2015 Year in Travel

2015 was a relatively strong year for me for business travel, with the first and last thirds of the year being particularly busy. Due to that, my total flights and hotel nights just edged above 2014’s numbers, for another record year.


A map of all my flights in 2015.

Map generated by Paul Bogard using the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz

I had 89 flights this year—79 for work and 12 personal.

A chart of my flights by year. 2015 shows 89 total flights (79 business, 12 personal).

I didn’t take as many personal flights this year, but travel for my job more than made up for the difference.

Hotel Nights

That’s not to say that I didn’t do a lot of personal travel, but a lot of those personal trips were by car. I came out with 31 personal hotel nights and 79 business nights, for a total of 110 nights (the same total as last year).

A chart of my hotel nights by year. 2015 shows 110 total nights (79 business, 31 personal).

New Airports

I visited six new airports this year:

# Code Airport First Visit
55 LIT
Arkansas, United States
21 Jun 2015
56 YVR
British Columbia, Canada
21 Jul 2015
57 YYZ
Ontario, Canada
24 Jul 2015
58 SPS
Texas, United States
19 Oct 2015
59 COS
Colorado, United States
2 Nov 2015
60 BNA
Tennessee, United States
21 Dec 2015

I ended the year with 60 total airports visited, and am well on my way to my goal of visiting 100 airports.

New Airlines

My only new airline this year was Air Canada.

Frequent Traveler Status

A chart of my frequent traveler status in various programs by year. For 2015, American Gold, United MileagePlus Silver, Hilton HHonors Diamond, and Marriott Silver were earned. Marriott Gold status was active from a partnership with United MileagePlus.

My flights were much more spread out among airlines this year, so I ended up getting the lowest tier status on two airlines (Gold on American Airlines and Silver on United) rather than last year’s mid-tier status on one airline. For hotels, I was easily able to pick up the 60 nights required for Diamond status with Hilton, and I even managed to pick up enough Marriott nights to get Silver. (Last year, my United Gold status gave me Marriott Gold status as well, even though I barely stayed with them.)


American Airlines app, showing AA flight 9289 from SPS to DFW, operated by 'A Bus.'