You’re probably already well aware from other blogs that a pretty tempting Club Carlson 24-hour flash sale just ended. During the sale, you could have essentially purchased points for less than a penny each. From the perspective of many, the sale was a fantastic offer, and ever better than the Club Carlson sale that was offered in the Daily Getaways that sold out earlier this week.
Throughout the duration of the sale, I have been getting countless texts and emails asking if I was going to buy any points for myself. Simply put, the answer was no – I don’t buy points.
You might be wondering why I would let such an amazing offer fly by.
In the points and miles world, we are constantly bombarded with “OMG” sales, “limited-time-only” credit card offers, mistake fares, and other “hurry-up-and-drop-everything” moments. With all of the “NOW, NOW, NOW” pressure, it’s hard to really catch your breath and face a reality check.
While I am all about “acting now, and thinking later” (especially when it comes to booking great flight deals) and spontaneous travel, I have also been trapped before. For instance, I learned the hard way that sometimes booking a mistake fare really is a mistake.
Returning back from the tangent, here’s a few reasons why I don’t buy points:
- I don’t need them. To be more specific, I already have a healthy amount of Club Carlson points from the sign-up bonus when I opened up the Club Carlson credit card, plus some. I’m also really good at maximizing the perks of having the card. I always make sure I get the “free night” benefit when I make a Club Carlson points redemption.
- I earn and burn. I am the opposite of a hoarder. In general, I hate “stuff”, and I have the same behavior with my points. Yes, I like to have enough in my reserves for emergencies and last-minute fun, but I tend to “earn and burn”. I don’t ever like to sit on large amounts of points and miles because of my next point…
- Devaluations. We’re seeing program devaluations left and right. In fact, we’ve seem more this year than in years prior. I’d bet my bottom dollar that this trend is here to stay.
- Peer pressure is bad. Bloggers (and other enthusiasts) often hype up deals for various reasons. While one deal might be good for one person, it may be a waste to another. Just because the majority of people are getting in on a deal doesn’t mean I have to. I’ll be ok… really.
- It’s not the end of the world. Some people get really bummed when they miss out on a sweet deal (I have too), but guess what? There will be more opportunities. At least that’s what the optimistic part of me wants to believe!
The bottom line is this: Unless you have an immediate idea/usage of points in mind, it’s probably not the best idea to buy them “just because”. Sure the spontaneity of this game is fun and exciting, but it’s never fun when you’re faced with a huge devaluation and then you’re stuck scrambling to use your points and miles before it’s too late.
What do you think? Do you buy points? Why or why not? Would love to hear your perspective!