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Old 05-09-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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I have at least 15,000 airline miles.

News, DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Racking-up 10-million frequent flier miles, like the George Clooney character in “Up in the Air” sounds like something you only see in the movies until you meet Jack Vroom of Dallas.

“I amassed not quite 38 million miles,” Vroom said.

Dallas Man Racks Up 38 Million Airline Miles « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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In my account right now, about 600,000. I've used at least that many in the past.
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Old 12-15-2015, 12:47 PM
 
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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It took me 20 years of constant international travel to hit 7.5 million on Northwest. Can't imagine how you could get much more and actually spend time at your destination.
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:11 AM
 
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I rarely seem to have enough miles to actually use them to get a free ticket especially now that the airlines make it even harder to do so.
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Old 12-16-2015, 07:49 AM
 
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I had 30,000 but I got rid of them for Marriott points which I find I get more use out of. Plus, I pay for most of my flights.
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:46 PM
 
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In my account right now, about 600,000. I've used at least that many in the past.
Dude use those miles, you just never know when the airlines will suddenly say "oh those miles are no good anymore". The airlines are constantly devaluing. You will wake up one day and find them worthless.

As for me I still have a few hundred thousand in my account. I am working on my second million miles of actual travel on Delta, but no telling how many miles I accrued via credit cards, specials, etc. 5 million maybe?

38 million miles the guy was playing the system. The airlines closed most of the loopholes on that. Looks like, from the article, American airlines caught him misbehaving and revoked them all anyways. That was from 3 years ago so it would be interesting to see how that played out.
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Old 12-16-2015, 03:49 PM
 
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Between United, American, Delta, Southwest, Marriott, and Starwood, I have a bit more than a million points. I'm planning to retire in 8 years and burn through them.

My personal life travel pattern has changed. I used to take 3 or 4 major travel trips every year and burn through everything. Skiing in Chile most summers. A Europe trip. A western ski trip. A few quick trips to somewhere warm in the winter to cut the edge off. I've mostly stopped doing that over the last half dozen years and the miles and points pile up quickly.
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Old 12-16-2015, 08:32 PM
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Wow how do some of you accrue hundreds of thousands of miles? I get a lot of miles through credit card bonuses and credit card spending, but even 300,000 is a lot...and especially if you're saving them for a rainy day.
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Old 12-16-2015, 09:47 PM
 
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Wow how do some of you accrue hundreds of thousands of miles? I get a lot of miles through credit card bonuses and credit card spending, but even 300,000 is a lot...and especially if you're saving them for a rainy day.
You have ti know how miles/points are awarded and play the game.

Example, I had to fly to Florida on business. I had several hotels and resorts I could stay at in the area. I figured I would spend X amount on plane fare, hotel and car rental. Using my frequent flyer number and credit card tied to that airline, I would get a certain amount of miles. But, if I booked that same trip, staying at select resorts and using their preferred rental car in a vacation package booked through the airline, I got triple points.

Another example is knowing who are their partners. An airline frequent flyer program often comes with partners such as hotels, rental cars, restaurants, and a host of services. If two items are the same price, why not use the one that gives bonus miles versus nothing to you. And, even when using them, you charge it all to the credit card from the airlines resulting in more miles for charging it to the credit card.

Of course the main way we get miles is loyalty to the airline. If you take 10 flights a year on 5 different airlines you not likely to get many miles booked to each the individual airline account, but if you used only one airline, all the miles are on one account.
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:47 AM
 
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Wow how do some of you accrue hundreds of thousands of miles? I get a lot of miles through credit card bonuses and credit card spending, but even 300,000 is a lot...and especially if you're saving them for a rainy day.
For most of us? Work travel - lots of trips to China and India with my butt in coach class, knees against the seat in front of me, for 15 hours straight, with a screaming child in the aisle over.

Combine that with playing the game of credit cards and hotels, etc. The problem is so many people are playing the game that miles are being devalued every year. Those that are saving miles "for a rainy day" are taking a huge risk.
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