go-around landing at RSW due to birds
I have been somewhat consumed by points for a number of years now. There is a euphoria that comes from a big coup of points that give you that tingly feeling just like when a roller coaster hits the apex and starts its downhill run! This has only increased since I became a travel blogger.
But points are more that just the “rush”. They have real value to us even though they take some work to redeem for the perfect flights we want. Those of us who have collected and have millions in our accounts have the freedom to, if we should want to, fly to South America, Japan or Australia (I need to do these soon btw) for a few days if we suddenly decide this would be fun.
But have you maybe noticed that gas prices are going up just a tiny bit this month (at least I am getting 5% UR points back with my Chase Freedom card and next 3 months at my grocery store)? Have you read about just how many airline fare increases were attempted and “stuck” last year ( 22 attempts 9 worked)? Have you see this year how many times the airlines have raised prices (3 if you are keeping score)? Do you think this will stop if gas goes to say $6/gallon?
To me the value of points is more than a firm fixed number as my fellow Boarding Area blogger the Frequent Miler points out very meticulously in this post so I am not looking at a debate over an exact number. Whatever number you pick, there is no doubt to me that our points are becoming more and more valuable as each tick at the gas pump goes higher.
So keep on the lookout for every chance to build your balance. For example start an e-Miles account NOW so it can be used as a free US AIR grand slam hit (we hope) this fall again. Use the card that give you MAX points like the 5% on the Chase Freedom Card for gas and Amazon this month (they have a FB giveaway going on btw)
Keep looking for chances to buy some points cheap with some work like the SKYMALL deal in December that will be talked about at the Chicago DO coming up in October. Look at chances to churn cards when your credit score will support it. I know I will be doing my next churn in either late March or early April depending on what new card deals we see over the coming weeks after my 170,000 collected from my last 100% successful round! – René