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How do I convince someone to get more miles?
Hi Lucky! I absolutely love reading your blog and have read your “Getting Started” guide too.
Our family doesn’t travel by flight a lot, except for going to India on Qatar Airways every three years. We sometimes go on domestic vacations, usually on Southwest, Sun Country, or Delta (if the former two don’t fly there). We have signed up for every mileage program on every airline we fly, but we are unable to keep miles by not flying enough.
We have already made a big mistake by signing up for QR miles instead of AAdvantage, so it’s even harder to keep miles.
We do however, spend a [I]lot[/I] of money, especially on dining out. I always think how all that spending could be accrued into miles. My dad however, swears by his Chase Rewards Amazon.com Visa card.
He says he likes it because there’s no annual fee he can get his points in cash back or spend them on a “free” Amazon purchase. We are very heavy users of Amazon, and we pay $99 to them every year for Prime.
I have tried to convince him to get a mixed rewards card, such as the Amex EveryDay card, which also has no annual fee.
Another thing I should note is that we are based at MSP, so our airline choice is fairly limited.
You can suggest that many cards allow you to redeem points on Amazon purchases (though not the best use of points) but that it also allows flexibility of redeeming elsewhere.
Or get your family hooked on this blog 😉
Well, sign up for AAdvantage, that would be the first step. And probably Alaska too.
If he won’t change his credit card, sign him up for one of the dining programs (link under Start Here at the top of this page), so you’re at least earning miles that way. And make sure you’re using shopping portals, etc. There are plenty of ways to keep your miles from expiring without flying, so make sure you’re tracking your miles.
In terms of convincing him…you probably can’t. My dad and mom use an Amex Platinum and a debit card for their respective spend. [I][B]My parents!![/B][/I] You’d think they’d know better, but they are stubborn.
It’s going to be hard to show him that if he were using a different credit card he might be able to take that trip to India every two years rather than every three, or that you can get way more than 1¢ per point on a mileage card versus the Amazon card.
So I probably wouldn’t push it, honestly. I would focus on the alternative ways to build up miles, manage the family accounts so they don’t expire, and hopefully you’ll be able to make a good redemption in the future that will change his mind.
Similar story… I have a couple friends who live and die by their Southwest card. They won’t get any other card, regardless of what I say or after hearing how so and so flew for free to Australia in a lie flat bed.
For them, their aspirational travel is all domestic/Caribbean. And they’re happy there.
I think someone on this blog said once that the best use of points is one that makes you happy…. so if your dad gets value out of Amazon, then it’s that simple.
At the end of the day… he’s still saving money, right?