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Man Buys 12,150 Pudding Cups, Gets 1.2M FF Miles  
User currently offlinejetblue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4500 times:

"For once, a fun story in a chain email is actually true! As part of a promotion, Healthy Choice was offering 500 frequent flyer miles to anyone who purchased 10 Healthy Choice products. David Philips recognized that if he purchased individual cups of pudding at 25 cents apiece he could easily rack up a lot of miles. He ended up with 1.25 million frequent-flyer miles for roughly $3,000. That’s the equivalent of 31 round trip tickets to Europe, or 42 tickets to Hawaii! He also donated the pudding cups to the Salvation Army and local food banks, and was able to write off the donations on his taxes."

http://www.snopes.com/business/deals/pudding.asp

All I can say is WOW.

He used 200,000+ on his Delta and United Accounts (on the article, it also mentions NW)
And used the 1,000,000 + on his American Airlines account.

(BTW: This was way back in 1999 but this article came up on omg-facts.com recently, sorry if this was mentioned before)

[Edited 2011-02-01 14:20:23]


It's a cultural thing.
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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4434 times:

That reminds me of the promotion AirTran did with Wendy's several years back. They put coupons on the 20oz and 32oz cups that would give you an A+ Rewards credit and you could redeem up to 128 of these coupons for flights on FL (or upgrade from coach to business class).

http://gtmcknight.com/log/archives/2...endys_cups_are_the_new_pudding.php

People were dumpster diving at Wendy's for these cups in order to use them for free flights or to sell them online.


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 4415 times:

Quoting srbmod (Reply 1):
People were dumpster diving at Wendy's for these cups in order to use them for free flights or to sell them online.

At the Wendy's in Daytona, they give you a new cup each time you'd go up for a refill, so I could easily get 3 of the tickets with each visit before I decided that was enough sugar for my teeth and digestive system. You could also bring a friend and get them to get a refill or two and collect their cups as well. At least one Wendy's further south caught on to this, as I stopped there to grab a drink and since it was "to-go", I asked for a second cup. They gave me a second cup, but it was in a standard Wendy's yellow cup, not one with an AirTran coupon on it. I earned enough drink cups for one round-trip flight but somehow my A+ Rewards Account ended up being credited for 2 free round-trip flights.


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5977 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 4385 times:

Wasn't there another one, where the US Mint were selling "collector's edition" coins which were accepted as legal tender, and some FF'ers realised that they could use their credit card (which had a "Buy for $X, get Y number of FF miles" offer) to buy coins by the bucket loads and then go to their local bank and deposit them?

IIRC a fair few of them were able to take home a serious amount of FF miles.


User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 4366 times:

I read somewhere else after this that he also got Aadvantage Gold status for life with AA. Pretty amazing story.


The beatings will continue until morale improves
User currently offlinedeltairlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4331 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 4):
I read somewhere else after this that he also got Aadvantage Gold status for life with AA. Pretty amazing story.

One million miles earned on AA (through any means) nets you lifetime Gold.

The person who did this posts on FlyerTalk under the handle PuddingGuy.


User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4257 times:

Quoting CPH-R (Reply 3):
Wasn't there another one, where the US Mint were selling "collector's edition" coins which were accepted as legal tender, and some FF'ers realised that they could use their credit card (which had a "Buy for $X, get Y number of FF miles" offer) to buy coins by the bucket loads and then go to their local bank and deposit them?

Yes, they were buying $1 Presidential Golden Dollar coins with their FF credit card. IIRC, they came in a box worth $500 and the Mint was offering free shipping to promote the coins for use. The Mint charged the cards as a merchandise purchase rather than a cash advance, thus buyers had until the end of their billing cycle before interest was due. By then the coins had been deposited and the CC bill could be paid back from the bank account.


User currently offlineexFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

Quoting N801NW (Reply 6):
Yes, they were buying $1 Presidential Golden Dollar coins with their FF credit card.

Not "were", but "are" - this is still going on, although the Mint has put some monitoring in place to reduce multiple purchases.

They aren't collector's edition coins, the idea of the program is to get the coins into circulation, which has led to a lot of discussion as to the ethics of buying the coins and then just redepositing them in the bank - the Mint is paying for the shipping with the intent of actually getting the coins into circulation, not just getting them deposited in a bank.

Blogger Ben Schlappig (a/k/a "Lucky") posted on this subject just last week, several of his readers have commented on the ethics issue: boardingarea.com/blogs/onemileatatime/2011/01/27/is-the-mint-game-worthwhile/


User currently offlineual757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 806 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4131 times:

Ahh the pudding guy. I met him in Chicago back in October, quite an amazing story.

User currently offlinebartonsayswhat From Canada, joined Oct 2007, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

This reminds me of the guy who paid $700,000 to get 7,000,000 Pepsi points when a AV-8 Harrier II appeared in a Pepsi commercial for 7 million points. Tried to sue Pepsi Co. for false advertising, but didn't get to far.

Wikipedia story
Pepsi Commercial


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 63
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4061 times:

Funny, I just saw this linked to an article while I was reading about Cyclone Yasi:

World's weirdest tricks to earn frequent flyer points



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13010 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4023 times:

Since the 'pudding cup' offer, most such offers (like with current Coca-Cola products points offers) put in strict limits on how many points one can claim per week or offer series. For example, the Coke points promotion limits one to 120 points a week, enough to get at best 4 - 20 oz. bottles of soda coupons.

User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3802 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

Well here's what I do. Whenever I hear from somebody in my family or friends who wants to purchase an expensive item, product or flight or whatever (anything above $200) I ask them if I can put it on my credit card. Has worked out pretty well so far, got a decent amount of miles with that, but it's peanuts compared to what others have posted in this thread.

Soren   



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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3827 times:

Quoting ltbewr (Reply 11):
Since the 'pudding cup' offer, most such offers (like with current Coca-Cola products points offers) put in strict limits on how many points one can claim per week or offer series. For example, the Coke points promotion limits one to 120 points a week, enough to get at best 4 - 20 oz. bottles of soda coupons.

Coke ran a promotion during the Beijing Olympics where you could receive two "event coupons" per day per person, if the US won a medal in one of those events you received 2 free 2 liter bottles of soda. I signed my girlfriend up 2 months in advance and myself, by the time the Olympics were over I had won something like 120 2 liter bottles of coke products.



The beatings will continue until morale improves
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

Quoting jetblue777 (Thread starter):
(BTW: This was way back in 1999 but this article came up on omg-facts.com recently, sorry if this was mentioned before)

I am sure a thread came up about it once or twice on airliners.net, but its been awhile since it has been posted.

Quoting jetblue777 (Thread starter):
I read somewhere else after this that he also got AAdvantage Gold status for life with AA. Pretty amazing story.

After AA Gold, I think he also accumulated another 1,000,000 miles through a flying around South America.

Quoting ual757 (Reply 8):
Ahh the pudding guy. I met him in Chicago back in October, quite an amazing story.

Good to know he is still around.

The US mint promotion is still running but you have to prove that you own and operate a business that can use the $1.00, something like a vending machine business.

I keep reading Flyertalk as I am sure another badly thought out miles program will come along, or an airline forgets to add on a 0 to and airfare so instead of the airfare being $10,018 it becomes $1,018.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlinewexfordflyer From Ireland, joined Jun 2009, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3545 times:

Ah that is brilliant!! This story put a big smile on my face.

Lovin the pepsi one too!



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