Yesterday, I took the opportunity to rest and relax at my good friend’s temporary house in Canberra Australia while she went to work.
And because it’s been more than a month since my Catch-up in Christchurch post, I figured I also needed to catch my readers up on how and where my points and miles were spent since then.
So… on Tuesday March 13, I took a 7:00am one-way bus tour from Christchurch to Queenstown for 31,750 British Avios points otherwise it would’ve been $228.44 on Viator or $81 economy flight and I never would’ve seen Mt. Cook.
Queenstown, New Zealand
From Tuesday, March 13 to Wednesday March 21, I stayed 8 nights at the Coronation Lodge Queenstown for 110,022 Chase points otherwise it would’ve been $1,375.
Wednesday, March 21, I flew economy class back to Sydney Australia on Virgin Australia for 12,912 Citi ThankYou points otherwise it would’ve been $148.
From Wednesday March 21 to Saturday March 24, I stayed 3 nights at the Megaboom City Hotel for 36,252 Chase points otherwise it would’ve been $453.
On Friday March 23, I attended Opening Night for La Boheme at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbor (a venue across the Quay from the Opera House)
Saturday March 24, I flew economy class on Qantas to Brisbane for 10,000 American Airlines points + $16.80 otherwise it would’ve been $159.
From Saturday March 24 to Tuesday March 27, I stayed 3 nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane for 21,000 SPG (Starwood) points otherwise it would’ve been $427.
Tuesday March 27, I flew Qantas business class to Cairns for 20,000 American Airlines points + $21.50 otherwise it would’ve been $401
From Tuesday March 27 to Tuesday April 3, I stayed 7 nights at the Hilton Cairns for 230,000 Hilton points otherwise it would’ve been $1384. In addition, I was upgraded due to my Diamond status to an Executive Level room with a great view of the Casino and Harbor plus I enjoyed some of the best happy-hour canapés/appetizers I’ve ever had.
Tuesday April 3, I flew economy to Perth on Virgin Australia for 29,080 Citi ThankYou points otherwise it would’ve been $363.
From Tuesday April 3 to Tuesday April 10, I spent 7 nights at the Parmelia Hilton Perth for 255,000 Hilton points otherwise it would’ve been $1290. On March 31, I lost my Diamond status and went back to Gold but I was still upgraded to a Deluxe room with a very large bathroom and balcony with only a view of nearby office buildings.
Tuesday April 10 I took a red-eye economy flight to Ayers Rock on JetStar with a 1-hour layover in Melbourne for 26,100 Chase points otherwise it would’ve been $347.83. Note: I will never pay for another JetStar flight again, ever.
Ayers Rock/Uluru, Australia
From Wednesday April 11, I spent 2 nights at the Desert Gardens Hotel for 42,226 Chase points otherwise it would’ve been $633.
Friday April 13, I flew Qantas business class to Adelaide with a 2-hour layover in Alice Springs for 20,000 American Airlines points + $66.40 otherwise it would’ve been $565
From Friday April 13 to Wednesday April 18, I spent 5 nights at the Holiday Inn Express Adelaide City Centre for 50,000 IHG points + $350.00 otherwise it would’ve been $658. Not my smartest move but it’s what I had left at the time.
Wednesday April 18, I flew to Canberra in economy on Virgin Australia for 10,112 Citi ThankYou points otherwise $127.
And that brings us back to hanging out with my friend in Canberra; chatting, laughing and having a good time with all the money I saved!
The journey continues in Points and Miles Catch-up from Washington DC.
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