I started getting into points and miles back in March and it totally changed my world. I was completely oblivious to Credit Card sign up bonuses and thought that the only way to rack up miles was to actually fly.
I hadn't been to New York as an adult so I was really looking forward this trip. Both my friend and I flew First Class from LAX - JFK. It was such an awesome experience.
We took an Uber to my friend's place and since we were staying for the week, we got the 7-day unlimited subway pass for $30. Both expenses were redeemable with the Barclay Arrival Plus.
The trip was so much fun, we got to see the 9/11 memorial which was beautiful, rode the ferry to Staten Island, walked around Times Square, went to a food festival in Brooklyn, tried the original Cronut from Dominique Ansel Bakery, etc. Lots of touristy stuff but it was great!