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  1. Bacc
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  2. Steven
    Steven at |

    That’s awesome. Only 23,000 beers to get 115,000 miles and a free business class round trip to Europe! Drink up!

  3. joshl
    joshl at |

    “Will drink for miles”

  4. Gene
    Gene at |

    Why not just start a Kickstarter campaign for people to give you miles? That’s even easier since you can just stick your hand out and then kick back and relax!

    I’ll chip in 5 miles…

  5. ALCO
    ALCO at |

    Standing by ready to consume beer if you need help with this.

  6. karung99
    karung99 at |

    Seth, this is a brilliant idea, I will be in NYC area in a couple weeks, let have a couple of those.

  7. leana
    leana at |

    I love it! If I was Frequent Miler, I would be shaking in my boots right about now!

  8. Becky
    Becky at |

    If you need help “scaling it up”, I’m happy to help however I can 🙂

  9. ChasingThePoints
    ChasingThePoints at |

    That’s awesome! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!

    Time to host some frat parties!

  10. Oliver2002
    Oliver2002 at |

    You should do a kickstarter project to fund the beer cost.

    The DIY store here charges a 70EUR deposit if you lend power tools (at 8-11EUR for 2h), so you could drink and I could drill!

  11. Carol
    Carol at |

    This makes me wonder: what about the cash back offer at the grocery store? Will that amount be included in the total for spend on the delta amex?

  12. LauraPDX
    LauraPDX at |

    Seth, I love this blog post and will happily help you get through those growlers faster next time I am in your part of the world.

  13. Ryan E
    Ryan E at |

    This is great! As Homer Simpson said, “…beer, the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems”!

  14. HansGolden
    HansGolden at |

    How much does the beer cost?

  15. BlackHill
    BlackHill at |

    I always make duplicate payments(pay twice) for Homeowners Insurance, Car Insurance, Water bill and other bills that I can pay with credit card and call up next day saying oops, I made a duplicate payments and the check arrives in less than a weeks time.

    1. Cruisr
      Cruisr at |

      Don’t want to hijack the posts but why don’t these companies just refund the credit card that you did the “over payment” on instead of sending you a check?

  16. DaninSTL
    DaninSTL at |

    You sound like an episode of Seinfeld where Cosmo and Newman try to haul bottles or what ever out of state for the higher deposit fee 🙂

    1. gobluetwo
      gobluetwo at |

      That would be Michigan, which has 10 cent deposits. Not uncommon for folks in Ohio and Indiana to cross the border to return cans. Also, you’ll rarely find empty bottles/cans on the side of the road. The homeless folks in Michigan snap those things up FAST. Totally serious. You’ll see guys schlepping around shopping carts and garbage bags filled with hundreds of cans for return.

  17. AlohaDaveKennedy
    AlohaDaveKennedy at |

    Don’t forget that the more you scale up this opportunity, the quicker you will begin to see double the return. No doubt all the miles earned will be staggering.

  18. Muerl
    Muerl at |

    I have scaled this process up before.
    $80 deposit on keg and tap paid with CC returned in cash 🙂

  19. bk3day
    bk3day at |

    Welcome to the the party!

    This NYCer has been doing a similar play except with returnable milk bottles at Whole a Foods.

    Cash back ($2/bottle) PLUS grocery spend bonus (6%) on total charge.

    No doubt with this constant source of MS, I’ll have enough to be flyin’ in style for years to come! 😉

  20. Cruisr
    Cruisr at |

    Love it.
    I could load up the car, have some of son’s friends over and bring back the empties!

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  22. Taro Huang
    Taro Huang at |

    I just thought of another way to get free points using similar concept: buy a ton of low-price beverage that requires recycle deposits, then return the bottles for the recycle deposits back, in cash (would work in states that require recycle deposits, such as California).

    For scaling up, I recommend cutting a deal with the hardworking homeless people who go through your neighborhood’s trash for those precious bottles. Cut a deal with them (e.g. ask them to give you half of what your bottles are worth… assuming they have any cash) and arrange a weekly pick-up. You get free points and save time on returning the bottles, homeless people save time on searching for their McD money. It’s a win-win!

  23. Chanel @ La Viajera Morena
    Chanel @ La Viajera Morena at |

    I am going to move to over to your neighborhood for this deal!