There’s only one tiny catch.
You have to earn 10 million lifetime VPPs.
As the inaugural member of PokerStars’ 10 million VPP club, I have earned a “once in a lifetime experience just for you. To recognize your fantastic achievement the VIP Club team will work closely with you to help you choose the experience of your dreams. The best part is that the reward includes travel, accommodation and spending money all courtesy of PokerStars VIP Club!”
We learned about this in January and really had no idea where we wanted to go. Our first thought was to do an extended Europe trip, but we’ve already done 3 Europe trips in the past 5 years or so, and while there is certainly plenty we haven’t seen yet, it just felt like we should do something else.
Our next thoughts were to travel to either Brazil or New Zealand. Both sound like amazing places from what I’ve gathered, but perhaps something that would be better to do when Cooper is a little older.
We were a little stuck after this, and then at some point it occurred to me that I’ve never been on a cruise before, and this would be a great time to do one. With our busy schedules, April was really the only month for a while where we could feasibly do this trip. So I talked to the good people at PokerStars and soon after that they showed us a great luxury cruise that embarks in Kobe, Japan on April 12th, then journeys to Petropalovsk, Russia, then makes 4 separate stops in Alaska before it lets us off in our new home town of Vancouver.
I figured since we were starting in Japan and since we’ve never been to Japan before, that we may as well see some of Japan before we embark on our cruise. It took a lot of smooth talking by me for PokerStars to add this part onto our trip. I believe the conversation went something like this:
Me: “Hey Mr. Friendly PokerStars VIP Club Representative, can we add on 3 days at the beginning of the trip so we can see Tokyo?”
Mr. Friendly Pokerstars VIP Club Representative: “Yeah that sounds great! Let me find a nice hotel for you guys to stay at.”
Ahh, the power of persuasion.
So anyway, we leave on the 8th to fly to Tokyo and get back on the 29th. You can fully expect a 4,000 word blog post by the wife no later than April 30th.