Another CNN.com piece interviews me, along with frequent flier (and commenter to this blog) Gene Gibbs.
They quote what for me is my bottom-line in pursuing this mileage obsession:
I can experience travel in a way that my income wouldn’t otherwise support. The airlines and hotels offer aspirational awards such that I can see the world in a way that I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to. I love to try the different airline products, the different seats, the different meals and the different lounges. The Lufthansa first-class terminal in Frankfurt is very special, ANA probably has the best food in the sky with its first class, Emirates have installed showers.
We all have our own reasons.
There are some aviation junkies, I admit my interest in planes reduces to the amenities inside and not the engineering.
There are some for whom the quest for miles is its own obsession, Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air or Randy Petersen‘s oft-quote remark “He who dies with the most miles wins.” I earn and burn, whereas for the most part Randy saves (what is he, up to 17 million in his accounts these days?).
For me, I really appreciate comfort and service, and the journey is as much of a trip as the destination. Miles are what allow me to achieve this, because I am not now nor will I ever likely be a wealthy man…