Reader Success Stories

Get inspired by our readers!

Your points and miles successes are our successes too! We love to feature the ways you’ve used points and miles to create travel memories!

Cherry blossoms along river

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One of our readers, Christy, just sent this reader success story to Japan to us – talk about an ultimate redemption and trip! Here’s her story: My husband and I just returned from a nearly 3-week trip to visit our son living in Japan, visiting the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji, and Iwaki. This […]

Palm trees, blue water and sand

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It may seem too good to be true when we show you how to take a nearly free vacation on points and miles. However, we have hundreds of stories of readers who have also used credit card points and miles for nearly free travel. This proves that ANYONE can do this—even YOU! Here is a […]

Hotel resort pool area

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I originally found Jess through a viral real.  I was a lurker for some time, thinking, “why in the world would people pay an annual fee on a credit card when there are free ones?”  Finally, I said YOLO and used Jess’s link to sign up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred.  We met the spend […]

Woman and man with young boy in stroller.

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Hailey’s new mom reader success story is brief but oh-so-sweet that we just HAD to share it with you. Being moms ourselves, we can totally relate to the struggle of wanting to be with your young children and also wanting to travel. In today’s world, that can be next to impossible on one income. Luckily, […]

Man and woman standing on top of mountain

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Our next reader success story to Denver is from an Award Travel Academy student who states that a trip on credit card points and miles helped get her Player 2 onboard. She has been following us for a few years and shared her trip to Denver and future plans with us!   Booking a Trip […]

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I thought it would be fun to hear from some of our readers, particularly our Award Travel Academy Students, about their points and miles journey. I asked them to tell us about their first redemptions and their journey from beginner to booking that first trip with credit card points and miles.   Olivia’s Story with […]

Row of hotels on white beach near blue water

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I started following Jess over at Made Possible By Points right after I returned from an amazing trip to Kauai, Hawaii. My husband and I had the time of our lives at the Grand Hyatt, and Jess was sharing a reel about how she scored a trip to Hawaii using points from a welcome offer. […]

View of city from water with large skyscrapers.

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Sandra sent us her reader success story to Dubai – and it was a doozy! She packed it with fun activities to celebrate her 40th birthday. This is how she did it!   Sandra’s Reader Success Story to Dubai I just got back from eight days in Dubai to celebrate my 40th birthday, and I […]

Man and young girl in front of Baños sign.

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Alexa is sharing her family backpacking trip to Ecuador with us today, which included using some credit card points and miles. Here is her story: I have been listening to your podcast for several months and really enjoying the rapport you have with each other and the great information that you share. Here is a […]

Deck overlooking blue ocean

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Recently, Taylor shared her reader success story to the Maldives in our THM Facebook Group and said I could share it on the website. Here’s her story: My husband (aka P2) and I just returned from honeymoon number 2 to the Maldives, booked completely on points!! I’ve seen a lot of questions about the Maldives […]

High rise hotel on beach with pool

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Our Friday Family Vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is also a reader success story! Here is Christine’s story: We are new to the points game this year. My husband and I have opened five new cards totaling 575k in various types of points. We are a military family, so our fees for many cards […]

Family of four on the beach near an ocean.

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Karen sent us her reader success story to Huntington Beach and stayed at one of our favorite hotels. There is nothing like a points and miles trip to create family memories! Here is how she did it: My best redemption so far has been to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach.  My son had a basketball […]

Beach, palm trees, blue water

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Stephanie is currently using credit card points/miles successfully using just one player — herself. Here is her reader success story in one-player mode all the way to Maui!   Points Earned in One-Player Mode I discovered this group completely by accident on Instagram using the algorithm. Before, I had never even heard of using credit […]

Four boys in swimming pool

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Our Friday family vacation to Punta Cana is a reader success story from Jess, who began her points and miles journey following our Jess! She took her adorable family of six to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on points and miles. Here is her story:   Spring Break 2023 Family Vacation to Punta Cana […]

Sunset view of city with large cathedral

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Our latest reader success story to Spain using points/miles comes from Meghan. Here it is in her words: Our son is in a dual language program with Spanish.  We are trying to travel, at least once a year, to a Spanish-speaking country to help him build his real-life skills (especially since Mom & Dad aren’t […]

Beach with black lava and palm trees

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Our latest reader success story comes from Stacy. She and her husband had a fun-filled vacation to Kona. Here is her reader success story to Kona in her own words.     My husband and I recently traveled to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii using points and miles. Let me share how we […]

Cherry Blossoms Framing White Building

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Our next reader success story comes from Melissa who used points for a family trip to Washington DC. Here’s her story: I am actually sitting in the car driving home from our first family trip using points! My family of four drove to Washington, DC and we stayed at the Grand Hyatt. This was such […]

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Jill sent us her reader success story to Australia, and we are so happy to share it with you. I LOVED my trip to Australia earlier this year and know that many of you have plans to travel there, too. Here is her story: When our son moved to Australia in 2018, we expected him […]

Castle surrounded by green fields

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Our latest reader success story comes from Jessica as she shares her trip to Ireland. Ireland has long been on my “to-do” list. Here is her reader success story to Ireland!   How It Began Early last year, we learned that our nephew’s high school band had been invited to play in the St. Patrick’s […]

Man and woman holding children standing outside building with Mickey Mouse on lawn.

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Our latest reader success story comes from Kayla, and it’s all about the “happiest place on earth” – Disneyland.  Here is Kayla’s reader Success Story to Disneyland.   Using credit card points and miles for discounted trips was something I hadn’t heard of prior to July 2022. Fast forward to March 2023, and my family […]

Colorful tiles on wall and view of city.

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Kayla sends us a reader success story to Barcelona—one of my favorite cities. Here’s her story: My husband and I recently took a trip away from our four boys (thanks, grandma!) all the way to Barcelona, Spain, to visit my younger brother studying at the University there. We also visited France and Andorra on a […]

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