My wife and I had already decided that we would go to Florida for Christmas to visit my parents and see how my mom is doing with her chemotherapy. In fact, I'll probably have a couple of opportunities to get out to Florida on business both before and after Christmas.
My brother-in-law Mark and my sister Karen are going to rent a beach house in Clearwater and we'll stay with them.
Tim and Kelly don't have enough frequent flyer miles for them and their kids to all get to Florida, so we offered to spot them the miles on United. I've accumulated nearly a million miles over the years, so I may as well put them to use. A few hours later they were able to book flights. We'll try to keep it a surprise for my mom.