Rick "The Frugal Travel Guy" just posted to his blog the idea of approaching an older generation about signing up for credit cards so you can travel. Here is the post for anyone who wants to read it: http://www.frugaltravelguy.com/2012...tml?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter In the comments "Ike" noted why not help our parents travel, and it got me to thinking, and I wanted to share my thoughts. First I remember 1985 like it was yesterday, I was 9 years old, about to turn 10. It had to be the fall, because I remember watching the Dolphins on tv. I had to go spend a week with my retired Aunt and Uncle, because my parents were off to Honk Kong. The sort of trip that they could have never afforded (as people who were responsible with their money), except they had help from Holiday Inn. My best memory of the promotion was 100 stays in 6 months and Holiday Inn would give you 1 week at any Holiday Inn in the world, and 2 plane tickets to get there. My father traveled a lot for business, so spending 100 of 180 nights at a Holiday Inn wasn't out of reach, but the promotion tracked stays, not nights, so he woudl check out after every night, and switch hotels, so that no 2 consecutive nights were ever at the same hotel. My Aunt and Uncle were great. We did cool things, they had a pool, but I knew I wanted to be with my parents. Not going on that trip helped build the passion I have for travel. My parents took me so many places going forward. We went to Australia on Eastern Airline miles, we went to Europe on Marriott points. Today my parents are retired (I'm 36, they are around 70). So my dad doesn't have a job that provides business travel. I love sharing the deals with them that allow them to visit more of the world. Just as they took me to Europe and Australia and on cruises ... now I help them take trips, often for free, sometimes for pennies on the dollar. I also think of some of the real sacrifices they made to pay for travel and how good it makes me feel to be able to return a small part of it to them now. I know there are countless stories members of milepoint could share that are similar to mine. I just wanted to say how much better it would be to help our parents experience more of the world (remember, the world is a smaller place to us, then it was to them). We should not see our parents as an ATM where we can withdraw miles and hotel points.