Top Signs You’re A Frequent Flier

By Nomadic Matt | Published September 16th, 2010

flying in the sky
With all the flying I’ve been doing lately, I’ve come to realize I may fly too much. I feel like Ryan Bingham from Up in the Air or at the least Johnny Jet. Over the next six weeks, I will be traveling to several destinations in Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia for both business and pleasure. It’s a hectic travel schedule and one that will definitely help me rack up a lot of frequent flier miles. I’m going flying more times in 6 weeks than I have most of this year. While I may not fly 100,000 miles a year like the true elite fliers, I’m up in the air enough to consider myself a frequent flier. Here are some signs that you might be too:

You have your passport number memorized by heart.

You refer to cities by their airport code.

The flight attendants know you by name.

You have elite status on every airline alliance.

You think airplane food isn’t that bad.

Airplane wine? Yes please!

You have multiple airline credit cards.

You went through a special TSA security process so you can get into the fast security line.

Immigration greets you by name.

You don’t spend money if it doesn’t give you airline miles.

You sign up for new credit cards if they offer mile deals.

They named a plane after you.

You know the type of food each airline serves.

Even pilots don’t fly as much as you.

You are in airplanes more than you are in cars.

You know exactly how long it takes from your house to the gate…to the second.

You do all your shopping from SkyMall.

You actually know the names of the in-flight magazine authors.

You know the interior layout for every plane type.

You have airport layouts memorized.

You can identify planes just by looking at them.

You know airlines just by looking at the logo on the tail.

You’re on your second passport…..this year.

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All that said, what’s your favorite partner program? I realize with as all over the map as you are, it’s hard to stick to just one (that’s my problem, too). I used to use Star Alliance, but they recently pissed me off so I’m switching to oneworld. Thoughts?


I’m actually with Oneworld. They lost a partner when Mexicana went bankrupt. I think Star Alliance has more partners but I fly to OZ and Asia a lot so it’s worth it. You can always join the program of a foreigner carrier!

There’s nothing wrong with referring to cities by airport code. Nor knowing your passport number.

(First stage is denial, then comes..?)


“You think airplane food isn’t that bad.”
haha funny :)

Guilty of knowing my passport number, and referring to cities by their airport code. I prefer an airline bloody mary over the wine though:)

Tara Engel

Hilarious post Matt! I definitely agree with not spending money unless you get airline miles. I won’t even go to gas stations that don’t accept credit cards.


If I have to pay cash, I’m upset. I want my free flights!

I’m certainly not a frequent flyer but I do love the food on Singapore Airlines, mmm yummy. Cathay Pacific has good food too, but god forbid, don’t ever buy a sandwich on a Ryanair flight, It costs more than the flight itself and tastes like nappies.


Singapore Airlines is one of the best airlines in the world!

What frequent flier credit card do you recommend overall? I still don’t have one, which is just stupid of me.


If you don’t want to go with an airline specific card, AMEX Starwood has great rewards.

I’m not a frequent flyer any more but I plan to go back to it as soon as my boys grow a bit more.

You find yourself on an airplane with two separate stewardesses that have helped you join the mile high club.

“The flight attendant knows your name”, Hahahahaha, that can be funny.

I think many people secretly like airplane food…me being one of them:) Some airlines have a wicked menu! I even got ice cream once…mmm.


Some airlines actually have good food. Air NZ isn’t bad either.


I have a Star Alliance card, mostly because Singapore Alirlines, SAS, Air NZ and Lufthansa are on it. Nowadays, I forget to use the card; flights are so cheap anyway.


OOO That’s a good one! I should have included it!



It’s about time you added “business” travel to your itinerary. We’re not much different as everyone assums. You travel and I’m happy for that, but business class, nice hotels, (clean beds, fresh sheets, no disturbences) kinda, the front of the plane is not for goats, its for people trying to sleep, welcome to the joys of business travel.

Congradulations you’re grown up

Ugh, flying! I hate it. I do way too much of it. When are they going to figure out how to teleport people?


You’ll get used to it! :) Get elite status and you’ll love it!

If you treat the airplane as an office the time flies.

Funny post 😀 I don;t even remember my own passport number, so I guess I’m not a frequent flier at all, failed in the first question :)


Three weeks ago in La Paz I bumped into someone I knew, an American I’d met in Nicaragua last year, then last week in the airport in Lisbon I saw an English guy I’d met two years earlier in Kyrgyzstan … starting to think I travel too much.

& I know my passport numbers off by heart – both of them! I have to have two so I can be using one while the other is in an embassy getting a visa.

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