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One of the things I love most about being The Points Guy is getting to hear stories from readers about how award travel has affected their lives. Most of these stories are triumphant, like how one reader was able to book a three-week trip across Southeast Asia, or how another reader helped a friend make it to an important family event half way around the world. Based on the emails and messages I get each day, I can tell that points and miles have opened doors for many of you, and it’s an honor to help you get where you want to go.

That said, while I love hearing about your successes, I think we can also learn a lot from one another’s mistakes. Most frequent travelers have stories of plans going awry, like the reader who had to re-purchase airline tickets at the last minute after running afoul of a strict booking policy. Moving forward, I’ll continue to share your success stories, but now I’m calling on you to send in your most egregious and woeful travel failures as well.

If you’ve ever shown up to the airport without ID, booked a hotel room in the wrong city or missed out on a credit card sign-up bonus, I want to hear about it. From time to time I’ll pick one that catches my eye and post it for everybody to enjoy (and commiserate with). If we publish your story, I’ll send you a $200 Visa gift card to help fund your next trip or cover any blunders from the last one.

If you’re interested, email your story to, and put “Reader Mistake Story” in the subject line. Include details of exactly how your trip went wrong, and (where applicable) how you made it right. Please also share any wisdom you gained from the experience, and explain what precautions the rest of us can take to avoid following in your footsteps.

I look forward to hearing from you, and until then, I wish you a safe (and mistake-free) journey!

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