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And just like that, Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season is more than well underway. It really felt like it snuck up on me this year… but I guess I feel like that a little bit each year. The changing of the seasons really shouldn’t be able to fly under the radar so – after all, Sarah does start into her Christmas music phase as soon as Canadian Thanksgiving is over (and that’s in early October).
Also, if you felt like this year snuck up, just prepare yourself for next year. In 2019, Thanksgiving will fall on November 28th… aka, today. That’s going to make for some kind of short holiday season. You might have to join with Sarah in starting the Christmas music around Canadian Thanksgiving!
In honor of our cherished American tradition of Thanksgiving (and because of the craziness of travel/holidays/family, lez be honest), we took the last couple weeks off from posting. Sometimes when our travel schedule hits peak crazy around the holiday’s – and (as Sarah likes to remind me) our blog post schedule isn’t as, ahem, planned out as we’d like it to be – we just have to give each other some grace. Because a week or two off isn’t going to kill us. Or you 🙂
For now, onto this week’s post… Some of our favorite uses of points!
Companion Pass / San Francisco
I’ve said before – and I’ll say it again – the Companion Pass is the best travel perk we’ve ever received. You can read all about it here. But one of our favorite uses of this perk goes back to 2014 when we were just newlyweds and a last minute work trip took me out to San Francisco. We never could have afforded the trip normally; it was almost $2k round trip(!), but with Sarah as my companion, it cost us a cool $11.20 (aka taxes and fees).
When we were in New Zealand, one of the things we were most looking forward to was cruising around the Milford Sound. The sound is a fiord on the south island and it is basically a huge valley with water in it. Words don’t really do it justice – and neither do pictures. We were able to use some Citi points from our Citi Premier card to book tickets through Citi’s travel portal to cover the cost of our cruise and the 3-hour bus ride there and back! This saved us a couple hundred dollars and was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
Rental Around New Zealand
With our leftover Citi points, we put those towards booking a rental car for our 1.5 weeks around the country. This saved us a cool $500 and being able to traipse around whenever we wanted to wherever we wanted was so great. We had talked about doing a bus trip, but the car rental was for sure the way to go!
Family 4 Lyfe
We are able to get back to visit family in Canada and Maryland
The Simple Summary
We are very excited to add to this list in 2019. On our itinerary: Las Vegas, Europe and Hawaii! Anywhere else you think we need to add!? Let us know below!