I Love Using Miles & Points For Things Regular People Find Crazy
I sometimes forget how weird we in the miles and points world can be. Our decision making process and lifestyle are completely different from the norm. Miles and points make things that seem crazy possible. I am not talking about flying up front or going to the Maldives, I am talking about doing things that seem like no big deal to us but it is to others. Some times we can lose perspective of how good we have it.
Quick Trips Are Not For Everyone
A few days ago I was talking to one of my physical therapists at rehab about travel. She was talking about how she wishes she could travel more and just doesn’t get enough time off to make it possible. I said why not just go some places for a quick weekend trip. Fly out Friday night after work or just take the one day off and come back Sunday. This happens to be a majority of my domestic travel honestly. Especially when I am checking out baseball stadiums.
She said that if she is spending that much money she wants to be there for more than a few days. That is when I realized how different our thought process is. When a weekend flight costs you $11.20 you don’t feel bad about taking a quick trip. But if that flight was $300-400 then you feel like you should get more out of it. If these quick weekends were costing me the $600-800 they cost others I would not be doing many of them.
Getting Family Together For A Few Hours
Another example was from a recent meet up I had with my sister and her family. We live about 4 hours apart and our schedules are both pretty crazy having small children. Because of that we could only get together for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.
We could have met at a mall or restaurant but that isn’t very comfortable. Plus we had gifts to exchange and it is always hard to do that in public. I found a Hampton Inn for 15,000 Hilton points a night in the town we were going to meet in. The room was going for around $130 but since it was a tiny amount of Hilton points I booked it.
This allowed us to open gifts in the room, take a little rest and hang out after eating, and the kids got to swim together for an hour or so. When I went to check out 3-4 hours after checking in the front desk person gave me the strangest look. And I get it, if I were paying $130 for the room there is no way I would have done it. But miles and points make it possible to do things like this. We have also been know to book a room just to swim during the winter for an hour or two.
I love seeing the look on people’s faces when I do something crazy because of miles and points. Like flying to NYC for one night for my wife’s birthday. But sometimes I feel like I also take it for granted and forget how blessed we are to be able to do things like this. These tend to be some of my favorite redemptions because I get to steal little moments with the people I love. Moments that would otherwise not be possible without miles and points.
Do you ever do something similar? Share it in the comments section.