As someone who travels ALOT and is a perpetual planner I found this article on the Myths of Travel Spending to be extremely interesting and educational.
I for one always book my reward tickets around 9 months in advance – part of that is that I like to have a schedule and knowing where we are going gives me something to look forward to and it makes the time spent at home more tolerable as I like to be in perpetual motion. For example, I already know that in April 2014 my wife and I will be heading to Kauia for 7 – 10 days during my wife’s spring break from grad school. Assuming she can get the time off from work we will be doing a safari in South Africa in 2015….these little travel nuggets give me something to look forward to and while I am striving to live more and more in the present moment I still like continue to plan for future adventures. The other positive is that having an idea of when I want to go someplace allows me to plan out when to book the accommodations. Frequent flyer miles are extremely hard to use but plan the right way and you can go anywhere. Gretchen and I have flown to Europe (twice) and Punta Cana using miles in the past three years – we are now getting smarter about accumulating hotel and rental car points and the goal for the Hawaii trip next year is to do it for less than the cost of a round trip ticket (around $1000 the last time I looked) for the BOTH of us after all our spending money is included as well. I’ll post in the future about how we are going about collecting hotel, air and car points but with enough planning anything can be accomplished (that and working the system a little bit)