No, it’s not what you think. No controversy today, folks. This is something that has been on my mind lately. I think many times my posts don’t come across the way I intend them to. Case in point: Paid Vacation Rentals vs. Rooms Bookable on Points, Plus Opportunity Cost
I hope it’s OK if I quote one of the comments:
“I’m one of those nutcases spending 20,000 UR points a night on a Hyatt hotel next summer. Actually, 3 nights for 60,000 points. It’s a 4-5 hour drive from our house, it has a lazy river and sandy beach pool, and a kids club. Did I mention it has a kids club???!!!!??”
Kids club, that sounds soooo nice…
Friends, hobbyists, countrymen, lend me your ears. These are your miles! It is none of my business how you spend them, and you don’t owe me an explanation. I’m just an internet blogger, one of many. I make mistakes, I’m arrogant at times, and yes, a little (just a little) narcissistic. I’m not an authority on what you should do with YOUR miles.
I am not anti-Hyatt or anti-anything, well, except hypocrisy. Many bloggers I admire and respect have burnt an obscene amounts of points on places I would never even consider. Does it mean I think any less of them? Not at all. We are all different and have unique tastes and preferences. That’s what makes this hobby interesting.
We also all have different budgets and savings accounts. I don’t let dollars define an individual. I’ve been around poor people who were super materialistic, and wealthy individuals who had a balanced view of money. Stereotypes are a dangerous thing because they can cloud your judgement and make you needlessly attribute bad motives.
My goal with this blog is to encourage readers to think outside the box, and more than anything, to think for themselves. I don’t mean it in a patronizing manner. Just, please, don’t let bloggers (including me) dictate what is an acceptable use of miles and points. Obsessing over opportunity cost can rob you of joy and become an opportunity cost of pursuing The Hobby.
Enjoy your travel as a family! It’s a beautiful thing.
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.