Y’all, I have a confession to make. Although Your Mileage May Vary initially started because of Joe’s talents with points and miles and other ways to save money while traveling, I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t care a whole lot about the whole points and miles thing. Don’t get me wrong, I like the benefits of his hobby (after all, it gets us upgrades and free stuff!), but I’m very happy to stick to writing the “fun” and “quirky” articles about things like theme parks and the weird toilets at Chicago-O’Hare Int’l airport (which apparently aren’t so weird anymore???). Which doesn’t mean I haven’t learned a thing or two about points and miles along the way. Hence this situation, which happened a while back…
I was flying home from a trip (Joe was continuing his travels and going to Seattle) and got “accosted” by the guy offering Delta credit card applications. You know the type of person I’m talking about, right? They hang out at the terminal and try to get you to sign up for their favorite flavor of credit cards. They’re like the credit card pushers in the mall, but they offer you miles instead of 2 liters of soda (true story – when I applied for a Discover Card when I was about 19, I got a free 2-liter bottle of Coke as a gift for applying. I thought that was SO FRICKIN’ COOL!). Here’s the conversation we had:
Guy: Hello Miss, Ma’am! (I’m never 100% “Miss” anymore; I’m at that age where people tend to call me one or the other, more often “Ma’am,” truth be told. So I love how he called me both…trying to cover all his bases, in case I preferred one over the other, I guess?) Are you flying Delta today? (Ummm, we’re standing in the Delta terminal and I’m walking towards the gates. What do you think? DUH!) Did you get all your miles for this trip?
Me: (stopping) Yup.
Guy: Oh good! Did you know you could earn 40,000 more miles today? Come with me and I’ll show you how.
Me (not moving): Is that for a credit card application?
Guy: (jubilantly) Yes! Yes, it is! And if you enroll, you can get 40,000 miles! Come here and see!
Me (still not moving an inch): Dude, really? 40,000 miles for a new credit card sucks! I just got a credit card last week that gave me 75,000 miles!
End scene 😉
Thanks to my Joe for apparently teaching me more about credit cards and frequent flyer miles than I ever thought I would know or care about. 😉 (Note from Joe – I’m so proud of her that she knows a good sign-up bonus from a sucky one.) (Note from Sharon: I must’ve learned it through osmosis because I didn’t even KNOW that I knew it until the situation came up. But I still don’t care LOLOL)
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