say it is rather cryptic and may not make it to the public – that kind of weird logic 🙂
    is that fine to request some details or hints over email? THANKS!

    • ha well, as you know there are some things about this hobby we have to be careful with. Bloggers have long since learned that there are some things they can’t publish.
      :-/ ‘fraid that’s the reality for now!

      • Oh and also yes, feel free to email. The spend was just explained in yesterday’s newsletter so if you’re a subscriber, you can find it there. If not, I can forward the newsletter to those just now signing up.

    • Well, the price I quoted was 3.50 per person for three people, then translated to dollars. And actually they gave me a child receipt but didn’t give me the change so I could’ve gotten away with cheaper per ride! 😉

  6. Wow, seems like a lot of hating and resentment going on with some responses. Hey, the guy entitled to work a private angle or two. Who wouldn’t? And if it is an imperfect system, what isn’t? Love the blog and while my style of living, traveling is not so close to the bone, I do appreciate all the good travel for points advice.

    • Thanks so much! 🙂
      Ya I guess a blog such as this is bound to stir up some questions 🙂

  7. Just found the blog and I gotta say I like the concept. Although at the same time I am a little jealous of your full-time travel!!! LOL, maybe once I get these kids all grown up I can live on the road for a while! Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks for your thoughts! We love the full-time travel life, though I could surely fill a few blog posts full of the less glamorous side of things, but hey that’s every version of life I guess!

  8. Are you not posting my comment I made a few days ago re your food expenses? I’m really trying to understand what you’re spending on food.

  9. oops that one slipped right through. The first comment I made said it was going to moderation. I had questioned your food spend for Nov. I calculated that you spent a daily average of less than $16/day. I just wondered what you were eating. Obviously no restaurants. It would be great to get more details. Thanks!

    • Looks like you originally posted your question on the “October Totals” post. If you go to that post, you’ll see my response, though I’m happy to give an explanation on this page as well since there may be other readers curious about the topic.

      There are three contributing factors to our low food budget strategy some of them more significant than others.
      1.) Because Drew has royal ambassador status, we usually get lounge access on our InterContinental stays. (Free food!) Drew recently wrote an article for Frugal Travel Guy suggesting the different ways to get top tier status with the various hotel programs, since RA status is invite-only and therefore…not a “strategy” we can recommend per say.(Not to mention technically RA status doesn’t guarantee benefits on award stays!!!! So we have to negotiate sometimes.)

      2.) This next strategy is minor, but still worth mentioning. Both in October and November we’ve had some stays in hotels with a little kitchenette. I love places like this (StayBridge Suites (25,000 points) and CandleWood Suites (15,000 points) are IHG brands that often have kitchenettes.) With a stove at our exposure, we can really do the cheap grocery thing. Spaghetti and soup, man.

      3.) We rely heavily on grocery stores and little sandwich shops (in Europe at least) so that if we do eat out, it’s usually at deli-type places rather than sit-down restaurants.

      Also I might add that when we travel, we tend to be two meal a day kind of people. If a rate comes with breakfast for instance, we conquer that breakfast and are good till dinner time. It’s awesome getting a breakfast rate on BRG so the breakfast is free as a lounge would be.

      Combining free food from lounge access or breakfast rates and cheap food with groceries, we are able to go out at least once or twice a week even. The budget thing can be hard on foodies, but rest assured if you are budget focused 80% of the time, then you can relax and eat the local delicacies the other 20% of the time.

  10. Hey i have been reading your blog after my first trip overseas ive decided that I want to try and spend a few years on traveling internationally and see if i can do some good in the world. Ive planned large running events all over the us for the last three years and have lived on the road domestically. I prob have some tips that would be useful for you guys like how to use a new iphone to never have a phone bill and always be connected to you family as long as you are in your hotel. I learned that one after going to a country that wasn’t on Att&t international plan and racking up a $1600 bill in two days. I also started filming front desk staff and challenging the staff of the hotel to accomplish simple tasks to test their efficiencies and then sending the report to their cooperate offices and other travel insiders so far ive gotten a free week in the presidential suite of one of the nicest hotels in Sydney. Anyways I would love to share ideas maybe we can help each other along the way. We seam to be of similar mindsets, if not safe travels. – Tony

    • Wow that’s great!
      Drew and I actually also use the no-phone-bill iphone method (via a Skype phone number) though I’d be curious to hear if you use a google phone number, or how you make the iphone work for you. We just use a free text app and the $13 a year (something like that) Skype plan. Sounds like you use it differently? Would love to hear about it.

