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 Is Chase Getting So Generous With Big New Card Offers?

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Aug 14 2020

As we entered recession amidst heading towards a global pandemic, we started to see generous credit card offers dry up. People weren’t focused on travel, so they were less focused on travel rewards. The uncertain economy made it tough to approve new credit. Anecdotally small business cards especially became tougher to get, which is no surprise considering the challenges faced by small businesses.

That’s all familiar territory. But what’s new in the last several weeks is a clear shift in strategy from Chase for their travel rewards card portfolios. I can think of 3 possible reasons for this.

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1980s Teen Star Anthony Michael Hall Loses It In The Pool Of Austin’s South Congress Hotel

Aug 14 2020

Anthony Michael Hall was Rusty in National Lampoon’s Vacation. He starred in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science – a John Hughes trifecta. When 2001’s Not Another Teen Movie sought to honor him, all the characters in high school ate at the Anthony Michael Dining Hall.

Now though he’s having to apologize for obnoxious behavior at the South Congress Hotel pool

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Woman Meets Guy On Dating App, Invites Him Back To The Hyatt, Tases Him

Aug 13 2020

Selena Rivera-Apodaca has been arrested for armed robbery after taking a man up to her room at the Hyatt Regency Boston. The two had met through a dating app, and she invited him to the hotel Tuesday morning. At around 11 a.m. they met in the lobby before making their way upstairs. They ‘spoke’ for half an hour before she “pulled out a taser and started to go through his pockets.”

In my own dating life this would never have happened.

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Southwest Credit Cards Now Have 65,000 Point Initial Bonus Offers – And The Points Go Farther Than Before

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Aug 13 2020

The three Southwest Airlines personal credit cards all had offers to earn 40,000 Rapid Rewards points as an initial bonus. Now all the personal card offers have been increased, and all let you earn 65,000 Rapid Rewards points.

That’s uniquely valuable because you’ll only need to earn 100,000 eligible points for a Companion Pass and bring someone with you on your travels through the end of 2021.

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Travel Management Firm Pays $4.5 Million Data Ransom, The Negotiation Is Online For All To Read

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Aug 13 2020

At the end of July travel management first CWT (formerly Carlson Wagonlit Travel), which is one of the largest firms handling business travel, meetings, and conferences, representing more than one-third of companies on the S&P 500, paid $4.5 million after a ransomware attack.

What’s unique about the Carlson attack is that the negotiations between the company and the hackers were left online for anyone to read.

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