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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More bonuses:Double miles on all

More bonuses: Double miles on all Alaska airlines flights through Oct. 31st. Make sure to register Register for two free weekend nights after three separate stays before January 31st with Marriott Priority Club is offering 2,000 bonus points or 500 bonus miles for every second stay at Inter-Continental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, or Holiday Inn Express. Naturally, you have to register (and enter promotion code 5700) Hyatt is offering “Faster Free Nights” — a free night after every two stays when paying with MasterCard before Feb. 28, 2003 (redeem from Nov. 1, 2002 through April 30, 2003). Register here and then try a trick — when using a free night, make sure to charge something to your room (a bottle of water from room service?) — you may get lucky and have the free night…

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Random notes from my travels.United

Random notes from my travels. United airlines needs to mix up its first class meals a bit. In 9 days I at the portabella ravioli three times and the Reuben sandwich twice. Come on! Noise reduction headsets are back on United’s Boeing 777 aircraft! Security is still a joke. United Express stations are still pulling the first person in the boarding line aside for random screening. The major airports wait for the third or fourth person. It’s still easy to board without getting gate raped as long as you hang out and make sure to line up when security is already screening someone else. Security is still a joke, part two. At Los Angeles, I watched final boarding of a Sacramento-bound flight. A man and woman rush up at the last minute to board. The…

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I’m back with a vengeance.

I’m back with a vengeance. Let’s start with some ideas for free miles: Register at Lufthansa’s Miles & More for 2000 miles American Airlines is offering double miles to promote their new DC-NY-Boston “shuttle” operation Starwood hotels (Sheraton, W, Westin, Four Points, St. Regis) is offering triple points or triple miles through Jan. 31, 2003 Hawaiian Airlines will will give you 500 miles for filling out a survey Update: the Starwood promotion I mention above has already been cancelled! 🙁

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Just got back from Florida

Just got back from Florida last night and I’m off to Michigan to lecture on the evils of mental health parity legislation. Then on Wednesday it’s California… and my high school reunion on Saturday night. Blogging will be nonexistent until Thursday morning, and light until next Monday. Please don’t abandon me, though! I’ve worked hard for you, my reader, and I’d appreciate it if you would continue to visit regularly upon my return.

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Tony Woodlief asks,

Tony Woodlief asks, “how do you suppose airlines reconcile the belief that passengers need instruction in seatbelt fastening with the belief that we care about the current altitude, visibility, and aircraft windspeed?”

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