My name is Laura and I’m addicted to traveling. I refuse to pay full price for anything except a good pair of shoes and a nice handbag. So why would I pay full price for vacation?
It all started in 2013 when I realized I had 25,000 Chase Freedom points. It was the only credit card I had at the time but I was excited to use my points. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that Chase Freedom points could only get me cash. 250$ to be exact. $250 is not bad, but I realized that if those points were transferable to an airline program, I could book a plane ticket. At the time, we were planning a trip to Whistler, Canada and the flights to Vancouver were 25,000 American Airlines miles. We still had several months to book tickets, so I quickly applied for the Citi AAdvantage credit card, along with a few others. After getting my 50,000 sign-up bonus, I booked our first plane tickets with points.
I have extensively researched earning and redeeming miles and since 2013, my husband and I have earned and redeemed millions of miles to travel to some pretty amazing corners of the world. We both have learned how to maximize the value we get out of airline miles, hotel points, and bank points and rewards.
How I came up with The Miles Genie name: we have a 4 year old boy and 1 year old twin girls. Our son is in preschool but the twins stay at home with me so most of my days are spent watching Shimmer and Shine, playing with dolls and unicorns, and daydreaming about our next vacation. For those of you not familiar with kid shows, Shimmer and Shine are genie twins. I figured it was fitting because miles and points make wishes come true! We do take our kids on some trips, but since they are too young (especially the babies) to really enjoy some of the places we go, we are lucky to have our parents who are willing to watch the kids. We know many won’t agree with this but we think it’s always good to have some adult-only time with your partner!