OK, I will admit that Randy's post prompted me to create this thread, and he is welcome to steal it back, should he so desire. So here is what I liked about Flyertalk. I stumbled into FT in 1998 when I was planning our family's first trip to Europe--Spain to be specific. We had a bunch of AS miles to burn so I was out there looking for advice on how best to use them. WOW, was I amazed at the wonderful group of people I found on FT. I was even more amazed at the abundance of their knowledge of miles and points. Thanks to this wonderful group, we ended up in seats 8 A&B and 9 A&B on an old config BA 777. Our college-aged children were so impressed that we had our "own little private cabin". It was a great trip fabulously enhanced by advice I had received from my new FT friends. That was just the beginning. I don't remember how many miles we spent for these four tickets, but I do recall that the cost of our tickets would have been $66,000+ had we bought them with cold hard cash. We flew Seattle/London/Malaga/Barcelona/Majorca/London/Seattle. What a great memory. Over the years I made many amazing friends all over the world and learned that you really can trust those crazy people you meet out there on the internet. It has been a truly enriching experience for me and my entire family. We accumulated more miles and points than I ever thought possible, we traveled to exotic places all over the world where we were met by local friends who shared their cities and countries with us. We stayed in some of the most breathtaking suites in some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Our life has been filled with far more joy than I ever thought possible. Most important of all, is the friends we have made along the way. We have been blessed to share in many important real-life celebrations with those FT friends and look forward to even more exciting experiences in the future. I don't visit Flyertalk anymore, but its gifts continue to pour into my life and I trust they always will.