SWAG Saturday: You know you are obsessed with points when….

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OK I admit it; I am obsessed with all things points. I always think about what card gets me the most points and perkstiny arrow for whatever and I am constantly running the numbers as to if I could have double or triple dipped what ever it is I just got. I not only know how many MQMs I have at any given moment, but I know how many I will earn by year end, how many I will rollover and what month I should re-qualify for Diamond Medallion in 2014 for 2015 (it’s March 5th btw)

Not just all this, but as soon as I have applied for a new round of cards, I start to scan for what other cards I could maybe gettiny arrow that same day, both a mix of personal and business, and if not that same day then in a few months what will be the next set of cards I will add to my mounting collection of point cards. THEN, I will have even more cards to think about what one to pull when buying something; at least now I have more chances to double or triple dip, right !

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Anyway, you can see my condition situation and maybe you suffer from are in the same boat too. So, to that end, this weekend you must get creative to have a chance to win one of the solar power bricks above. To make this fun, I will be picking TWO winners this week. One, via Random.org as always, and one that I personally think is the best one. The rest of the rules as always are HERE if you want to check them out.

So on to what you must answer. You must finish this statement:

 “You know you are obsessed with points when….” (and then insert your answer)

Let’s have some real fun with this and there is a chance you could win TWO if both Random.org and I both think your answer is best! – René

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110 comments

  1. You know you are obsessed with points when you travel to the other side of the world that serves the best cup of coffee and gives points for every cup you drink. Points and coffee, gotta love it

  2. You know you are obsessed with points when you do a solo mileage run on your wedding anniversary.

  3. You know you are obsessed with points when the money in your bank is less than the money equivalent of your points…sigh

  4. You know you are obsessed with points when you only go places or buy things based on the number of points earned.

  5. You know you are obsessed with points when ….

    Your family vacations on based off of how many points you can earn. (No kids cant go to Disney this time… but we can go to ANC!)

  6. You know you’re obsessed with points when your trunk is full of VISA GC and Vanilla Reloads. You keep telling yourself, “I’m going to check those at some point to make sure I emptied them all.”

  7. You know you are obsessed with points when… you want to name your first born “Vanilla Reload” and wonder why everyone thinks it’s odd.

  8. …when you beg your boss to send you out of town to work for a couple weeks to the most dysfunctional office in the firm so that you can make Gold for the year!

  9. “You know you are obsessed with points when…you follow this and other BoardingArea blogs to make sure you dont miss anything and then read the comments to see if someone else found a hidden gem. Then you go to the excel spreadsheet and check the planned trips and verify if any connection changes can get you a free change and upgrade. Then you verify all the trips on Delta and see if any are getting full so you can be ready to VDB and have an alternate trip plan ready”
    I think you get the point … no pun intended

    Edward

  10. You know you are obsessed with points when…you consider moving closer to a major airport just for MRs since not even CRJ200s want to fly near you.

  11. You know you are obsessed when you make a big purchase of several items online at Macys and then return everything because you forgot to go through the delta shopping portal to go to the Macy’s website. I then reordered everything, lol!!

  12. You know you are obsessed with points when you hate not having a card waiting to meet minimum spend. I hold off big spend till new cards come in.
    You know you are obsessed with points when you get the Southwest personal and business cards for the companion pass and you aren’t a fan of Southwest. I guess I should assign a companion.
    You know you are obsessed with points when you are thinking about missing deals because you are out of the U.S. on an extended vacation (Walmart for reloads, waiting for credit card companies to forward new cards to alternative address, Chase fee free gift cards).
    I could go on and on….

  13. You know you are obsessed with points when…you walk in to CVS and say to the cashier, “can I have a pack of VRs?” to which he/she replies, “I’m sorry, sir, you want what kind of cigarettes?”

  14. You know you are obsessed with point when.. you fly across the country for a burger and then fly back.

  15. You know that you are obsessed when you track points and miles earning credit cards flying across an imaginary sky instead of counting sheep jumping over a fence in order to fall asleep.

  16. …. when you book rooms for your fiancee while she’s traveling. When she shows up at the hotel she says you are running late and uses your hotel rewards number in the reservation.

  17. ….When you buy business class tickets for personal use to get MQMs to stay Diamond while realiziing you could have had a new flat screen and sat in coach for 8 hours.

  18. you live on the east coast and try hard to book your trip to Vegas through Detroit rather than Atlanta so you’ll receive two extra miles.

  19. You know you are obsessed with points when you’ve put your husband to sleep explaining all the fun and cool ways one can earn points.

  20. You choose to pay, in full, your endocrinologist, oncologist and pharmacy bills so you can then file for reimbursement by the insurance company and from the FSA.

