Sometimes it’s easy to forget how lucky I am! Even though my last post was whining about not enough vacation days, I’m blessed with the ability to just pick up and go if that’s what I choose. The scads of points, miles, and travel knowledge I’ve learned the last few years make the world readily accessible and super affordable for me.
I just booked a trip to glamorous Sacramento for my Mom and myself in mid-March. It’s one overnight and we’ll be luxuriating at the Hampton Inn. The reason? My nephew’s soccer team has qualified for a soccer championship and we’d like to be there to support him. Once we made up our minds to go, I cashed in 9,000 British Airways miles (18,000 total for both of us) for two round-trip flights on Alaska Airlines and 30,000 Hilton points and we’re all set. My out-of-pocket was $5 each and I’m going to pony up cash for the $17 all-in car rental (although I suppose I could have used points for that too).
A semi-last minute trip to cheer on my nephew is a great reason to travel, but without my arsenal I’d be spending over $500 to get us there and back. How truly amazing that I have the freedom to go!