Travel Planning 2016

To keep you (and me) up to date with my 2016 travel plans, I have decided to keep a check list. As it turns out, planning trips can be a bit more complicated than a person might think!

Here's what we've accomplished so far:

May
For Savannah, GA –
3/21 • Holiday Inn Express Savannah-Historic District 1 night + breakfast $50 + 20,000pts.
3/28 • Doubletree by Hilton-Savannah Airport 1 night + breakfast $95
4/29 * signed up for double points with Hilton

For Charleston, SC –
3/18 • SNOB reservations made
3/20 • Holiday Inn Charleston-Riverview 1 night + breakfast $144
4/16 • FIG reservations made
5/10 * signed up with the IHG Coke share program for an additional 8,000pts upon check-in

For Asheville, NC –
4/20 • Village Hotel at Biltmore Estate 1 night + bottle of wine $186.45
5/24 • Embassy Suites (Charleston Airport) 1 night + breakfast $201.33
* status match email sent to Best Western and Club Carlson
5/25 • Holiday Inn Express: Hilton Head 1 night + breakfast $70 & 10,000pts.
* status matches accepted! :)
5/26 • Omni Grove Park Inn 1 night on Groupon $203 (and getting an additional 20% back for going through Discover Deals!)

July
For NYC, NY –
3/19 • W New York (Lexington) 1 night $117.08
3/20 * set-up Hopper to keep us updated on best prices for flights to NYC/EWR
3/23 • Wyndham Garden Chinatown 2 nights with balcony view $440
5/19 • 2 single trip flights to EWR booked on United nonstop w/ early boarding $234.20
5/22 • 2 single trip flights from LGA booked on Frontier $351.98
5/23 • Hyatt Regency Jersey City 1 night $114 + 7,500pts.
6/30 • Sunset Sail aboard Schooner America 2.0 $148

For Paris/St.-Malo, France –
4/1 * set up Hopper to keep us updated on best prices between ATL and CDG
5/11 • Hotel Brighton booked refundable executive room w/view $440 - 10%
6/03 • 2 RT flights to CDG from ATL on Delta $2400
6/14 • AirBnb 8 nights $375
6/24 • Trianon Palace Versailles Waldorf Astoria 1 night $229.92
6/26 • Hotel Du Louvre 1 night €106 + 10,000 points
6/26 • Train tickets to Northwest France from Captain Train €135.60
6/27 • Angelina's reservations
6/27 • Camille Albane reservations
6/27 • Return train tickets to Versaille from RailEurope €141.80

August
For Myrtle Beach, SC –
6/24 • Hilton Resort for 2 nights $242

For Tampa, FL –
8/13 • Confirmed availability with SIL
8/14 • Confirmed plans with another friend
8/17 • Ordered Enterprise car rental discount ($20 off of $40)
8/19 • Enterprise rental car booked $86
8/20 • DoubleTree 1 night + cookies & breakfast $150 - 5% (Upromise)

September
For Callaway Gardens –
8/20 • Candlewood Suites 1 night + 1,000pts. - 8% (TopCashBack) $127.50

For Savannah, GA –
8/23 • The Cotton Sail 1 night + 1 bottle of wine $197
9/04 • Sunset cruise booked $72.50

October
For Asheville, NC –
10/21 • Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown 1 night king 30,000pts. + $40

December
For Montreal and Quebec City, Canada –
9/27 • Auberge du Vieux Port 2 nights river front king $632.02 (15% discount, $13.23 Orbucks used) - 6% (Upromise) = exp. cost $594 + $35 for valet parking (w/$18.96 in Orbucks for next hotel booking)
10/2 • Reservations for Portus 360
11/27 • Booked 2 nights @ Hilton Quebec King River View 32,000 points + C$188.38 (5% cash back thru Upromise)
12/14 • American Airlines flight from Montreal booked through BootsNAll $636 for 2 tickets (Montreal –> Chicago –> Atlanta)
12/19 • appointment scheduled at Pure Salon with Melissa
12/20 • Montreal -> QC Via Rail Canada 2 tickets Escape Fare C$66.68
    • QC -> Montreal 2 tickets economy fare C$193.16
    • notified credit card company about travel plans
    • Flight to NYC via American Airlines using 30,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points
    • Booked Amtrak NYC to Montreal 2 tickets $154
12/22 • Hotel Le Germain Montreal reserved 12,000 Ultimate Reward points
    • Doubletree in Chelsea, NYC 1 night, Queen bed + 5,000pts. for booking through app $150
    • made reservations at Raclette NYC
12/28 • made reservations for ice hotel tour in Quebec C$84
12/29 • made reservations for NYE dinner at Holder's in Montreal
    • booked dinner time at La Raclette in Montreal

For Asheville, NC –
10/21 • Hotel Indigo 1 night king FREE
12/6 • Enterprise car scheduled $39.98 (4% cashback with TopCashback)
12/8 • Bought tickets for North Carolina Arboretum Winter Lights $42
12/10 • changed times for Winter Lights visit
12/16 • reservation for Cucina 24
12/17 • changed reservation for Cucina 24
    • made reservation for The Junction

Useful Sites
* Blue Ridge Parkway
* Romantic Asheville: Cheese Tour

* Chinatown Tours By Foot
* NYCGo: Must See Chinatown
* Google Maps: Chinatown Guided Map
* Walks of NY: Chinatown
* Business Insider: Chinatown's Hidden Gems
* Refinery 29: 15 NYC Secrets Even New Yorkers Don't Know
* ShotSpot: Chinatown

* NY Transit Museum (in Brooklyn)
* Thrillist: Good Eats (all over)
* Thrillist: Ice Cream (all over)
* Odyssey: 4 Places to Get the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in NYC

* Palace of Versaille
* Monet's Gardens in Giverny
* Seine River Cruise Vedettes du Pont Neuf

* Le Blog de Mathilde: 2 Days in Quebec City
Boston to Quebec City: A Christmas Road Trip
* Just Wanderlust: Quebec City
* thePlanetD: Quebec A Winter Wonderland
* Wanderlust & Lipstick: New Year's Eve in Quebec City
* Hike Bike Travel: Why You'll Want to Visit Quebec in December
* Lettuce Talk About Food: 15 Things You Must Eat In Quebec
* Justin Goes Places: Quebec for Christmas
* Nomaterra: 24 Hours in Quebec (Pt 2)
* World of Wanderlust: Quebec City Guide
* National Geographic: Quebec City Food Guide
* Europe and Beyond: 20+ Amazing Things to do in Quebec City for First Timers

* National Geographic: Why You Should Visit Montreal in December
* Dana Freeman: 7 Things to Know About Montreal
* Europe And Beyond: 15 Things to Do In Montreal

See our 2015 travel planning here and our 2017 planning here.