Hello All, Well I'll give a few quick details about me, my name is Jonathan I'm 26 and although I've traveled to and lived in a few different countries due to my military service I'd love to be able to travel more often for a fraction of the cost. I found this site through "thepointsguy.com" after deciding I wanted to learn how to 'travel hack' and get some cheaper and maybe even free flights/hotels. I read over his beginners guide which has a link to this site and he said it was newbie friendly so I decided to join. I signed up for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card after reading about it and was approved so now I'm just waiting for the card. Once I receive it I'll probably be using it almost exclusively for all purchases including my bills. Luckily my rent can be paid with a credit card as well for a small convenience fee which will definitely help me rack up some nice miles. So the one of the reasons I wanted to start doing this now, other than "why not" is because I wanted to help my mom and my wife with their travel expenses. I just recently got married overseas in the Philippines and we're going through the VISA process now. It'll be a while before it gets approved but when it does I'd love to be able to "purchase" her flight using miles I've accrued. I'd also like to do the same for my mom who can't afford to travel much if any and she'll be coming to visit me in June. I'd love to be able to pay for her flight as well (its only like $400 round trip). Not sure how real this is considering how new I am but I'm hoping it's possible. Well that's all for my intro, hope to learn a ton!