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I’m starting to map out travel plans for the year and have already booked several trips. I try to plan as far as possible in advance and then take advantage of award space, business class sales, and other opportunities that arise throughout the year. Here are the five places I plan on visiting in 2023.
5. Las Vegas
I go to Las Vegas at least twice a year and have for many years (I’ve been there over 110 times for business and fun). I’ll be heading there in March and staying at two hotels. The first is Crockfords. While this is part of the Hilton portfolio (and not my preferred Hyatt or Marriott), I was able to get a good rate through American Express’ Fine Hotels & Resorts. I was also able to use the up to $200 prepaid hotel statement credit that I receive for holding The Platinum Card® from American Express. The second hotel is my favorite in Las Vegas, The Bellagio. As a Noir member of MGM Rewards thanks to a match and upgrade from being a Hyatt Globalist, I got a great rate that includes a credit to use on property and free play. I’m looking forward to getting back to Sin City and might check out the new Cirque du Soleil show, Mad Apple, at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino.
London is one of my favorite cities in the world and we have been many times. We’ll head back this summer and spend a few days exploring and revisiting old haunts. I’m hoping that the St. Regis will be open by the time we are scheduled to visit. If not, we’ll go back to one of our favorites: JW Marriott Grosvenor House. I love staying in Mayfair. It’s posh and the rest of the city is easily accessible.
We’ll spend a weekend in Boston and visiting family in Rhode Island next month. Boston is going to be cold, but it will be nice to see a little winter weather and then quickly get back to the Florida sunshine. Don’t tell the family, but I’m most looking forward to grabbing some Florentine cannoli from Mike’s Pastry in the North End.
We went to Sicily last year and I fell in love. The island is beautiful, inexpensive and has me yearning to get back. We stayed at the RG Naxos Hotel when we were on the east coast of Sicily and will likely return this year. Hyatt has one property as part of its partnership with Small Luxury Hotels, Susafa. We might check that out as well. I loved renting a car and driving around the country. It’s a bit perilous and nerve-wracking, but the best way to explore the island.
1. Hong Kong
I have not been in Asia since 2019 (before Covid) and I’m chomping at the bit to get back to my favorite city in the world. I’m ready for dim sum, Peking duck, walking the markets, and being in the thick of this vibrant city. We usually stay at the W Hotel, but I’m looking at the St. Regis for this visit. We’ll head there in May and I can’t wait.
Anthony’s Take: With Covid mostly in the rear-view mirror, we plan to get out and explore this year. We’ll hit some favorites and hopefully add some new countries to the mix. Stay tuned for full reports of hotels, flights, lounges, and more.
Anthony’s Credit Card Pick: I booked all of these flights with The Platinum Card® from American Express because I earn 5x points when booking airfare from the airlines directly (up to $500,000 per calendar year). I’ll also use the card to access the Centurion Lounge at LAS when returning home. Learn more. Rates & Fees. Terms apply.
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