So we went to Singapore and Thailand and had a lovely time. I had fun posting only some of the photos. The photos were better than I posted. But I guess I have to do a financial wrap up.
We flew to Singapore on Singapore Airlines connecting through LAX. I used miles for me and both kids. I bought a one way ticket for DH. Miles on Alaska airlines for me and both kids were 47,500 each one way plus $54 cash. Then I bought DH's ticket for $786.50. So our miles were worth 1.66 cents/mile. I also upgraded our seats for $150 or $50 for each of us for front of the cabin premium seats. These seats allowed us to not have anyone sitting next to us so we had 3 seats for me and DK2, DH and DK1 also had 3 seats for the two of them. So we were able to spread out and sleep better. Worth every penny.
Then I used miles on United to return through SFO. That flight was 58,100 miles and the cost of the tickets fees were $206 for 3 of us. DH's ticket was $863 one way so the miles we got were 1.49 cents/mile. Which wasn't as good but we also don't normally fly united, and we've been trying to burn the miles. Then I got offered a deal for upgrading to premium economy for $450 per person or $1800 total. It ended up going for thousands more in premium economy. Premium economy on united dreamliner is like domestic first class seats. It really helped with sleeping and the jet lag.
Then our flights from singapore to thailand round trip was $544.74 including seat selection. So in total we spent $4405 on 4 tickets round trip to Singapore with a detour into Thailand with premium economy and economy plus seats and of course miles. It did wipe out a lot of my alaska miles and thankfully our united miles which we've been trying to use for years.
Then when we got to Singapore we stayed at the JW marriott hotel for 5 nights because we booked with points. Marriott has a deal where you book 4 nights with points you get the 5th night free. Average cost there is $500/night if not more and the location is spectacular and the hotel as well. We paid $328.49 in fees plus 199,000 marriott points so averaged around 40k points a night. At 1 cent per mile it's $400/night and I think it cost much more than that.
Then we went to Krabi and stayed at Centara Resorts with a private pool. For 3 nights we paid $735 including airport transfers. Then for our last night in Singapore when we returned we stayed at the Marina Bay Sands. I'm cringing to write this but we paid $844.59 for 1 night although it included breakfast at a super fancy buffet. Was it worth it? Yes. I don't know if we'd do it again. I've never paid that much for a hotel for one night or airbnb. But it's not just any hotel. I could have used points to cover the trip if I wanted, but i just decided to pay for it.
What else did we spend? Well gocity cards in singapore for $1166 for the four of us. Did we get our money's worth? Well adult tickets for everything we did would have cost around $714 adults and $398 for kids so yes we did. Now universal I would have skipped but for the pass because we literally rode like 3 rides. But it was fun and we had a fantastic time eating there and we always like eating the local food of amusement parks where we go. I did mention the best buffet i've ever had was disneyland hong kong right? I mean asian fusion buffet with inexpensive labor means premium food and disney quality and hong kong is just world class dining to begin with just like singapore. Also shows in these parts are often much nicer than you would think because they start working at a much more inexpensive cost and put on a bigger production.
We spent $380 on other entertainment like feeding rhinos, extra tickets to things not covered, tour in thailand (was $100 for the 4 of us!!!), etc. We spent $859 on food, eating is cheap in asia especially Thailand. And $545 on ubers in singapore/thailand other travel expenses.
All in our trip for about 12 days cost us $9265. This is not a realistic budget though because many people would not have the miles to pay for tickets for 3 out of a family of 4. Also most people would not be upgrading to better seats necessarily. And many would not pay $844 for a hotel for 1 night. So I think it could be done similarly if you didn't have miles and made some changes to the itinerary.
But overall right on target for what I was hoping to spend if not less than what I budgeted for disney. That being said on our macchu picchu trip, I need to start a spreadsheet. I have spreadsheets for all my trips to figure out the total cost.