2013 Year in Travel

The end of 2013 is here, which seems like a perfect time to summarize my flight activity over the last year.

2013 Flights

2013 flight map
Map generated by Paul Bogard using the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz

I flew on 64 flights this year, which is down from last year’s record 77.


Last year’s numbers were high due to a particularly busy July and August 2012, which were alone responsible for a third of that year’s travel. I didn’t end up having quite that busy of a travel season this year, so my number of flights dropped, but they were still higher than most years.

New Airports

I visited 11 airports for the first time this year:

#38AUSAustin, Texas, United States
#39BOSBoston, Massachusetts, United States
#40DTWDetroit, Michigan, United States
#41DENDenver, Colorado, United States
#42GRKKilleen/Fort Hood, Texas, United States
#43ITOHilo, Hawaii, United States
#44PDXPortland, Oregon, United States
#45TULTulsa, Oklahoma, United States
#46IAHHouston–Bush Intercontinental, Texas, United States
#47MHTManchester, New Hampshire, United States
#48MDWChicago–Midway, Illinois, United States

I’d actually diverted to GRK before for a DFW thunderstorm, but we didn’t get off the plane, so I didn’t get to count it then. Otherwise, I was able to pick up a few hubs I hadn’t been to before, and the rest were new destinations.

New Airlines

I flew on three airlines for the first time:

Elite Status

Chart of loyalty programs and earned elite status by year

I had hoped to maintain at least American Airlines AAdvantage Gold and United Mileage Plus Silver this year, but I only ended up having two trips on American, so I’m back down to nothing there. I did maintain Silver on United, and Gold with Hilton HHonors.


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