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Aug 18, 2006 04:18 PM

Not about splitting checks but about the old credit card vs cash payments

I go out often with friends who "claim" to have no cash and want to put the meal on their credit card and I can then give them the cash. Since they get air mileage (and this has happened more than once, try every time and these are expensive meals) I have now taken to telling the waiter to put my portion on my credit card as I too have no "cash", I also get air mileage. it has taken me years to do this. I figure during that time I have paid for at least a third of several peoples trips to Europe. Anyone else in this predicament?

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  1. I think you're being paranoid. There was a time when I never had cash and charged everything. It certainly wasn't part of my evil plan to claim all the airline miles in the world. Besides, there's absolutely nothing wrong with splitting a check on 2 cards.

    1. Twenty five years of going out with married couples and people with SO's and never gave it much tought.

      On the flip side some of my friends in cash businesses always want to pay with cash and have asked me if i would like to put the whole thing on my card so i can get the miles and they will give me the cash. I normally thank them but decline cause it feels lousy when the amex bill comes.

      1. I do this with Amex all the time and find it to work well for me. (Taken several first class mileage flights.) What I'm less successful at, is KEEPING the cash I've been given and paying the AMEX bill with it!


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        1. re: TexasToast

          My problem as well. After a night out with 4 people, if I've placed the entire thing on my CC, I feel like I've got a large wad of 20s burning a hole in my pocket. Ahhh I am so weak!

        2. What's done is done. You can't undo the past. See it as your part in being a generous person giving to others. And now you have the ability to claim rewards and gain mileage from those who still use cash.

          1. I used to have a friend (note the word "used to") who always did this to me where she or she and her husband would claim "no cash" would take my cash, charge the meal, and since her husband is in his own business, would expense the meal. I, like you, wisened up and starting charging my half of the bill too. Of course some people unexpectedly might run out of cash, but when it happens all the time with the same person, you do realize it is a bit of a scam. I say good riddance to my former friend.