Narrowing Down Travel Rewards Credit Cards

points cards overwhelm

Points Cards Overwhelm

I have a lot of points cards. A lot. I have so many I don’t even remember which clubs I belong to anymore. And I don’t know how many points I have, what I can do with them, or when/if they expire.

It’s a problem.

For a while now I’ve wanted to slim down my points memberships and choose a few I understand and will actually use. But how do you know which ones you’ll use and which ones give you the best value for your time and energy?

I’m overwhelmed to say the least.

Canada's top rewards cards

Canada’s Top Rewards Cards from 2013 via Rewards Canada

As I’ve waded through the different points options I’ve found ranking sites helpful, they do all the work and I can read the results. Thanks! My husband and I went through our options and decided for us travel rewards were the most important and since he charges a lot of expenses for work…a travel credit card was a good option.

In fact we were even able to narrow down to Aeroplan Canada, which feels so good. I went ahead and unsubscribed from all my other points emails and began looking for ways to optimize our points collecting.

Mileage balance: 7,219

I received my monthly newsletter the other night and was pumped to see all the different ways I could collect points. And then I went to check if I had enough points to, like, go anywhere.

Not with 7,219 points I can’t. But not to worry! The newsletter gave me lots of ways to pump up my points STAT.

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Whoa. Lots of options. Feeling overwhelmed…which option is best for me…

I’ve noticed a lot of television advertising lately about travel rewards credit cards. There are so many options and while it is overwhelming I’m happy there is competition. In my mind the more companies there are competing for my loyalty then the better the rewards will be. Right? That’s logical, right? Anybody?

Well, we’ll see. I’m setting a goal of taking a springtime trip completely on points. I think that’s enough time to go from 7,219 to…how many points do you need for two round-trip tickets around the world anyway?

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Finally I’m going to Cape Town

I opted to leave on an earlier flight than originally planned so I’m not entirely certain just how I’ll meet up with my friends.

However Mary, whose place I’m staying at in Cape Town, didn’t seem too worried so I won’t worry either.

And I seem to be a lot more relaxed when I’m in charge of my own plans… weird 🙂

Guess I have slight trust/control issues.

The scenic flight over the Delta (in Botswana) was really cool. I’m glad we went even though the circumstances were so weird. For some reason Liam extended the flight from one to two hours. We did so much turning etc. I nearly threw up. Nearly. Dry heaved.

There were lots of giraffes, hippos, elephants and buffalo. I took some nice photos from the little Cessna 206.


I think Cape Town will be more familiar to me than Botswana (etc.) was.

Don’t know if you noticed but I actually had a rough time adjusting to the heat/rough conditions As a result I was dead quiet for, like, three days.

Being dead quiet was uncomfortable. I don’t like it because I wasn’t myself.

Even now I keep thinking about how I should’ve been more prepared but quite honestly, HOW? I had no frame of reference at all so anything people told me wouldn’t have sunk in EXCEPT I would’ve brought better clothes. Way better, had I known how filthy and hot I was going to be 24/7.

And there is literally no way to prepare for African inefficiency. I’m continually amazed even though I spent three months here a few years back and “know” all about it.

I love how everyone (even Africans) just laugh and say, “This is Africa!” Whenever something happens, like that explains/excuses anything/everything.

But I think understanding that will unlock Golden Rule #2 for me. And set me free, if you will.

Rule #1 being, “Don’t Rationalize.”

Rule #2 being, “This is Africa.”