As you many know, I’ve been blogging for Points with a Crew for about seven months now (you can read my posts here). Points with a Crew is part of larger group of blogs affiliated under the Boarding Area group, which hosts a wide variety of travel blogs. Each year, Boarding Area hosts conferences for it’s writers, and this year, I’ll get to attend their Colorado Springs, CO conference as one of the writers for Points with a Crew. Sweet! Once I knew I was attending, I started to plan the trip.
We all online shop. A lot. It’s a fact of living in the 21st century, so you might as well get more than just your purchases! As I’ve said before, shopping portals are a great way to earn extra miles on the things you already buy online. From that previous post:Shopping portals are a great way to earn extra points on things you’re already buying online, and most rewards programs have some sort of portal. If you have a rewards account, the chances are they also have a shopping portal.
While I write much more frequently over at Points With a Crew now, I still want to publish how much Nick and I have earned, points-wise. For me, it’s a fun thing to keep track of, hence why I keep doing it. Here’s what the second quarter of 2017 looked like:In total, we earned 553,758 points! These points were earned from day-to-day spending, sign-up bonuses (Alaska Airlines, American Airlines x2, American Express, Hilton x2), referral bonuses (Chase and Delta), and through shopping portals.
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