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Old 01-24-2008, 03:21 AM   #21
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I kick them in the shin and roll over their toe with my rolling carryon.
Now that's what I'm talking about
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:10 AM   #22
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sorry, this is late here, but i travel a few times during each month (roughly 2 or 3 times a month) and we use company issued credit cards... i dont ever seen the bill so i'm not to sure what kind of benefits we get...

i do know we get insane car rental deals... and occasionally get bumped to first class here and there.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:04 AM   #23
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I fly somewhere around 20 - 30 times a year, but it tends to be scattered among a lot of different airlines. Nevertheless, I'm elite on two different airlines (Northwest and Frontier). Once you get to elite status, it's easier to keep.

What are you looking to do with your miles? Want free tickets? Sign up for a program, get the credit card, and use it for everything. The Northwest card I use for business expenses buys my family free flights on a vacation every year.

Want upgrades? Try to keep your flights on the same airline. Don't be afraid to ask for upgrades. I've been on flights where I was upgraded just for the asking, because I was nice, polite, and not a PITA. At 6'5", every upgrade is a treat.

Also, don't forget the programs for hotels and rental cars. Those can add up too, and Avis upgrades me nearly every time I go anywhere, because I rent from them almost exclusively.

 
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:04 PM   #24
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You are all a bunch of rich mofos, you know that right? Last time I flew was last year to Vegas. Time before that, out to cali to see my dad back in 199-something.

Even though I live in the vast expanse known as the Northwest, I still prefer to drive everywhere unless it'll take longer than a week to get there.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:05 PM   #25
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I've never been on a plane. Never needed to get somewhere that fast and can't afford to go to places where I would.
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Old 01-24-2008, 03:43 PM   #26
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I wouldn't do anywhere near this much flying if my company didn't say so. Some people would think it's a perk or luxury to see so many major cities across the U.S. but it's only fun the first few times. After that it's time away from home and the family.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:12 PM   #27
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SWMBO travels about 8 times per year domestically for work. She just started getting flier miles last month. How long until they start to pay off?
Here's what you do to maximize your miles:

1. Pick a carrier that you think you'll use often (i.e. the biggest at your local airport). Get a credit card that offers miles per every dollar spent (Chase has teamed with nearly all carriers I think).

2. Use that credit card for all purchases you would use cash/debit for. We're in Chicago and United is biggest, so we have a United CC and use it for all purchases of gas, groceries, etc and then just pay it off every month.

3. Find any local grocery stores, gas stations etc. that team up with that carrier to offer bonus miles for accumulated purchases. Dominicks in our area offers additional 250 United miles for every $100 spent.

Before you know it, you'll have enough miles to take pretty regular trips every year.

 
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:20 PM   #28
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I wouldn't do anywhere near this much flying if my company didn't say so. Some people would think it's a perk or luxury to see so many major cities across the U.S. but it's only fun the first few times. After that it's time away from home and the family.
Exactly. People who don't do the road-warrior thing sometimes see it as glamorous. For the first 5-10 trips, I can maybe see that. Afterward, it's just a pain. Even the thought of going out to our Honolulu office doesn't excite me much because (1) I'll probably have to fly through LAX, which I hate, and (2) I'll have to work while I'm there, which does not mean consuming mai tais on the beach.

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Old 01-24-2008, 04:22 PM   #29
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Here's what you do to maximize your miles:

1. Pick a carrier that you think you'll use often (i.e. the biggest at your local airport). Get a credit card that offers miles per every dollar spent (Chase has teamed with nearly all carriers I think).

2. Use that credit card for all purchases you would use cash/debit for. We're in Chicago and United is biggest, so we have a United CC and use it for all purchases of gas, groceries, etc and then just pay it off every month.

3. Find any local grocery stores, gas stations etc. that team up with that carrier to offer bonus miles for accumulated purchases. Dominicks in our area offers additional 250 United miles for every $100 spent.

Before you know it, you'll have enough miles to take pretty regular trips every year.
Thanks! I'll look into the card. We have been using Continental every time so we haven't lost anything in that area...
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:26 PM   #30
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If you shop at Shoprite, get the price plus card. You can sign up for onepass credits so that every dollar spent is a mile.
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