Note: Sorry this is one day late. I hate some issues with finding a wi-fi connection in Algecias, Spain last night. I am currently sitting in a train station in Tangier, Morocco waiting for my overnight train to Marrakech.
A new year and a new decade is upon us and it is fitting that I lay out my travel goals for 2010 on this first day of the year.
- Tokyo, Japan
- Shanghai and Beijing, PRC
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
- Dublin, Ireland
- Dubai, UAE
- Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Canada (probably via car from PHL unless UA brings back the 15K US/Canada awards)
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Nadi, Fiji
If the POTUS and Congress decide to lift the silly travel ban to Cuba, Havana will move to the top of my list.
FREQUENT FLYER GOALS
My work schedule left me with frequent opportunities to travel last year and I do not anticipate the same opportunities this year. Therefore, I am going to conservatively estimate that I will only bank 125,000 EQMs this year on UA. This is partly because I want to burn some miles (including miles from my AA, BD, and DL accounts) and partly because I hope to spend my summer working in Germany (which would give me a great opportunity to take weekend trips, but not cheap UA transcons).
If UA reintroduces the ONT-TPA (or similar) deal, I will likely also use two of those trips to re-qualify for British Midland Gold status. Even though Red Carpet Clubs leave much to be desired, I have become accustomed to having access to all Star Alliance lounges before my flights and like 1K status—once you have it, it is hard to give it up (so hard I have not even contemplated it!).
Shortly, I will be introducing a new name for my blog rather than simply “Matthew’s Blog.” I hope that doing so will increase my audience and increase the number of visitors to upgrd.com. I plan to continue to update the blog daily and attempt to make the content more helpful and interesting to my readers.
Happy New Year! Once again, it’s time to fly.