My husband and I spend a lot of time pontificating the difference between being “frugal” and being “cheap.” One word describes a person who doesn’t tip, and the other describes the person who does tip, but only orders the appetizer. One describes the person who doesn’t chip in for a pizza and the other describes the person who doesn’t partake in the pizza.
You get the idea.
But I’ve recently decided that neither of these words quite fits my husband: the person who can’t bring himself to compromise what he’s decided is the “best use” of a currency. To clarify, I’m talking about the currencies involved in the budget travel strategy of “travel hacking.” (If you haven’t already, now is a good time to read the travel hacking basics.)
The best term I’ve come up with for this kind of frugality is “best-use addiction.”
Luckily, this best-use addiction has allowed my husband to stretch our miles and points to unimaginable limits. We’re talking Guam, Singapore, Sydney, New Zealand, and Rarotonga, all for 40,000 miles in business class. While that ticket was a bit more complicated than the material we’ll talk about here, I’ll do my best to share some of the best-uses and strategies that will help you get the most from your rewards.