A Legend after my own Heart! Meet THE Original Points and Miles Collector: Randy Petersen

By Cacinda Maloney

Sometimes when you travel you meet some of the most interesting characters in the world.

Randy Peterson silhouette

Randy Peterson silhouette

You just never know who you are going to come across.  I had heard of him for years, in fact, when I first started to collect miles and points, he was one of my idols.  I had seen him speak a few times at different seminars, but I didn’t want to bother him, as he is a legend among frequent flyers.  This last trip though, I got lucky.  He was putting together a group of his miles and points travel bloggers and few of us not in his group for a seminar.  I walked away after that three day weekend and learned a lot about blogging, but what I really learned was the generosity of one man.  He could not have been more caring, generous or accommodating to his participants.  Over and over again he would say “we were just starting a conversation” and that “the conversation could continue from here.”  Almost like we were all friends just getting together in his living room.  He is the sort of person that makes you feel comfortable right from the start.

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, CO

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, CO

Randy Petersen:

is the original miles and points collector!

  • is “the most influential frequent flyer in America” according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • is editor and publisher of Inside Flyer and founder of Flyertalk, Milepoint, and BoardingArea (three of the most influential frequent flyer forums/blogs).
  •  is “the world’s leading expert on airline frequent flyer programs” according to The New York Times.

It was an honor to meet him.

On the weekend of the event, he planned a bonafide country hoedown for the entire group

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, CO

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, CO

and I am from Texas, so I know what one is.  It was complete with the setting at the Western Jubilee Recording Company and a full spread of BBQ brisket, creamed corn, salad, and all the fixins’.

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, CO

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, CO

Then as a special surprise, he managed to have a live band and a world famous yodeler to perform on stage.  The scene was set.

Legends

Legends

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, CO

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, C

 

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, CO

Western Jubilee Recording Company, Colorado Springs, CO

After the event was over, he invited the entire crew over to his house for a night of tequila in his very own cantina!

La Cantina de Julia

La Cantina de Julia

How many people do you know that have a cantina in their basement?  Along with an authentic African tent room?  In the cantina, he has over 165 different types of tequila and of those, 57 different types of my favorite tequila, Repasado.  This guy knows his tequila and how to throw a party!’

La Cantina de Julia

La Cantina de Julia

When it is finally time to make my way home, he offers up his personalized t-shirts that states the motto of the cantina:

Friends don't let friends drink cheap tequila.

La Cantina de Julia

La Cantina de Julia

“Friends don’t let friends drink cheap tequila.”

and with that, I am off with my Mexican pottery shot glass necklace hanging around my neck that is used for sipping tequila that he gave to me and all the guests that night.  I left dreaming of another night in this bar as it was a monumental moment for me:  the day I got to meet the Legend Randy Peterson and sip tequila in his personal cantina!

Una leyenda según mi corazón tequila!

 

Recommended Reading about Colorado:

What to do in Telluride, CO – A Winter’s Tale

What to Pack for a Ski Week in Telluride, CO

How Prince Harry ruined my trip to the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO USA

Unplug in Nature – Outdoor Adventures in Colorado Spring

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. Marshall Jackson May 15, 2013 at 6:27 am

    This makes my heart smile. 🙂

    • Pointsandtravel May 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Me too! He is awesome!

  2. JD - Do It For the Points May 15, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Could not agree more! Great write up!

    • Pointsandtravel May 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      He is awesome! He could not have been more generous. thanks!

  3. frank May 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Good writeup, but possibly the biggest overuse of the word “legend” I have ever seen.

    • Pointsandtravel May 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Frank, If you met you him, you would know why it gets used so many times!

      • frank May 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

        Whatever.

        A really cool guy is one thing. Legends are people like Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Albert Einstein, etc. You’re a good writer but slurping that much over a travel/mile guy reeks of other less skilled bloggers. I’m sure he would be a nice person if I met him, but chill with the legend talk. The general public wouldn’t have a clue who he is. To be a legend, the world has to actually know you exist.

        • Pointsandtravel May 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

          Frank, I see your POINT! It’s just that I am in awe of points and miles and how it has changed my life and to think this guy started it all by making a newsletter to interested parties back in the day… make me swoon! Also, he is just a genuinely nice guy! Could be that he is just a legend in my mind! Thanks for the compliment!

  4. thetravelplaybook May 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    “Miles Maverick”

    • Pointsandtravel May 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      absolutely!

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