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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The Washington Post

The Washington Post carries a story about Castro’s take on U.S. accounting scandals. The piece describes how Cubans were rounded up from surrounding areas to attend the speech, and says that this was done “(w)ith the efficiency of a centrally planned socialist state.” Surely it isn’t the official position of the Washington Post that socialist central planning is efficient?

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Telecom Miles

If you’re looking to bail on WorldCom as your telecom provider, consider these deals: Internet: 6,000 Northwest miles for Earthlink Internet service. Up to 6,600 United miles for MSN Internet service. 6,000 miles for AT&T Worldnet Internet service with Continental. Cellular service: 5,000 miles for Nextel service with Delta, Northwest, United, or USAirways — or 4 Southwest Rapid Rewards credits. Long Distance: 4,000 Midwest Express miles for Sprint long-distance. 10,000 Alaska Airlines miles for Sprint long-distance. 5,000 Virgin Atlantia miles for Sprint long-distance. Continental, Marriott, or Starwood points AT&T long-distance.

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Banking Miles

Mileage offers from financial institutions: 4,000 Northwest miles for opening a Worldperks Checking Account ($20 annual fee). 2,000 American miles for opening a checking account, plus 1000 miles for activating direct deposit. (This is different from the BankDirect deal that offers up to 10,000 AA miles per year.) Up to 25,000 American Airlines miles for TD Waterhouse brokerage accounts. Up to 25,000 United miles with an E-Trade account. Up to 25,000 United miles with an Ameritrade account, plus another 5,000 miles for adding to the account.

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Free miles with international programs:Opt

Free miles with international programs: Opt for electronic statements instead of paper for 1,000 miles with Emirates Airlines. Get your China Airlines mileage summary by e-mail for 250 miles per month through the end of the year. Get 1000 miles for e-mail statements with Grupo Taca. 250 KLM miles for subscribing to a free newsletter. Fill in your Flying Dutchman number and pin, click on personal and e-mail news and promotions. Fill in your e-mail address and subscribe. 4000 Mexicana miles for new members. 4000 AeroMexico miles for new members.

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