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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Prosperity For All: things are

Prosperity For All: things are better than they’ve ever been. “For many people, owning a home defines the American Dream, and 68 percent of families now do — the highest percentage on record. Three-quarters of Americans drive their own cars. The vast majority of households possess color televisions (98 percent), videocassette recorders (94 percent), microwave ovens (90 percent), frost-free refrigerators (87 percent), washing machines (83 percent), and clothes dryers (75 percent). In the past decade or so, computers and cell phones have become commonplace. . . . 135 million Americans now own mobile telephones.” — from “Off the Books” in the August 2002 issue of Reason. (Link via Dan Pink’s Just One Thing.)

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Airline Bladder Rule Must Go

Airline Bladder Rule Must Go So We Can, Too. From two weeks back — I missed this call for repeal of the American Bladder Control Testing Act of 2001, the rule that says you may not get up to pee during the last half our before landing at Washington’s National Airport. Well, you and I can’t, but Representative Sanford Bishop can…

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I mentioned to

I mentioned to a colleague this afternoon that I had almost cleared enough profit from the Impeach Norm Mineta bumper stickers to buy off the blogspot ad. Then I get an email this evening from a reader (and blogger whom I admire) that he had bought the ad off for me. Thanks. I owe you one (or twelve…)!

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The new head of the

The new head of the Transportation Security Administration James M. Loy (Mineta is his boss) expressed no desire to undo any of the security changes — despite the fact that: the agency is financially mismanaged its procedures are bankrupting the airlines the air marshall program isn’t working Laura Crane’s bra is considered a threat to national security (Edited to add: welcome Instapundit readers. Check out the rest of the blog — you’ll find things like giveaways of first class upgrades, airline club passes, and drink chits — not to mention tips on how to earn your own free travel.)

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The chairman of

The chairman of Hooters is considering buying bankrupt Vanguard airlines. He’s paying $50,000 per week for the next three weeks to pay a skeleton staff while he examines the company’s books and decides if he wants to buy. A newly formed company called Hooters Air Inc. will make the payments. I bet they’ll have a great frequent flyer program. Stay tuned to More Room Throughout Coach in order to keep abreast…

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