Let’s talk about the term Travel Hacking
I have a good buddy named Jason who realized he was going to finish a few segments short of American Airlines Platinum status this year (see my handy guide for understanding AAdvantage status here). He decided to do a segment run yesterday to secure his status. Jason is one of the most Facebook friends I know, and he documented the trip honestly probably much better than I would’ve. I’ve done mileage runs before, including being stranded on a beach in St. Thomas for a night (which is actually way scarier than it sounds), and by the end of them I’m usually run pretty ragged. Jason did a 6 segment run mostly within the state of Texas, which I simply cannot imagine. His pictures captured it perfectly. They perfectly capture the progression from “Awesome!” to “wow I have a lot of flights left” to “This is the dumbest thing in the world”. Anyway, he started his journey early yesterday morning and was home in time for dinner, so congrats Jason and enjoy Platinum status! I’m going to shoot for Executive Platinum next year, so you and I might be mileage-run buddies soon.
For those of you in the USA, Happy Thanksgiving! For those elsewhere, happy Thursday evening! I just wanted to take a few moments to say thanks to everyone who has stumbled across Andy’s Travel Blog. We launched the blog two years ago and it’s been a heck of a ride. Here’s to many more! As part of Thanksgiving, I asked some of my fellow BoardingArea bloggers what they were thankful for, both in life and in the world of airline points/miles. Here were some of my favorite responses: Mark from TravelBlawg: I’m personally thankful for all the family, friends, and acquaintances I get to walk through life with, and the many more I have yet to meet! I’m most thankful for my United Premier Access (as I wrote about here). It may sound simple, but it saves me much time and stress, so I may focus on enjoying my travels even more! Brian from The Gate: I am thankful for my health. I have no allergies and take no medications — not even aspirin. Mentally and physically, I still feel like I am in my twenties. Although I have no one specific benefit related to frequent flier loyalty program miles and points for which I am thankful, I am truly thankful for all of the travel I have already accomplished in my life — and eager for more in the future… Jen (one of my favorite bloggers) from Jetsetter’s Homestead: I’m thankful for the gift and grace of travel. I’m… read more
Andy makes his way to Hallstatt, Austria. But not before another funny run-in with a random person in Slovenia.
Andy goes to Lake Bled in Slovenia. On his journey he manages to make a fool out of himself on multiple occasions and wonders whether he was meant to be a tourist or not. Featuring deer, Slovene policemen, and a lovely mountain lake.