Airbnb tried to give me 3,000 Virgin miles…and I said no.

Yep, it’s true: Airbnb and Virgin were generous, and I was dumb.

You know that sinking feeling when you realize you just let a bunch of points or miles slip through your fingers? That’d be me today. I just found out I left 3,000 Virgin miles on the table – and I couldn’t be more annoyed.

What happened?

A few weeks ago, I shared how I found a great deal on award tickets to Maui next summer. Since then, I’ve been putting together a plan for where we’ll stay during our trip.

To build in a little variety, I snapped up 4 award nights at the Andaz Maui, then decided to spend another 4 nights at an Airbnb. Amazingly, I’ve never stayed at an Airbnb before, so I’m not really familiar with the booking process.

It seemed simple enough: find a place, click “book,” wait for the host to confirm, and done! After I found a place I liked, I took care of the booking in a matter of minutes.

However, as usual, there’s a way to make the process a little more interesting.

You can earn Virgin or Delta miles when you book with Airbnb

Yep. And it’s really, really easy. All you need to do is start your search on either the Virgin or Delta sites.

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You’ll earn 1 point per dollar you spend at Airbnb. Each of the sites will even give you a sign-up bonus: first time bookers using Virgin get 1,500 bonus points and a $20 Airbnb credit, while if you book with Delta for the first time they’ll give you 1,000 miles and a $25 Airbnb credit.

Grr! I totally missed out on this one! I hate when that happens.

Have you made any points and miles mistakes lately? Please share in the comments – it’ll make me feel like I’m not alone. 🙂