I've only been a member of FlyerTalk since late 2008 and only started reading it frequently in late 2009 so I'm wondering if long time FFs think there are many more people chasing after miles and points than there were a few years ago? Obviously I haven't been around long enough to know. In my case the only smart thing I did for years was keeping my United miles active by signing up for the credit card and then canceling it at times. Over the years it allowed my miles to grow and coupled with miles from several international trips in the 90s (yes, the 1990s) I managed to get enough for an international F ticket. I was also lucky that I had some miles with US Airways (since they were big at BWI years ago) and some with America West so when the merger occurred it helped me. Unfortunately I let miles on AA expire. From reading these sites and blogs I've gone from someone with no status and limited miles to someone who will have ~600,000 miles/points. That doesn't include the 240K miles I cashed in late last year. Most of which have been obtained via credit cards (carefully selected and not doing the coin thing) and some MRs on US Airways during their frequent double mile bonuses last year. Just curious whether people believe it has grown significantly in the last year or two or whether it just seems that way since I wasn't aware of it.