2015 DC Sakura Trip

10 – 12 April, 2015

Total:$140.04 + 12,236 Southwest RR points + 15,000 Club Carlson points + Marriott Category 4 Reward Certificate + $62.34 uber credit

2015-dc

Plane Ticket

Indianapolis (IND) -> Washington National (DCA): Economy Class (Free companion) on Southwest Airlines
4,682 Southwest Rapid Reward Points + $11.20 tax/fee
Washington National (DCA) -> Indianapolis (IND): Economy class (Free companion) on Southwest Airlines
7,554 Southwest Rapid Reward Points + $11.20 tax/fee

Hotel

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Indianapolis Airport South (10-12 Apr) (Park&Fly Package)
15,000 Club Carlson points (Free one night from Club Carlson credit card)
Residence Inn Arlington Capital View (11-12 Apr)
Marriott Category 4 Certificate

Transportation

uber
$62.34 uber credit

Attraction

IMAX Theater (Screening: Living in the Age of Airplanes)
$18

Food
$99.64

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2015 Dallas/Peru Trip

12 – 22 March 2015

Total:
$1,465.26 Cash
$1.00 Walmart Gift Card
$54.10 Uber credit
40,000 UA miles
30,000 AA miles
9,000 BA Avios
14,000 Southwest Rapid Reward points
31,000 SPG points
15,000 Club Carlson points

2015-peru

Plane Ticket

Indianapolis (IND) -> Dallas Love Field (DAL): Economy Class (Free companion) on Southwest Airlines
9,507 Southwest Rapid Reward Points + $11.20 tax/fee
Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) -> Lima (LIM): Economy Class (Free Main Cabin Extra) on American Airlines
30,000 American Airlines miles + $41.20 tax/fee
Lima (LIM) -> Cusco (CUZ): Economy class on LAN Airlines
9,000 British Airways Avios + $21.51 tax/fee
Cusco (CUZ) -> Lima (LIM) -> Panama City (PTY) -> Washington DC Dulles (IAD): Economy class on Copa Airlines
40,000 United Airlines miles + $107.48 tax/fee
Washington National (DCA) -> Indianapolis (IND): Economy class (Free companion) on Southwest Airlines
4,493 Southwest Rapid Reward Points + $11.20 tax/fee

Hotel

Country Inn & Suites Dallas Love Field (Medical Center) (12-14 Mar): Standard Room (Free upgrade to 2 Rooms Suite)
15,000 Club Carlson points (Free one night from Club Carlson credit card)
Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center (14-16 Mar): Classic Room (Free upgrade to Executive Club Room)
7,000 SPG points
Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa (16-18 Mar): Superior Room (Free upgrade to Deluxe Room)
24,000 SPG points
Hotel Taypikala Machupicchu (18-19 Mar): Triple Room
$116.35 (Booking.com special rate)
Tierra Viva Cusco San Blas (19-21 Mar): Suite
$230 (Travelocity rate + $80 promotional discount)
The Westin Washington Dulles Airport (21 – 22 Mar): Traditional Room (Free upgrade to Suite with complimentary breakfast)
$47.45 (+ $25 Hotel Engine credit)

Car Rental

Avis (Dallas Love Field Airport) (12-14 Mar)
$53.68

Fuel
$12.03 [$8.02 after cost sharing]

Attraction

Dallas World Aquarium
$45.36 (plus $5 in parking)
Huaca Pucllana
$7.72 (S./ 24)
Salineras of Maras (Salt Mine)
$6.75 (S./ 20)
Moray and Ollantaytambo
$47.27 (S./ 140)
Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu
$104.76 (S./ 304)

Transportation

Fuel to IND Airport
$14.12
Uber in Peru
$12.56 (S./ 39)
Limousine Taxi to/from Lima Airport
$67.30 (S./ 204.14)
Train (Perurail) from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
$120
Train (Perurail) from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
$158
Bus to/from Machu Picchu
$48