      As for the front desk reports, that is awesome! Sort of like a freelance version of the “secret shopper?”.

      Really neat ideas! Thanks for sharing and do continue sharing!

  11. I use the Talkatone app for free wifi calling with my Google Voice number. It’s a good option for wifi calling and can be used with any old android or iphone.

    • Thanks for that! Drew and I are wanting to switch to a Google Voice number after this year’s subscription to the skype number expires. I didn’t know about the Talkatone app connected with that

  12. Carrie,

    Would you please send the newsletter with the info about the $300 points purchase?

    Thanks.

    • Sure thing! I’m in a very small town in Bali with weak internet so it may take me a few tries before I can get it to send. I’ll try though!

  13. Just found your site (pure awesomeness) and signed up for the newsletter. Could you send me the newsletter with the $300 points purchase as well? Thanks so much and keep up the great work!

  14. I would love to see a post on how you spend so little on food. After air and hotel are covered, I find food to be a huge expense. Thanks.

  15. I just found your site. Is the $300 points purchase still up & running? If so, please send it my way. I just booked a trip to Thailand today, so I’m excited to learn more about your travels there. Looking at your spreadsheet already opened my eyes to using Avios to fly South from BKK.

    • So glad you’re excited about the site!
      We talked about the “$300 points purchase” in a newsletter so I will try and get that sent out to you.
      Unfortunately we just left Ohio! Would’ve been neat to meet up! But we do come to Ohio frequently. I’ll try to let you know when we come back around!

      Good luck with your continued research and you’ll love Thailand!
      (what does your itinerary look like?)

    • 😉 life isn’t free though. Our goal is to show that full-time travel can be no more costly than full-time-stationary life. It will still cost to be alive, but shouldn’t cost any more for the fact that it’s travel.

  16. Hi, I’ve been watching with interest – checking every few months.

    I have to say – I’m not seeing the value of publishing this information – because you haven’t earned any miles in … a long time. So the information isn’t useful to me. You are not getting me from point A to B, but rather telling be about point B.

    Sorry, but a little disapointed.

    • I think you are hitting on a good point. I have to apologize for not being thorough with the earning side of the stats page’s goal. We have been earning points all along but that is something I haven’t tracked nearly as well as the actual expenses themselves. I definitely need to update that “earning” category. (It’s been quite a long time.)
      Thank you for pointing that out.

  17. Love the stats page. Love seeing how much it costs you to move around and stay in different places.
    I was looking for a “Contact Us’ page but cannot find one. Is that on purpose?

    • Unfortunately we couldn’t keep up with all the emails and felt really bad about providing an email address without actually having the time it took to keep up with checking it and responding to each one. But either of us can be contacted via twitter private messaging. Drew is @travelisfree and I am @FreakinFlyers.

      • I understand. Well, I see you went to Las Vegas and have some tips for if you ever decide to go back. If interested, feel free to contact me. Thanks again for the work you do on your site.

        • Oh cool! Thanks so much! I will definitely get in touch the next time we go there. Thanks!

  18. I love your and Drew’s blogs, I keep saying that if I didn’t have a dog I would hit the road and not look back. But it’s tough to travel with an 80lb dog!

    Anyways, my question is how did you purchase 220k Club Carlson points – isn’t the limit 40k/year? And 40k points is ~$283.00. How did you manage to get 220k for $495?
    Thanks!
    Ryan

    • Thanks for the compliment! So the word “purchase” should be taken kind of loosely. For instance pretty much anyone can get this kind of “purchase” rate by MSing on the Club Carlson card, 5 points per $.

