It’s a big day here at Middle Age Miles, as we come back online after about 5 weeks off, and it’s the first day that our home state of Texas is beginning to cautiously re-open after our coronavirus lockdown. We’re looking forward to bringing you more news and strategy tips for travel, credit cards and points-and-miles.
It’s been an eventful few weeks for Philly and me, as we sold our house and moved into a new townhouse that suits our current empty nest life stage much better. We’ve reduced our maintenance obligations and our cash “run rate” significantly, and we used the proceeds from our house sale to become mortgage-free for the first time in our adult lives. Fortunately, we’ve remained healthy. And most importantly, our first grandchild will arrive very soon, as Middle Age Miles son Zack and daughter-in-law Erin in Denver are past-due for delivery. It’s truly an exciting new chapter for us.
For better or worse, as we began the moving process in earnest, it quickly became apparent to me that I would have to put two important projects on pause temporarily – publishing articles on Middle Age Miles, and pursuing American Airlines in litigation after they unfairly terminated me from the AAdvantage program. As much as I hated to do those things, it was clearly the correct life decision. We really appreciate your patience while we focused on the move, and especially the nice notes we received from readers and friends who checked in on us.
We’ve taken the past few days as an opportunity to refresh the site a bit. Visibly, the thing you’ll notice most is that we’ve updated our banner pictures that appear at the top of each page of Middle Age Miles. We now have 94 different banner pictures, set to appear in a randomized pattern as you click through the pages on the site. It was a ton of fun to choose and format the pictures and remember the awesome places we’ve traveled over the past few years. We hope you enjoy them.
Substantively, we updated the pages that you can access from our home drop-down menus, to bring them current. (Yes, we removed the article where we had recommended the Barclays Uber card as a great cash-back option!) We also updated our sign-up links, so they should all work and be current now.
It’s an interesting day to return, as we’ve seen huge announcements from Amex and Chase about temporarily improved points-earning and benefits related to the coronavirus-crisis. We appreciate the efforts from the card companies during these challenging times, and we look forward to exploring the new benefits and strategies in coming articles. It’s also been nice to see the elite status extensions and other accommodations offered by the airlines and hotel groups over the past few weeks.
Finally, we hope that this article finds you and your families healthy – physically, emotionally, and financially. We send our best to those who have endured loss, suffering and hardship during these trying and unprecedented times.
We can’t wait to travel again. We look forward to sharing with you and helping you live your dreams through travel and points.
How are you doing in the midst of the crisis? Where will you go when we can travel again? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!
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