Here is another guest blog post for my brother. Apparently he is really getting into the points and miles world! You can read his first guest post here.
It always fascinates me that everyone does not take advantage of free things in life. In a company where traveling is part of the job, how can you not research on points and miles before you travel?! Honestly, you can just google the hotel chain with the word “promotions” and about a million sites will come up. Searching for promotions should not be a difficult task in a person’s life.
I work with an individual who just graduated from college. He started on my work project this past week and travels from Denver to Chicago every week. Obviously, the first questions that came out of my mouth were: What hotel are you staying at? What airline are you taking each week? He told me that he is staying at the Marriott and using American Airlines to get back and forth.
Now the real questions came into place. “What level are you at Marriott and American Airlines?” My co-worker responds, “The third floor and I was sitting in coach”. I asked him again and he gave me the same answer. He did not know there was a status level when staying at a hotel or on an airline. As I have now coined myself as brother deals, I felt that it was my obligation to explain to him everything in the points and miles world and sign him up for every promotion that I am aware of myself. Of course, we went on www.dealswelike.com to check out my sister’s website. I took him into a conference room and about ten minutes later he had a Marriott rewards number, became a platinum member, joined some promotions to get free nights, got him an American Airlines number, and finally got him signed on as a Hertz Gold Member. At this current moment he is upstairs on the concierge floor enjoying his free food.
This taught me that not everyone is so savvy on the free things in life. It also reminded me of how lucky I am to have the one and only Mrs. Deals as a sister.
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