Sen. Kent Conrad Uses Frequent Flyer Miles as an Excuse for Special Mortgage Perks

Senator Kent Conrad says he thought his special VIP mortgage from Countrywide was a frequent flyer deal. But no details on whether he actually got the miles, and if so in what program? How are we supposed to evaluate a Senator if we don’t know the decisions they make in mileage accumulation?

Put another way, do you really want someone accruing primarily Delta Skymiles making decisions on major pieces of legislation? Or would you trust someone more who is doing their best to take advantage of promo opportunities, or banking flexible currencies like Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints or American Express Membership Rewards?

More to the point: how much mileage does it take to get a Senator to sponsor legilslation? All the major carriers have lobby shops, perhaps they should consider donating miles rather than money to campaigns?

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Funny angle…

    Gov Sanford of SC used Delta miles, right? I take it he won’t be getting your vote, now?

    On the other hand, Bernie Madoff racked up a *ton* of AmEx Membership Rewards. Now what?


  2. Governor Sanford managed to score business class tickets to South America using Delta miles. As long as he didn’t pay extra miles to do so, I’d say that deserves a big thumbs up!

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