10 Obsessive Behaviors of Miles and Point Junkies

by on October 15, 2013 · 18 comments

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I love Buzzfeed’s witty, belly laugh-inducing Top lists like the 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 (which might or might not be my favorite). Lists are great way to procrastinate on getting anything accomplished, but they’re also really funny because there’s an element of truth to them, and even we here at TPG can face our own demons to put together the Top 10 Obsessive Behaviors of Miles Junkies.

1. Applying for multiple new credit cards to generate millions of miles and points and not batting an eye (or hurting your credit score).

Perhaps I've applied for too many credit cards?

Perhaps I’ve applied for too many credit cards?

2. Checking the blogs before doing anything else in the morning.

You wish you had my spreadsheet.

Conference calls can wait…amazing deals cannot

3. Panicking when points and miles don’t post when they should.

OMG my points haven't posted!!!!

OMG my points haven’t posted!!!!

4. Lodging complaints for the sole reason of getting compensation in the form of miles or points

The fact that you ran out of lime wedges ruined our honeymoon!

5. Threatening to cancel a credit card unless they give you bonus points or waive the annual fee.

That's right. I WILL cancel this card.

That’s right. I WILL cancel this card.

6. Refusing to fly anything but lie-flat across oceans.

No lie flat? I don't think soooo!

No lie flat? I don’t think soooo!

7. Staring at the gate agent like a hawk to make sure there are no upgrade shenanigans.

upgrade stare

You see this face? No upgrade shenanigans!!!

8. Taking any flight bump and cancellation for compensation and/or bonus miles.

Score! Got bumped again.

Score! Got bumped again.

9. Spending hours researching and booking complex award tickets…and feeling on top of the world once they are ticketed and booked.

First JFK woo! Then a stop in DFW! How about ATL holler!

Maldives here we come – for less cash than a bus ticket to Atlantic City!

10. Coercing family and friends to play along in your crazy mileage accruing antics…and finally having them give in when they realize this whole thing really isn’t a scam

Family Meeting: Everyone pools their expenses so I get the most miles.

Family Meeting: Everyone pools their expenses for the most miles.

Those are our top picks, but what are yours? Share your own OCD tendencies below!

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  • RT82

    Spending hundreds of dollars on a hotel room in your own city for the few extra nights you need to achieve diamond status with fill-in-the-blank hotels. And then frantically watching your account everyday to make sure you get it!

  • Ben Price

    Hilarious, considering that’s what I’m doing right now!!

  • Pointsandtravel

    ba ha ha! love it!

  • 325RF

    Spot-on! Love it!


    I loved it!!!

  • Penny Sadler

    Never thought about threatening to cancel. Hmmmm.

  • Pitopr34

    Literally laughed out loud!!!

  • Terry


  • Texas281

    “Refusing to fly anything but lie-flat across oceans.” cough cough Lufthansa A380 business class!

  • PedroNY

    Excellent Post!! Loved it. Thank you.



  • Chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    Haha yes to everything on this page!!!!

  • Cory Stinebrink

    #4 is pretty brutal and if you make up a complaint that doesn’t exist then you are a lying sack of crap and should be slapped

  • Tommy

    #10, I think you meant “give in” instead of “give him”?

  • thepointsguy


  • thepointsguy

    Yea I don’t condone making up complaints out of nowhere… but many of us do voice our concerns in the hopes of banking some bonus miles/points (and helping service improve)

  • Yao

    Interesting. I like this post!

  • Oldsmoboi

    Making sure that all employer paid trips include 1. the most possible miles flown and 2. at least 2 or more segments each way since I earn my status via segments rather than miles.

  • taylor

    BRAVO! This is hysterical…top-in-class giff awards 2013 (sorry, i just made that medal up)

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