Sacred Valley Tour Guide

https://www.facebook.com/sacredvalleytaxitour
Ride from Cusco Airport to Tambo Del Inka (Urubamba): S./ 100
Ride from Tembo Del Inka to Ollantaytambo Train Station: S./ 45
Ride from Ollantaytambo Train Station to Tierra Viva Cusco San Blas: S./ 130
1 Day Tour around Sacred Valley (including Salineras of Maras, Moray, and Ollantaytambo): S./ 280
Tip: S./ 45
Total: $135.05 (S./ 600)

Food

Indianapolis + Dallas: $75.88
Peru: $154.90 (S./ 466.73)
Washington DC: $5.96

Others

Peruvian Sim Card (Entel): $16.21 (S./ 48)
Bell Boy Tip at Tampo Del Inka: $6.75 (S./ 20)
Laundry in Peru: $3.38 (S./ 10)

2014 Orlando/Honolulu trip

23 December 2014 – 5 January 2015

Total:

$1,830.66 Cash

$157.66 Disney Gift Card (14% discount)

$34.49 Walmart Gift Card (7% discount)

$24.76 Dunkin Donut Gift Card (free)

$10.78 Starbucks Gift Card (50% discount)

$88.44 Uber credit

$48.07 Lyft credit

40,000 US Bank Flexperks points

9,550 Barclay Arrival Plus miles

8,530 Southwest Rapid Reward points

67,500 AA miles

14,000 SPG points

195,000 IHG points

2014-orlando_honolulu

Plane Ticket

Indianapolis (IND) -> Orlando (MCO): Economy Class (Free companion) on Southwest Airlines
8,530 Southwest Rapid Reward Points + $5.00 tax/fee
Orlando (MCO) -> Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) -> Honolulu (HNL): Economy Class (Free Main Cabin Extra) on American Airlines
40,000 US Bank Flexpoints + $5.16 tax/fee from cancelled Alaska Airlines flight using British Airways Avios
Honolulu (HNL) -> Las Vegas (LAS): First class on Hawaiian Airlines
Las Vegas (LAS) -> Charlotte (CLT) -> Indinapolis (IND): First class on American Airlines
67,500 American Airlines miles + $5.00 tax/fee

Hotel

Extended Stay America Indianapolis – Airport (Park&Fly Package) (23-24 Dec)
$54.70
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort (23-24 Dec): Standard View Room
$128.30 (Travelocity rate + $50 promotional discount)
Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort (24-28 Dec): Traditional Room (Free upgrade to Pool View Room)
14,000 SPG points + 2,500 Barclay Arrival miles + $19.80 resort fee
Holiday Inn Express and Suites : Orlando-Lake Buena Vista East (28-29 Dec): Standard Room
20,000 IHG points
The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport (29-30 Dec): Standard Room (Free upgrade to Executive Suite Room)
7,050 Barclay Arrival miles (Hotwire secret rate)
Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber (30 Dec – 4 Jan): Standard View Room (Free upgrade to Ocean View Room)
175,000 IHG points

Car Rental

Avis (Sheraton Waikiki – W6S) (2-4 Jan)
$7.57 tax/fee + $60.73 LDW insurance (with $134.98 AVIS first coupon)

Fuel
$35.20

Attraction

Disney World (4 days park hopping): $699.50
Universal Studio Orlando (3 days park-to-park): $355.98

Transportation

Uber: $88.44 uber credit
Lyft: $48.07 Lyft credit + $7.00 tips
Bus: $10.00 at Honolulu

Food
Indianapolis: $32.50
Orlando: $41.10 + $132.66 (in Disney Gift Card) + $24.76 (in Dunkin Donut Gift Card) + $5.07 (in Starbucks Gift Card)
Hawaii: $321.53 + $5.71 (in Starbucks Gift Card)

Others
Snorkeling gears + Beach mat + other groceries: $32.84 + $34.49 (in Walmart Gift Card)
Locker Rental: $25.00 (in Disney Gift Card)
Daimond Head Park entry fee: $2.00
Laundry: $3.00
Misc. Tips: $3.75

