The purpose of these “look back” posts at the end of the year is two-fold. They remind you about our trips of the past year but more importantly, they force me to review how I spent our points and money on hotel stays over the past 12 months.
For 2020, I’m using these posts as a historical marker to remind myself that while 2020 was full of disappointment and tragedy, we were still able to spend some time away from home.
We were coming off of 2019 when Sharon and I spent more time away from home than ever before, an unbelievable 60 nights spent in hotel rooms. While I wasn’t planning 3 weeks away from home for work in 2020, we had plenty of leisure trips planned for the year, none of which actually happened.
We spent almost all of our hotel nights in 2020 at Marriott Hotels. That was because two of those stays were in January and February before the travel lockdowns started. At the time, I was milking what I thought was the end of our Marriott Bonvoy Platinum status. Little did I know that we’d now have status thru 2023.
- Autograph Collection – 4 nights
- Sheraton – 4 nights
- Fairfield Inn – 1 night
We spent 4 nights at the Hotel Adagio in San Francisco, 4 nights at the Sheraton New York Times Square and 1 night at a Fairfield Inn in Savannah, GA. We spent $830 for the New York stay, $374, a free night from the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card and 40,000 Bonvoy points for the hotel in San Francisco and a free night certificate for the Savannah stay.
No one is more surprised than us that we spent 8 nights in cabins rented through Airbnb in 2020.
We didn’t redeem any points for the cabin rentals and our out of pocket cost for the rentals was less than $1000 for the 8 nights.
Disney Vacation Club
I’ve been an owner in the Disney Vacation Club timeshare since 1992 (when I convinced my parents to buy a membership). For years, we used our membership points to stay at Disney World but when I got married and moved to Florida, and my parents gave us the timeshare, we haven’t spent much time at DVC properties.
Welcome to 2020, when we were looking for places to spend a weekend and Vacation Club resorts had plenty of availability. We visited Vero Beach for a weekend and Hilton Head for a night on our way home from Pigeon Forge, TN.
I can’t put a fair cost on these stays because at this point, all I’m paying for our DVC membership is the yearly maintenance fees.
We stayed two nights at the Kimpton Arras in Asheville, NC.
I used one IHG free night certificate and 50,000 IHG points (of which I received 5,000 points back by having the IHG Select credit card)
That’s it for 2020. 22 nights away from home in a combination of hotels, timeshares and Airbnb cabins. I paid with a combination of cash, timeshare points, hotel points and free night certificates.
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