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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With all of the awful

With all of the awful changes in airline fare rules in most cases set to go into effect on January 1, 2003, it’s worth noting that America West has not crossed over to the dark side. Combined with an outstanding elite program, they just may earn some of my business next year.

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An interesting article

An interesting article suggests that CAPS, the government’s terrorist profiling system used in aviation security, is less effective than random screening. Since you know if your carry-ons have been manually inspected, you’ve been questioned, you’re asked to stand in a special line, or if you’ve been frisked, you know your CAPS profile — or at least you know what you aren’t, which makes it very easy to defeat CAPS, even if the profile itself is always kept secret.

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