james and i joined the citi thank you points network when we got our credit cards in september of last year. we received a bunch of bonus points for opening our accounts and were going to use them to redeem for flights for our family vacation next year.
guess what? thank you points no longer have their fix flight option (for 20,000 in us or 50,000 to hawaii). what a big bummer!!! and i wasn’t keeping tabs on the whole thing so i missed redeeming our points for fix flight options at the end of february. sucks huh? yea, tell me about it. should have checked flyertalk more frequently. the thing is i missed it by a week!! Urgh!
we have been using our cards to pay for almost everything (since we get 3 points per dollar on the amex for the first year) and paid all our balances off each month to accumulate more points.
so now, the points are only worth 1 penny each. really sucks. if we can’t spend it on flights, we are going to buy something we need – here are what we’re planning to buy:
– new platform bed for us
– memory foam mattress instead of coil
– new beddings – it is going to be spring
– new twin bed and beddings for faith
we have traded our points for $400 to JCPenney, $400 to Overstock, and $200 to West Elm (their stuff looks so cool!).
we can probably get another $100 or so in the next month but i can’t wait to start buying.