  21. ….when you fly to Asia to sell a kidney because the “mileage run” plus the money you make, intended for future travel, will allow you to make Diamond Medallion for a bunch more years.

  22. You know you are obsessed with points when you constantly are thinking of ways to improve your points and credit card tracking Excel spreadsheet.

  23. You know you’re obsessed with points when you need a three-ring binder and a relational database to keep track of all your credit cards and card details!

    Three-ring binder with 10 card-per-page vinyl business card inserts. Database tracks issuer, issue date, sign-up bonus, sign-up spend requirement and due date, credit
    limit, and more!

  24. …your wife makes sure she comes to the October Chicago conference because you have created a deep points obsession in her and wants to have more MQMs than you (big smile on her face).

  25. You know you are obsessed with points when your husband says “no” before you can even explain what your next plan/idea is for getting more points. =)

  26. You know you are obsessed with points when you call hospitals to see which cards they take as part of your childbirth planning

  27. You know you are obsessed with points when your coworkers automatically pass the receipt over to you at meals, etc. so you can pay with your card in order to get your “precious points,” as they call them

  28. You know you are obsessed with points when you beat yourself to death after making an online purchase and then realizing you forgot to go through a miles/cashback portal.

  29. When you have over a million points, but you still buy tickets to fly because you can earn 3x on the purchase plus actual miles flown!

  30. You know you are obsessed with points when you *don’t* need a spreadsheet to keep track of 4 airline programs, 4 hotel programs, and your Sapphire Preferred point balances, can track activity in each, and recite the balances from memory.

  31. You know you’re obsessed with points…when you are obsessed with points…What? Like thats ever gonna happen!!! Stop obsessing right now and get out there and get more points!!!

  32. Old Chinese Proverb…The man gets the points…the points get the points…the points get the man!!

  33. You know you are obsessed with points when you form multiple companies to get more credit cards bonuses!

  34. You know you are obsessed with points when….you dumpster dive for my coke reward codes so you can churn them for hotel points.

  35. You know you are obsessed with points when you have elite status at hotel chains which exclusively operate on continents you’ve never been to.

  36. You know you are obsessed with points when you ask your wife which credit card she uses for her purchases despite the fact that she gets mad every time she is asked.

  37. You know you are obsessed with points when you check your balances everyday to see when the bonus points posted.

  38. You know you’re obsessed with points when upon signing up to the flight to Mars to earn 33.9 million miles points you’re trying to see if a MKE-ATL-MARS or a MKE-DTW-MARS connection earns more points.

  39. You know you are obsessed with points when you’re the person that you know that spends more time in pharmacies.

  40. … when you go up to a table of complete strangers at a restaurant and offer to pay their bill with your credit card if they can give you cash.

  41. You know you are obsessed with points when you are laying in the Oral Surgeon’s chair, having an implant placed, and you are thinking of what credit card to use to pay for it so you can get the most points to take you on your next vacation!

  42. You are obsessed with points when you try to think of what to buy to hit your spending requirements, even if the appliance/vehicle/clothing is not really on the way out.

  43. You spend so many hours chasing points that you could have worked a second job and purchased the ticket outright in less time.

  44. You know you’re obsessed with points when you return from a trip to find IRS agents have been staking out your house, and demand to know why you deposited $2.3 million in coins at local banks within a year! Then we all have a good laugh at the absurdity of it all!

  45. You know you are obsessed with points when instead of flying (plenty of miles on AA, US Air and Delta many times over for flights) you drive from Tampa to San Francisco and back on vacation (many more great destinations on the way) just so you can meet minimum spends for points on several new cards. Gas and VR goes on the Ink Plus (made spend no problem) and hotels go on Hilton AMEX or Chase IHG but only based on point bonuses! I don’t have my final point tally yet as I just arrived home tonight after 17 days on the road and I need a day to unwind before I fire up the spreadsheet to double check them all and make sure I didn’t miss a bonus.

    Yeah, a bit extreme but I needed to put some miles on my new car as well. 6,758.8 to be exact. So there.

  46. You know you are obsessed with points when your husband asks for a monthly accounting of how much this new travel hobby is really costing us, because it can’ t be that easy to travel for next to nothing.

  47. …..when you sign up for Twitter and Facebook in order to enter contests from bloggers even though you swore you would never “get involved with that social media stuff”.

  48. You know you’re obsessed with points when one of the criteria for the college your kid attends is that the tuition office accepts American Express.

  49. You know you are obsessed with points when an argument erupts at dinner between the Nascar fans and their powerful rpm’s versus the points peeps and their potent cpm’s!

