How It All Began…

I starting collecting airline miles several years ago with a USAA credit card, which accumulated miles based on yearly spend. My first big trip was with my sons to Europe for a month, using my National Board stipend money and some miles. But then I started getting offers for bonus miles when opening different cards. Those various cards through the years have paid for trips to twenty-six countries! Some of those trips were to multiple countries, like the summer of 2008 to Greece, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, and Switzerland. That trip took lots of planning!

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Some miles paid for the entire trip and some just one way; I remember paying $30 for a one way ticket to Italy using the last of my Continental miles!

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