2014 Yosemite/San Francisco Trip

28 August – 1 September, 2014

Total: $270.67 + 40,000 Flexperks points + 7,500 Marriott Rewards points + $41.52 uber credit

2014-yosemite

Plane Ticket

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) -> San Francisco Airport (SFO): Economy Class (Free Economy+) on United Airlines
San Francisco Airport -> Chicago O’Hare (ORD) (SFO): Economy Class (Free Economy+) on United Airlines
40,000 Flexperks points

Hotel

Fairfield Inn Tracy (28-29 Aug)
7,500 Marriott Rewards points

Days Inn Oakhurst Yosemite (29 Aug-1 Sep) (leave 1 day early)
60,000 Wynham Rewards points
*Note* 60,000 Wynham Rewards points were bought for $347.60 through Daily Getaway campaign

Hotel Triton via HotelTonight (31 Aug-1 Sep)
$62

Car Rental

Budget Rent-a-car (SFO->SFO)
$78.45 [$140.01 after cost sharing including fuel]

Transportation

uber $12.38 + $41.52 uber credit

Attraction

Yosemite National Park Permit
$20

Food + Misc.
$136.51

2014 Tokyo/Bangkok Trip

10 July – 8 August, 2014

Total: $1,108.54 + 130,000 UA miles

2014-tokyo

Plane Ticket

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) -> Tokyo Narita (NRT): Economy Class on ANA
Tokyo Narita (NRT) -> Bangkok (BKK): Economy Class on Thai Airways
Bangkok (BKK) -> Stockholm (ARN): Economy Class on Thai Airways
Stockholm (ARN) -> Chicago (ORD): Economy Class (free upgrade to Premium Economy) on SAS

130,000 UA miles + $165.80

Hotel

Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda (11-12 Jul)
8,000 Choice Privileges points

Hakone Hotel, Kowakien (12-13 Jul)
$285.87 [¥19,308 after cost sharing]

Comfort Hotel Tokyo Kanda (13-16 Jul)
24,000 Choice Privileges points

*Note* 32,000 Choice Privileges points were bought for $118.80 through Daily Getaway campaign

Transportation

Fuel for Home->ORD
$28

Rapid Train from NRT
¥2,980

Local Train+Bus
¥13,597

Keisei Skyliner to NRT
¥$4,400

Attraction

Cable Car at Hakone
¥3,020

Tokyo Disney Sea Ticket
¥12,800

Wifi Rental

Blank Wifi
$39.88 (¥4060)

Food
¥28,492

2014 Boston Trip

19 – 22 June, 2014

Total: $433.99 + 50,000 Delta Skymiles + 6,000 SPG points + $65.68 uber credit

2014-boston

Plane Ticket

Indianapolis (IND) -> Boston Logan (BOS): Economy Class on Delta Airlines
Boston Logan (BOS) -> Indianapolis (IND) : Economy Class on Delta Airlines
50,000 Delta Skymiles + $10.00

Hotel

Extended Stay America – Indianapolis – Airport (Park&Fly Package) via Hotwire (19-20 Jun)
$34.35

Sheraton Colonial Boston North Hotel & Conference Center (20-22 Jun)
6,000 SPG points

Transportation

MBTA CharlieTicket 7-day pass
$36

MBTA (Rail Commuter)
$24

Package Express (Package Storage)
$22

uber
$6 + $65.68 uber credit

Misc.
$2

Attraction

New England Aquarium Whale Watch – Boston Harbor Cruises
$127.94

Food
$171.50

2014 DC Sakura Trip

11 – 14 April, 2014

Total: $491.35 + 18,000 BA Avios + $69.62 uber credit + $21.33 spothero credit

2014-dc

Plane Ticket

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) -> Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): Economy Class on American Airlines
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) -> Chicago O’Hare (ORD): Economy Class on American Airlines
18,000 British Airway Avios + $15.86

Hotel

Residence Inn Arlington Capital View (11-12 Apr)
$123.17 [$82.11 after cost sharing]

