Reader Request: Suggestions For A Memorable Luxury Trip

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Reader Request: Suggestions For A Memorable Luxury Trip

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Every week or so, I will post a reader question on the blog and ask you to write your suggestions in the comments.

After a few days, I’ll compile the responses along with my thoughts and publish it on the blog!

Plan a Memorable Trip To Africa or Asia

Million Mile Secrets reader Joe writes in to say (bolding mine):

“Over the last several months my wife and I have each (we both got the cards) got the BA 100,000 miles, Chase Sapphire 50,000 points, AA 150,000 miles (still hoping for the other 75,000 for the business card), Southwest 50,000, and SPG 30,000 points (a total of 12 cards – 6 each).

We should be able to fulfill the minimum spend on all of them and might also get the BA companion pass.

I want to plan a really nice trip for next year (spring or fall) to maybe somewhere in Africa or Asia. I want to fly first class in at least one direction and stay in nice hotels. We are open to any suggestion for a memorable luxury trip. What would you suggest?

Credit card bonuses are the fastest and easiest way to earn miles and points, and congratulations to Joe and his wife who earned 380,000 miles and points each by focusing on the best credit card deals!


1.   What would be the most memorable and luxurious 10 to 12 day trip Joe and his wife could take with their stash of miles and points?

2.   Should Joe and his wife visit Africa and Asia or are their other places he and his wife could visit?  Which places should Joe visit in Africa or Asia?

3.   Should Joe use the British Airways companion pass for his trip?  The companion pass is earned after spending $30,000 on the Chase BA card and allows you to redeem 2 award tickets on BA for the price of one.

4.  What are your suggestions for luxurious airline routes and hotels?

Joe and his wife would prefer to leave from Philadelphia, Washington, DC or Baltimore, but could depart from Newark or JFK if needed.

Please help Joe and his wife have Big Travel with Small Money for 10 to 12 days  in the comments below!

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I was amazed that no one suggested Bali, and glad to see you are leaning that way. I travel a lot, to a lot of places (trip # 5 to Paris coming up) and will be going to Bali (trip # 4 to Bali) next year, one of my favorite destinations. The stop over in HK is required as that is a fun town, makes NYC seem like a sleepy hamlet. In Bali you can do the ultimate luxury OR get to know a very interesting culture OR both. Suggestions: DO take the bike tour down the Volcano. I have some amazing photos from that tour I wish I could send you; during that tour I had Civit Cat coffee (google it) attended a traditional Bali wedding, and helped the elders of a village with the rice harvest, all while learning a lot about the culture. Also met a huge number of school kids.

Two of the best meals I have ever was Rijsttafel at Bumbo Bali ($55 for two people) you will need reservation before you go as they can book up 4 weeks out. Make sure the Balinese dancing is happening on the night you will be there.

I usually do not burn miles or points for a hotel on Bali. Paying cash for the Honeymoon Suite at the Ayoda Place, for example, you will wallow in luxury for maybe $260/night; then save your points for an expensive hotel in Paris or NYC.

Most people go up to Ubud for a few days, I stay at the home of the mayor of one of the villages that form the Ubud area ($50/night) and have at least one dinner with him and his family. The thing that sets Bali aprt, in my opinion, is the people. I try to get some of their values to rub off on me while I’m there.

This is a great topic. However, since we cannot collect points for restaurants as we do for flights and hotels, a better question would have been “what destination offering luxury hotels offers affordable meals as well?”.

Hi Darius,

This is Joe – the Joe who sent you the question. I am not sure if you will be adding your thoughts to the answers/suggestions but t is exciting to see what your readers are suggesting for our trip – maybe we will be able to make it two trips! We had not been thinking of Hawaii or South America but these are also places we have never been and it is exciting to add them to the mix. It looks like October/November 2012 is the time that will work best for us. Since sending the question we have looked at flying Cathay Pacific from JFK to Bali with a stopover in Hong Kong. However we really are open to anything that will be interesting and will maximize our miles and points (and will have some luxury!). Thank you so much for allowing our question to make it on your excellent web page. Joe.

For me, the flights and hotels, no matter how “luxurious” never compare with the experiences I gain while traveling. Thus, I would suggest you focus your trip on seeing or experiencing something truly amazing, and then pick the nicest flights and hotels you can find at that destination. The memories of the flight and hotel will likely fade away compared to the memories of amazing sights and new cultures.

It is really hard to give you good advice based on your request – i.e. I’m not sure if you want to travel around a bit and see a couple of places, or pick a luxury hotel on the beach and stay put.

That said, Angkor Wat in Cambodia was among the most memorable trips I’ve taken recently, and based on the amount of tourism in the area, I have no doubt there are some incredible luxury hotels. This could be easily combined with some travel in Vietnam, Laos, or Thailand as well.

Good luck!

Maldives, Maldives, and uh Maldives. Or Bora Bora.

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