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I know over the next couple weeks and months I will probably post multiple times about how to earn X times points (or hopefully XX times points) when buying presents for the holidays. In fact, that has already started for my family thanks to the Sears 21x deal that ended yesterday. Though for the next couple days you can get in on a similar 12x Sears deal via AAdvantage that will also stack with the 5x Freedom 4th quarter bonus for a potential total of 17x. Maximizing earning miles for purchases you were going to make anyway is the name of my game, so I will happily share many ways you can do that while helping Santa get his gifts from the North Pole to your house.
However, those gifts, while they might be cool, are not the best ones you can get your family members.
The best gift you can give your family for the holidays is the gift of being together. I know it sounds painfully corny, and trust me I’m really not the world’s warmest and fuzziest person, but I do believe this to be true. When families are spread apart it may be easier to send a good book, or cozy blanket, or ill-fitting-sweater as a gift through the mail for the holidays, but if you want to send the best present you can buy, then buy a plane ticket to visit them. Or, buy them a plane ticket to come and visit you.
We have done this the last several years for my husband’s parents who live in another state, and thanks to the current Southwest sale (that other airlines are matching), we were able to do it again this year. This year, just like in previous years, we have taken advantage of a sale that often happens around this time to buy them tickets to come visit us after the holidays in early February. We don’t like to go longer than a few months between visits, so this allows us to fly to see them in November, and then them to fly down to see Little C a few months later without it being a burden on their pocketbook. Sometimes we use miles and points to make this happen, but this time we took advantage of the $200ish dollars it was for a non-stop flight on United for their Christmas presents.
If you are in a similar situation with family spread around the country, consider getting your family the best present you can buy, time together. Perhaps you can do as we did and take advantage of the current sale that ends tonight, or perhaps you have some miles/points you can use to make it happen. When I told Little C what we bought Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas she got so excited! Now if only I could earn the miles from their trip into a “family account” a la JetBlue Family Pool style.
Anyone else give the gift of being together for the holidays?