Really Good Frequent Flyer Advice from The Onion

The Onion tries to be funny but actually dishes some pretty good miles and points advice.

Check this:

Conversing with teammates during practice Friday, Spurs center Tim Duncan urged San Antonio’s players to be smarter with their frequent-flyer miles by accumulating the reward points for one big trip rather than squandering them little by little. “I can’t stress enough how important it is to practice restraint and never cash your miles for a domestic flight, even if it’s for a vacation,” Duncan was overheard telling guard Kawhi Leonard, at one point bringing the 22-year-old over to a whiteboard to explain how it was more prudent to save the frequent-flyer miles for a trip to an international destination. “Just remember to keep your composure and wait. You never know when an emergency might pop up and you’ll desperately need the miles. I also want to emphasize that if you’re not all using credit cards with miles bonuses, you’re missing out on an excellent opportunity.”

(HT: Douglas M.)

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  1. Pop has probably racked up a lot of miles scouting European players. Maybe he should be listening to Tim’s advice.

  2. As a non-NBA fan, I don’t get it. Can somebody explain to me which aspect of this Tim Duncan’s personality makes him ripe for such satire?

  3. Is there any truth to the rumors that Mr.Duncan will soon be taking over the popular View From a Wing blog dispensing FF advice? And Gary takes over his basketball court? 🙂

  4. @James K — it’s actually that he’s known for being as boring as a superstar can be. His nickname is The Big Fundamental because he is known more for his precision bank shot (boring) than rim-rattling dunks (exciting). For example, last year the Spurs had just one alley-oop dunk. He is also not overly demonstrative on the court, though every time he is called for a foul, he reacts as if there is no way on Earth that he could have committed the infraction.

    A great collection of Onion articles featuring Tim Duncan is being compiled on this reddit thread:

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