Conclusion: Elevating My Backpacking trip


Sometimes when you all worked up, all you need is a break from the routine. For me, my Bali trip from Mumbai was a perfect chance to relax and rejuvenate.

Bali trip from Mumbai

Though the trip did not pan out as planned, at the end I had a great time eating, exploring and partying for about two weeks. When I compare this trip to my last one to Vietnam, I can’t help but notice how much I’ve grown as a miles and points enthusiast.

Whenever I tell people my age that you can travel comfortably without burning a hole in your pocket, I usually get blank stares. And this trip was a testament to the fact that just by having a well-planned travel goal, you can do trips like these for cheap.

It all started with booking tickets during one of many sales that Jet Airways ran early this year. I made the conscious decision of paying a little more for tickets which would offer me more flexibility. And that came in handy when I had to rework my plans when the earthquake struck.

I earned a ton of miles using a co-branded credit card too. If I added all my JPMiles that I earned on this trip, I’d have enough JPMiles for a domestic business class upgrade.

Bali trip from Mumbai

Jet Airways Amex Card – My Goto card for all things 9W

Staying with JetPrivilege, I cannot stress more on the fact that loyalty does matter. At Mumbai and Hong Kong, I accessed the same lounges as folks who’d be flying business which would’ve easily cost 3X the amount that I paid for my ticket.

Credit cards too played their part. As an Axis Bank Select Credit Card Holder, I have twelve free international lounge accesses courtesy Priority Pass. So, wherever my status couldn’t get me into a lounge, my Priority Pass did.

If I had to do a quick back of the envelope calculation, I saved close to INR 8,000 in rebooking fees and four hearty meals at the airport wouldn’t have costed anywhere less than INR 4,000. That’s INR 12,000 worth of value unlocked right there. To put things in perspective, my accommodations for the entire trip costed less than that figure.

And I can think of a million and one ways to spend that kind of money better. The effects become even more pronounced when you are a budget traveler where every cent counts.

I can’t wait to get back on the road again, exploring places and making new friends. I don’t have anything planned right now but if I do, you’ll get to read all about it here at LiveFromALounge.

Comments

  1. Nice to see I’m not the only one who books slightly higher fare buckets to ensure flexibility. I fly twice or thrice a year for vacations only.
    The tips on this site followed by in depth reading online, have helped me sort by cc and points strategy.
    The prompt replies by the LFAL team on the “ask us” page are probably the best feature of this site. Keep up the good work guys.

  2. Man. Why don’t u guys ever share what u spend and Miles burned? Almost every other blogger does that. It’s the basis of transparency. Kindly take this as feedback

    • @Jay no miles were burnt on this trip. And not all trips are paid with miles. The intention is to review as many products as possible so that our readers know about the possibilities they have. Having said that, feedback taken, and when I write a trip report on miles, I do state it.

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