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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Marriott Peak Award Pricing is Live, But Some Hotels May Offer Lower Award Rates for a Few Hours

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Sep 14 2019

Marriott tells me though that “it may take a few hours to fully update our servers” so there may still be hotels not yet showing peak pricing. And it’s still possible to book awards at those properties as they roll out the changes. I’m not saying to go look for a needle in a haystack, but some glitches and delays in raising prices may be out there.

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How the $600 Per Year British Airways Visa Award Travel Statement Credit Works

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Sep 14 2019

This was the first airline card I know of to ever offer a 100,000 point initial bonus offer, and there’s currently an offer to earn up to 100,000 Avios.

The card now comes with up to $600 back each year when you redeem awards. It offers a statement credit for taxes and fees when redeeming British Airways Avios for BA transatlantic flights originating in the U.S.

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Report: No Fee Citi Double Cash to Earn 2x Transferable Points Starting September 23

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Sep 14 2019

Back in July we learned that starting this fall the Citi® Double Cash Card – already one of the very best cash back cards – would have its points convert to airline miles, too. Now new information is trickling out.

The card has no annual fee and earns 2% back on purchases (1% when you buy and 1% as you make payments for those purchases). There’s no caps on the cash back you earn, and the full rebate applies regardless of spending category.

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New American Airlines Tool Will Auto-Cancel ‘Backup Flights’ In Your Reservation

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Sep 14 2019

American is making it harder once again to deal with irregular operations despite a long hot summer of cancelled flights and displaced passengers.

American has a new system set up to cancel extra backup segments in an itinerary. If agents add extra segments to give you options when things go bad those segments will be removed automatically.

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Review: Flying Air Tanzania’s Airbus A220 From Lusaka to Dar es Salaam

Sep 14 2019

Five years ago reader Doug Hess shared his experience flying African low cost carrier: Fly540. Since this was something I haven’t done, but I enjoyed hearing about it, I asked if he wouldn’t mind briefly writing up the experience so that I could pass it along.

Now Doug is back with his experience flying an Air Tanzania Airbus A220 from Lusaka, Zambia to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Oh yes, and he did redeem points for the flight.

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