Second Quarter 2016 – Earning and Burning

In keeping with the (very new) tradition of looking at our point intake and output, let’s examine what Nick and I earned and what we spent in the second quarter (April-June) of 2016. These points were earned from day-to-day spending, sign-up bonuses, and through shopping portals.

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The Apology, the Excuse, and the Update

I have to hand it to people who can manage to go about their daily lives (successfully, I might add) and still have time to blog. So let’s get point one right out the open:  I’m sorry to have disappeared for so long! Between a crazy month of work and many weekends of travel–more on that below–I’ve neglected A Point Earned. Bad Sam! I’m not going to make promises, but I have very much missed blogging, and hopefully something like this doesn’t happen again.

So the fun part of being away  for so long is that I can update you on all the traveling I did (and how I did it for cheap–that’s the whole point, right?)!

Date Item Cash Spent Points Used Value of Points
5/12/2016 Delta Airlines Flight #3702 $42.10* 0 n/a
5/15/2015 Concord Coach #31 $15.00 0 n/a
5/15/2015 Amtrak #139 $0.00 2,490 $68.40
5/27/2016 Amtrak #176 $0.00 2,490 $68.40
5/27/2016 Concord Coach #36 $15.00 0 n/a
5/30/2016 Concord Coach #31 $15.00 0 n/a
5/30/2016 Amtrak #139 $0.00 2,490 $68.40
6/3/2016 Amtrak #174 $0.00 5,143 $138.80
6/3/2016 Concord Coach #36 $15.00 0 n/a
6/6/2016 Concord Coach #31 $15.00 0 n/a
6/6/2016 Amtrak #177 $0.00 2,490 $68.40

* I has a $200 Delta gift card thanks to my American Express Premier Rewards Gold card, which I used to offset the cost of the plane ticket.

Over the past four weekends, I’ve been traveling for three of them. On these three trips, I spent $117.10 to get back and forth from my destinations. I also used 15,103 Amtrak points, which are valued at about $412.40.

Although you can’t put a price on two graduations and a relaxing Memorial Day weekend, being able to save over $600 to see my family makes going to these important things all the more easier. If only Concord Coach Lines had a credit card (or frequent busser program!), I’d be all over that!

To me, this post highlights a couple things:

  1. My undying love for Amtrak. So far this year, Nick and I have saved over $500 on train tickets thanks to my Amtrak card, and it’s only June! We have a trip coming up in July paid for in part by points, saving us an additional ~$200.
  2. Use points how you see fit! Some people like one first class trip, others like three coach class trips. Like I said above, these trips would have set me back ~$700 without points and giftcards, and I am so glad I got the opportunity to go home for all these occasions without having to shell out more cash!

So there you have it–my return to the blogosphere! Sorry I was truant for so long, and to reiterate, I will try not to let it happen again!