2017 Year in Travel


With 113 total flights, this was a record flying year for me – the first year I’ve ever exceeded 100 flights. My work flights alone this year exceeded my total flights last year.



My hotel nights were pretty consistent with the prior three years; I ended the year with 109 total nights.


New Airports

I only visited five new airports this year, which puts me at a total of 78 airports visited so far.

New Airports 2017

Jacksonville, NC (OAJ) • Destin/Fort Walton Beach (VPS)
Bakersfield (BFL) • Tampa (TPA) • Peoria (PIA)

Peoria wasn’t a planned visit – we ended up diverting there and deplaning due to weather in Chicago.

Elite Status

I maintained American Platinum and Hilton Diamond this year, and earned Silver status for both United and Marriott.

EOY Status

So, for the first time, I have legitimate Marriott status – my previous Marriott Gold was a reward for having Gold status on United.



Airport #78/100: Peoria (PIA)

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport
Peoria, Illinois, United States
First visit: 3 August 2017

I didn’t originally plan on visiting PIA. I’d been flying between Tulsa and Chicago O’Hare when thunderstorms forced us to divert.

While this is not the first weather diversion I’ve had, I only count diversions as an airport visit if passengers are allowed to deplane. (If I’ve never been inside an airport, it’s hard for me to say I’ve visited it!) In this case, though, we had to wait several hours, so they pulled up a jetbridge and I was able to visit the airport terminal.