I need a little help from my friends!


Travel is really fun.  Or else we all wouldn’t work so hard to do it, scheming up all kinds of “tips and tricks”.  Especially for those of us in this miles and points hobby it can be extra fun.  We get to see some of the nicest hotels in the world, the most luxurious resorts, the most beautiful beaches, sip champagne in lounges and on first class flights…

But.  Sometimes travel is debilitatingly expensive for the people who need it most.

In so many cases adoptive parents get very little advance notice for the travel they’re required to do with international adoptions.  They can try to earn miles and collect points, but it’s hard earning enough points and miles for a whole family to fly to Ukraine at a date you can’t determine yourself.  My sister is in this situation.  And while Drew and I have been learning how to game the travel rewards system for the last two and a half years, she’s been working her butt off raising a family and saving money to provide a home for two special needs children from Ukraine, researching the emotional and financial realities of adopting older children and diving into the process full force.  She’s been a bit too distracted to build a miles and points portfolio the way we have.

Here’s the scoop. We think this frequent flier community is amazing.

Our readers are awesome and it really does feel like we’re part of a community of passionate people.

Maybe you’ve already seen this post Drew did challenging the frequent flier community to consider giving.  When I showed that post to my sister, she felt incredibly grateful and touched.  As she should!  Because this community is full of amazing people.  As much as we like to feel a little bit anonymous on the internet, we’re not.  We’re all still sharing in this crazy humanity thing and we’re all still being vulnerable anytime we share our thoughts.

So this is something we’re being vulnerable about.  We’re asking for help for something we believe in.

Here are the facts.

1.) My sister and her husband have been married for 9 years and have two boys ages 1 and 3. (Holy shenanigans has it already been nine years??)  My sister is a nurse and her husband works for a local non-profit.


2.) They’ve been pursuing the adoption of 2 special needs children from Ukraine for the last… two ish years.

3.) They are now in the final process of the adoption with nearly all the paper-work, home-visit type stuff behind them and they are told they should be prepared to travel to Ukraine in the fall.  (I think they have one more form that is now being processed with Ukraine but when that happens, they could get called to come very quickly, without much notice aside from the “sometime this fall” estimation already given them.)

4.) The children they are adopting will be between the ages of 5 and 7.

5.) While there’s a chance they’ll only be able to adopt one, their goal is to adopt two children.

6.) We’re trying to do all we can to use miles and points to help with the travel costs, but there are still so many other expenses not to mention we have a long way to go to meet the miles and points goal.

There are hopefully two children in Ukraine who will become part of my family within the next year.  I love them already and I am humbled by the conditions they live with every day.  And right now they have a low likelihood of being adopted because of their special needs as well as their age.

This is about trying to earn as much money as I possibly can for the adoption of these children who really really need it.  And it’s about sharing with a community I appreciate.

(If you would rather make a donation/pledge along the miles and points line, let me know in the comments below and I will email you.)

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2 Comments on “I need a little help from my friends!

  1. I have 10,000 miles on American Airlines. I refuse to use their service and would be happy to donate them to you. I also would like to talk with you about ways we could help each other or even my company purchasing links or an article. Either way th mile are yours if you can use them. They expire in October.

    • Wow that is so kind of you! I didn’t realize it when I mentioned it in the post but points transfers are actually quite complicated. I’ll send you an email though about it in more detail.
      Thanks again!

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