Obviously I am a frequent flyer in the sense that I fly very regularly. I am wondering if I am a frequent flyer by AFF standards?
Over the past 6 months I have attended numerous AFF events and have witnessed behaviour which is a little foreign to me.
I would like to be 100% clear....... Whilst it is not behaviour which I PERSONALLY undertake......... I am not in ANY way implying that it is at all negative. It's just not something I do.
For example...... I see a flurry of activity around the table when a bill arrives at a restaurant. With the bossreggie AKL lunch, I went to the bank and took cash out. The bill was well over $20kAUD and it didn't even cross my mind that there were some 40,000 frequent flyer points I was missing out on. I just told the restaurant that I would pay cash, so I did. (Just to clarify. I have an account with Euro. It is nothing formal as such. It's just that I dine there so often.... There has been the odd occasion when I forget to pay before I leave. Once it was nearly $5K NZD. They simply reminded me when I was next in, some 2 weeks later. As the BR lunch was going to be such a large sum.. I said I'd pay cash, meaning I'd fix up the bill rather than pay it later. They would have been OK to use my MasterCard)
I see people trying to maximise every last point and it's just a bit unusual. Especially for small amounts.
I will quite often settle my hotel bill using cash. If I am leaving the country, I pretty much give the hotel all my local currency PRIOR to using my credit card.
As I use the same drivers when travelling, I generally tip them 3 or 4 times a year a larger sum, rather than every trip. They appreciate this, as $50 here and there is easily forgotten. $500 is something they could actually use.
I have just over 9,000,000 frequent flyer points. I tend to use them for my family members to allow them to have a decent holiday. Their travel plans are usually able to be made a lot further out than mine, so generally I don't bother using points for my travel.
The other thing that makes me wonder whether or not I am a frequent flyer........ I actually HATE flying. It makes me nervous and I am NEVER comfortable on an aircraft. I do envy those who just get on board and relax. I so wish I could do that.
So..... What do others think?? Are YOU a real frequent flyer??? OR....... Are you like me??