When I first started getting into miles and points a few years ago, I had no idea where this would take us.  It started out with us signing up for a few credit cards that helped us get 170,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards to fly the 8 of us from Ohio to Lake Tahoe for a family reunion.

Now, fast forward a few years and miles and points has truly taken our family to places I’d have never imagined.  From a helicopter ride over the Mediterranean, TWO family train trips, a shower on a plane and much more.

Getting a call from CBS

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a producer for the CBS Sunday Morning show wanting to talk off the record about using miles and points for family travel.  I first checked his name to see if he was real (I get a LOT of unsolicited emails!) and then we set up a time to chat.  While on the phone, I guess he decided he liked me, because he asked if we would be okay if they sent a crew out to our house to do an interview.

When they heard that we were preparing to go out to California for spring break, they definitely wanted to film us packing and getting ready for our trip.  Originally they were going to come out at 5 a.m. the morning we left to film us going to the airport but they ended up deciding not to.

Filming a TV segment takes a LOT of time

When we talked timing, they said that they would need FOUR hours to set up.  They got there at 2:00 p.m. while I was still at work.  When I got there at 4, they were still setting up all the crews and turning our family room into a news studio

Around 5 or 5:30 the interviewer came and she and I ended up talking for about 30 minutes about miles, points and family travel.  Even though I had previously been on Wheel of Fortune, this was the first time I had really sat down for a 1:1 TV interview.

One thing I thought was interesting was that many times we took the same conversation and they wanted to film it again from a different angle.  It wasn’t so much that they wanted to change what we said or what we did but more just getting it from a different angle or with the light differently.  It gave me another chance to work on my jokes 🙂

Watching the final clip

I have to say in the week or so after the segment was filmed but before it had aired, I was a bit nervous.  They filmed a couple of hours of various footage of our family, and the interviewer was talking with me for probably 30 minutes.

Check out the final video here.


I was pleased with how it turned out – I didn’t end up saying anything too stupid, or at least if I did, they edited it out :-).  It was a nice contrast between our family and The Points Guy who focuses more on aspirational travel

Let me know what you think about the segment in the comments