How Miles & Points Helped Me With An Everyday Problem
We all think of the miles and points hobby as a way to travel around the globe for pennies on the dollar. While that is true, miles and points can help out in a pinch with the everyday problem as well. The skills you gain from this hobby can translate into saving money on groceries, gifts and school supplies etc. They can also help you build up your savings with bank account bonuses or cash welcome bonuses etc. But I am not talking about any of those. Miles and points saved the day when my car broke down.
I had dropped the kids off at school and then hit up my local Staples on the way home. After getting on the road I began to feel a vibration in my car and then my check engine light started dinging. The light didn’t just come on, it was actually dinging. That sent chills down my spine and I knew this was a situation that needed to be acted upon quickly.
I wasn’t too far from home so I carefully drove it back to the house. Once I got home I did some quick research on the issue. From what I read I most likely had a spark plug misfiring but if I didn’t get the car to the shop ASAP the catalytic converter could be damaged which would cost thousands.
So here I am with a busted car that I need to get to the shop. I also need a vehicle for work that day and to be able to pick up the kids from school. That is when miles and points helped save the day.
Miles & Points Save the Day
First things first I needed to get a car. I logged on the Citi ThankYou portal to check and see what type of car rentals they had in the area. You guys know how much I hate renting cars too. I went with ThankYou points because I value them less than Chase Ultimate Rewards points and I could use them through the Citi portal at 1.25 cents a piece. After a quick search I was able to find a rental place near the shop where I was dropping the car off. I snagged a vehicle for 3,000 points for the day. This price even surprised the check in clerk when I went to pick it up, they were charging almost double that. Score for the Citi portal.
I nursed my vehicle to the shop with the hope that it would just be some spark plugs that needed replacing. But I had a problem once I was there, I still needed to get to the car rental place. The rental wasn’t with Enterprise so no one was coming to pick me up. I whipped out my phone and launched the Uber app and hailed a car. The nice thing was that I still had my American Express Platinum (Check for a 100K offer here) $15.00 Uber credit which covered the cost of the ride.
I was able to rent a car and get an Uber to the rental place without spending any money thanks to this hobby. Using miles and points saved me around $75 which ended up being 16% of the repair cost.
This miles & points addiction can be useful in more ways than one. It made a stressful situation a whole lot less stressful and saved me a nice chunk of money as well.
How have you used miles & points to save the day with an everyday problem? Let me know in the comments.