About Gary Leff

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 InsideFlyer.com, 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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Heartwarming: Crewmember Feeds 117 Year Old Passenger On Board

Nov 19 2019

It’s the simple kindnesses that mean the most, and they touch all of us when they’re done for the people who need them the most. So it’s no surprise that a Lion Air crewmember’s actions on a domestic flight in Indonesia – from Surabaya to Palangkaraya – are spreading like wildfire around the world.

Video captures a simple human interaction, and it’s nice to think that as impersonal as travel has become that every so often people are just people and care for each other.

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The 3 Best Rewards Cards for Dining Out

Nov 19 2019

Dining is at the core of several banks’ strategies for attracting business from the ‘new affluent’ who value experiences over things and have discretionary income. It’s no coincidence that Chase offered triple points on travel and dining on their Sapphire Reserve product, and why that was successful targeting the customers they were most interested in reaching.

You can earn a better return than that now, though, as other banks have upped the ante in the dining category.

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American Airlines Launches New James Beard Foundation Partnership

Nov 19 2019

Paying a name chef to associate with the airline meals is a way to announce the airline cares about its food. And if consumers believe the name chef cares about their reputation at all, they won’t put their name on the food unless it meets certain standards. It’s also not very expensive for an airline to rent the chef’s name relative to the total cost of the meals provided.

A celebrity chef doesn’t guarantee a good meal, in fact if a chef is putting their names on an airline meal you should downgrade your estimation of the chef. It means they’re more interested in the revenue stream from branding than maintaining quality for the simple reason that they cannot possibly replicate the restaurant quality of their means in the air, heated in an airplane galley, and plated by US airline flight attendants.

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25% Transfer Bonus From Citi to Star Alliance Program Avianca LifeMiles

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Nov 18 2019

You can fly business class to Europe for 63,000 miles each way or Southeast Asia for 78,000. First class (Lufthansa) is 87,000 miles each way between the US and Europe. And that’s before special deals or cutting the cost with lower-cabin connecting flights.

And right now you can transfer points from Citi with a 25% bonus (or earn a 50% bigger than normal bonus from the LifeMiles credit card).

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