I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my life to earn miles. I bet many of my readers have too.
There are things that some people only think are crazy — like buying coins from the US mint with a credit card, depositing those coins in the bank and paying off the credit card; like opening online checking accounts and funding them with a credit card (with banks coding the transactions as purchases) and using the new checks to pay off the credit card; like taking endless surveys or renting and returning cars that you do not need and don’t actually drive.
Then there are things that are actually crazy. Which ones have you done? What’s the craziest mileage-earning scheme you’ve taken part in?
- A Bosley hair loss consultation for 20,000 Delta miles.. I wasn’t the only one who went despite being far from bald.
- A Lasik eye exam for 5000 Delta miles.. I wasn’t the only one who went despite not even wearing glasses.
- Dumpster diving for Wendys sode cups when those were redeemable for Airtran A+ Rewards credits.
- Donating blood.
- Child support payments. Apparently Mastercard and Discover are accepted by Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin. (This settles a mystery of ‘what merchants take Mastercard but not Visa..?) Visa and Mastercard are accepted by Arizona, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Surprisingly this revelation didn’t lead to a rash of frequent flyer pregnancies or divorces.