Why Credit Card Points Are Better Than Bitcoin

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have generated lots of buzz in the news recently.  Team member Keith has a strong opinion on the topic, which he’ll share with y’all!

Keith:   When I think of a “currency,” I imagine having a bill or coin I can give to someone in exchange for a product or service.

That’s why I agree with the Bank of Israel, South Korean Financial Supervisory Service, and other financial regulators who say cryptocurrencies are NOT actual currencies.

Why Credit Card Points Are Better Than Bitcoin
I’d Rather Collect Miles & Points to Use for First Class Award Flights Than Gamble With Cryptocurrencies!

The lack of regulation and extreme price volatility in cryptocurrencies will keep me from investing in one anytime soon.  Instead, I’ll continue to focus my time and effort into earning and redeeming miles & points.  Because I don’t have to take a big risk and can still get a reward, like thousands of dollars worth of free travel!

I encourage everyone to do their own research and consult with financial professionals when considering investment opportunities.  That said, I’ll share my personal views on this hot topic!

Buying Cryptocurrencies Is Not the Same as Investing in Blockchain Technology

I love financial innovations that make life easier, like sending money to friends or family using Venmo.  While cryptocurrencies are certainly an innovation, I’ve yet to understand how one specific cryptocurrency is better than another, other than a flawed supply and demand argument.

Consider there are more than 1,400 different cryptocurrencies which have been developed in recent years.  Meanwhile, there are only 180 actual currencies around the world (like the dollar, euro, and pound) recognized by the United Nations, including some which have been around for 1,000+ years.

The headlines have not been favorable for cryptocurrencies so far in 2018.

Why Credit Card Points Are Better Than Bitcoin
Recent Headlines Like These Keep Me From Buying Bitcoin or Any Other Digital Currency

And the significant drop in the price of popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum hasn’t been a good sign, either.  At its peak in mid-December 2017, 1 Bitcoin was worth ~$19,500.  But the value dropped by nearly 50% in less than 1 month.

One of the major rules I learned when studying finance is don’t invest in something you don’t understand and aren’t familiar with.  For some folks, there’s confusion between buying cryptocurrencies and investing in the technology that makes it possible, which is known as blockchain.

While I’m not an expert on blockchain, I’ve read enough to learn there’s significant potential for this technology.  It can make financial transactions faster and cheaper, and eliminate fraud.  These are a few of the reasons why major financial and technology companies, including Google and Goldman Sachs, have invested in blockchain firms.

But as you’ll see in the below infographic, blockchain transactions do NOT require that you to use cryptocurrency.

Why Credit Card Points Are Better Than Bitcoin
Blockchain Technology Can Potentially Speed up Financial Transactions. But Speculating on Certain Cryptocurrencies Isn’t the Same as Investing in the Technology

So, other than pure speculation, why do prices of individual cryptocurrencies fluctuate so much?  I don’t have answer and that’s why I’m staying away from buying digital currencies!

The Return on Investment With Credit Card Miles & Points Can Be Huge!

As Million Mile Secrets team member Meghan recently shared, there’s a strong connection between personal finance and the miles & points hobby.

Of course, collecting miles & points is NOT a long-term investment strategy.  But earning and redeeming credit card rewards can save you money you’d otherwise spend on vacations.  And extra cash in your pocket can help your financial goals, like saving for retirement.

Booking travel with miles & points has allowed my wife and I take unforgettable trips we would have never considered if we were paying cash, like an around-the-world honeymoon!

Why Credit Card Points Are Better Than Bitcoin
We Saved Thousands of Dollars Traveling to Cape Town, South Africa, by Using Miles & Points!

My favorite part about the miles & points hobby is no travel goal is out of reach.  Just take a look at these posts with award travel success stores shared by Million Mile Secrets team members and readers:

Consider miles & points have their drawbacks too.  For example, hotel and frequent flyer programs can devalue their award currency with little or no notice.  And flexible points programs can drop transfer partners.  That’s why I never recommend hoarding the rewards you earn because a good deal today could be gone tomorrow!

So instead of investing money in cryptocurrencies you can’t control, you can invest time in planning your next adventure.  Then, start collecting the right miles & points to get you to your destination.

Be sure to check out our “How to Get to Guides” for tips on saving money on your next journey!

Bottom Line

Instead of investing money in risky cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Million Mile Secrets team member Keith says he’d rather invest time collecting miles & points with travel rewards credit cards!

Lots of investing experts (including Warren Buffett) don’t have high expectations for cryptocurrencies.  And the prices of certain digital currencies recently dropped by ~50%!

Of course, earning rewards isn’t a long-term investment strategy.  But dedicating time into learning how to use miles is worth more than throwing money at Bitcoin because with miles you have a guaranteed return of experiencing fantastic trips.

You can get a huge return on investment by collecting the right miles & points.  This makes no travel goal out of reach, so you can travel around-the-world for a fraction of what it would cost if you paid cash.

What are your thoughts on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin?

Million Mile Secrets features a team of points and miles experts who have traveled to over 80 countries and have used 60+ credit cards responsibly to accumulate loyalty points and travel the world on the cheap! The Million Mile Secrets team has been featured on The Points Guy, TIME, Yahoo Finance and many other leading points & miles media outlets.

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