I’ve been reading some criticism of those who obsess over frequent flyer miles and those who mileage run and I figured I’d write an entry in my defense.
I’m aware that to most people, spending extra time sitting on a plane is basically torture. I get it. You’d rather die than spend five minutes in an airplane. But I actually like flying. And I like it even better with status. Airline status makes flying tolerable. You don’t wait in lines. You don’t sit at the gate. You board first and exit first. You get treated nicer. You get upgraded. You drink free champagne.
Maybe a couple extra flights isn’t worth the hassle for you. That’s fine. You can wait in lines and sit in economy. But for me, it’s worth it.
Keeping up with cheap deals, booking mistake fares, and collecting miles is a hobby of mine. Considering the value I’ve gotten out of it, I’d say that it’s a pretty good hobby. I’ve taken a lot of extremely inexpensive flights and have found a lot of amazing deals. Airline miles have allowed me to fly all over the world in business class. Which is probably more than you get out of your hobby of knitting or photography or whatever.
Is this for everyone? No, of course not. But is it awesome? YES. I get to fly in business class and go to places I wouldn’t have otherwise. Could I spend my time doing something else? Sure, but collecting stamps wouldn’t be nearly as fun.