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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Government Subsidies Unmasked: Why U.S. Airlines Are All Suddenly Flying To Brisbane

Feb 24 2024

There’s been a tremendous increase in interest in Brisbane, a major Australian city near the Gold Coast. About a year and a half ago, United Airlines launched a non-stop from San Francisco – and then in the past two weeks we got announcements of new Brisbane service from both American Airlines (Dallas) and Delta (Los Angeles). That will mean a huge increase in seats between the U.S. and Brisbane. Competition is going to get bloody. How can this make sense?

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Airplane Seat War: The Definitive Truth About Your Right To Recline Vs. Society’s Right To Be Let Alone

Feb 23 2024

Good Morning America took on the question of whether or not it’s ok to recline your seat on a plane? Reclining makes a tight seat behind you even tighter, but the hosts ‘blame the airline’ for that. Honestly thought shouldn’t they blame the passenger, because that’s the product they purchased, rather than one that’s roomier?

Here’s the segment, and then the truth about reclining seats on planes.

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What’s In My Wallet – My Credit Card Strategy (2024)

Feb 23 2024

I’ve cleaned out my wallet and I’m not carrying nearly as many credit cards on a daily basis any longer. Still, my wallet is a great window in the spending choices I make every day. What gets a wallet slot, and what cards I have but keep in a drawer, go a long way towards illustrating how I put my mileage and spending strategies into practice. Sharing this also adds a bit to my transparency as I cover credit card rewards.

Here’s a peek into what’s really going on behind the scenes of my daily spending life.

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Woman Demands Passenger Move From Business Class To Coach So She Can Upgrade Her Husband

Feb 23 2024

There’s something special about flying an international widebody plane like a Boeing 787 on a domestic flight. That’s doubly true when you’re flying up front. A lie flat seat in business class for a shorter trip is a real indulgence.

One passenger was upgraded on a 787 flying domestically within Canada and was given one of the two seats in the center section of the aircraft….

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