Manufactured Spending isn’t for everyone, but I have been able to use certain methods to earn a lucrative amount of miles and points in the last several years. From flying to Hong Kong in United Polaris to staying at the Waldorf Los Cabo Pedregal, miles and points have made dream vacations a reality. I plan on continuing to churn, earn, and burn in 2023 so here’s a sneak peak!
Jen and I don’t have many upcoming travel plans for 2023. We did book a crazy flight plan/ trip to Europe next Spring consisting of business class flights on American Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic(Upper Class). We will be flying on Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class out of London Heathrow giving me the opportunity to take Jen to the famous Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Wing and Clubhouse. Both were fantastic when I was in London last Summer. In addition, Jen and I will skip the splurge and stay at properties in Europe such as the Hyatt Centric Milan, Hyatt Centric Venice, and Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. The one spot we will splurge a little will be for a 3 night stay at the Park Hyatt Zurich which cost only 25,000 points per night. I plan on staying only at Hyatt properties to take advantage of Hyatt Globalist.
Looking forward to the rest of the year, I am still planning on a few trips but nothing is set in stone. I plan on doing some travel with my dad but that’s still to be determined.
Manufactured Spending Plans
Planning a fun filled trip to Europe wasn’t easy by any means. I spent a solid amount of points for the mentioned flights which means I need to replenish my points stash. I used up a good amount of Chase and a small portion of Amex points. It would be great to earn at least 150,000 Chase Points but hopefully I can get that number closer to 200,000.
I thoroughly enjoy having Hyatt Globalist status and since I’ll be staying a good amount of nights next year, this may lower the amount of spend I need to put on my World of Hyatt Card. I will most likely need to earn about 30-35 elite night credits via credit card spend in 2023 which comes out to about $80,000-$85,000 of M.S
With American Airlines exciting new refresh of their loyalty program, I will try to earn American Airlines Executive Platinum. This is more a fun way to see if the status is truly worth it and will most likely be the last year I earn American Airlines status. I don’t ever fly American so most the benefits are used with Alaska Airlines.
Finally at the end of 2023 I’m going to try to M.S. 15,000 on the American Express Hilton Business Credit Card which will earn me a free night certificate. I was able to use this certificate a few months back for several nights at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabo Pedregal where rates typically hover around $1400 per night(plus a heft 30% tax).
These are the M.S. goals I hope to hit in 2023.
Chase Ultimate Rewards: $150,000
World of Hyatt: $85,000
Total M.S. Goal: $350,000
I know this number could be a reach so let’s see how close I can get to hitting these numbers. Additional I may also open a new card or two so I might have a couple of sign up bonus spending requirements to meet.
I think from 2023 and onward I will be focusing heavily on earning flexible currencies. As airlines continue to move towards dynamic pricing, it has become harder to find saver award space. I’m going to look to accumulate more flexible currencies, with a emphasis on replenishing my Chase points stash.