By: Julie Szpira
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I’ll admit it. Some of the stuff we do here at 10xTravel can seem crazy. If you’re not familiar with points and miles, you might be surprised by the lengths we’ll go to earn some extra points.
From opening credit cards to using shopping portals, the quest to accrue points and miles can incite fanaticism in travel enthusiasts. So, what happens when points/miles people, like our own Bryce Conway or Luke Sims, fall in love with non-points and miles people?
Well, I spoke with Bryce’s wife, Alexandra, and Luke’s wife, Libby, to ask them about their experience in getting to know their husbands’ hobby.
It turns out that their experiences are very similar, and they helped me understand the hesitation some people might have about jumping into this hobby.
Skeptic Problem #1: I Don’t Even Know What Points and Miles Are!
Even if you have read the free e-book for beginners, read every article we’ve published and have been talking about all the great credit card bonuses that are being offered, your skeptical partner might be hesitant to jump into the hobby because they just don’t “get it.”
For Alexandra, her knowledge of points and miles was very limited.
“I had zero knowledge prior to Bryce introducing me to the hobby! I went to college out of state, and my first time in an airport alone was coming home for Christmas. That first time changing planes alone felt like such a win! My parents booked all my flights so I’m not sure if points were involved.”
Libby was similarly unfamiliar with the game.
“I did not have much knowledge of points and miles before Luke started his obsession. My dad always flew Delta for work, so he had accrued miles through that. However, he didn’t really understand their value, so I had no idea the depth and breadth of possibilities.”
Now that they have each enjoyed multiple trips both domestically and internationally, I was curious to know if they had expanded their knowledge of points and miles.
Well, despite being married to points and miles gurus, Alexandra and Libby both remain fairly removed from the points and miles hobby.