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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Final Week: 3 Reasons Now Is The Best Time There’s Ever Been To Get the Citi AAdvantage Business Card

May 24 2020

With no initial fee and a lot of bonus points on the table it’s actually a pretty unique time to acquire the card – because you have more time to meet the requirements to earn the bonus but only if you act right away, and because spending on the card currently even counts towards lifetime elite status with American Airlines.

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The Latest on Chase’s 5/24 Rules for Getting Rewards Credit Cards

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May 24 2020

May 4th is Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth Be With You”). It’s easy to forget in the middle of a global pandemic that today – May 24th – is Chase Day because of the importance of 5/24 in whether you’ll be approved for a rewards credit card. In most cases you can only get approved if you’ve had fewer than 5 new credit card accounts in the last 24 months.

I’ve talked about this guideline in the past. If you’re already an expert on this, stop here, but 5/24 is important enough in signing up for credit cards and there are enough new readers that it is worth going over.

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Coronavirus Testing Is Now A Hotel Marketing Tool, Not Just A Safety Precaution

May 23 2020

Some hotels are realizing that requiring COVID-19 tests can be a marketing tool. Just as seeing everyone else wear face masks on a plane makes many other passengers feel more at ease about their situation.

Right now it’s difficult to feel safe going out into the world. There’s a lot of fear, even beyond what’s warranted by the uncertain conditions of the world. So how can a resort convince you it’s safe to stay? By telling you everyone else there has been tested.

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