Round the World Trips

September 2012

Though I don’t prioritize booking flights that literally take me around the world on a single journey. The stars aligned in 2012 when I used my frequent flyer miles on two different alliances to fly around the world for the first time on a single trip. In September 2012 I flew east on Singapore Airlines from New York (JFK) to Singapore (SIN) via Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) to volunteer the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. Spent a few days traveling around Southeast Asia visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL), Phuket and Bangkok, Thailand (HKT) and (BKK) and then flying home on Japan Airlines from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to New York (JFK) via Tokyo, Japan (NRT). In all I flew 22,444 miles as per the Great Circle Mapper. Individual segments:

JFK – FRA 3,856 mi
FRA – SIN 6,389 mi
SIN – KUL 184 mi
KUL – HKT 437 mi
HKT – BKK 417 mi
BKK – SIN 875 mi
SIN – KUL 184 mi
KUL – NRT 3,357 mi
NRT – JFK 6,745 mi

October 2012

The next round the world trip came less than two weeks after the first, which looking back makes me think was an incredible waste of resources. But obviously the two trips were booked separately and cancelling a portion of one to accommodate the other would not make sense with the penalties and/or mile forfeitures involved. So I once again flew in October 2012 going east on Singapore Airlines from New York (JFK) to Singapore (SIN) via Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) and continuing on Singapore Airlines to Seoul, South Korea (ICN) to volunteer the Korean F1 Grand Prix. This time I returned via Hawaiian Airlines going from Seoul, South Korea (ICN) to Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) to Los Angeles, California (LAX) then flying American Airlines from Dallas, Texas (DFW) to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) where I rented a car and drove to Road Atlanta to volunteer for Petit Le Mans, and finally returned home flying Southwest Airlines from Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) to Baltimore, Maryland (BWI) to Newark, NJ (EWR). In all I flew 22,956 miles as per the Great Circle Mapper. Individual segments:

JFK – FRA 3,856 mi
FRA – SIN 6,389 mi
SIN – ICN 2,867 mi
ICN – HNL 4,577 mi
HNL – LAX 2,556 mi
LAX – DFW 1,235 mi
DFW – ATL 731 mi
ATL – BWI 577 mi
BWI – EWR 169 mi

February – March 2013

The next round the world trip was my biggest yet in 2013. I left home early February 2013 to fly west on American Airlines from Newark, NJ (EWR) to Dallas, Texas (DFW) to Los Angeles, California (LAX) connected to a Qantas flight from Los Angeles, California (LAX) to Sydney, NSW (SYD) so I could volunteer the Bathurst 12 hour endurance race. Then I flew on Virgin Australia from Sydney (SYD) to Melbourne (MEL) for a day, then took JetStar from Melbourne, Victoria (MEL) to Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) where I volunteered a club race. Returned to Melbourne on JetStar a week later. Worked an SBK race at Phillip Island in Victoria. Then flew Tigerair from Melbourne (MEL) to Adelaide, South Australia (ADL) to volunteer for a V8 Supercars race. Returned from Adelaide to Melbourne on Tigerair. Then took Tigerair again to visit a friend flying from Melbourne (MEL) to Sydney (SYD) and back. Worked a Historics race at Phillip Island again. Then at the start of March worked the Australian F1 Grand Prix. Right after it ended flew Air Asia X the same night from Melbourne (MEL) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to work the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix. Since I had a few days to kill I took Air Asia on some day trips: first Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Penang (PEN), then Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Phnom Penh, Cambodia (PNH). After the race I took Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Manila’s second airport in Clark, Philippines (CRK) to visit some friends there before flying home. After a few days I flew Singapore airlines from Manila (MNL) to Singapore (SIN) connecting to a New York (JFK) flight via Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) going west. In all I flew 34,361 miles on a trip that lasted almost 2 months… but what a journey it was!?! Individual segments:

EWR – DFW 1,372 mi
DFW – LAX 1,235 mi
LAX – SYD 7,488 mi
SYD – MEL 439 mi
MEL – AKL 1,643 mi
AKL – MEL 1,643 mi
MEL – ADL 399 mi
ADL – MEL 399 mi
MEL – SYD 439 mi
SYD – MEL 439 mi
MEL – KUL 3,918 mi
KUL – PEN 201 mi
PEN – KUL 201 mi
KUL – PNH 642 mi
PNH – KUL 642 mi
KUL – CRK 1,544 mi
MNL – SIN 1,474 mi
SIN – FRA 6,389 mi
FRA – JFK 3,856 mi