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I’ll do a lot to earn miles. I’ll play online games, register for promotions, shop for gift cards, apply for credit cards, buy Biscoff cookies, take a flight I don’t really need, rent cars and not drive them, and much more when the offer is good enough to warrant the time and expense. However, there are also a long list of things I won’t do for miles. Some things are on that list because they are too time consuming, over my own ethical “line”, or in this case, because what is at stake is just too important.
My husband has worn glasses or contacts since he was a kid, so basically for three solid decades. I think he is finally getting tired of messing with contacts, and he has brought up LASIK off and on for years. We finally decided it was time for him to get a consultation to learn more about whether he was a good candidate, what the procedure would be like, and what it would cost. Of course, I know enough about the procedure to know that we will be earning a fair number of points thanks to the pretty high price, assuming the doc takes credit cards.
I also know that you can earn 25,000 US Airways miles for getting LASIK done via certain providers. This particular offer allows you to earn 1,000 miles just for having a free LASIK vision exam to find out if you’re a candidate for the LASIK procedure, and then you earn another 24,000 miles for having the LASIK procedure at any of the LasikPlus centers across the U.S. There may be other mileage offers out there as well, but that is the one that I knew of off the top of my head.
When it came time to book the consultation, I asked where he wanted to go. He selected a provider that several of his friends have successfully used, and it was not a LasikPlus center. If he had happened to select the same center where we could earn miles I absolutely would have gone through their offer page to set up the appointment, but since he had selected somewhere else, I didn’t even bring this offer up. Things like your eyesight are way more important than miles, and I didn’t want to in any way influence where he went because of miles and points. The LasikPlus centers may be fantastic, and if you choose to use them make sure to earn miles! However, I wouldn’t let miles influence a decision this important. Selecting a LASIK provider solely because of a bonus offer is something I wouldn’t do for 25,000 miles.
What would you have done in this situation? Have you earned miles for something pretty random like LASIK?