  50. …you send your husband on a mileage run to Poland because it is such a good deal out of MSP and there are never good DL runs out of MSP. Then, when you are telling the story later to your friends, they look at you funny. Only, you can’t figure out why they are looking at you funny because the whole thing make perfect sense to you.

  51. You know you are obsessed with points when you tell everyone in your family they are not allowed to make $100 or greater purchases in case you can get some great bonus or use their spend to meet your minimum spends! Because free spend beats Vanilla Reloads any day!

  52. …you know you are obsesses with points when you are up every night till 1 or 2 a.m. reading Delta Points and other travel blogs!

  53. When you read all things points related everyday. Including our fave buddy Rene with great insight. 🙂

  54. You know you are obsessed with points when that door you accidentally locked gets opened with one of your many frequent flyer cards.

  55. You know you are obsessed with points when you fire up your google wallet app in cvs to buy VRs and you card list runs 20 deep :).

  56. You know you are obsessed with points when just the mere thought of being able to redeem an award for the best bang for your points makes your eyes light up like a Christmas tree!

  57. You know you’re obsessed with points when you ask if you can get a dead relatives miles for shipping their body to another state. (I did!)

  58. You know you are obsessed with points when the first thing you do when you want to go out to eat is check Sky Miles Dining.

  59. You know you are obsessed with points when you will sit in a middle seat at the back of the plane flying at off times just to fly our preferred airline.

  60. You know you are obsessed with points when you know by heart your skymiles, SPG, HH, and bluebird account numbers and also the numbers of the top five points cards in your wallet (including the expiration dates and CVV’s).

  61.  “You know you are obsessed with points when….you are watching Argo, and the first thing you think of is “I wonder how many points they are getting on that flight home?”

  62. I’m not obsessed, I just want to get every point coming to me. If it means flying in almost a circle to get to my destination so be it. My wife and I try to go to some place new each month. Sometimes it seems like work but mostly it’s pure enjoyment. Our last trip MKE/Lax drive to Las for a flight to Jax. Then return for some fun in Las and get up at 4 AM to drive to Lax for return. Oh yes we did this 2 weeks ago and still laugh about it. Ps we also saved money by not being in Vegas as long. lol

  63. You know you’re obsessed with points (and your husband is not) when you write a list on a piece of paper that fits in his wallet which tells him which credit card to use for what kind of purchase! (and because he loves you, he actually uses it)

  64. You know you are obsessed with points when you go to Saturday night dinner with your best friends and spend then night trying to get them to go on your next mileage run and explaining why they should never pay for anything in cash.

  65. when you know the distance between your home city and all the major cities Delta flies to by heart.

  66. … you keep leaving comments week after week, despite the fact random.org never picks your #! :}

    Keep up the great work. Thanks!

  67. You know you are obsessed with points when you ask strangers on a store line or at the table next to you in a restraunt ( my personal favorite )if you can by there stuff with your gift card ( that you bought with ink card at Office Depot ) and they give you the cash !!!!

  68. You know you are obsessed with points when … you use a label maker to put spending categories on your handful of credit cards.

  69. You know you are obsessed with points when you dream and find yourself (regardless of the other details of the dream) calculation some real or imaginary points scheme! (Really!)

  70. You know you are obsessed with points when you tell your spouse we can only go to “dining for miles” restaurants, except for extreme exceptions.

  71. You know you are obsessed with points when you take cash from your friends so you can pay the whole bill at restaurants.

  72. You know you are obsessed with points when on a wee-long business trip in the same city, you hotel hop each night, offer to pay for all meals, put the $20k customer seminar on your personal card and submit the receipt for expense reimbursement, and spend hours on hours on end scouring blogs like this one for more promotions to earn “free” or “bonus” points. The end result is that a booking that would take the average joe 30 min might take you 3 hours as you have to run all the numbers again to make sure you are fully optimized!

  73. You know when you are obsessed with points when you start making calculations in the summer to find out how many flights are needed by the end of the year to reach DL status again.

  74. You know you are obsessed with points when you are hoping for an IROPS to provide an opportunity for an even more creative routing!

  75. You know when you are obsessed with points when you get hungry and think where will I get points for eating.

  76. …when your home airport is ATL and you never take direct flights and try to find flights to stay in budget but get max miles. Example to SFO I go ATL to LAX to SLC to OAK for about same price as ATL to SFO direct. To PDX I go ATL to LAX to PDX.

  77. You know you are obsessed with points when you just started in March, 2013 and you already need a business card “book” to keep track of all the points credit cards! (and you’re starting to say “does anybody except Chase make good cards?”)

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