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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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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United is pulling

United is pulling out of E-Rewards, the e-mail survey program, effective August 31st. E-Rewards will still be offering Delta and Hertz discounts, Hilton HHonors points, and Blockbuster coupons. Personally, I valued the United discounts the most, so I’ve redeemed everything that I had.

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With USAirways in bankruptcy and

With USAirways in bankruptcy and United next, it’s time for all of the “I told you so” comments. Well, here’s my “I should have been able to tell you so.” Why should I have seen it with greater clarity? Because of a change in the insurance industry. Insurance companies are generally pretty savvy. As a class (abstracting away from particular insurance companies), they are very good at analyzing risk. After September 11th, the following was inserted into many travel policies: We will not pay a claim that arises because of any of the following: You incur any costs or losses arising from the failure of any travel agent, tour operator, accommodation provider, airline or other carrier, car rental agency or any other travel or tourism services provider to provide services or accommodation due to their…

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Another More Room Throughout Coach

Another More Room Throughout Coach Giveaway! Just e-mail an entry including your name and address. I will pick one winner who will get their choice of: (1) a confirmed first class upgrade on Alaska Airlines, (2) two drink coupons on Continental or United, or (3) a USAirways club pass. Winner will be picked at random on Friday, August 30th.

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