Updated: 02/03/2020 | February 3rd, 2020

I fly a lot. Rarely a month goes by without me stepping on a plane these days. Even though I’ve settled down a little in recent years I still find myself wandering through airports regularly. Whether I’m traveling for fun, to visit friends, or to attend conferences, chances are a flight ticket is waiting somewhere in my inbox.

While my travel schedule is not nearly as hectic as it used to be, I am definitely still racking up a lot of frequent flier miles each 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 shop for flights more than you shop for clothes,

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 earn over 1 million airline miles each year.

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 exactly how to conquer your jet lag.

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 know all the words to the airline safety demonstration.

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.

You’ve written a travel hacking guide.
 

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