Bits ‘n Pieces for June 28, 2013

News and notes from around the interweb:

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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, 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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  1. While I would likely never fly Allegiant, they do have their advantages for family members.

    From Boston I can fly JetBlue direct to South West florida to see my family there, but for my parents in maine or other family in Lexington its either a direct flight on Allegiant, in a MD83/7 or a connection with at least 1 leg on a regional jet that may or may not involve a walk down stairs to a tarmac, which is something challenging for people with age or disabilities.

    It is as the article says “The easiest way to make money is not to compete with anyone” and when you want a direct flight, its worth it.

  2. Expedia did not devalue. It actually added value. The new program comes on top of the Best Rate Guarantee (which still awards you 50 USD). The information you picked up is wrong. It has been corrected in the original post you linked to, as well.

  3. Hilton needs to offer like 5x points to make up for their devalued program. It’s about as hard to reach any decent rewards as the mycokerewards program 🙂

  4. Gary,
    I just got email from Virgin Atlantic. I signed us up for the Silver promotion (June 14). Now our accounts have been downgraded to RED. Anyone else get downgraded after signing up to the promotion???

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