Ritz Carlton Pentagon City
$179.67 [$89.84 after cost sharing]

Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City
$164.98 [$109.99 after cost sharing]

Transportation

Fuel (Home<->ORD Airport)
$40.01 [$21.67 after cost sharing]

DC Metro Ticket
$5.40

uber@DC
$102.64 uber credit [$69.62 after cost sharing]

Misc.
$3.33

Food

$163.15

Airport Parking

Marriott O’Hare (through SpotHero)
$32 spothero credit [$21.33 after cost sharing]

2014 Los Angeles/Alaska Trip

14 – 23 March, 2014

Total: $2,192.51 + 25,000 UA miles + $88 spothero credit

2014-alaska

Plane Ticket

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) -> Los Angeles (LAX): Economy Class on United Airlines

$240

Los Angeles (LAX) -> Seattle Tacoma (SEA) -> Anchorage (ANC): Economy Class on United Airlines

$429.38

Anchorage (ANC) -> Chicao O’Hare (ORD): Economy Class (free complementary upgrade to one First Class seat) on United Airlines

25,000 UA miles + $5.00

Hotel

La Quinta Inn & Suites Orange County – Santa Ana via Priceline (14-15 Mar)
$63.27 [$42.18 after cost sharing]

Holiday Inn La Mirada (15-16 Mar)
$107.80 [$71.87 after cost sharing]

Ramada Anaheim Maingate North (16-18 Mar)
$137.24

Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles – LAX Airport via Hotwire (18-19 Mar)
$107.83  [$71.89 after cost sharing]

Northern Sky Lodge (19-20 Mar)
$144.72 [$57.60 after cost sharing]

Mt. Aurora Lodge (20-21 Mar)
$237.60 [$95.04 after cost sharing]

A taste of Alaska Lodge (21-22 Mar)
$248.40 [$113.36 after cost sharing]

Holiday Inn Express Anchorage (22-23 Mar)
$133.28 [$57.79 after cost sharing]

Car Rental

Budget Rent-a-car (LAX->LAX)

$126.68 [$113.83 after cost sharing including fuel]

Alamo (ANC->ANC)

$173.79 [$134.95 after cost sharing including fuel]

Transportation

Parking

$16

Misc.

$7

Attraction

$200 Disney Gift Card (for Disney Land)
$173.16

Airport Parking

Marriott O’Hare (through SpotHero)

$88 spothero credit

Food

$466.34

2013 UK Trip

16 – 28 December, 2013

Total: $4,553.49

2013-uk

Plane Ticket

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) -> Dublin (DUB) -> London Heathrow (LHR): Economy Class on Aer Lingus

Glasgow (GLA) -> Dublin (DUB) -> Chicago O’Hare (ORD): Economy Class on Aer Lingus

$1,853.16

Hotel

Holiday Inn Chicago-Elk Grove (Park&Fly Package) (15-16 Dec)

$100.80

ibis budget London Whitechapel (17-19 Dec)

£99.75 ($159.36)

YHA Oxford (21-22 Dec)

£64

ibis budget Leeds Centre (22-23 Dec)

£30

ibis budget Glasgow (23-27 Dec)

£136

Car Rental

Budget Rent-a-car (Oxford -> Glasgow)

£370.81 ($443.32 for £276.16 prepaid portion)

Transportation

Train

£51.8 ($83.34)

UK Visa

$295.49

Food + Misc

$1,054.68

2013 New York Trip

30 August – 1 September, 2013

Total: $869.30

2013-ny

Plane Ticket

Chicago O’Hare -> New York LaGuardia (LGA): Economy Class on Delta Airlines
New York LaGuardia (LGA) -> Chicago O’Hare (ORD: Economy Class on Delta Airlines
$483.60

Hotel

AirBnb
$174 [$116 after cost sharing]

Airport Parking

Westin O’Hare (through airportparkingreservations.com)

$17.97 [$11.98 after cost sharing]

Food + Transportation

$257.72