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Miles and Points, Nonconformity

1. Transfer SPG points to AAdvantage before July 31st, and get a 20 percent bonus on top of the built-in 5,000 miles  per each 20,000 point transfer. So, each 20,000 SPG points=30,000 AAdvantage miles. More details HERE  (hat tip Flyertalk)

US Airways has an identical promotion going on as well.

2. A $50 coupon for a $200 (or more) hotel booking after downloading  free Expedia app HERE

3. The website TwoSmiles is offering 15% off select gift cards, including Southwest. Ends July 7th.  The code is FIREWORKS15 (h/t Frequent Miler).

4. There is a sale for 35% off award tickets on Iberia (does not impose fuel surcharges). It’s only valid for fall travel, but can be a decent value, especially LAX-Madrid route. The points transfer from Membership Rewards. This is another  program that can be a very good deal for a family, since it allows one-way redemptions. Make the transfer before July 14th. More info HERE

5. It’s first Friday of the month. Ya’ll know what that means. Go crazy and eat out to your heart’s content! Paying with Chase Sapphire Preferred card, of course. Speaking of CSP card, it appears, you can now officially get the bonus again. Here is the terms excerpt:

“This new cardmember bonus offer is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of this consumer credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of this consumer credit card who received a new cardmember bonus for this consumer credit card within the last 24 months.” 

Ink and Bold cards have the same wording. All 3 cards pay me commission. CSP will be on my next round of applications for sure. Did I ever mention how much I love Chase Sapphire Preferred?  (h/t Running With Miles)

6. Use your Chase Freedom to pay for gas through September to get 5 % back.

7.  Make sure to come back on Monday. There will be a gift card giveaway.

On my mind

I’ve mentioned before that we live across the street from my in-laws. Many think it’s nuts. I can’t imagine doing it any other way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s disfunction galore, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

My father and mother-in-law are incredible people, and I hope their awesomeness rubs off on me just a little bit. At  first glance, they are just regular folks, a dime a dozen.  Not even close!

My mother-in-law had her kids when the newest fad was not to breastfeed (yes, I’m going there). She did anyway, even though doctors told her she was doing a disservice to her children. When the women’s liberation movement was still going strong, she decided to become a SAHM.  Not starting a debate here, I’ve said before that people should do what works for them.

My mother-in-law is incredibly smart and creative and has beautiful poetry to prove it. At 70 years old, she is helping my sister-in-law run a successful accounting business.

My father-in-law used to work on roofs and dig ditches. But his love was for aviation, so he got his pilot’s license on the first try. When he got a better paying job at the  phosphate mines, he and his brother got together to buy a used Cessna.

He would work his blue-collar job during the week.  Then on Saturdays, he would take his family on a plane to various islands in Florida and to visit  relatives.

My in-laws always had beat-up cars and lived in a very modest house.  But they  made sure to save money for travel. Not too long ago they flew in business class from  Boston to Dublin on award tickets with the help of yours truly. An incredible deal for only 12,500 extra Avios one way, compared to economy.

My in-laws are nonconformists. They don’t do things the way society tells them to. A mine worker isn’t supposed to fly his own plane. That’s not how things work. A regular middle-class family isn’t supposed to go to Tahiti and stay in the overwater bungalow. Yet, that’s exactly what I plan on doing.

Most ordinary folks who participate in this hobby also have this nonconformist gene. They want to experience things that only the wealthy should be able to afford.  Not to have the bragging rights,  but to show their kids other cultures. There is an amazing world out there. Go explore it as a family with the help of miles!

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Author: Leana

Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.

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2 thoughts on “Miles and Points, Nonconformity

  1. I think you have a point about people who enjoy this hobby being non-conformists! I am certainly one and so is my husband. Plus most points/miles people are ones who don’t feel they have to do what everyone else is doing.

    • Holly, I agree. You and I certainly think alike, no question. Especially putting experiences ahead of material things. When you taped up your van, all I can say is RESPECT! 🙂

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