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.

Flights

A map of all my flights in 2013.

Flight map generated 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 flights.

A chart of my flights by year. 2013 shows 64 total flights (49 business, 15 personal).

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.

# Code Airport First Visit
38 AUS Austin
Texas, United States
11 Feb 2013
39 BOS Boston
Massachusetts, United States
21 Mar 2013
40 DTW Detroit
Michigan, United States
29 Apr 2013
41 DEN Denver
Colorado, United States
3 May 2013
42 GRK Killeen/Fort Hood
Texas, United States
29 Jul 2013
43 ITO Hilo
Hawaii, United States
23 Aug 2013
44 PDX Portland
Oregon, United States
2 Sep 2013
45 TUL Tulsa
Oklahoma, United States
23 Sep 2013
46 IAH Houston–Bush
Texas, United States
28 Sep 2013
47 MHT Manchester
New Hampshire, United States
4 Nov 2013
48 MDW Chicago–Midway
Illinois, United States
6 Dec 2013

New Airlines

I flew on three airlines for the first time:

Frequent Traveler Status

A chart of my frequent traveler status in various programs by year. For 2013, United MileagePlus Silver and Hilton Honors Gold were earned, and American Airlines Gold status was active from 2012.

I had hoped to re-earn at least American Airlines AAdvantage Gold and United MileagePlus 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.

Superlatives

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