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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United Puts New Premium Plane On New York – DC Shuttle 10 Times a Day

Jan 17 2020

Starting March 29 United will run 13 daily flights between the two cities. Ten of those flights will be using the airline’s new premium-heavy regional jet they’ve dubbed the ‘CRJ-550’ and 3 flights will be on larger Embraer 175s.

United can offer more flights – frequency is attractive to business travelers – offering fewer seats per flight on average. And they’re offering a product on 10 of the flights where they’re putting just 50 seats on the plane that’s designed for 40% more than that. Plenty of space per passenger is attractive, too.

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The Best Rewards Cards for Road Warriors

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Jan 17 2020

I’ve flown over 100,000 miles a year for as long as I can remember. I’ve scaled things back a bit since becoming a new dad, but in 2016 I spent nearly half of my nights on the road. My biggest credit card expenses are airfare, hotel stays, and dining out. That’s fairly typical for a road warrior, and fortunately I don’t have to use a company credit card giving someone else the rewards.

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United Eliminates Contract Lounge Benefit For Star Alliance Customers

Jan 16 2020

United has been inviting its business class customers to contract lounges in about 30 cities, and they’ve extended this option to Star Alliance members are well even though they aren’t required to.

Now United has mostly eliminated the practice. Except at two airports United no longer invites Star Alliance Gold members (who aren’t flying business class) to use contract lounges. This move (naturally) follows one made a few years ago by Delta.

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