People in the US got free flights by buying money from the government. People would buy 1$ coins in bulk from the US mint (free shipping) and pay off their credit card bill with the coins. They would buy the coins with credit cards that awarded frequent flyer miles, thus getting them free miles.

How Frequent Fliers Exploit A Government Program To Get Free Trips

We recently reported on the the government’s failed effort to persuade Americans to use dollar coins.

But the coins have found at least one group of fans: Travel enthusiasts who buy thousands of dollar coins with credit cards that award frequent-flier miles for purchases.

Once in possession of the coins — shipped to them by the government for free — they can deposit them into their bank accounts and pay off the credit card bills. The result: a free ticket to anywhere.

“We’ve used them to go on trips around the world,” says Jane Liaw, a 35-year-old public health researcher and science writer in San Francisco. Liaw says she and her husband, who use a variety of tricks for earning miles, are planning trips to Greece and Turkey, “al… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

9 thoughts on “People in the US got free flights by buying money from the government. People would buy 1$ coins in bulk from the US mint (free shipping) and pay off their credit card bill with the coins. They would buy the coins with credit cards that awarded frequent flyer miles, thus getting them free miles.”

  1. ncnyrk

    Those 2 free rounds trips to Paris were worth the dirty looks the bank tellers made when I showed up with 1000 dollar coins.

  2. sassydodo

    Add cashback, generate free money, buy tendies

  3. AnonymousHombre767

    Paypal last year let you receive payments with zero fees. I cycled about $80k through my credit cards paying myself and earned about $1500 in rewards before they shut it down.

  4. jesuschin

    That was such an awesome time in churning.

  5. hatersaurusrex

    And here I am with a warehouse full of toilet plungers and Healthy Choice pudding cups

  6. TheLastNoteOfFreedom

    Did… did they this loophole

    Edit. Did they CLOSE this loophole lol. Asking for a friend.

  7. argonautweekend

    The only reason anybody has ever cared about the presidential dollar series. Such a bland and uninspired design and kind of a disaster because they minted so many they can’t even get rid of.

  8. General_Guisan

    Welcome to Flyertalk

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