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The Man Who Started It All

Stanley A. Dashew

In the world of miles and points, names like the PuddingGuy and MrPickles are common place, but few have heard of the man who started it all – Stanley A. Dashew.

Stanley A. Dashew invented the plastic credit card.

I doubt he had any idea how revolutionary his invention would become nor the lengths that frequent flyer miles and points fanatics would go to obtain those little pieces of plastic.

Unfortunately, Mr. Dashew passed away, at the age of 96, last week. Despite his age, he continue developing new products and technology; his last invention, within the last few years, was the Dashaway walker.   You can read his obituary in the Los Angeles Times here.

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Kalboz

Saturday 4th of May 2013

I thought it was Randy that started it all :)

Wandering Aramean

Wednesday 1st of May 2013

Credit cards didn't start anything related to loyalty programs or travel rewards. Talk about an awkward view of history...

Traveling Well For Less

Thursday 2nd of May 2013

Hey Wandering Aramean,

True, but credit cards have evolved to become entrenched in the miles and points game.

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