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I’ve been a dedicated reader of your blog for a good part of the past 4-5 years. I wanted to thank you for everything that you do for those of us who love travel and those experiences that enrich our lives. I’ve learned a great deal from both your handbook & the daily blogs. It was slightly amusing to find that there were others smart enough to “discover” this concept than just myself. In that time since, I’ve literally traveled around the world using miles/points with very little cash outlay, from short trips to Fort Lauderdale or New York City w/Rapid Rewards points, to lengthier ones to Hawaii, Europe, Tahiti, Asia, (& this coming November to Australia & Fiji) w/AAdvantage & Star Alliance miles.
Moreover, I broached the subject of travel rewards credit cards with my parents several years ago, and they were quite skeptical and staunchly hesitant against the idea (from previous troubles with credit card companies). NO FREE LUNCH is what I was told. Yet, whenever they learned I was travelling to a new destination for little to no cost, it piqued their interests until finally I convinced them. All it took was the first $750 in purchases with the AA Citi card to yield 50k points each & ultimately a $10 AAdvantage fare to Hawaii to get them hooked. Now, with your techniques in play, they’ve been to Puerto Rico & Miami for cruise embarkations and Hawaii twice (with a 3rd trip planned); all within the last 3 years. It’s more than I could have asked for to help my folks get treated to things neither I nor they could have ever afforded on our own without saving for years. And, to be able to enjoy an entire week in Hawaii as a family last December was priceless! We just missed you at the Kona Sheraton by 3 days, otherwise I’d have told you in person how thankful we were.
Sincerely - Ian
Ian, thanks for sharing and bravo for helping your parents. No free lunch indeed; they’ve earned their free travel, we’ve just helped them figure out how to cash in.