I am a business traveler. That means that the vast majority of the travel I do is for work—maybe 90%. It made sense fairly early maximize the amount of airline and hotel points I get for my travel. It’s like free money, or like a bonus for working as hard as I do. While I have set up as many automatic and easy ways as possible for earning points, I don’t work at it as hard as a lot of people do. Points and miles are a hobby for a lot of people, which I think is amazing.
Part of the definition of a business traveler is traveling all the time. I accumulate points with the vague plan of using them one day to go on amazing trips with my family. But I’m starting to realize that it is really hard to take vacations. And that when I have time off, sometimes the last thing I want to do is figure out the logistics of family travel. Looking at my mileage accounts, I have hundreds of thousands of points across several programs, and trying to spend them on travel seems so. hard.
I want to know what other people do. Does everyone spend their points on actual travel? Or do you spend them on other things, like upgrades or memberships? Or do you avoid travel all together and spend your points on shopping? Take my poll and tell me!