2013 – A (Personal) Travel Year in Review

2013 was an interesting year. Both for me personally from a travel perspective and also for the travel industry. Several firsts and several changes – some for the good and some for the bad. Here are a few I care about.

Personal Travel recap:

Personally, 2013 was a very interesting year. I made it to new countries this year, I stayed in new hotels and visited new places.

  • I travelled to 10 countries outside the US – the most ever in one year – Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, India, France, UK and Luxembourg
  • I went to the Far East for the 1st time
  • I took my first trans-Pacific flight – ORD-HKG
  • I travelled South of the Equator for the first time – Indonesia
  • I stayed in a JW Marriott (Bangkok) for the first time
  • I got upgraded to a suite in a 5-star hotel for the first time – Renaissance, Kuala Lumpur
  • I took the metro or equivalent local train/subway in five cities – London, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Tokyo
  • I travelled in Four airlines I had never travelled in before – Cathay Pacific, ANA, THAI and Singapore Airlines
  • I made it to 1K on United for the first time in a non promotion (DEQM) year
  • I also had a new ‘longest flight’ flown – ORD-HKG, unseating IAD-DXB (both on United)
  • I batted a 1000 on International upgrades to Business Class on United – 6 of 6 (using miles or GPU)!

Travel Industry new recap:

  • American Airlines and US Airways merged
  • The world’s longest flight: Singapore – Newark (SIN-EWR) ended
  • Qatar Airways joined OneWorld
  • Tata and Singapore Airlines announced a new venture – a new airline in India
  • The 787 had it’s share of issues – fires and more fires
  • Asiana had a 777 crash at SFO airport
  • United and Marriott announced crossover benefits (My favorite of the year!)
  • United and many other airlines announced massive devaluations of their mileage awards

What were your top stories (personal or industry) of the year? Leave a comment below and share with us!

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