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My Best Travel Experiences of 2019: Flights and Hotels

Bart Lapers Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge London Heathrow Airport Terminal 3

Time to wrap up 2019 with an overview of my travel highlights of the year. In this post I review my best flight and hotel experiences of the year. In a second post, I talk about my favourite destinations of 2019.


2019 was another great aviation year for me with:

  • 107 flights (152,446 miles) (6.1x around the earth, 370 hours up in the air)
  • 3 First Class flights with British Airways and Qatar Airways
  • 24 Business Class flights with Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Cathay Dragon, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Oman Air and Turkish Airlines
  • 5 Premium Economy flights with Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa and Norwegian

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20.000 bonus miles with Brussels Airlines American Express card

Brussels Airlines has launched a new offer for their American Express credit card. You can get 20.000 Miles & More award miles when signing up via the link below.
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North Vietnam with Cathay Pacific

Bart Lapers at Mua Caves Ninh Binh Vietnam 2019

Last year, I flew the inaugural flight from Brussels to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific in Business Class. This year, I decided to give Premium Economy a try. As I had already explored Hong Kong before, I added a connecting flight to Hanoi with Cathay Dragon in Business Class.
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Brussels Airlines American Express: 26,000 bonus miles!

UPDATE MARCH 2022: The 26,000 miles offer has now expired. However, you can still get the Brussels Airlines Premium American Express card with 20.000 Miles & More bonus miles!
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American Express has a very attractive limited time offer: the Brussels Airlines Premium American Express card with 26.000 Miles & More bonus miles for signing up and spending €1500 in the first 3 months using the card. This offer is only valid till 30/04/2019. To receive a personalised sign-up link for this offer, please complete the form below.
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My Best Travel Experiences of 2018

Pic: Shipwreck Beach at Zakynthos Island, Greece.
Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life. – Michael Palin. I’m pretty sure that statement is valid for me too! Time to wrap up 2018 with an overview of my travel highlights of the year.


Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class Bart Lapers
Pic: Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class (Mar 2018)
After record years 2016 with 116 flights (160,432 miles flown) and 2017 with 122 flights (161,352 miles flown), I ended 2018 with slightly lower flight stats.

    • 95 flights (139,609 miles flown) (5.6x around the earth, 336 hours up in the air)
    • 1 First Class flight with Air France
    • 15 Business Class flights with Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Swiss, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Thai Airways and Turkish Airlines.

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