I always joke about how I wear the “points” in the relationship, because points and miles are my domain.
Luckily, Mr. Points Traveler likes to travel. Mr. Points Traveler likes points and miles. However, there is something Mr. Points Traveler doesn’t like to do, and that is planning.
moons months ago, Mr. Points Traveler expressed interest in visiting Europe for the first time with his childhood best friend. I was thrilled that he suggested using miles (BA Avios to be exact) for the trip instead of paying over $1,500 for the round trip flight. He booked a round trip flight from JFK-Dusseldorf almost all on his own. Yay, he learned something from the blog (jk).
Well time sure does fly by, and his trip is only days away. In conversation earlier this week, I casually asked him if he was excited about his upcoming trip.
“Absolutely – you always plan the best trips”, he replies.
Wait – what?!
Pause right there. Since when was I planning this bromantic getaway? Andrew, his childhood friend, is a very seasoned traveler, so I assumed he was in good hands. Little did I know, they both assumed that since I helped with the flights, then I pretty much designated myself as their personal travel agent. Oyyy. Men.
Now these two guys are scheduled to go to Amsterdam and Berlin next week and all they have on the table at the moment is a flight to DUS.
So… I frantically have a few days to put together this awesome trip that they envisioned already planned.
My first thought was to have them take the high-speed train from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam as soon as they arrive. Then somehow they have to get to Berlin a few days later (suggestions?). Eventually, they have to get back to DUS so they make it back to New York in once piece. BA Avios might come in handy again for that one. I have a lot to piece together at the moment.
So there’s my mini-rant for this morning. Sure, there’s no doubt that I love points and miles, but advanced notice about these things would be appreciated!
My question to you: Is there someone in particular that “wears the points” in your family or group of friends? I assume if you’re reading it’s probably you… I’d love to hear your perspective and similar stories!
P.S. – Any planning advice, hotel recommendations, train/bus info, or general travel trips for Berlin and Amsterdam would surely be appreciated if anyone has them!