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Miles and Points, Smorgarsbord

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On my mind

I’m not a  huge fan of buffets, and neither is my husband. Most of the time, it’s a case of having many food choices, all of them mediocre. Kind of like, Jack of all trades and master of none.

Well, in spite of this dislike, recently we ate at a local smorgasbord buffet. Why? The miles, of course. Everything in life is about miles. I’ve mentioned that my brother-in-law told me I could use his United miles for one of my parents’ tickets. The problem is, he has 57,500 miles, and I need 60,000 miles for roundtrip coach redemption from Europe to USA.

He is working on another offer at the moment.  Plus, he barely uses credit cards, period. That means I needed to find a way to top off his account. Thankfully, through the end of January, United is giving 2,000 bonus miles for signing up for new United Mileage Plus Dining account. So, I went ahead and created a profile and put in my credit card number. My brother-in-law is busy.  Plus, I’m a control freak, so I wanted to take care of it myself.

Unfortunately, the only participating restaurant close to us is a smorgasbord buffet. Convincing my husband to go was a challenge, to say the least. But in the end, he agreed. So even though we rarely get to have a date night, we ended up schlepping to a buffet. So, we come in and turns out, you have to pay upfront. The problem is, you need to spend $30 in one dine in order to get the bonus, but the bill is $22.

So, I started explaining the situation to a cashier and asked her to sell me a $30 gift card, and then I would pay with it. She just gave me a blank stare. This is an instance when you can not pull a HUCA (hang up, call again). I’d be careful using this term around Boston, though. They may think you are referring to something else entirely.

Back to my story. At that moment, a group of 9 senior citizens comes in. Oh my! I knew I was in trouble. Without saying anything, my husband sat down and gave me the “look.” I told the cashier that I would wait till the group got done paying and attempt to explain myself again.

After what seemed like 30 minutes, but was probably closer to 10, I told the lady about the deal and she got it! Everything went through just fine. That’s the kind of crazy stuff we do in this hobby. Oh, and you probably wonder how the food was? It was mediocre, just as expected. But at least there  was lots of it! Hmm, I hope this doesn’t describe my content.

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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, Smorgarsbord

  1. I also dislike buffets! But my parents love them, I think because they think it’s a lot of food for the money. I always end up over-eating on desserts, and nothing is really that good. I avoid them when possible.

    • Shoesinks, yep, that’s me too! Some buffets are OK, but majority are mediocre. What’s funny is that my husband said the kids would probably love it. So, he said we’ll take them there at some point when they are older. 🙂

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