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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My Want List: The Chase Cards I’m Prioritizing Next

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Sep 15 2019

I’ve been trying really hard to get myself under “5/24” so that I can apply for new cards from Chase. The new rewards cards I’ve been getting recently have been small business cards like the CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Mastercard® that don’t report on personal credit, and therefore don’t increase the number of new cards I’m shown to have in the last 24 months.

By being under 5/24 I can prioritize Chase cards until I’m back over 5/24 and continue to get small business cards.

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New Capital One 33.3% Bonus Transferring Miles to Qantas

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Sep 15 2019

Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card and Capital One® Spark® Miles for Business cardholders gained the ability to transfer to airline frequent flyer miles late last year. Now they’re launching their 5th transfer bonus of the year: a one-third (33.3%) bonus on transfers to Qantas.

Qantas is useful for inexpensive short distance awards on oneworld airlines, and for redemptions on partners like El Al and Emirates – and they don’t charge miles or a fare for infant travel on awards.

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Marriott Peak Award Pricing is Live, But Some Hotels May Offer Lower Award Rates for a Few Hours

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Sep 14 2019

Marriott tells me though that “it may take a few hours to fully update our servers” so there may still be hotels not yet showing peak pricing. And it’s still possible to book awards at those properties as they roll out the changes. I’m not saying to go look for a needle in a haystack, but some glitches and delays in raising prices may be out there.

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How the $600 Per Year British Airways Visa Award Travel Statement Credit Works

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Sep 14 2019

This was the first airline card I know of to ever offer a 100,000 point initial bonus offer, and there’s currently an offer to earn up to 100,000 Avios.

The card now comes with up to $600 back each year when you redeem awards. It offers a statement credit for taxes and fees when redeeming British Airways Avios for BA transatlantic flights originating in the U.S.

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