Mileage Junkies

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    Dec 12, 2008 4:58 PM GMT
    One of my passions in life is travel. My credit cards, banks, utilities are all hooked up with airline and hotel (Hilton) milage/point programs. There are also web sites that tell you how to maximize the gain.

    Anone else have an eye towards accumulating miles/points in airline/hotel programs?

    I've travelled to some wonderful places in the world because of this.
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    Dec 12, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    My partner and are obsessed with miles. We try to pick hotels and restaurants based upon the miles we can get. We get the most from our dividend miles credit card. We put everything that we can on that including any bills that will take credit cards.

    It pays off. We got bumped up to First Class for free on our way to New Orleans due to our frequent flyer miles status! Also get to go through a special line at some airports due to the number of miles we have. Love them! Glad I am not the only obsessed!
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    Dec 12, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    I traveled heavily during the late '80s and early '90s, compliments of the US Army. Much was in military aircraft, but most was commercial.

    We were allowed to join frequent-flyer programs, provided we didn't redeem the mileage for personal purposes. It all had to be for some kind of enhancement to our official travel.

    So I could buy First-Class upgrades, and VIP lounge memberships, but no personal travel tickets, and no redemptions for products like luggage, or other items. I always bought the VIP lounge passes, and First-Class upgrades, so that I hardly ever flew coach, unless I was in uniform, which is prohibited in First Class by Army regulation.

    I enhanced my mileage points by taking car rentals with participating companies, and likewise staying in hotels that earned me mileage. I could get 10,000 points on a single trip, and I routinely earned 6-figure points annually.

    When I retired I had several hundred thousand points accumulated with Delta alone, a member of their highest frequent flyer club. Since I wasn't on active duty anymore, I finally redeemed them all for private use, since I doubted the Pentagon could track it and prevent me at that point.

    The trick is to use every participating program the airline offers, from rental cars to hotels to restaurants to merchants and credit cards. And watch for expiration dates, which weren't a big factor when I flew, but are tighter today.
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    Dec 12, 2008 9:52 PM GMT
    I guess not any more. This month, I had to use cash to buy a couple thousand miles, to prevent my stash from expiring. I suppose I should do something with them before they disappear into some airline merger or bankruptcy.

    When I was flying enough to accumulate miles, the last thing I wanted to do was use them to climb on another damned plane. (I did use them to attend conferences and conventions a few times.) Anyway, it seemed like the hotels and rental car companies never actually coughed up those "automatic" miles, unless I called and asked about them. Usually, I didn't care enough.

    I'm not sure what to do with the stash though. Can't afford the time or money for a real vacation. I had thought of just picking some random cities to which I've never been, and going for some fractal weekends.

    Hello, Delta? Yeah, gimme a 1st class seat to "where the boys are."
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    Dec 12, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    Me too.. Booked two trips to Europe next year in Business for my partner and me using nothing but points and miles (Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic). This is a great website for points junkies:

    http://www.flyertalk.com/

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    Dec 12, 2008 11:01 PM GMT
    travel for a living. I shove everything, including hotel points, into my frequent flyer account. freebies, upgrades, it's all MINE!

    Last year I was 700 miles short of Premier Executive status, so on 12/28 I flew from Denver to Albuquerque and back the same day just to get the 1,000 miles I needed to retain my status...
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    Dec 12, 2008 11:03 PM GMT
    KissingPro saidOne of my passions in life is travel. My credit cards, banks, utilities are all hooked up with airline and hotel (Hilton) milage/point programs. There are also web sites that tell you how to maximize the gain.

    Anone else have an eye towards accumulating miles/points in airline/hotel programs?

    I've travelled to some wonderful places in the world because of this.


    I'm a big fan of the Starwood Preferred Guest program from AMEX. Miles and hotel discounts are quite generous. I haven't paid more than $60 per night in a very long time.
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    Just got 20,000 free miles on American Airlines for getting a Citi Credit card.
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    Feb 10, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    Big time! But sadly, I lost all my Delta SkyMiles on a ticket for a friend to come and see me.... bitch never made it! How dare she get into a car accident! icon_evil.gif
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    Feb 10, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidBig time! But sadly, I lost all my Delta SkyMiles on a ticket for a friend to come and see me.... bitch never made it! How dare she get into a car accident! icon_evil.gif


    She owes you.