The king of all virtually free travelers is one David Phillips, a civil engineer who teaches at the University of California, Davis. David came to the attention of the wider media when he managed to convert about 12,150 cups of Healthy Choice chocolate pudding into over a million Air Miles. Ever since, David and his entire family have been travelling the world for next to nothing. All in all, David spent just over $3000 on pudding, which may seem like a lot, until you realize the total dollar value of the miles he was set to receive was in excess of…

Check out the full article from GIZMODO here to relive the whole story and find out how many miles David has now. Thanks to reader Bryant in HK for passing the link along, always fun to re-read this amazing story.


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Mitch B September 19, 2013 - 11:55 am

I haven’t seen (or just missed it) but did he have to pay taxes on the value of all those miles? I know he got a tax break for donating the pudding which is classic…

Charlie September 19, 2013 - 2:55 pm

I like some of the comments the best on the article the best 🙂
Reader #1
Typically, how many Air Miles does it take for one person to take a flight?

I always thought it was ridiculous numbers, like 500 000 miles or something.

Reader #2
Not at all actually. The circumference of earth is about 25,000 miles. So with 25,000 air miles you could go to the other side of the world and back again.

🙂 🙂

adam September 19, 2013 - 2:57 pm

@Charlie – HAHA. love them!

dubaych September 19, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Participants in this arena benefit from that level of savvy. Let’s continue to sow kernels like that throughout the interweb.


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