Building Your Own Frequent Flyer Program

If we’re being frank – and why shouldn’t we be, we’re all friends here – some people, people we know, get a little addicted to the miles and points game.

But can it really be called an addiction if they’re saving money, or visiting places they otherwise wouldn’t be able to and flying there in first class? An addiction usually implies a behavior that is costing the abuser in some form. Most frequent flyers benefit from their participation in the game.

And most people can have a few drinks now and again without becoming an alcoholic.

As far as I know, barbarony62 is not an alcoholic, but he did become a bit addicted to miles, points and status. Recently though he recognized his problem and decided to do something about it.

He created his own frequent flyer program.

Now that sounds about as good of an idea as Dennis Rodman launching his own brand of whiskey, but it’s actually a much healthier solution than it sounds at first blush. Like any other frequent flyer program, his is strong in some areas and weak in others, but it works for him.

Check out the full thread for all the program details, and a very lively discussion featuring both sides of the issue. Two quotes in particular neatly summarize the drastically different messages travelers are taking away from barbarony62’s original post.

canucklad says:

…if I had to do it all over again I would definitely swap my millions of miles for an hour of Peppa Pig.

While on the other end of the spectrum, flyingcanadian seems to be embracing the addiction of it all:

as I approach my 7th decade, I come to ask myself, is it all worth it. The Checkins, lounges, upgrades, Suites are all wonderful, but in the end, is it REALLY WORTH IT? I too decided to cut out on several FFPs/Hotel Loyalty Progs, and concentrate on 1 each. I have found that it has actually paid off because I am flying more with one Alliance, and staying more in one Hotel chain, as a result, I am receiving MORE recognition, and upgrades than before. When my time on this planet comes to an end, I can look forward to the FFPs up there with no guilty conscience!!

Image by User:Mattes (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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