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Before I started blogging, Emily Jablon didn’t know much about miles and points. She knew that I loved collecting miles and points and applying for credit cards because she’d get emails approving her for yet another credit card.
She liked the benefits of miles and points, but didn’t go out of her way to collect them herself.
But is that changing?
On our way to Huntington Beach for the long weekend, we stopped to share a quesadilla at the Kansas City airport.
Emily Jablon suddenly exclaimed “Oh No!”
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“They are paying the bill with cash and missing out on the miles and points or cash back.” said Emily glancing at a nearby table.
At the Hyatt Regency resort in Huntington Beach, I asked Emily to help select my Hyatt Diamond amenity. For our weekend Hyatt stay, the Diamond amenity was 1,000 Hyatt points or a food and beverage amenity.
I usually get the points when I’m traveling alone, but since this was a romantic getaway with Emily, I asked her to help me select the amenity. The points would go into my account, but we would savor the free food and beverage amenity in our suite.
The beverage choices included, wine, beer, soft drinks, and juice and the food choices included dried fruits, a cheese platter, fresh fruits, nuts, blueberry bark and chocolate truffles.
“I don’t want anything.” said Emily. “Take the points!”
“Take the points?” Last year Emily would have surely chosen the food and beverage amenity, but after proofreading my blog posts and attending the Chicago conference and Frequent Traveler University she says “Take the points!”
But I convinced her otherwise and we got a bottle of wine (which we brought back with us, since we wouldn’t have been able to finish it) and dried fruits and blueberry bark.
Bottom Line: It is easy to get addicted to collecting miles and points and thinking that everyone should collect them. After all, who doesn’t want Big Travel with Small Money?
But different strokes for different folks, and don’t let earning miles and points come in the way of enjoying the little things in life.
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