Reminiscent of the man who converted $3,150 worth of pudding into 1.2 million airline miles, comes Wendy's latest promotion promoting free travel with cup 'coupons'. I think this could come out quite worthwhile. Guess where I am headed tonight?
Here's the deal:
From November 1st to December 31st, each specially marked 20 and 32 ounce cups at Wendys has an AirTran Flight Coupon (ATFC) on them. Clip them (limit 128 coupons per person/account), mail them, and make sure they are received by 2/13/06 and you could get the following:
16 ATFC = One-way Business Class upgrade
32 ATFC = OW coach ticket
64 ATFC = OW Business Class ticket
64 ATFC = Roundtrip coach ticket
128 AFTC = RT Business Class ticket
128 AFTC = RT coach ticket on another airline (contiguous 48 US states)
Wendy's 20 ounce soda cups run $1.29 after tax. 64 cups x 1.29 = $82.56
Lets say you use your coupons on a normally $200 flight. They are basically giving you $3.13 for every coupon. Of course if you are more creative (i.e. dumpster diving, begging, or bribing) and the cups aren't costing you anything you could find yourself flying cross country for dirt cheap. In addition, it is company policy to give you a new cup everytime you go get a refill, so be sure to use that to your advantage as well.
According to MIT's Airline Ticket Tax Project, taxes (some or all of which you will have to pay) for your average $250 US roundtrip flight comes out to be about $50, and would be higher for overseas flights. So keep that in mind.
Also the limit that one person can redeem is 128 AFTCs, so you can either get 2 round trip coach tickets or 1 round trip Business Class ticket. Of course if you could transfer points to different accounts then you could accumulate more, though I'm not sure if this is possible.