Yes, this is the time of year where “normal” people play our game. Believe it or not, there are people that only mileage run at the end of the year if they’re a few miles short of the next status level, as opposed to mileage running all year. Who would’ve guessed?
Case in point, my flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco this evening. The lady next to me was from San Francisco and did a quick roundtrip to Los Angeles to retain 1K, while the guy behind me was from Los Angeles and was doing a quick roundtrip to San Francisco to retain 1K, since he was apparently 196 miles short.
I didn’t actually talk to either of them (it was one of those days where I just wanted quiet time), but they seemed relatively clueless overall, so I can’t imagine they were FlyerTalkers. And if they are FlyerTalkers and/or are reading this, nevermind. 😀