Today, my family had to book a trip on short notice. My parents’ airfare would’ve added up to $1200, and then a hotel was at least $100/night (which honestly, isn’t terribly unreasonable. However, I was able to dig into my stash, and used 50,000 UA miles and 4,000 SPG points to cover all of that. It’s a trip we wish we didn’t have to make, but at least we were able to alleviate one aspect of the trip. Just another perspective on a reason to participate in all of this.