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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Why Your Local Government Shouldn’t Own The AIrport

Sep 18 2021

Airports are worth billions of dollars, but they generally don’t contribute to paying for local services even though they’re almost invariably owned by local governments. That’s because federal regulations don’t allow local governments to receive airport net revenue (profit). This is also unique in the world – governments elsewhere generate substantial revenue from their airports.

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The Strange Way Some Airlines Decide To Add New Routes.. Telephone Records

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Sep 17 2021

Spirit Airlines CEO Ben Baldanza told an interesting story about trying to figure out whether a new route would be profitable.

In normal times airlines have great data – required and reported by the federal government – on a sample of US ticket purchases that show the number of people flying a given route and what price. But there are cases where this data isn’t available, and they had to look at… alternative sources of data to decide whether or not a route made sense.

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Do Checked Bags Still Have To Travel With Domestic Passengers For Security Reasons?

Sep 17 2021

Positive Passenger/Bag Matching (“PPBM”) was common in Europe before the United States, though programs developed here in the years following the the bombing of Pan Am flight 103. It means that the passenger and their bag has to travel on the same flight. If a passenger offloads from the aircraft, the baggage has to be removed also.

The idea there is that for security reasons you don’t want a passenger putting something on the aircraft (a checked bag) without tying their own life to its contents.

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The 8 Most Overrated/Underrated Things in Travel

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Sep 17 2021

Underrated doesn’t mean something is the best, just that it’s better than commonly appreciated. Overrated doesn’t mean it’s not good — or even great — just that it isn’t as good as people in general seem to think.

Overrated or underrated is about lowering or raising the status of things. It’s about whether you think people in general regard it too highly, or not highly enough, relative to its actual worth.

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