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2012: Year In Reivew

Hard to believe it’s the final day of the year, and what a year it has been!  I thought I would take a moment to share my travel, miles, and points highlights from each month:

January—I had the privilege of being interviewed by Million Mile Secrets, which made the launch of my blog a success.  Thanks MMS, and to who all who read my blog!
In addition, I also started my award consulting service.
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February—I received complimentary Platinum status with Le Club Accor Hotels, but never ended up using it before it expired.  They do, however tend to give Platinum status away quite often.
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March—In March I had the opportunity to visit Tampa, FL for a few days of surf and sun.  You can find my full trip report here, which is also listed in my Trip Report Index.  I still find myself thinking about the incredible dinner I had at Bern’s Steak House, from time to time!
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Enjoying Clearwater Beach

Enjoying Clearwater Beach

April—In may I had the chance to attend the Freddie Awards and Frequent Traveler University, in New Jersey.  It was a great experience getting to meet and hangout with other points junkies, fellow bloggers, and travel industry personnel.  In addition, I also had the chance to visit New York for the first time, which was an amazing experience!  Coincidentally, I was looking at the Freedom Tower from the 9/11 Memorial, when it surpassed the Empire State Building as the tallest building in New York City.
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Freddie1

Freddie Awards Ceremony

Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center)

Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center)

May—I had the opportunity to travel to Louisville, KY with my family for a wedding.  While there, we were able to visit the Louisville Slugger museum, which was fascinating.  If you are ever in Louisville, I also highly recommend visiting the Louisville Mega Caverns.  The cave used to be a limestone mine, and in addition to a storage vault, had an awesome zip line course, the longest of which is 700 feet long.  It was a ton of fun!
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Louisville Slugger Museum

Louisville Slugger Museum

June—I headed back to Tulsa for a friend’s wedding, and had a great time catching up with some classmates while there.

I also  completed a 6-stay Marriott Gold Elite challenge, which gives me free internet and lounge access at Marriott properties, through February 2014.  Of course, my mattress running wasn’t without a goof-up on my part, as I thought I had cancelled a reservation, only to discover two days later I was being charged with a no-show fee.  Don’t make the same mistake!
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July—In July, I was accepted for the Hyatt Card from Chase.  As I had covered earlier in the year, by having Platinum status from a 90-day trial when I met the minimum spend requirement, I was given two award certificates, and two suite upgrade certificates.  How great is that!
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August—In August I headed down to Atlanta, GA for a few days of sightseeing, meeting up with some friends, and watching some good old-fashioned football.  The full trip report can be found here.  I had some great hotel experiences, despite the fact that I stayed in Atlanta for next to nothing!
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Tennessee - NC State Game

Tennessee – NC State Game

September—Following the Freddies earlier in the year, I had been contacted by Ed French.  I was already planning on doing a series on the value of Marriott Rewards, and decided an interview would be a great way to conclude.  No, I didn’t get to all of the questions folks wanted me to ask, but Ed was very open, which made for a great interview.
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October— In October, I received the Delta SkyMiles Platinum card, from American Express.  I had been given a targeted offer, and in the end had a hard time turning down 25,000 SkyMiles, in addition to 15,000 Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) which helped me re-qualify for Gold Medallion.
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November—I head to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving, where I had a great time visiting with relatives.  Also while there, I interviewed with a company that may be hiring in the near future.  Let’s hope it pans out!
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An OK Thanksgiving

My dad and grandad

December—As I try to take my blog to another level, I have challenged myself to writing one post a day, for the month of December.  While a handful of them were indeed written in the wee hours of the morning, I am happy to report that I was able to do this, with the exception of Christmas.  I hope you enjoyed, and I will try to keep up the good work!
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Happy New Year!

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