Round the World 2016

RTW Trip Preparations

How to Plan Your First Ultimate Round the World Trip

How I Booked 20 Flights – 40,000+ Miles of Flying for $1,016

Ultimate Travel Gear and Trip Packing Guide 2016

How to Decide Between Choosing Legacy Airline Carriers or Low-Cost Airlines

Visa Requirements and Traveling with Two Passports

Travel Insurance – To Be Covered or Not To Be Covered?

Tips on Planning Your Travels Around Local Weather and Climate

Earn and Redeem Airline Points

Earn and Redeem Mileage Plan on Alaska Airlines or Partner Airlines

Earn and Redeem HawaiianMiles on Hawaiian or Partner Airlines

Earn and Redeem Executive Club Avios on British Airways or OneWorld Partners

Earn and Redeem AAdvantage on American Airlines or One World Partners

Earn and Redeem MileagePlus on United Airlines or Star Alliance Partners

Airline Flying Reports

The Business Class Experience on Boeing 777-200 (Two Class) with United

The Business Class Experience on Boeing 777 with Cathay Pacific

The Business Class Experience on Boeing 737-800 with Qantas

The Business Class Experience on A330-200 with Qantas

The Business Class Experience on Boeing 777-200 with KLM

The Business Class Experience on Boeing 787-800 with Thai Airways

The Business Class Experience on Boeing 787-800 with Royal Jordanian

The Business Class Experience on A320 and A321 with British Airways

The First Class Experience on A380 (Three Class) with Emirates

The First Class Experience on Boeing 767-400ER (Two Class) with United

Location Trip Reports

Taipei – Taiwan

Hong Kong – Hong Kong

Brisbane and Gold Coast – Australia

Sydney – Australia

Singapore – Singapore

Bali – Indonesia

Krabi – Thailand

Bangkok – Thailand

Amman – Jordan

Athens – Greece

Central United Kingdom

London – United Kingdom

Menorca – Spain

Barcelona – Spain

Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Overall Trip Statistics

Mileage Points Redeemed: 384,250 points

Mileage Taxes & Fees: $1016.89

Miles Flown: 40,541 miles

Mile Hours: 89.8 hours (~ 3.75 days)

Number of Airlines: 10 Airlines

Hawaiian, United, Eva Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, KLM, Thai Airways, Royal Jordanian, British Airways, Emirates

Number of Alliances: 3

Star Alliance, Oneworld, Skyteam

Long-Haul Flights (more than 2 hours): 14

Short-Haul Flights (less than 2 hours): 9

Number of Different Aircraft: 11

Airbus Aircraft Flown: A380-800, A330-300, A330-200, A321, A320

Boeing Aircraft Flown: 787, 777-300ER, 777-200, 767-400ER, 737-800, 717-200

Other Aircraft Flown: Embraer RJ-175

Number of Economy Class Flights: 8

Number of Business/First Class Flights: 15

Dreaming of Travel Adventures

Ever since I was little, I got excited anytime I would go traveling. I would excitedly sit next to the airport terminal windows and watch airplanes land and takeoff in awe. I would dream about all those faraway destinations that these airplanes flew to. From European cities to tropical escapes, these places were only easily accessible by reading about them or through friends showing me their pictures.

As I grew up, these travel dreams continued to get distant and distant. Grade school and college occupied majority of my time. Then I felt that I wouldn’t be able to travel much unless I had saved up enough money from a regular job to pay for expensive flights, hotels, and other travel leisures. I always thought to myself, how do those people travel constantly? Oh, it must be because they have a good-paying job. Or it must be because they are wealthy. Therefore, I believed there was no chance for me.

Bit by the Travel Bug

Luckily, the tides changed when I was bit by the travel bug in September of 2010. The U.S. domestic carrier, JetBlue luckily launched their second year of “All You Can Jet” promotion. I immediately jumped on the opportunity to travel anywhere on JetBlue’s network for low cost of $499! The sixteen flights allowed me to see much more of the U.S. and visit family and friends easily. After the adventure ended, how thought … how do I continue to maximize my travel adventures?

And that’s where it all started. I began to learn the ropes of travel hacking. Credit card applying strategies that yielded all of the points you needed to travel all over the world. These strategies have truly opened many doors to the vast destinations I can explore!

Follow My Round the World 2016 Adventures

I will outline my Round the World 2016 adventure in series of blog posts that explain how I acquired points, redeemed points, and pre-planned the trip. And then as I go on my trip journey in 2016, I will outline trip reports of all of the airlines I fly with and destinations I explore.

I want to connect with you!

If you currently live in the locations or will be traveling to the locations that I will be traveling to, I’d love to hear from you! Any local tips or ideas of what to do and where to go are much appreciated. Feel free to reach out to me here.

Follow my around the world quest as I travel going westward to and from Hawaii.

Aloha to travel adventures,
Harrison

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