Using Miles & Points To Pay Everyday Expenses
Calm down and back away from the troll button, I am not talking about turning points into cash or gift cards. You can relax, I hope you know that I can think a little more outside of the box than that!
We all know that travel presents the best redemption for our miles and points, unless Amazon and Hilton get together again that is. But how can we get that travel level redemption to pay for regular things? Is it even possible? Yes it is! Using miles & points to pay everyday expenses is possible for some services.
Let’s get the easy one out of the way shall we? Most of us have given travel as a gift to friends and family. I honestly haven’t bought a birthday or Christmas present for my extended family in years because of it. I book them hotels for family trips to Orlando or flights for my sister and her son to check out NYC with me and my son etc. My parents flights home for the holidays are usually their gift from me. I have even given a weekend in Portland Maine as wedding gift.
I like giving the gift of travel because it usually ends up bringing friends and family together to experience something special. But I also like sharing my love of travel with others. Most (all) of my family does not play the game so they don’t get to travel as much as they would like. The other great thing…it doesn’t cost me any dollar dollar bills y’all.
So this gift idea is great and we have all done it but have you ever taken it further? What about trying to barter with someone that you normally pay?
Do you have a personal trainer? Or do you think they are too expensive? Have you ever approached one and said, is there anywhere you want or need to travel to? Would you be willing to give free sessions and I’ll book the trip for you? I don’t think you would need to look very long to find one that says yes.
See the thing is most people really want to travel more but they can’t afford to. But if they could work off the cost of travel without taking money out of their actual pocket their ears perk up. It is technically the same thing as you paying them and then them booking the trip but our minds are weird. If you never held the money did you really spend the money? People are funny that way.
Here are some other things you could try to pay for with your miles and points. This does require some social skills and is easier if you already have a relationship with the person.
- Handy Work
- Yard Work
- Hair Cut
- Music Lessons
Any service work you can think of could probably be covered. Is your friend’s husband a plumber and you know they want to take the kids to Disney? Tell them you will book the flights or hotel or both for some work you need done.
Do you have a friend that works for Disney or Universal? Book them a flight home for some free passes etc. There are really a lot of possibilities out there.
This takes you knowing people and having social skills. That is a non starter for some but for most we can figure out some of these things. It is like six degrees of Kevin Bacon, we pretty much know someone or know someone who knows someone that can take care of what we need. You just need to try to barter with them.
Your cost to acquire those points is a heck of a lot cheaper than the cash you would have to pay them to do the work. So why not give the gift of travel, get the stuff done that you need to get done and keep a lot of green in your pocket! That is what I call a win-win.
Has anyone else done this? Share your experience in the comments below.