Good afternoon from rainy Northern California! Almost 2 years ago, British Airways ran a promo where you could earn 150 BA Avios per dollar spent at Match.com. Several of the blogs covered the promo, so I decided I would buy a membership for $548.57 and earn 82,285 BA Avios (0.67 CPP). Long story short, I never earned any BA Avios and after complaining to British Airways & Match.com for several months, I got a full refund of my membership (read My Love / Hate Relationship with British Airways & Match.com). During the few months that I was a Match.com member, I decided that I would actually use the dating service and see what would happen (I had nothing to lose). Fast forward a few weeks and Laura sent me a message. Fast forward a year and a half and I proposed to her in San Francisco (Bay Bridge in the background). And she said YES!
The proposal and photo took place a few weeks ago, but I figured I would let TWG readers know. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!
Congratulations! All the best wishes to you both!
What a great looking couple! Congratulations to the newly engaged :)
Wow! What a great story for a miles and points blogger. Congrats
Congratulations! What an awesome story – if it were not for miles and points you would have not met your love.
Amazing that you found love…doing what you love. Congratulations. You both look very happy.
Now that’s a great story! Congratulations!
Maybe if you send this story to British Airways and Match.com they will send you on a lavish honeymoon for promotional purposes! Wait, they screwed you! Never mind.
Congrats on the engagement buddy!
I remember bloggers were given a hard time about it but good to see you followed through and did you ‘market research’ In all seriousness, congratulations!!
Congrats!! I would say you didn’t lose anything on that deal
May you both live and love till old age together
Congrats Grant! Always make her your Number 1 priority!
Greatest use of virtual avios ever. Well done!
I could not get in on match.com 150 Avios/$ deal, since Match.com was down by the time I jumped on it. Instead got in on 130 Avios/$ eHarmony offer. Recall that eHarmony wanted to cancel my account too, but I spent about 2 hours filling in profiles, doing questionnaires, and uploading photos, so in the end I must have looked like a legitimate dater. Best part was that since I was in Canada, I got billed in CAD but BA shopping portal counted each CAD as USD, so I ended up with 42044 Avios on 323 CAD (~250 USD at the time) spend (~168 Avios/USD).
I used the eHarmony account for a while, but did not find a match, and after a few months ended up spending Avios on a flight to Japan (return was on AC through Aeroplan on CC signup bonus), which was my first points booking.
So I want to thank you. Your post was one of the ones that got me into the points and miles game.
That is a great story, I am glad you got a great deal on an eHarmony membership. Sorry it didn’t work out, but you used the BA Avios well :)
Warmest congratulations! What a great story. May you both enjoy many years of happiness and lots of travel adventures all over the world. :)
This is great. Happy for ya, Grant!
Congratulations to the both of you!!!
Congrats and welcome to your greatest adventure yet!
Congratulations! The Avios were great, but love is greater! I think you won the deal after all!
Whoa this should go viral! Congrats!
Yeah I would probably send a quick note to Álex Cruz — they should really give you guys the points, maybe in a household account.
WOW! This Is such a great post! Congratulations!
What a charming story. I’m happy for you, bud.
Pingback: United Explorer Business 75k Offer, Marriott Bonvoy, Bank Points Programs, Border Barriers - TravelBloggerBuzz
Congratulations Grant! So happy for you both :)
Fabulous!! Congratulations to you and Laura!
Are you saying that one spouse = 82,285 Avios? if I open a Chase card for 100k avios, can I get 1 wife and a blender with the remaining points? If I open a business card too, can I get a second spouse? I heard that somebody once got 2 wives with a single cc app, should I wait?
I wish that were the case.
Congratulations, Grant! What a heartwarming story and good deal in the end!
Grant so happy for you man!!! Best of luck w the wedding , can’t wait to hear about the miles and points amazing honeymoon coming!
Pingback: Recap: Brazil Visa Requirements, Congratulations & More - Doctor Of Credit
Amazing. Love this story :)
That’s hilarious! Congratulations.
Congrats! I LOVE the story. You really came out way ahead!
Best wishes! Live long and prosper!
Look at you two!! Congratulations, Grant!
150 Avios per dollar spent on Match.com!???? CLEARLY this match was meant to be!
Congratulations, Grant and Laura! Yours is an all-time great “how we met” story! Philly and I wish you and Laura a long and happy marriage with tons of travel across the world, all paid for with points and miles.
*(with humble apologies for the delayed response & comment)
Pingback: How I did on that British Airways / Match.com Deal from 2017
Pingback: My 1 Year Wedding Anniversary Trip to Carmel, Monterey, and Big Sur