One of the best travel gifts I ever received was my very first trans-Pacific, first-class ticket on Cathay Pacific from New York to Hong Kong. It was years ago and I didn’t have the 70,000 American miles the ticket cost at the time. I also certainly didn’t have the $11,000 to pay for the actual fare.
What I did have, however, was a friend who had both an understanding of what that experience would mean to me and an extra 70,000 miles in his AA account. I not only got to be a princess for 16 hours, I also got to learn firsthand what if feels like to be gifted a travel experience.
Over the years, I’ve tried to pay it forward when I can, gifting a travel experience to a friend or family member by picking up a plane ticket or hotel night (when my points balance has allowed). Logistically, it’s actually pretty easy to reward someone else with points travel.
Every U.S. based airline and most international airlines (with a few exceptions) allow you to use your points to book a ticket in the name of anyone – friend, partner, family member or even the neighbor down the street who needs help with an emergency plane ticket. All you need is the person’s required travel information along with their full name, date of birth, passport number (for international flights) and the points in your own account to pay for it, of course…Read more>>