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What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day at TPG than by launching a new series, Love at 35,000 Feet,  dedicated to exploring stories from our readers about how points & miles have changed their love lives?

In our first episode, TPG reader Matt tells us how points and miles helped him meet the woman of his dreams on a vacation to Mexico — and how he and Allie then got married.

Love Is At 35,000 Feet: Allie & Matt

A TPG reader tells his heart-warming story of how a last minute trip to Mexico (using points and miles!) led him to meet his future wife.

Posted by The Points Guy on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“If it weren’t for points and miles, I might not have met my wife. I was living and working in New York City and really getting burned out. It was a constant grind day in and day out working in advertising and I just needed to unplug.

So one random weekend I decided to visit my friend at Zihuatanejo, Mexico using my United miles. My first morning there, I opened up the sliding glass doors of my hotel to the beach and there was a blond girl standing there. I later found out she was vacationing with her boyfriend, so we all just hung out on the trip and had a really fun time.

Months later, I got a message from that blond girl — her name is Allie. She wanted to visit New York City from Canada where she was from. She told me that her and her boyfriend had split up, and she wanted to come see me.

After dating long distance for about two years, I moved to Los Angeles. It got really hard, so we decided to break up. After three months of being apart, I knew I didn’t want to be with anyone else. I invited her to come to Punta Mita, Mexico with my friends and I, paying for her flights with my points, of course.

It was there in Punta Mita, looking at her sitting by the pool, when I knew. I couldn’t mess this up! That was the trip when I knew she was the one. We had a destination wedding back in Zihuatanejo, where we just happened to meet three years before.”

A huge thanks to Matt and Allie for sharing their epic points and miles love story!

Do you have a love story that points and miles helped you achieve? Drop us a line and tell us about it at lovestories@thepointsguy.com — and don’t forget to include some photos!

Featured image courtesy of Matt and Allie Estrada

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