Points, Miles & Life

Travel adventures on this earthly pilgrimage

Category: Community

Blog Giveaways: Why Entering Never Hurts

Many of the larger blogs I follow routinely do giveaways. The most consistent are Million Mile Secrets and The Points Guy. They are near the top of the heap in the travel blogging world. Paying for a business or first class ticket, just to write a review, is par for the course for them, so coming up with the cash to host a giveaway is a non-issue for them. Heck, you could even get a $200 Visa card for simply supplying tips to The Points Guy.

Giveaways by some of the smaller blogs are less common. Dan Miller at Points With A Crew has offered a few, and so has Summer Hull, who blogs as Mommy Points.

Mommy Points wrote a piece on her 7 Favorite Travel Moments In The United States. I honestly read it because I was truly interested to see what topped her list. What I didn’t know was that she was giving away an Amex Centurion Lounge Day Pass. You had to read through all the way to the bottom to notice that litle detail. To enter, you simply had to write a comment about your own favorite U.S. travel moment.


As with most giveaways, I didn’t really expect to win. Still, when Summer tweeted that people could see if they had won, I had to check. I was floored when I saw my comment had been randomly chosen!

So Mommy Points mailed me a one-time pass to an Amex Centurion Lounge. The biggest catch is I only have until December 31 to use it. I currently have a trip planned where I can visit the Centurion SFO, but if that falls through, I am sure I could find a friend traveling over the holidays who will be able to enjoy it.

I’m Invited To The TPG San Francisco Reader Meet Up! Is This For Real?

It’s been a crazy two days. I don’t want to go into details, but I spent 3+ hours on the phone yesterday coordinating logistics for one of our survey crews whose rental car broke down in the middle of nowhere, and then 6 hours on the road today delivering them a new vehicle. When I finally arrived back in the office, I had nearly 20 emails on my desk and even more in my personal junk email. I quickly began sifting through all the messages that had piled up.

Which is when I found it. Luckily, I sift through my junk emails pretty meticulously, but I nearly deleted an email inviting me and a friend to TPG’s San Francisco Reader Meet Up tomorrow evening!!! Man, what an incredible opportunity! Here is the email invitation:


Then the panic set in. Am I able to go? What do I have scheduled over tomorrow and Sunday? Who could I bring? Where do I stay? How can I make this cheap since we are trying to save money this month? Do I use points or cash? Aaaaaaahhh!!!!!

But I shouldn’t have worried. Now, barely 90 minutes later, I have it all figured out, including a great award booking, and potentially have a friend to take along! As a TPG fan and award travel aficionado, I cannot wait!