Last week and this the Miles/Points Shopping Portals have received a lot of PR for offers which look to good to be true and for companies canceling orders placed by miles users to accumulate miles. I've posted in a few threads to explain how I think these programs work. This tread is a summarization of those points. I'm not trying to pass judgment on your attempt to get points - but rather would prefer that you understand how the programs really work. If anyone has real data points proving my assumptions are wrong please feel free to let me know. All of the following is my option, I might be wrong, but it's how I understand things work I'm a very small hobbyist affiliate and understand these programs are affiliate marketers also. I'm going to break up each section into individual posts to make this more manageable to read and quote.