May Expense totals


Each month I write a report of sorts, to show a bit of the bigger picture.  For a more detailed list of each spend, go to the stats page or click here.

Flights got a little expensive this past month, namely because we like to save our miles for long-hauls if we’re running on the low side.  And in India, short-hauls can end up being sort of long!  It definitely added up.  Still, somehow accommodations cost us more than flights.  In part because we spent our anniversary at the Holiday Inn Phi Phi Island- paid nights.  $100 would sound cheap in Europe but for Thailand that’s shelling it out.  But we had an amazing time there.  It’s a wonderful hotel thanks to location and a super friendly staff.

So here are the totals for the month of May spanning three countries; IndiaMalaysia, and  Thailand.

May Total$2,859
Tourist Attraction Total$27.54
Food & Beverage Total$374.20
Land Transit Total$266.16
Air Transit Total$972.17
Accommodation total$1,156.6838,000 Club Carlson points
8,000 Hyatt points + 1 Hyatt Suite Upgrade + 1 Hyatt Free Night Cert
45,000 IHG points
4,000 Hilton points

Photostrip of the month:

(Back story… apparently in Patong instead of teaching the parasailor how to steer and land, they just let a nimble Thai-man jump on board to do it for him or her…)


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12 Comments on “May Expense totals

  1. very interesting, as always. Curio: How does one find the mistake fares? Have oft’ read Drew and you refer to them, but are there best resources, sites, and/or tricks for locating them? Or is this just “experience?”

    Possible tip for you: Next time you need to get from NYC to CVS (Charlottesville) via Amtrak, check out “paying” for the fares using your Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Maybe you’ve already done this. Did something similar with relatives recently and was surprised that fares within east region as low as 4,000 UR points. (and the points transferred instantly from my UR account to a new Amtrak account) That fare is the same regardless of seat availability on the train. (so you can pay for an otherwise expensive last minute train fare “on the cheap”)

    • Oh wow! Thanks for the info! Definitely good to know as i’m sure we’ll need to get from NYC to Charlottesville again.

      Drew has done a newsletter on the topic of mistake fares so I’ll go ahead and forward it to you.

      • Hi Carrie,

        May I have a copy of that newsletter as well please?

        Many thanks – great blog!

  2. footnote…. left out a detail and step…. I was referring the Amtrak Guest Rewards rate… (4,000 points) Nice thing about Chase UR points, as you know, they transfer 1:1 to partners such as SW and even Amtrak. (and in my recent experience, the transfer time was instant)

  3. I always appreciate the breakdown in numbers especially in regards to India as I have a long upcoming trip planned there.
    Also can I please have a copy of the mistake fare newsletter.

    • Glad you are finding it useful!
      Yep, I’ll send along the mistake fare newsletter now.

  4. I’ve signed up for your newsletter but too late to get the mistake fare article. Could you e-mail it to me please? And thank you for all the detail you give – it really is a lot of information to absorb – but to use miles wisely information I need!

  5. Hi, I’ve signed up for the newsletter and have received a copy or two in the past, but did not receive the one about the hotel mistake fares. May I have a copy too, please. Thanks!!

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