What was the strangest thing you ever did for miles or points?

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  1. wanderwoman
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    We've all done something we wouldn't normally do just to get miles or points.
     
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    Wish I had a great story, but nothing out of the ordinary here...
    Correction - Wendys Cup Promotion. Anyone recall this one?
     
  3. miles and smiles
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    Posted on Milepoint to get more status points :D
     
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    Bought lot of Kellogg's cereal and banana bars back when they had AA miles promotion. The extended family had cereal as a standby for any meal/snack time for quite some time, but the banana bars had a different story. Many got donated, and some got put in the workplace break rooms of different family members for all the coworkers to enjoy with their coffee.

    Some banks awarded one UA mile for every dollar's worth of second mortgage you took out. You were not required to keep the loan, just take it and as soon as it hit your bank via electronic transfer, you wired it right back. So, you ended up paying, maybe a day or two's worth of interest on the loan for hundreds of thousands of UA miles. The person who brought this to our attention in the other travel forum netted over 1.5 million UA miles with the repeated seconds on his own house and some rentals. I found out about it close to its tail end and managed to do it twice.

    And the wash and rinse of Citi new savings accounts using their CC's for funding. Again, cumulatively hundreds of thousands of AA miles.

    Marriott chain once had a promotion in which they awarded bonus points for every stay. I had a 4 night business outing in which I moved back and forth between 2 Marriott properties to make them count as 4 different stays.

    And there were several other crazy things that were done to maximize the miles/points from different promotions.
     
  5. free101girl
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    I was going to cite the same promotion. I earned over 50K AA miles by purchasing hundreds of boxes of Kellogg's products (mostly cereal), which I donated to the food bank. By using a combination of coupons, sales and rebates, this cost me about $60 -- just over 1/10 of a cent per mile.

    Ah, the good old days! :)
     
  6. Steven Schwartz
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    My wife is already pretty sure that I'm somewhere between obsessed and crazy. I think if I ever came home with hundreds of boxes of Rice Krispies, she'd seek an intervention!

    A number of years ago, an FT member with business in Thailand (I believe) was able to pay Thai nationals to fly on certain routes over and over, day after day and he amassed millions of miles. Wish I could find the thread. In the end, he was held by the authorities who were sure he was running a major league drug operation. Took some convincing to get them to believe it was all for miles!
     
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    I believe it was CNX <-> CEI which Thai stopped flying, go figure. Though I ponder how cheep that route must have been to make it worthwhile. Even with 500 mile minimums 3.5 CPM would be $15, which was less than a bus cost on that route last winter.
     
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    Ate a Klondike bar.
     
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    Yeah, when I started filling the garage with boxes of cereal, my husband was dubious, to say the least, but he didn't complain when we used those miles toward flying to Europe in Business!
     
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    Track it Back stickers...
     
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    Indeed, track it back stickers is probably my best story, since I generated 16 million miles with that one.

    But the strangest thing was probably a Bosley hair loss consultation...
     
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    Yeah, I felt guilty walking in there with a full head of hair. :oops: :p
     
  13. Million Mile Secrets

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    I did that too, and I explained that while I didn't currently have anything to worry about, my uncle has a receding hair line and that that my paternal grandfather also had a receding hairline, so I was worried that perhaps there was something in my genes...

    Oh, and do I need to fill out a form for those free miles? :D

    But they continue to send me junk mail which has followed me through 4 different residences, and I still open the junk mail in the hopes of finding another "miles-for-baldness-consultation" deal!

    Other strange things include Track-it-Back stickers for millions of miles, and getting up at 3:00 am and driving across 2 states to the nearest Chase branch so that I could open checking accounts to get Continental miles.
     
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    I rented a car from Hertz for $2 a day on the weekend (Regular rate was $12 but they were offering a $10 a day coupon at the time)Then went back to close the contract everyday and did the whole thing for about 3 months straight. All for 1100 Virgin Atlantic miles per rental.
     
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    Nice one! Sounds totally worth it, and easier than cutting certificates out of cereal boxes. :)
     
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    Was that the one that had people dumpster diving? I remember some kind of drink cup promo where people were grabbing the cups out of the trash to get the little stickers or whatever to send in for miles.
     
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    Ah, different one. Now that I think about it, the one I'm remembering was from a movie theater chain. People were waiting outside the theaters to grab any cups people discarded... and jumping in the dumpsters behind the theaters! It was crazy. Can't remember the airline, though I suspect it was AA. This would have been at least 6 or 8 years back.
     
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    Cinemark theatres in summer 2004: http://boardingarea.com/blogs/viewf...les-for-large-sodas-but-no-miles-for-popcorn/

    And then again summer 2006: http://boardingarea.com/blogs/viewfromthewing/2006/07/06/american-miles-for-movie-theatre-sodes/
     
  20. KathInJax

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    We did the Wendy's thing. Here in JAX, if you wanted a refill, they would throw away the cup and give you a new cup. We got them to let us keep the old cup as well as the new cup. Dad's goal was to get 5 cups every day. After about a week, Wendy's figured it out and stopped giving extra cups. However, by this time, we knew all of the employees and the district manager. They knew that we were trying to get enough cups for 10 of us. At one point, one of the employees walked out with a sleeve of cups and handed them to my Dad. We did have friends who worked a semi night shift that did go dumpster diving for those cups.
     
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    just missed that one.

    I did the lasik evaluation promo
     
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    Well we've all done these things. Haven't we?

    4,500 boxes of dry cat cereal, one of those promos where the points reward was worth more than the purchase price of the full box. One snag. No cat.
     
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    And to think people look at me strange when they find out I've applied for 4 credit cards at once or stayed at a hotel I didn't need just to earn 50k points. I'm sending them here so they can see just how "normal" I am!!
     
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    More for status than for points, but resulted in about 100K AA miles:
    Flew SFO-ORD-SFO eight times in a 10 day period. Resulted in about 90K EQM's and 75K RDM's.
    With the subsequent OWMD a week later, I ended up with 115K EQM's and 100K RDM's
    Not as crazy as the other stories, but my butt was might sore after all that flying!
     
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    I once bought a sushi mat for around ten bucks to get nearly 5k miles. The thing is- I don't know how to make sushi. It ended up being a fun gag gift at a Christmas party.
     

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