My Deeply Troubling Miles and Points Dreams

Last night I dreamt I was in the American Airlines Admirals Club in Los Angeles (although the woman sitting at the desk was one of the gems from the Washington National club).

I watched as a passenger had the agent there run her credit card to fund a bank account. I was a little bit excited for a moment, thinking you could charge bank deposits at American Airlines lounges when I woke up.

When I was sitting at 1.7 million lifetime miles with American, I had a dream that I crossed the 2 million mark and was given 12 international upgrade certificates by mistake.

Both of those were good dreams although a bit disorienting, and disappointed when I awoke and gained back control of my senses. I’m glad I don’t have miles and points nightmares. That would probably be like when I was 16 and earned over 18,000 miles on a trip to Australia, that expired while I was in college.

Sometimes I do want to escape miles and points, at least in my dreams. I’ve never tried counting miles to go to sleep, though.

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. What should one do if you are given a whole lot of extra upgrade certs by mistake?

  2. No blog post on the criminal forex schemes perpetrated by Barclays, Chase and Citi? At least now we know how all their cards could afford to drop conversion fees.

  3. @Stannis I’m not an expert on the subject, but the Wall Street Journal has been covering this story since April 2008, and manipulation of LIBOR (which isn’t foreign currency manipulation, it’s manipulation of a benchmark interest rate and involved misreporting of rates being paid by each bank) doesn’t really directly impact whether a credit card issuer imposes foreign currency transaction fees.

  4. Okay, confession time. I HAVE counted miles to go to sleep. That is to say, I’ve mentally planned earning/redeeming options until I drifted off.

    I love that dream, though. It’s got that element of insanity that’s only plausible in dreams. “You mean for all these years I could have been funding accounts with a CC at the AAdmiral’s Club?”

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