Points

Monthly Points Update June 2017

June!

Can’t believe we’re half way through the year.  It’s flown by…even though I (sadly) haven’t done that much flying.  Luckily, the summer has a lot of travel coming up:  Austin this month, Denver/South Dakota the next, and Nashville in August.  Meanwhile, I’ve been socking away points and waiting for the time to travel!

As always, you can check out my cumulative points at the Keeping Score page on the top banner.

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Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards to Southwest Rapid Rewards

We’re working on one final hurrah for the Companion Pass – I’m going to snag a few vacation days, and we’ll plan 4 or 5 days in Havana, Cuba sometime around the end of the year!  Obviously, I couldn’t just let the Companion Pass sit there and collect dust.  My pass expires at the end of this year, and I knew I needed to get one more international trip.  Southwest’s limited route network left me with a handful of option, and we settled on Cuba.

Only problem?  I’m starting to run low on Southwest Rapid Rewards.

In keeping with the theme from earlier this week…that’s where flexible points come in!

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Flexible Points for the Win!

I keep meaning to diversify my points.

I have a whole pile of American Airlines miles (thanks Citi), plenty of American Express Membership Rewards, United MileagePlus miles, and a smattering of points with Alaska and Virgin America (soon to be combined anyway).  I had a healthy balance of Southwest Rapid Rewards, but I’ve been burning through those before my Companion Pass expires at the end of the year.  As for hotels, I have decent stash of SPG and IHG, but I’d like to snag some Hilton and Hyatt points, and maybe even some Wyndham, Club Carlson, or Best Western points to round things out.

Luckily, I continue to build my portfolio of points slowly but surely.  With the cards I have, I can easily get Membership Rewards points and Citi ThankYou Points in a pinch, while my girlfriend has a good balance of Chase’s Ultimate Rewards points.

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The First Time I bought Points…

First time for everything, right?

This hobby has taught me a lot.  First, I was appalled by paying annual fees on credit cards.  I mean, I had my trusty Discover card.  Who needs a card that’s going to charge you just to use it?  Plus, way before all of that, I thought all credit cards were evil!

Then, I thought people chasing status were crazy.  I’m too tough for premium level service anyway, that’s for sissies.  That may have changed too.

And up until recently, I thought buying your miles was nuts.

Well, that’s all changed.

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Points Update January 2017

Second post!

If you remember my post from last month, this will become a monthly item on the writing board.  Rather than just updating my Keeping Score page, I want to explain a few things.  You know, why I do what I do.

If I just put numbers in front of you, I’m the only one that’s going to benefit from it.  If I explain those numbers, I hope it helps you a little bit too!

My goal?

I want to get everyone travelling a bit more, and a bit cheaper, too.

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