I imagine most husbands’ idea of some time away means a few days at the beach? Couple days at a cabin?
I’m not really sure, as I’m very late to the marriage game and Miles Chasing Mad Scientist Husband is my entire husband sample.
Beyond family, MCMSH’s passion is collecting frequent flyer miles without flying and cashing them in to travel the world First Class on the fanciest planes, fanciest airlines, which he likes to point out upfront are not going to be US-based carriers.
So, buckle your seat belts.
Here’s the 12-day, around-the-world trip we just took.
Just the facts:
12 flights, 5 airlines, 2 boat rides.
31,754 miles flown.
Would’ve cost $87,532 for two if MCMSH was the type to pay cash or had that kind of disposable income. Neither of which will probably ever be true.
Instead he paid a whopping total of $383.45 per person!
Yep, flew around the world first class for less than it would’ve cost us to fly to California in Coach.
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Keep in mind, flying direct is not on top of the list priorities for MCMSH. And he insists this can actually be done even more cheaply if you want to fly on what he calls “crappy” planes.
We flew Atlanta-Charlotte-DC.
From Dulles, we boarded Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
We each had our own fully enclosed suite.
Husband complained when we landed in Abu Dhabi 13 1/2 hours later. “Flight wasn’t long enough,” he bummed, to enjoy all the fun stuff on board!”
Plenty of fun ahead. Spent the night in Abu Dhabi, flew out next day to Male, the capital city of of The Maldives, a nation of 1,192 islands spread over 35,000 in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I think MCMSH picked one of the most remote. From Male, we had another hour flight in a tiny plane and across the dark, choppy ocean in this tiny boat.
But it led to this:
This resort was the original inspiration of the trip. MCMSH earned us four free nights by signing us up for the Chase Hyatt Visa. (See ** below for MCMSH’s rec on best way to sign up for this card.)
He wanted to spend those nights at one of the most expensive properties in the world.
Expensive with reason.
Check out our over-the-water villa:
Resort takes up the entire tiny island. No need to go anywhere, just step down off the ladder of your deck for the best snorkeling ever.
After 4 days in the Maldives it was time to get back on that darn boat.
Male-Doha-Abu Dhabi, where Husband revealed the trip’s big surprise. He’d planned the whole thing, but waited until the middle of the night, just outside the Etihad First Class Lounge to tell me where in the world we were headed next.
I now know one of the big reasons, MCMSH picked our next destination–Etihad had just started flying their A380 First Apartments on the Abu Dhabi-Sydney Route.
Once I woke up, I could order anything I wanted off the four page menu.
Apartment sets up so that you can invite a friend over to share a meal.
Did I mention, there’s a shower on board!
Etihad First Class ticket includes getting picked up at the airport in Sydney by Mercedes limo with driver.
And taken to our hotel, which was the incredible Park Hyatt Sydney right on the Harbor! Again, MCMSH cashed in points for a free stay.
So glad Husband picked Sydney!
My one job before this trip was to give MCMSH a list of names and email of friends I have living around the world. He used the info to set up dinner with Bruce and Teresa who have been living in Sydney since we were next door neighbors in Phoenix 20-years ago.
Time to leave all too soon. That means not going home direct.
And finally ride home, the next day from Seoul to Atlanta.
Complain about airplane food? Without a doubt Korean Air First Class had the best food of any airline we flew over the trip. Only complaints here–they don’t stop feeding you! 3 meals over 14 hours. First meal alone, was 7-courses of fine dining.
By the way, does it look like I’m wearing a lot of the same clothes in many of the shots? One of the rules of traveling with MCMSH–everyone goes with carry on luggage only! Just in case, he gets wind of an even better flight we can catch, he doesn’t want us beholden to already checked luggage. This means squishing 12 days of clothes into one small suitcase and one backpack. That includes making space for my “Big Girl Camera,” laptop, and bag of electric converters to fit in an of the six countries we passed through over the 12 days. So, yeah, fashion takes a hit.
((For the credit card that gets you the free nights at any Hyatt property in the world. MCMSH recs that you got to Hyatt.com. Start process to book a room. Select city, dates, room type. That will take you to the “Complete Your Reservation” Page. At the bottom of that page, you’ll see an ad for the same card I mentioned above. This time, though, it has a “Get a $50 Statement Credit.” Click through there to apply. MCMSH says this is the best offer out there for this card. Once you’ve applied, you can cancel that fake reservation you were making. If you and your partner, spouse, or friend each get a card, you suddenly have 4 nights paid at any Hyatt property in the world, including Park Hyatt which are nicest hotels. Yep, this is the brain I live with.))
I hope this gives you a taste of our different way of traveling. How luxury travel can be fun and affordable. For more tips on how you can get on board check out my regular website, DarynKagan.com.