4.6 Million Miles for $1,100

4.6 Million Miles for $1,100

Along the lines of the famous “Pudding Guy” we recently came across this story of epic FFP proportions. FlyerTalk member, beubo, a.k.a. Steve Belkin, summarized how he parlayed $1,100 into 4.6 million KLM Flying Dutchman miles:

In 2001, KLM offered a status match AND a mileage balance match to woo folks from the just defunct Sabena program … but they did not put any conditions on the match (i.e., having to be a Sabena member). To match 100 percent of the miles in my existing account, I had to fly eight KLM or Northwest Airlines segments, which I had already booked for pre-existing travel anyway, valued at $1,100. I submitted my United Airlines Mileage Plus account, which had 2.8 million miles, and it was matched. About a year or so later, KLM decided to equalize the point values of its program and the Northwest WorldPerks program. They decided to offer KLM members 1.8 miles per KLM mile for the equalization. So, my KLM balance was revised in mid-2003 to 4.6 million.

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