Having lived on three continents and growing up in a family that owns a travel business, I have had many years to perfect the art of traveling on a budget. I’ve managed to visit 50 countries and counting, all for…
Comes now one Robert Chat, a 38-year-old maker of swords from (wait for it) Florida, whom Choice Hotels International claims weaseled them out of $48,500 in gift cards from their Choice Privileges rewards program by not staying in its Clarions, Comfort Inns and Econo Lodges.
While you’ve been racking up reward points to get to Cancun, there is something the airlines aren’t telling you: Paying with points instead of cash or credit might bump you from a flight if there’s an incident at the airport.
Due to the nature of my job as editor of hundreds of articles on how to maximize credit card rewards programs, you’d think I’d become adept at playing the frequent flier miles/points credit card game. Not.
In fact, after almost a decade of accumulating miles/points here and there on one frequent flier program (American Airlines AAdvantage) and on a newly acquired Capital One Venture card, I have never redeemed them for a “free” flight. I always saved them, thinking that someday I would really, really need to use them for emergency airfare.
That emergency happened last week.
I feel like I’ve finally hit a credit card milestone: I bought my first plane ticket on frequent flier miles!
I’ve been using a Chase Continental business card for a few years, building up points, so when my mom said to come visit her in Ireland where she’s studying, I was ohsoclose to having enough points for a free flight with them.
Then I discovered how to make my soon-to-be-Irish eyes smile.