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Cost Of Miles And Points
Tiffany Funk travels often for work. She splits her time between California and Italy and has a husband travels equally as much. They spend well over a hundred nights each in hotels every year and those nights are rarely together. So when Tiffany and her husband do end up in the same hotel, in the same city, together; Tiffany tries not to worry about if it’s the best use of a suite upgrade, or whether she is getting the most optimal value for her points. This is because Tiffany knows that her and her husband’s tendencies gravitate towards being workaholics, and there is a clear need to reconnect when they are together.
Just because Tiffany has learned a lot about what trying to maximize miles and points can cost, she has done so only through a process of trial and error. Once, Tiffany and her husband had three days in London where Tiffany made the choice to book three different hotels, a new one each night. The reasons for Tiffany’s choice? There was a promo, she needed the hotel stay credits for elite status, and availability was tight during their travel window. Tiffany reflected after the fact, “the look on my travel partner's face as we walked with our bags across a crowded Leicester Square on the third day... well. Just not worth it, ultimately. At least not for us.” - Adapted from One Mile At A Time