Recap: 2016 Travel

Wowzer! It’s hard to believe we’ve made an entire rotation around the earth again (I mean, not really, but time flies when you’re having fun!). I wanted to end 2016 with a post on what we spent on travel during the year, and what we saved by using points.

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Recap: A Year on the Rails

In my week of recaps, I wanted to start with the one I was most excited to examine:  my Amtrak travel! As we all know, or should know by now, I love Amtrak for the convenience of getting to all the places I really need to go:  home and Nick’s home (conveniently also Hamilton). So, let’s dive in, and see what a year on the rails looked like!

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Recap: November Travel

November was a whirlwind of a month! We had a staycation and hosted our families for Thanksgiving, which was hectic, but allowed us to spend the holiday as one family for the first time! We also finally made it to Harry Potter World, and pun intended, it was magical! Here’s a recap of our travel for November:

Date Item Points Used (Cash Saved) Cash Used
11/18 2x Delta tickets, LGA-MCO, economy 30,000 ($366.20)
11/18-11/20 Rental Car, Enterprise, Economy, Kia Rio or Similar $80.01
11/18-11/20 2 nights – DoubleTree Buena Vista, King Suite Free Room Voucher (up to $250) $112.50
11/19 2x Harry Potter World tickets + Universal Express $470.00
11/20 2x Delta tickets, MCO-LGA, economy 30,000 ($366.20)
TOTAL 60,000 ($732.40) + $250 in free lodging = $982.40 $662.51

Recap: September Travel

September was a relatively low-key travel month:  Nick and I went to visit my parents in New Hampshire, and I needed to make a last minute trip home at the end of the month. Nothing fancy or exotic (or cheap!).

Date Item Points Used (Cash Saved) Cash Used
9/1 2x Amtrak tickets, NYP-BOS $76.00
9/1 2x Concord Coach tickets, BOS-CON $30.00
9/5 2x Concord Coach tickets, CON-BOS $30.00
9/5 2x Amtrak Acela tickets, BOS-NYP $207.00
9/29 1x Amtrak ticket, NYP-BOS $125.00
9/29 1x Concord Coach ticket, BOS-CON $15.00
TOTAL $483.00

In sum, we used no points towards travel expenses (womp womp, we’ll need to try harder next time!), and spend $483 on five train tickets and five bus tickets. Average train ticket price? $81.60. Not terrible, but not great. The last minute trip at the end of the month definitely drove up the price, as the NYP-BOS-NYP trip can usually be done for under $100.