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12. Have Points, Will Travel
Carla moved to San Francisco two years ago.
of her family was in Boston. Every year
tried to visit her family twice. She would
once in the summer and once during the
holiday. Traveling cross-country was expensive though. She needed
find a way to save money on her
. She decided to try and use an airline
program to see if that would help.
one airline that Carla preferred to travel on.
time she used that airline, there were hardly
delays and the trip was always comfortable. That
featured in-seat DIRECTV, so she could watch her
television shows while traveling. She could also order
and beverages right from her seat. An extra
was that each seat had an electric outlet.
made it easy for Carla to plug in
computer and do work on her trip.
last trip, Carla decided to sign up for
airline's loyalty program. She would earn points for
trip she made. Those points could be used
air travel. The airline worker informed Carla that
could earn even more points if she signed
for the airline sponsored credit card. The card
a low interest rate and no annual fee.
every dollar Carla spent, she would earn one
to use towards travel. Carla signed up for
credit card. She had good credit, so she
approved. Carla used that credit card to pay
a round-trip ticket to Boston.
After only one
, Carla had earned enough points for a free
-way ticket. That saved her almost $500. It felt
traveling for free. Carla decided to stay loyal
this one airline.