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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Lol, the “why choose lower floor” article was refering to Element Time Square West and is quite to the point. As a plat an early check in assigned me to an upgrade to 6th floor studio, which i had been a little indifferent with but latter found out to be huge advantage… I wished i could be assigned to 3rd or 4th floor so that makes the walk even easier. As a matter of fact, you either better off at the highest floors (empty elevator to start with) or the lowest (just use the stairs) with such a hotel.

  2. Thanks for the link, Gary! If something can’t go on forever, it won’t. Walmart has clearly been trying to tighten up its Moneycenter operations for some time, so I can’t say this was “unexpected.”

  3. I recently flew LH first class connecting to intra-Europe first. The latter had worse seating than transatlantic coach: lawn chair seats with tight, tight pitch.

    BA is probably just keeping pace with competitors as they devalue the product.

  4. Gary,

    I read your blog regularly because it is a great source of information and tips regarding travel and points. You do yourself and your readers a disservice when you veer off into non-germane discussions (or hints of discussions) on other topics (e.g., NSA). If you want to discuss such issues, I suggest you start another blog or contriubute to a blog on these issues. There plenty of forums to voice your opinions on other subjects, but your readers come to View from the Wing for your expert travel and points advice.

  5. @Nick due respect but for what it’s worth I write about what I’m interested in, in this case I simply link to a couple of articles I found interesting.

    Hopefully folks find it interesting, to see what I’m thinking and reading, and if they do that’s great. But this blog has always been – from the beginning — my thoughts including about subjects like this. Just look to my archives from 2002-2003! 🙂

  6. Joe Brancatelli’s advice on recording conversations could get you into serious civil or criminal trouble in about a dozen states where it’s illegal to record a conversation without the consent of all parties. States with this rule include MD, PA, MA, WA, FL, CA & MI.

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