      • I don’t quite get your answer. spend $495 get 220k? at 5 points per dollar?

        • Everyone’s MS strategy (manufactured spend strategy) varies, but one thing you can do is buy a $500 debit gift card with your Club Carlson card. Let’s say the debit gift card has a fee of (for easy math) around $5 per $500 gift card. Then load that debit gift card onto your bluebird or redbird account (so that you can liquidate that $500- use it to pay off the Club Carlson card). So at an earning of 5 points per $ spent, that means you’ve earned 2,500 Club Carlson points at an expense of $5 (the fee on that debit gift card). That means you’ve essentially bought your points at .002 cents per point.

          • “…Then load that debit gift card onto your bluebird or redbird account…” Sounds great but Redbird online FAQ’s state that “…Debit Cards — add money from your debit card at the register or by linking it to your Prepaid REDcard account online. Please note: Gift cards cannot be used to add money.” So, it appears that it is not possible to do this MS strategy, unless I’m missing something.

          • So when I say “debit gift card” I mean any gift card that allows you to set a pin. For instance, if you buy a gift card from Simon Mall, the packet will explain how this card has an automatic pin, or allows you to set a pin. Then, take that kind of “gift card” (I call this a “debit gift card”) and use it to load your card. Follow the instructions on this infographic, knowing that any time “debit” card uses quotation marks, it means the “debit gift card” I’ve described. http://travelisfree.com/2014/10/26/steps-of-the-target-redbird-infographic/ 🙂 That should do the trick!

            (NOTE: In the infographic, an ordinary debit card is referred to as “a real debit card” and this gift card with a pin is referred to as a “debit” card in quotation marks.)

  19. Hello, I’m curious, how is it possible that you spend so little on food between the two of you?

    • This question always surprises me because I feel like we spend a lot on food, but if I think about it, we really do eat less meat than maybe most, and meat tends to be where food prices can start climbing.

      Also I’ll say that now that we travel full-time, we eat much less like a tourist might. Which is to say, eating out is more of a practicality than it is a travel-experience. We will occasionally go out to eat somewhere exciting and delicious, but for more than half of our meals we are skipping the fun options and going straight for practicality. Sandwiches from the grocery store for example or donor kebabs.

      Luckily here in Serbia everything is quite cheap so we can go out to eat without worrying about it. But in Estonia and Latvia, we bought food from the grocery store as our meal pretty much every day.

  20. How can I make a table like this for my blog? I think I’d be more motivated to post there if it was super easy to put stats there. Would be fun to compare too lol.

      • Ah, cool. I tried to download that once but I still haven’t managed to get wordpress working right on my computer. Time to figure that out again.
        PS I sent y’all an email wanting to see if you guys were interested to do a road trip in Australia, I think the email might go to Drew though. Was thinking $1/day relocation special or something cheapo. February for 1-3 weeks.

        • I will have to hunt down that email! We actually were thinking of swinging by Australia this winter before the holidays… I’ll email you now!!

    • Oops, I accidentally labeled some of the months 2014 that were supposed to be 2015. Thanks for the heads up- i’ll fix it.

  21. hey there !!!! you guys are amazing !
    Please be in touch with me and help me travel like you do.
    I decided to make a trip to Bali Indonesia , Thailand and Greece.
    Those are my next trips in mind.
    If you need help going to Italy, Brazil, France I am here for you too.
    I leave in Florida and Brazil but I have been to those countries above frequently.
    God bless
    Regards

    • Thanks so much for the comment- I trust you’ll have an awesome time in Bali, Thailand, and Greece. My main recommendation for Bali is to visit the town of Amed, and do some snorkeling in the Jumeluk Bay, and for Greece, I highly recommend the island of Zakynthos (and particularly the restaurant Malanos!)

      I’ve not yet been to Brazil! I’ll try to touch base when we plan a trip there so I can get your recommendations!

      Thanks!

      Carrie

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