1) Get $50 Best Western gift card after 2 eligible stays. (h/t Loyaltylobby) Note that Amex has an offer of $20 off $100 Best Western stay. Check your profile or Sync on Twitter.
Details: Get a 1-time $20 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend a total of $100+ on all room charges, including room rate, at Best Western® branded properties in the US including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands between 3/16/15 and 5/18/15
It’s not clear if this has to be done in one transaction, though I would, just in case.
The other day, my daughter was watching a C movie on Netflix (it’s infested with those). One scene featured a beautiful 3-story house with expensive furniture inside. She looked at me and said: “Someday I’ll have a house just like that!” I asked her if there is anything wrong with our place. Her response: “Well, it’s very small and not all that pretty.”
Hmm, I can’t really argue with that. It has 1,400 square feet living space and just look at the old recliner in my living room:
Yeah, we probably do need to get it replaced. Maybe next year.
Anyway, I thought it was a good chance to teach my daughter the concept of opportunity cost. I told her: “Well, we can absolutely get a bigger house and expensive furniture, but here is what’s going to happen. Mommy will have to get a full-time job.
That means I will not be able to pick you up from school and take you to playground and zoo a few times per week. I will no longer attend various classroom projects. Also, we will not be able to go on many vacations. Does that sound OK? ”
You should have seen terrified look on her face, especially when I mentioned that we would have to cut back on travel. She said our house and furniture are just fine the way they are. Bingo!
Of course, I don’t mean to imply that there is anything inherently wrong with owning a large house or having expensive stuff. And I’m not insulting working moms. Don’t go there, girlfriend. That’s a “can of worms” subject. I like controversy, but not that much. Besides, just because you are a stay-at-home mom, doesn’t automatically mean you are a good mom. I’m not!
I’m simply saying that everything we do in life has an opportunity cost. That new luxury minivan may seem like a good idea, but will it cause you to forego travel with your family? A big house is certainly nice, but it also requires more maintenance, which costs money you could have spent elsewhere.
The same goes for miles and points. Is one night in Hyatt Vendome (that fits 3) worth 30,000 points that could get you 6 nights in category 1 property which will fit 5 and come with free breakfast? It absolutely is for many, and there is nothing wrong with that. But what about you?
Hyatt in Maldives runs at 30,000 points per night, but can get you a private villa on a secluded island. I’ll be honest, it does seem like a good use of points. If I ever go to Maldives, I will absolutely consider burning Ultimate Rewards to stay in one of those.
That said, I really want to go to Tahiti and Japan within the next 5 years. If I were to plan a trip to Maldives, I would have to give up visiting one of those countries. I don’t center my travel plans around where I get the most value per mile or point.
Of course, there is also a cost to pursuing this hobby. It takes time that could be spent with your family instead. Children grow up so fast, it’s crazy. Years from now, when the kids are all grown and out of the house, will you be saying: “Back in the day when my children were little, I really wish I read more blogs and do more M/S” ? Actually, scratch that, I can totally picture some hobbyists saying that.
Everything in life, whether material things, family or travel decisions, has a cost associated with it. Are you happy with the price you are paying?
Leana is the 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.