Confessions of a Points Addict

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  1. hulagrrl210
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    So I was out on a morning walk/run and I stumbled upon an empty coke bottle with cap laying in the street (worth 3 My Coke Rewards points). I picked it up and took the cap, and then went to a trash can in a nearby park to throw away the bottle. Laying on the top of the trash were 2 empty cases, one sprite, one coke (each worth 20 points). They looked clean so I put them in the bottom of my baby's jogging stroller and transported them home. So that's a grand total of 43 MCR points for getting a little exercise and, oh yeah, touching someone else's garbage. Have I gone too far? Anyone else have a weak moment like this where you think to yourself maybe the points thing has gone a little far or is this just normal behavior for people like us?
     
  2. Dad to GO

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    Do people pick up dirty pennies lying on the ground? Yes they do... You haven't gone too far at all. Now if you said you jumped IN the trash can that may be a different story ;)
     
  3. sobore
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    If required, I'm climbing into a dumpster for miles / points. The one thing I will NOT do is watch a Justin Bieber video for points/miles.
     
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    Shamefully, I've been known to pick up many MCR caps. The jackpot was at the car rental drop off, where there was a whole garbage can full of plastic bottles with unused caps.
     
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    just don't get caught dumpster diving...
     
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    Not a problem. I only do this disguised as 'Milepoint Man'

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    I threw away a MCR cap once. ONCE!

    After I came to I promised the wife I'd never throw them away again.
     
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    I fight people in the office for MCR caps...seriously makes me upset that someone would throw away 3 points! Even if they are almost worthless.
     
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    My apartment building has recycling bins on each floor where I've frequently found the 10 point codes on 12-can boxes that have been left. I always try to make sure no one is around to see me tearing them off the box.
    Glad to hear I'm not he only one who does this!
     
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    Only do this if you've exhausted your daily top guest activities.
     
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    I think that there is a point where everyone can become obsessive about anything. But what you're describing isn't obsessive. Its opportunistic. Its the same reason why some people throw away pennies they find on their floor - and others pick them up. :)
     
  12. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    So what do you get for those coke caps? And how much effort is it to redeem them? I don't think I need another source of minimal points, but I am curious.
     
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    800 of them gets you 1500 Hilton points, iirc.

    Sent from somewhere near an infinite loop
     
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    So if a coke bottle cap is 3 points (as mentioned in the OP), you "only" need to collect 270 of them for those 1500 HHonors points? Only 50,000-ish caps for my upcoming four night stay at the HK Conrad? I think I'll pass. :)
     
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    But you get like 20pts per 12pack :) or something like that ;)
     
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    I certainly don't want any incentives to actually buy 12 packs of soda.
     
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    Agreed, but when you work (as I do) in an office with a free fridge that stocksCoke products, you can:

    1) wait until late on delivery day
    2) snap photos of the bottom of the cans
    3) wait a couple days so any coworkers can claim their points
    4) enter codes you've snapped

    ...it's not so horrible.

    Doesn't work for Powerade, though.
     
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    That would I would do :)
     
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    Your not alone. I'm a marathon runner and I pick up caps and coke 12 pack or case box codes when I can. Let's just say recycling day is a good day for a run in my neighborhood. It's just too bad our town moved from the open bins to the roller carts with lids. They are much harder to see what's inside. The local high school track is a good place to pick up poweraid caps. I would assume soccer or other sports fields would be good as well. I don't like to pick up the caps as much since they are more dirty. Someone actually had that part of the bottles touch their mouth and all. It's kinda gross so I wash my hands as soon as I can afterward.

    The poweraid caps are easier to enter as coke doesn't ask you what product it's from during the process. Bottle caps are worth 3 points each, 12 packs are 10 points each but also have some bonus entries once in awhile. Cases are 20 points and 30 packs I think are 30 depending on the packaging. I think Dasani regular water cases are 20 but the bottle caps don't have codes unless you buy the flavored Dasani. I've also heard that McDonalds puts coke codes out on some packaging but I don't eat there and have yet to find any codes from that source. Family Dollar has also been known to put out some codes on receipts when you buy coke products.
     
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    Oh it gets worse since coke caps (pardon the pun) how many codes you can enter per week. I think it's 125 points per week which is really dumb. The redemption offers change from time to time. It's not unusual to be able to redeem 160 points for 500 Priority club points or 225 for 500 hilton points. Sometimes they will run a special so basically I just save them up in passing and then when a good deal comes out I redeem them. I just can't for the life of me figure out why coke doesn't team up with Delta and offer some miles for points. It seems like a match made in Atlanta heaven you'd think.
     
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    ... <walks over to the break room fridge with his iPhone>...
     
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    I hear them restocking the fridge now, since you mentioned it.....
     
  23. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    So this image is worth 3 coke points? Anyone want to buy some? How many UR points for a coke can photo? (this building has lots of fridges)
     

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    Some cans are labeled only on the outer cardboard box, and some seem to be on the bottom.
     
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    They served little cokes in bottles at a conference I was attending. I was thrilled until I took the cap off mine and found there was no code inside the cap.:( There went my potential gold mine of unclaimed codes.

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    Most of my colleagues are "healthy" and only drink water--tap--so no joy in our lunchroom fridge, either.
     
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