Yesterday I booked a trip just to visit an airport lounge. Not just any lounge, but the AMEX Centurion lounge in DFW airport that my fellow blogger Ben, One Mile at a Time called the best domestic lounge in the USA and Gary, View from the Wing has equally high praise for as well. I will get in for free both days with my AMEX Platinum “airline travel card” that I got earlier this year.
First why. Well, it is more a why not just because I wanted to go. I made the time, and I guess more importantly I had $150 worth of vouchers and found an ok 8CPM (cost per mile) routing from AZO (Kalamazoo) that is only a little farther away to me than SBN (South Bend). I could have pushed the route down near 7CPM but I gave up a little to have a more relaxed departure time and longer time in DFW. The rest of the ticket I paid for with my Barclay’s Arrival card and will pay myself back with all these shopping portal points I have been amassing so the net cost out of pocket for me for air will have a CPM of ZERO! Yeah, I will have a little bit of cost in gas, 2 days parking at $9/day in AZO but that is about it.
Another reason to go is to burn up last year’s SPG 35% off SPG points discount coupon that is about to expire. Using it for just one night is a very bad redemption and it could be worth tens of thousands of points but using it is better than letting it go in the trash. So I got my room for 4500 SPG points and $7 tax.
So I will enjoy a day flying Delta (hopefully all in 1st class), Get some quality Centurion lounge time including dinner, next day breakfast and lunch, and another day of flying around the country. I will have 6 “bumpertunies” to add to my already nice year of voucher gains and a chance to checkout another SPG property. All in all a nice way to spend a couple of days. Who does this? I do, because it is just so much fun – and with points and point cards you can too! – René
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