[Read the full article at ThePointsGuy.com]: Les and Seth Gold, the stars of truTV’s popular show “Hardcore Pawn,” reveal what it’s like to face a stomping, snorting rhino, what to do when you accidentally fly to the wrong Portland and how to book your dream vacation with points and miles.
Got any good packing tips?
Les: We do a lot of three-day events so we learned to take it all in a carry-on. Get toiletries when you land — a lot of those are free at the hotel. Take advantage of that and do all that you can not to slow yourself down.
Are you a points guy?
Seth: Yes. We’re very loyal and that’s how you earn points. Some people like to accrue points with many different cards. Keep it simple. I rack up points and I take trips with my Medallion [status from Delta]. Stay with one card and take advantage, that’s the way to do well with points. Loyalty pays off. You can have the vacation of a lifetime if you use your points and you pay attention.
How often do you fly?
Seth: A couple times a month.
How often do you use your frequent flier miles?
Seth: As much as I can. They may be worth more now than later. What if changes are made and more points are required for a trip a year from now? What if rules change? I look for upgrades with my points.
What’s in your wallet?
Seth: My Delta American Express card.
What’s the best trip you’ve ever taken?
Les: I went to Kruger National Park in South Africa and it’s my favorite trip ever. My wife and I got up at 4:00am to go on safari. It was the most amazing thing seeing animals in their natural habitat. Seeing a cheetah walking in the jungle and a pride of lions was just incredible. The crazy thing is that you’re always in jeopardy when you’re in the animal’s habitat.
What was the scariest situation?
Les: A snorting, stomping rhino was in front of our car with two female rhinos. That was pretty scary.
What did you do?
Les: Our driver backed up very carefully. You never know what can happen when you’re in the wild. You read about what has happened to some tourists on safari. Bad things can happen.
Any travel horror stories?
Seth: I was going to sleepaway camp in Portland, Maine, when I was in the seventh grade and had to catch a flight from Detroit to Chicago, where I made my connection. I was hurried onto a plane with some buddies going to camp. I thought everything was fine until I heard the pilot say we’re crossing the Mississippi River. I thought we were maybe taking a different route due to weather, but when the pilot came on later and said, ‘we’re flying over South Dakota,” I knew we were in real trouble.
Seth: We were kids and we just dealt with it. We were treated to dinner and flew back to the right Portland. It was more of an issue for everyone’s parents. It’s an example of how things can go wrong at an airport. If something like that happens to you, just enjoy the experience. You can’t do anything about it.