Author Topic: Is it Ethical to trade credit card points for money with family?  (Read 779 times)

Hellohi

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So I am going on vacation with my wife and kids and also my mother.  My mother has a time share so I bought her round trip plane ticket and also two extra days in a hotel with points. My mother has offered to rent a car...I have offer to split it with her.

Is it unethical to pay for the rental with credit card points and keep her portion of the money?

Should I just pay with cash and keep the points? 

Should I just pay for the whole thing with the points and not have my mother pay?

  I look at the points as currency that I earned by ďworkingĒ. I have suggested others start collecting the points including my mother but no one seems to want to put in the effort.

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Re: Is it Ethical to trade credit card points for money with family?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2019, 04:26:46 PM »
I'd pay with points and not spend a second thinking about it.

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Re: Is it Ethical to trade credit card points for money with family?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2019, 04:33:31 PM »
I donít think itís unethical per se to use your points and take your momís cash, but it just depends on how you look at the points.

Iím in the situation that I generally far more in points than I can use, so if I have the opportunity to treat my family to some of the benefits of ďfreeĒ travel, I usually do. It increases my enjoyment of the points as it lets me be more generous without regret

In your shoes, Iíd probably tell my mom I would get the rental car with points and let her pick up a few meals or something if she really wanted to contribute beyond the timeshare. But my mom is also no longer working and on a fixed income, while I have a well paying career I enjoy and healthy savings, so itís not a one size fits all answer.

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Re: Is it Ethical to trade credit card points for money with family?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2019, 04:37:32 PM »
I wouldn't have a problem getting money for points. Usually, though, I just give them away if I have extra.