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Get Free Frequent Flyer Miles Courtesy of U.S. Mint - UPDATE: Discontinued
I saw some stories about this trick a couple of months ago, but just haven't bothered to try it out. In my opinion, I think it is a bit scam'ish. Some have really racked up some free miles using this method though. It would be nice if Americans would start using coins instead of dollar bills since coins last so much longer and saves our country money to produce.
photo courtesy of RichMintz.com
Not exactly ethical, but it's not a crime -- at least not yet. The trick (it feels more like a scam) is to use a government program meant for promoting the circulation of dollar coins for everyday use. And it's not new: travel hackers have been doing it for years, and it's only recently that the federal government has caught on and done something about it.
It goes something like this: The U.S. Mint, through a 2005 act of Congress, is required to place $1 billion worth of the golden presidential and Sacagewea dollars into circulation in an effort to stimulate general use. The only problem is, the coins haven't really caught on with the general public. But there is one group of people that have enthusiastically embraced their use: travel hackers, so called because they aggressively look for loopholes in promotional programs and for tips on travel websites for ways in which to make the best use of their travel dollars. Much of this "hacking" involves taking advantage of frequent flier programs in unique and innovative ways.