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What do you consider extreme mile and point collecting? Just how far will you go to collect frequent flyer miles and points?
Overall I consider myself pretty conservative. I like black and white and tend to avoid the gray area. That’s why each post about bonus miles and points offers, etc. always include the fine print.
I like the fine print. I find comfort in that. Not so much the restrictions but knowing the rules and boundaries.
Jeff, however, would disagree and consider me extreme. Especially when it comes to my
schemes methods to earn frequent flyer miles and points.
While there are many over the top methods of extreme mile and point collecting, I’ve only listed a few that are within the “rules” and won’t cost you anything.
Except for social ostracization and/or people
knowing thinking you’re weird.
4 Extreme Mile and Point Collecting Methods
1. Pick a card, any card
Cash burns a hole in my pocket. Plus I don’t get any miles when I use cash. Instead, I use a credit card everywhere and for everything.
Which credit card I use depends on where I’m shopping. At the grocery store since I earn 6x the points I use my Hilton HHonors American Express.
That $200 grocery bill translates into 1200 Hilton HHonors points.
2. Just Say “No”
won’t rarely eat at restaurants that do not participate in a miles and/or points program aka the Rewards Network program.
By dining at a participating restaurant you can earn up to 5x the miles, including tax and tip.
So a $40 bill would mean 200 additional miles. Simply for doing something that you were already planning to do.
The few times I do eat at restaurants not part of the Rewards Network, I use a credit card such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred which earns 2x the points on dining.
3. From Point A to B and back again
Getting on a plane and flying somewhere aka doing a mileage run.
Because, like the game show, the price is right.
But more importantly, lots of miles are being acquired for little cost. If you don’t count in your time…
4. Asking people for cash
I often have to restrain myself from asking strangers in line who are paying cash for their items if I can have their cash and I’ll pay for their purchases on my credit card. Restrain myself to the point of physically closing my mouth, because I’ve already started to ask, “Do you mind if…” as soon as I see someone use cash for purchases.
I used to do this all the time, but find myself not asking as much lately. Maybe because it’s cold and flu season and I’m worried where that cash has been. Especially when they bring it out of their pockets, the bills all wrinkled and waded up in a ball.
It’s one thing when you’re with family and friends, you can easily say, “I’ll just put it on my credit card.” It’s quite another when it’s a random stranger. At least that’s what Jeff says…
Is it weird to hang out near the registers at Wal-Mart, looking for people who are paying cash for their purchases?
What about at Costco? Is it more socially acceptable to ask people at Costco if you can have their cash?
Do you play the game of extreme mile and point collecting?
Where do you draw the line in your miles and points obsession/pursuit?
At what lengths will you go to earn miles and points?
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