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Old Oct 31, 19, 12:47 pm
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Valuemags was HUGE

The Starwood to Qantas transfer netted a few Concord tickets as well (for about $1500 per round trip)

I recall a thread about the “Mexican Hat Dance.” Something about hoping back and forth across the border. Never did it, but it was huge in the early days of FT.

Bangkok-Phuket flights on Thai. They were dirt cheep ($15 one way or something). FTers would fly back and forth for a few days, earning 1K status quickly!

On United, 500 upgrade coupons was “as the crow flies.” One could fly LAX-JFK-SFO for a MR and use one 500 miler to upgrade the whole journey, as it was calculated LAX-SFO.
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Old Oct 31, 19, 1:24 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
Bangkok-Phuket flights on Thai. They were dirt cheep ($15 one way or something). FTers would fly back and forth for a few days, earning 1K status quickly!
Pretty sure most were paying local Thais to fly under their names. I believe there was never an ID issue somehow.
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Old Oct 31, 19, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by josephstern View Post
I believe there was never an ID issue somehow.
Not unusual. In the old days, you didn't even need to carry ID to fly.
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Old Nov 18, 19, 12:41 am
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Originally Posted by sdsearch View Post
Perhaps the most valuable thing I learned some time back (circa 2003) on FlyerTalk was that all AA miles from all sources counted (back then) toward AA lifetime elite status. So I set out trying to earn AA miles any way I could above all else, and half a year before all that ended (in late 2011), I totaled 2 million lifetime AA miles earned in about 8 years and earned lifetime AA Plat status (second level up) as a result..A good fraction of the actual miles I earned from flying were from double and triple RDM miles bonuses on flights (during the economic downturn) that I learned about on FlyerTalk. I pretty much never fly for work, so this is not something I could have ever achieved otherwise.
This brings back some memories! I remember reading about how the "all miles count toward lifetime status" was going to end eventually, so started ratcheting up anything I could to cross the finish line.

I bought about 100k in dollar coins, tried to make most of my dining out at places that were in AAdvantage Dining, charged everything to my Citi AA card, etc. The icing on the cake was the promo AA ran, I think @ 2009, where they introduced service to 27 new cities, and if you traveled to 10 of them in a three month period, not only was it double miles on each flight, you also got 100k bonus miles at the end. IIRC, six of them were straight turns, (DFW-CYS, DFW-FAY, etc.) The rest I had to overnight, I remember a couple DFW-ORD-AVP and similar. On the ones I had to overnight, i'd burn some points on a cheap Starwood hotel. I never did any of the famous transcons AA was offering triple miles, because the positioning flights and lack of upgrade availability scared me off.

I crossed over 2MM Lifetime about a year before they ended the "all miles count", and I got some nice upgrades and other perks from that LT PLT status. Ironically, now I almost exclusively pay for F domestically, J international, and am now starting to look into B6 for domestic flights. It was a fun hobby at the time, but I've realized, if you pay for F/J, and have a ton of BE points to cash in for AAdmirals Club passes, status doesn't matter. FT, and all it's contributors, taught me all this, and for that I'm really thankful!
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Old Nov 29, 19, 7:32 pm
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Sadly the kinds of deals and opportunities are less often discussed on FT and more in private groups.

Also, FT is getting more "corporate" by implementing rules and restrictions to please their sponsors and advertisers. One example of those rules is the interdiction of naming which competing hotel booking website was used in reports of successful Best Rate Guarantee claim reports
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Old Nov 30, 19, 3:21 pm
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The grand daddy of all - the 1 million miles LatinPass run.
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Old Nov 30, 19, 10:50 pm
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Originally Posted by yulsee View Post
Sadly the kinds of deals and opportunities are less often discussed on FT and more in private groups.
This is function of 2 things:
-FT itself became more mainstream
-bloggers constantly combing FT for deals/tricks so they can tell the world about them

Loose lips sink....

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Old Dec 1, 19, 7:50 am
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
This is function of 2 things:
-FT itself become more mainstream
-bloggers constantly combing FT for deals/tricks so they can tell the world about them

Loose lips sink....
Completely agree.
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Old Dec 1, 19, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by davistev View Post
The grand daddy of all - the 1 million miles LatinPass run.
Until grand daddy passed away. Fortunately, I was able to transfer most of the miles to hotel points.
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Old Dec 2, 19, 1:23 am
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What about the great OnePass---->Amtrak----->United caper circa 2002? You could double-transfer miles at 1:1 back when those airlines were separate and CO had many more complaints about redemptions. I moved some 275K before they limited and then stopped it, and used the UA miles to fly around the south Pacific on NZ awards. My great masterpiece was a 7-ticket odyssey in summer 2006.

Also, around 2000 when I started there were all these codes bouncing around where you'd call CO and have them appended to your account. Like the HYE0 "Hyatt bonus" that didn't require Hyatt stays. I checked my account and had 40K extra miles (keyed to flight segments) posted one day just because of that.

RDM earning was of course much better then in coach, and so were some of the award sales: CO at 20K RT to DUS and 25K to HKG, and DL at 40K to BKK.
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Old Dec 3, 19, 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by El Boocho View Post
So the angle was to book the 20,000 ticket and then cancel which would provide a $ credit. Interesting and about what I surmised, but the how to do it was unclear. For what it is worth, I recall picking up a sniff of it from the old chat feature. No idea if that still exists, but it was basically a big chat room that anyone could enter and participate in or just observe. Back in my more rambunctious days I'd logon late night if other options didn't pan out
I did a bunch of these.


  • $3 Hilton Tokyo and Osaka around 2005.
  • Lots of Dollar Coins.
  • AA DAL-AUS x 6 for 100k
  • And my favorite, $2700 TYP redemptions. Lots of flights to Elko and calls to United telling them, NO I DON'T WANT A REFUND!
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Old Dec 4, 19, 10:49 pm
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Originally Posted by moondog View Post
I'm starting this thread as a companion to The "game" pre Flyertalk

Following are my favorites:

1. Valuemags ---> Concorde


What exactly was/were these?
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Old Dec 5, 19, 2:11 am
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What exactly was/were these?
That was quite a while ago so I'm a bit hazy on the details, but I want to say they awarded something crazy like 30 miles per dollar for magazine subscriptions. Many of us bought Economist subscriptions everyone we could think of, local libraries, etc.

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Old Dec 9, 19, 10:19 am
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Old Dec 10, 19, 4:30 pm
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