I’m planning to head up to Calgary in August to spend a week at Windermere with my Mom. I checked flights yesterday and, including taxes, I can fly for around $450 – which is pretty darn good. I might not use miles! Often, the flights are $800. Or $1,300 if you have to fly with no notice.
I depleted my miles account by 325,000 miles in December and am slowly but surely building my balance back up. I’ve earned about 100,000 in the past six months with another 40,000 bonus points for Jay’s Sapphire card coming in June. But, it’ll take a couple of years before I have a large enough balance to cover another emergency.
So, when I can get a flight for under $500 I just might put it on my Explorer card (earning 2x miles for the purchase) and save my miles for another day.