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These past few weeks have been nasty up here in Michigan. It’s been snowy, cold, and just unpleasant. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the snow, in fact, I find snowfall to be pleasant and enjoyable. The cold is what really gets to me. It makes the non-bearded parts of my face hurt, it turns my hands into snake-skin, and quick jogs to the mailbox now require pants.
And you know what? I’ve had enough of it, so I’m going to Florida! …for three days.
After telling some friends and co-workers about this upcoming trip, I received a common question that sounded something like this, “Why are you only going there for three days?” That’s a fair question, no? At first, I tried thinking of an important reason, a justification for this frivolous trip, but I couldn’t. So, I just responded with the truth, “Because, it’s cold.”
The thing I found interesting about that response, was how people reacted. The people who knew little about points and miles, but at least had a grasp on what they were, were surprised that such a trip was possible. The people who didn’t know anything about points and miles, on the other hand, seemed to think I was being thoughtless, even wasteful, with my money. At least, that’s the vibe I was getting from them.
Am I wasting money on this trip? If you consider a few thousand points and a few dollars in taxes a waste for a few days of warm weather, then yes. If not, then you may be a miles and points aficionado. I know I am.
It amazes me just how many opportunities this world has opened up for my family. There’s no way we would have flown to Australia last year, much less in business class, or to Denver just to see a concert, or to Europe, or to most other locations without the assistance of points and miles. Those intangible digital currencies have changed our lives, for the better.
When I explain manufactured spending to friends and family members, eyes glaze over, thoughts drift, and confusion entails.
“That sounds complicated.” It’s not. “Doesn’t that hurt your credit?” Sort of, but no. “That seems sketchy, almost illegal…” Nope again.
So, why don’t more people manufacture spend, sign-up for credit cards (responsibly, of course), and leverage points to take trips of their lifetime? I don’t know, it honestly baffles me. The opportunities are readily available (for the most part), yet they’re not taken advantage of.
What I do know, though, is that I’m going to Florida, “Because, it’s cold.“