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1 week left on my mom’s Around the World Surprise Birthday Trip.
This is by far the biggest, most planned, and epic trip I’ve ever executed. By the end of it I will have escorted my parents around the world and secured them 5 different First Class products all booked with points over 24 days. The only reason they won’t be in first on certain routes is because it isn’t available and they’ll be in business. We’ll also use points for all but 3 nights – all in 4 and 5 star hotels. It’s been absolutely amazing seeing their reaction, impression, shock, surprise and most of all…creating the lifelong memories. This trip is EXACTLY why I’m so obsessed with making sure I squeeze value out of my spend, credit cards, and point redemptions. It’s hard to believe we’re on the trip as it’s been planned for so long, but more surreal we have only 1 week left. My mom has had more surprise birthday cakes on this trip than I think maybe ever in her life. WOOT WOOT! Here’s a quick look at a few things we’ve done thus far on points and a couple highlights we’ve been able to splurge on because of all the savings 🙂
Cathay First Class from Boston to Beijing via Hong Kong. Alaska 70k plus ~$50
JW Marriott Beijing 1 Bedroom Executive Suite with Club Access…12k points per night + $70.
Great Wall of China.
Singapore Suites Beijing to Singapore and First Class from Singapore to Dubai. 97,500 Krisflyer + $119 ( including $100 stopover fee)
A splurge on Mandapa, A Ritz Carlton Reserve property in Ubud, Bali
Conrad Bali – 60k plus $150 for an Ocean Front King Suite
Intercontinental Singapore – 6ok points per night.
JW Marriott Dubai – One Bedroom Suite 35k Marriott Rewards + $75 per night with club access
Afternoon Tea at The Burj Khalifa
There is a lot more to come and I will go through a thorough explanation of how I booked and planned this epic trip, but thought a little update might be fun 😉
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