Many years ago, some time around 2004, I had some Lufthansa miles that were about to expire. I earned them by signing up for their frequent flyer program retroactively, after a couple of flights. I just didn’t know much about this stuff… Of course I knew nothing about partnerships and alliances, or I wouldn’t have credited them to LH in the first place.
Looking for a way to keep them alive, I came across freefrequentflyermiles.com. That’s how my new addiction started. Among many ways to earn miles, it mentioned buying Charter One GCs and cash advancing them, and directed me to FWF for further discussion.
For the next few years, I was very active there, documenting my AORs, sharing notes, pioneering freezing credit reports before applying and then selectively unlocking them for optimal results (my AOR threads made it into the footnotes of some published research paper on “financial hacking”). B* was still a thing then…
That’s where I got into the habit of exchanging more sensitive tips via PM, which eventually led to a transition off public boards completely. Still, I’m very glad that FD was started to replace FWF (RIP) and help us all reconnect.
As for those miles, the only way to keep them was to get a co-branded CC, and there wasn’t really enough time. I’d have to book a flight, then cancel it to have the miles credited back. I booked a random flight to USVI and forgot all about it. A few months later, my wife got a call from the airline advising me of schedule change. Imagine how surprised she was to discover that her husband is going there on vacation, alone… Fortunately, she figured out what that was about, and that’s why I’m alive to tell the story. Instead of canceling that flight as I originally planned, I used US Airways miles to get more tickets for the rest of my family. It turned out to be the best vacation we ever took! Hoping to go back there next winter.