So while Denis and I were traveling in NOLA we very briefly talked about joining some frequent flyer programs (“I think we should do that.” “Yeah, me too.”).
I just asked my boss how many FF miles it takes to get to Europe. He whipped out his Delta, US Airways, American and Continental program sheets and we discovered it’s between 35,000 and 50,000 mileage points, depending on the air carrier.
Now, a trip to Calfornia helps you get a couple thousand points, but you’d have to fly to CA a lot to save up enough points to get a free ticket from the FF programs. And Denis and I just don’t travel that much. Two or three trips a year, tops, and certainly not to CA each time.
But now you can sign your credit card up to the programs, and specifically AmEx is the best for this because they double the FF miles when you buy plane tickets. The only problem is that AmEx expects you to pay the full balance each month, which can be difficult when you tend to overspend (like someone I won’t mention because Denis has already yelled at me about it so everyone knows it’s me). But the other cards do it too, and they will give you FF points for ANY purchases you make – which can be a good thing when you tend to overspend. You feel like you are getting more for your money.
The other good news is that now the frequent flyer points don’t expire. In the old days they expired after a couple years, but now they don’t. Which means that in about 2042 I should be able to fly to Europe for free. Of course, I could always just pay the $300 round trip ticket and go, but that’s not the point. I want to go for FREE.
So I’ll keep investigating. I’ll see if my current Visa card can be linked up to a FF program or if I actually have to switch accounts (which I won’t do). Either way, I’m getting a free ticket – even if it’s in 2042, I’m going.