I definitely thought this was going to turn into a ghost story.
@HeyThatsMyBike Oh, and I should note that I'd been a graduate student for 5 of the years between 2006 and today, so it's not like I'm coming from a position where I'm swimming in cash. Lots of sacrificed "real" vacations, etc.
@Charlsie Oh man! Totally coincidentally I was laying in bed last night unable to fall asleep and started to count up the weddings I'd attended since 2006 (the summer I attended my first round of "adult" weddings - 2 years after graduating college). I've been to at least 19 weddings since then, and I'm certain I'm forgetting some. Last year, I was invited to 9 and went to 8. This year, invited to 6 and will be going to 5 (so by the end of 2012 I will have been to at least 23 weddings in 6 1/2 years). I'm hoping it slows down after this year. But I'm delighted somebody else is nutty enough to decide to attend so many. Yes, I've spent a small fortune on them, but I've gotten to spend a lot of time with friends at really fun parties in some really cool places that I probably wouldn't have thought to go to otherwise. I understand the opposite point of view, really, but if I had it to do all over again, I'd probably still go to nearly all of them.
Hey! I resemble that graphic!
@HeyThatsMyBike Actually, this was the guy. http://thepointsguy.com/
@HeyThatsMyBike Here it is! http://www.frugaltravelguy.com/start-here
@angry little raincloud Those people are incredible. There's also a guy that runs a website that is basically solely devoted to the psychotic pursuit of miles. He always has an up-to-date list of all the bonus sign-up offers different airline credit cards are running, plus any other mileage bonuses that may be in action. I'll see if I can dig it up.
@Choire Sicha@facebook The dining programs are my favorite! It's like surprise bonus miles, because there are actually a shocking number of restaurants that participate. And they do sometimes run bonuses where you get lots of extra miles for filling out the little review form (you don't have to actually "write" anything) - but as Choire notes, there's no penalty for ignoring their review requests. There's also a site where you can take millions of surveys for miles (I think it is called emiles), though I tend to only go there when I'm really bored/broke as the return on time investment is pretty low.
Welcome, money people!