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We are truly a unique sub-set of society. I have a minor in sociology, but could write a Ph.D. theses on us as a group. Some of us “normally” stay at hotels 99% of the people on this planet will never stay at or would do so once in a lifetime. Yours truly now expects to “turn left” when I get on a plane (sure, I’ll admit it, this is a DYKWITIA statement – do you know who I think I am).
But I opened with the fact that this is a personal post. I want you to understand how much I TREASURE FF points. Before points, I got to see my mom maybe, again maybe, once a year since I was 10 years old. Sweden is a LONG WAY from where I live. Spending the money and taking the time off was (and is) a very big expense.
Now, I go 3 times a year. Thanks to churning cards and other promotions I keep earning more points than I can burn each year. Now, I could go 10 times a year (in coach) to Sweden if I wanted to (that is if did not have to work). This is unfathomable to the “me” of 10 years ago. And, thanks to the “mile-alanche” I get to not only go, but go in business or even now and then in first class on airlines other than my Delta.
I know some who collect so many points that often times they just send family members tickets to Disney. Or, like I do sometimes, fly my good “buds” to somewhere warm to golf and spring for the hotel on points as well. That is the freedom that our “game” of collecting points can give you.
Then there is value. Think about this. Say you, like I did this year, book a trip on points that would have cost you $4000 otherwise. If you did not have points, you would have had to earn $4000 to take the trip. So if you think about it, the value of the points is not just the $4000 cost of the trip, but the $4000 you can spend on something else! In my head that makes the points worth $8000!
So enough soapbox time. I love what we do. I love being a bit obsessive when it comes to points and have started to find a happy place where some deals I go for while others I pass on. What I want to know is if you have been on the sidelines, lurking and reading blogs and such, how much longer will it be or trip reports will it take for you to read before you too get “in the game”? Why not try it and see!
I also know places like FlyerTalk are scary. There is a TON of knowledge there but users tend to be a bit hard on you it you have missed something that has been posted and talked about 6 years ago in a thread long forgotten. I will not do that nor my fellow BoardingArea bloggers. Have a question? E-Mail me or the rest of the gang. These bloggers are really tops and stand ready for even the most simple rookie question (& often can send you a link with the answer you need)! - Rene
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