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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A humorous take on the

A humorous take on the pledge of allegiance by Gene Weingarten in the Washington Post. (Link via The Volokh Conspiracy. The pledge itself, while only the “under God” part is truly at issue, really is a silly thing. Young people recite patriotic indoctrination without really having any idea what it means. A law professor whom I admire, John Hasnas, tells the story of “how he became a libertarian.” In kindergarten, while being told to recite the pledge, he wanted to know “who is Richard Stands, and why are we pledging to him?” (“And to the Republic, for Richard Stands, one nation…”)

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Airfare arbitrage. Frequent travelers know

Airfare arbitrage. Frequent travelers know that sometimes different websites (and for that matter, websites versus calling an airline directly) will provide different prices for the exact same flight. What I never quite realized before today was that different countries’ versions of the same website may price differently as well. I did a bit of experimentation with United’s web site today. United has a whole bunch of local sites: United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Singapore — just to name a few. I tried pricing out some itineraries on different United website, and I got different prices. (Naturally, each site priced in its local currency, but I used Expedia’s currency converter to normalize prices into US dollars.) One example: Los Angeles –> Sydney –> Los Angeles, October 10 outbound and October 20…

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Update on the United Visa.

Update on the United Visa. The 15,000 mile signup bonus is good. Very good. However, there is a targeted offer out there for 20,000 miles. Instructions on the mailing say to call 1.888.763.7377 or send back the form in the mail. You might call and try asking for it, even though it appears to be a promotion valid for those who receive the offer. The code on the bottom of the mailing is BUC11309, and the code on the form which is to be sent back to the bank is LAC23925. Offer expires 9/16/02.

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The United Visa is finally

The United Visa is finally an attractive credit card. There’s an offer for a 15,000 mile signup bonus. That, combined with double miles on all purchases means that you should probably get one right away. You don’t even have to fly — you just have to put $5000 on the card in the next couple of months (or spend $833 at specific restaurants and charge the meals to the card) — and you will have a free domestic roundtrip ticket.

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