Top 10 Signs You’re Addicted to Miles and Points

by on September 24, 2013 · 76 comments

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Lately Buzzfeed has been on a roll filling up my Facebook newsfeed with witty Top lists that at times have made me laugh out loud like a lunatic. Whether it is 23 Signs You’ve Lived In New York City Too Long, 13 Simple Steps To Get You Through A Rough Day or even 16 Signs You’re Addicted To The Real Housewives- lists are great way to procrastinate on getting anything accomplished. Well, the TPG team got together recently and we brainstormed some of the idiosyncrasies of our hobby (read: obsessive lifestyle) and put together the Top 10 Signs You’re Addicted to Miles and Points.

1. Your friends think your “hobby” is crazy, but the minute they need help with travel plans, you’re the first person they call.
Trying to book trips using miles can be very overwhelming...without TPG's help that is!

Some of the smartest people can be helpless when it comes to travel booking

2. You know your cashiers at your local CVS or 7/11 (from buying so many Vanilla Reloads) better than most neighbors!
ANOTHER Vanilla Reload? For reals?!

ANOTHER Vanilla Reload!?

3. Holiday season means time off to nail down your elite status qualification… not the actual holidays.

Why not celebrate the holidays by partying sky high?

Celebrating the holidays by partying sky high!

4. You get agitated, and at times visibly angry when you have to use cash.

Baby Throwing $$

Who needs cash when I’ve got my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card!

5. You’ve dined out at a mediocre restaurant solely for the bonus miles or points.

I'm only here for the miles!

Can’t get outta here any faster…I’m only here for the miles!

6.  You have more credit available from your arsenal of credit cards than your annual salary.
Hmmm maybe I should cancel a couple of these?

Hmmm, maybe I should cancel a couple of these?

7. Most people get stressed out walking into an airport, but for you it’s game on.
Got my game face on.

Got my game face on.

8. You’ve given the “I feel sorry for you” look at people walking past you back to coach sorry I'm in Business class...and your NOT.

Yeah…so sorry I’m in business class…and you’re not.

9. Thanks to your elite status, this is what it looks like when you walk into a hotel. our guest.

Hotel elite status – c’est magnifique!

10. While most people assume miles are useless because of “blackout dates” and “tricky expiration policies” you just roll your eyes.
Blackout dates don't scare me!

Lights out for everyone else but me.

So people may think you’re crazy or roll their eyes from time to time, but from one points and miles addict to another – I wouldn’t give up a single one of these if it meant not being able to travel, and I’m sure you wouldn’t either!

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  • eric


  • K

    Besides the fact that you can’t count.. ie there are only 10 reasons on here… you are dead on sir!

  • dev

    You nailed it!!

  • thepointsguy

    Hah sorry- it was an editing/version issue. Should have said top 10!

  • thepointsguy

    Version issue- updated- only 10, though room for many more!

  • steve

    still says 11

  • thepointsguy

    I think its a cache issue- shows 10 for me now.

  • PhatMiles

    Says 11 in the facebook feed, actual title is 10 now.

  • PhatMiles

    Love it. Love it. #1 is so true that I will be egoistically satisfied when they need me.
    I don’t do #5 though!

  • 0dysse0s Marshall

    Learn Guitar -1st Lesson Free. Classic.

  • K

    =) It was still very entertaining to read. Funny because it’s true!

  • Eric

    I’m have been guilty of #5. But thanks to TPG I am earning 5x points at work happy hours :)

  • pacheco18

    Guilty as charged

    Add no. 11
    You cannot wait to get an email from The Points Guy so you can be sure you are not missing an opportunity to get even more miles and points.

  • Carter29072

    Love it! These are all so true!

  • steve

    says 10 now. Wasn’t a cache issue (on my end anyway). First time I loaded the page the title said 10 and the text said 11. Appears fixed.

  • Dan Nainan

    This reminds me a bit of the amplifiers on Spinal Tap LOL

  • KC


  • ryan

    How about ‘ is your home page’

  • MichaelP

    Great list! besides the distracting animated images.

  • A.J.

    So so so TRUE ! I do in fact know most of the cashiers at CVS by name. I also know their schedules.

  • HCSmooth66

    I enjoyed this. I feel like a points addict, though I am now questioning that since so few of those applied to me. 1, 4, 6 and 10 are the only ones that do.

  • eric

    what was the 11th that got left on the cutting room floor?

  • mrezee

    #4…so true. I buy all of my groceries from Aldi and it kills me to have to pay cash.

  • Clarissa M. Robinson

    LOLOL! perfect!

  • Clarissa M. Robinson

    lololol exactly

  • Yankees

    11. You sleep at 5 star hotel but can’t afford the valet parking.

  • Carl Cheng

    I slam doors on cabs that tell me their credit card machines aren’t working.

  • thepointsguy

    Hahah so true!!

