Welcome Jean! (and the other TC refugees) we'd be happy to have you here, and look forward to seeing you around.Hi,
My name is Jean..I am a retired school administrator. I have a champagne taste on a beer budget so collecting points has helped me travel! I enjoy traveling with my husband and adult children so this hobby has helped us travel more!
I too was active on Travel Codex for a while and sad to see that forum leaving. I have been on flyertalk for a long time, but haven't posted much due to the nasty comments people make. Mostly I just read what I need. I love the idea of having dialog with people in a non-threatening way. (Sometimes I ask stupid questions haha. ). I hope to contribute in a meaningful way.
Hello Saverocity. Happy New Year from rural Illinois.
After reading the blogs here for the last year plus I figured it's time I join in on the forums. I have been collecting points and miles for a couple years. First big victory was getting a SW companion pass in late 2015 through a combination of one sign up bonus and 70,000 points through the shopping portal, At the time it seemed portals paid out way more than they do today and portals also paid out on Sears gift cards. Between 2015 and 2016 I've accumulated about 1.5 million miles between my wife and I.
My wife and I love to travel and take our 3 kids along when possible. I have booked over 30 plane tickets just with points. Many weekend trips to Florida (Clearwater and Key West are out favorites). And this past November was the big kahuna so far with a trip to Japan. We booked first class JAL from ORD-NRT and Singapore first class NRT-LAX coming back. (then squeezed back into SW for the LAX-STL trip home). Using all free nights we stayed at the Westin Tokyo, Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Park Hyatt Tokyo and the Conrad Tokyo. It was the trip of a lifetime but with points and miles I sure hope to do it again.
Our sights are set on Bora Bora in two years for our 20th wedding anniversary.
I love this game and the opportunity that points and miles gives us to see the world for cheap.