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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Airplane Seat War: The Definitive Truth About Your Right To Recline Vs. Society’s Right To Be Let Alone

Feb 23 2024

Good Morning America took on the question of whether or not it’s ok to recline your seat on a plane? Reclining makes a tight seat behind you even tighter, but the hosts ‘blame the airline’ for that. Honestly thought shouldn’t they blame the passenger, because that’s the product they purchased, rather than one that’s roomier?

Here’s the segment, and then the truth about reclining seats on planes.

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What’s In My Wallet – My Credit Card Strategy (2024)

Feb 23 2024

I’ve cleaned out my wallet and I’m not carrying nearly as many credit cards on a daily basis any longer. Still, my wallet is a great window in the spending choices I make every day. What gets a wallet slot, and what cards I have but keep in a drawer, go a long way towards illustrating how I put my mileage and spending strategies into practice. Sharing this also adds a bit to my transparency as I cover credit card rewards.

Here’s a peek into what’s really going on behind the scenes of my daily spending life.

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Woman Demands Passenger Move From Business Class To Coach So She Can Upgrade Her Husband

Feb 23 2024

There’s something special about flying an international widebody plane like a Boeing 787 on a domestic flight. That’s doubly true when you’re flying up front. A lie flat seat in business class for a shorter trip is a real indulgence.

One passenger was upgraded on a 787 flying domestically within Canada and was given one of the two seats in the center section of the aircraft….

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American’s Brilliant Evil Gambit To Undermine Travel Agents With AAdvantage Business

Feb 22 2024

When American Airlines announced the AAdvantage Business program, an odd quick was that you would only be able to earn in AAdvantage Business if you booked directly through American Airlines. But travel agents could still add an AAdvantage Business number to the reservation. This was.. odd?

And then the big reveal that AAdvantage Business customers would be exempt from the ban on mileage-earning for tickets booked through many third parties. But signing up those customers for AAdvantage Business is meant to be the undoing of those agencies.

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