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Poll: Are you a hoarder or a user?

View Poll Results: Which describes you?
I "hoard" my miles and points for later day use.
149
70.62%
I "use" my miles and points for instant gratification.
62
29.38%
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Poll: Are you a hoarder or a user?

Old May 31, 05, 10:39 am
  #1  
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Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: California; DO-RAGS: Old Gold tagged, PIP, LatPass 1/2, AA 4MM, HH Diamond, Marriott Titanium, Omni
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Poll: Are you a hoarder or a user?

Have you used more points and miles than are presently accrued in your accounts?
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Old May 31, 05, 10:41 am
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Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: California; DO-RAGS: Old Gold tagged, PIP, LatPass 1/2, AA 4MM, HH Diamond, Marriott Titanium, Omni
Posts: 8,090
Iím a user.
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Old May 31, 05, 10:45 am
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Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: CLT
Programs: FT Member #8119 F & J Free Agent
Posts: 6,550
I'm a user, also.
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Old May 31, 05, 10:58 am
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Join Date: Oct 2004
Programs: Hyatt, United, Marriott
Posts: 128
I'm a user. I don't see much point in hoarding... it just gives the various programes a chance to devalue my account!
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Old May 31, 05, 11:03 am
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Join Date: Nov 2000
Posts: 1,290
Hoarder - been collecting since 1999, but have used only 80k miles for 2 awards to Europe!

Great use of miles though: I did YUL-ORD-LHR-CDG... (rail)AMS-MXP(rail)... FCO-LHR-YUL for 40k miles, and also got the coveted ORD-FCO award on AAdvantage.
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Old May 31, 05, 11:06 am
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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: El Paso, TX, USA
Programs: Kicked out of all of them
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Hoarder.

I don't fly as much anymore, and I have 14,000 miles in HP that I am ready to trade in for magazines

But I digress, in the 3 years that I have been doing the miles thing, I have accumulated close to half a million miles, but only used 120,000+

I am saving them for vacations with my baby girl that is soon to arrive
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Old May 31, 05, 11:28 am
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Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: SE MI.
Posts: 304
I'm a NW horder. 350K in the bank. Spent 120K lifetime...but with the odd signals NW is putting out these days I'm switching over to a spender.......
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Old May 31, 05, 11:36 am
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Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: PBI
Programs: DL 2MM/PM, AA MM/GLD, Hilton Gold, Marriott Platinum
Posts: 1,605
Definitely a hoarder.
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Old May 31, 05, 11:46 am
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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: MN, USA
Programs: NW plat
Posts: 295
I'm a giver. I hate to use the miles myself because I am always thinking about earning EQMs to maintain my elite level. I use them occasionally for trips where they make a lot of sense (like $1200 or 35,000 miles to Peru), but mainly give them to friends and family who are not stuck in the elite trap or use them to bring a companion.
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Old May 31, 05, 11:50 am
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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Chicago
Programs: Formerly: UA 1K, SPG Gold, Marriott Silver, FT Addicts Anonymous; Currently: Grounded
Posts: 829
I would say I am a hoarder, who is unfortunately spread thinly across three programs. US, UA, and DL. I haven't hoarded much, but I hold enough for a couple of int'l awards in each except UA; however, I have never redeemed an award.
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Old May 31, 05, 12:19 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 242
I'm a hoarder!!!! UAL at that!!!
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Old May 31, 05, 12:19 pm
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Join Date: May 2005
Location: Cote d'Ivoire
Programs: OW Emerald - HH Diamond
Posts: 3,165
Hoarder
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Old May 31, 05, 12:25 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: SFO/SJC
Programs: UA Platinum
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I'm a hoarder especially on UA. I definitely think I should shift to user to burn some of my many miles. However, I hate using miles on cheaper flights where the value isn't over 2 cents/mile.
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Old May 31, 05, 12:28 pm
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
Programs: UAL IK;Marriott Plat Elite;Hyatt Diamond;Hilton Gold;Hertz Presidents Circle
Posts: 1,567
definately a user!
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Old May 31, 05, 12:30 pm
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Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,695
User.

Although since the late 1980's I've earned the better part of 3 million miles I've never spent more than 35K miles on any one award as all of my redemptions are for coach "saver" type free roundtrips either within the 48 states (typically 25K miles) or to/from Hawaii (35K miles). As soon as my balances reach these mileage thresholds I typically make an immediate redemption to zero out the account.

PS: Not one single mile of my 3 million has been used for an upgrade - I know some FTers cringe at the thought of the indignity of having to sit in the back of the bus but burning miles for upgrades is a total waste in my book

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