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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Free Upgrade Certificates

Free upgrade coupons. Most airlines offer small business incentive programs. The idea is that, by attaching your small business account to the traveler’s reservation, the travel earns both the normal points for the employee and special bonus points for the business. It costs nothing, and can be rewarding. You can earn free travel, upgrades, lounge memberships, etc. AmericaWest even offers an immediate 5% discount on the price of the ticket as well. However, this post isn’t meant to be a discourse on the merits of the different small business programs. I’ll save that for another day. This is a post about how to get something for nothing right away — instant gratification without actually having to travel. When you sign up for AmericaWest’s Corporate AWArds, you’ll get a welcome packet that includes a free space…

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Online shopping

Extra miles for everyday purchases. Most people know about mileage earning credit cards. However, those aren’t the only way to get miles for your purchases. Everyday items can be purchased online. That isn’t news to blog readers. What might be news is that if you start out at a web shopping portal you can earn points for those online purchases. Before buying anything online, you’ll want to go to one of the following portals: Mypoints Milesource (Discounts and free airline tickets) Goldpoints (Miles with any major airline — or Radisson hotel stays for shopping) Clickrewards (American and USAirways miles for shopping) Airmilesmart (Miles with most major airlines for shopping) Worldperks Mall (Northwest airlines miles for shopping) There are very few items you can buy that you can’t get miles for! If you don’t want to…

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In my Winter 2002 Doublethink

In my Winter 2002 Doublethink article (pdf here, HTML here) I argued that our nation’s approach to terrorism was ultimately failed, because all of the security measures in the world will be unable to stop would-be terrorists. All of the civil liberties we give up in exchange for security will ultimately fail to make us safe. In the end, we will be both unsafe and unfree. In particular, I argued that airport security would simply move the target to the security and check-in line. Lo and behold on July 4th, a gunman attacked an El Al ticket counter in Los Angeles. In the above article, I predicted that the government’s response to an attack outside of security would simply be to move out the perimeter of security. Lo and behold, I’m sitting here watching CNN’s…

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