  • thepointsguy

    I’ve gotten into an argument..or twenty about that! “The machine is broken” yet it looks to be working perfectly fine

  • thepointsguy

    We started with 18, but I brought it to 10… just wait for more lists ;-)

  • Kristie

    You compulsively check your miles/points more often than your credit card

  • Kristie

    You can’t imagine calling regular airline #s, hello Delta PM / DM lines

  • Jacki

    Haha! I love it! Thank you for the giggles….and number #7, I could watch it all day!

  • glen

    So true! :)

  • glen

    I feel like #’s 5, 7 & 9 apply to me!


    SO. GOOD.


    The 11th was due to the Arrival card that gives you 10% points back when you redeem (TPG is so stuck on getting bonus back that there were 11)! ? ;-)

  • Chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    Yup, I am an addict haha… loved this post :D

  • Chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    Yes! Haha

  • Chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    Oh, don’t forget: You’re Feedly is only dedicated to miles and points blogs and travel blogs.

  • hansmast

    Use the SunTrust Debit Card.

  • Toni Southam

    How about you beg your work to let you use your credit card for the flight and hotel and ask if they will just reimburse you rather than use the company card!

  • Toni Southam

    Or you tell your personal trainer the only way you can continue your workouts is if she starts accepting credit cards or signs up for an amazon payments account! She did the latter!

  • joeypore

    I threatened to report the cab because NY taxi rules says they have to accept credit cards, and then it magically starts working… imagine that. …. but thank God for Uber though….seriously

  • joeypore

    These are all right on!!!

    You stay in a 5 star hotel, but take the subway to get there…

  • Terry Stratoudakis

    you thoroughly enjoy watching airline commercials

  • Tisha

    Guilty #1,4,5 and 6… =)

  • Bala Sampath

    20. You know the airline flight schedule better than the airlines themselves :-)

  • Dave

    Lol, same here…magically starts working

  • Dave

    LOL or like in NYC…stay in 5 star but choose to take the bus from LGA because the price is a

  • dave

    Guilty on this one too! Told my lawn care guy last year he was too expensive unless he let me pay via Shell Giftcards! lol

  • Tim

    This was a great article =). My wife’s family think’s I’m going into debt or something with so many credit cards, then they realize my credit score is higher than theirs and I just went to Japan and San Francisco for free on miles…. they’ll come around one day (just gave lounge passes to my in-laws for their trip to Turkey… I’ve got too many of them to use)

  • RegMerc

    I love this post. You are an addict when your home Page are:
    1. The
    2. FlyerTalk
    2. TravelSort
    When I open my Internet Explorer, those 3 pages automatically load

  • JB

    You get another social security number.

  • italdesign

    or you make up excuses for why you used your personal credit card!

  • italdesign

    You manage your entire family’s credit card applications.

  • Roger

    11. When you can stay at a downtown LA Marriott for free but have to pay $16 parking per day!

  • Gregory Feczko

    LGA to Manhattan is cheapest in the town cars — MUCH cheaper than a taxi. MUCH MUCH cheaper :) most people don’t know this :)

  • Gregory Feczko

    Debit cards give you points? O_o

  • chaz

    my son met us in israel for the weekend i think he was the first person in the history of the state to fly jfk to tlv in business and take an egged bus to jerusalem

  • RobertH

    Classic ! I like that one. I’m at the Vendome Park Hyatt in Paris right now, and make a point to go elsewhere for dining, as paying $60 for breakfast is not my style. But 2 free nights in a 5 star hotel using the Chase Hyatt credit card works for me.

  • Tasha_Jade

    Well, can’t speak for USA but in RSA, it’s quite cool, more of a bonus. Some SAA Voyager members are sitting with several million miles and now they can redeem them on sites likes… Otherwise it’s effectively wasted currency.

  • skwok

    My favorite is definitely #7. Most people dread airports and flights, but that’s usually my favorite part.

  • skwok

    AA PLT line is decent at best. Can’t wait for EXP.

  • Adam

    So true. I flew CX First to HK but took the subway to JFK.

  • Timmy

    You fly so much you’re on a first name basis with the air

  • SuperKirby

    12. You’re at the Vendome Park Hyatt in Paris right now, and you’re browsing on

  • SuperKirby

    lmao, i sure do….

  • SuperKirby

    Come on, town cars? How about $2.50 MTA bus? Can’t beat that!

  • SuperKirby

    The first thing i do is tell them i have no cash!

    Once, at the end of a cab ride, the guy said cash only. I then told him “but I told you I had NO cash at the beginning!”.
    We argued for about 5 minutes and at the end he had to pull out his old credit card stamp imprinter thingy.

  • SuperKirby

    I churn with my parent’s SSN =)

  • SuperKirby

    There’s another one that earns AA miles but I don’t know the name.

  • Miles Momma

    I just LOVE THIS! Great post!

  • eknock007 .

    You add your dog “fluffy” as an authorize user to get an additional bonus.

  • Verne Lance

    This is an awesome post! Well done, sir.

  • PatMcPSU

    You expect every e-mail offer (travel related or not) to include free stuff.

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