Bits ‘n Pieces for March 20, 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. I like your Bits ‘N Pieces posts. They’ve helped me out a few times. Bravo. Certainly more helpful than the stealing hotel shampoos post. 😉

  2. Not sure which is more disgusting, the woman who swallowed tadpoles at a Chinese airport or this Dubai officer swallowing money.

  3. The N Korean story is just too funny…….looks like they found some old sea rations that American troops left behind and they are now serving them on the flights………not as useful info as the top 5 blog item but still entertaining………..

  4. I enjoyed Air Koryo precisely because it is so earnestly authentic, and how many other airlines provide white globe service? If you don’t want to go for the unique, then go for Air China to Pyongyang.

  5. Signing up for Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles account is quite an interesting challenge. It appears that their website was designed by the absolute rock-bottom bidder.

    For example, if you are located in the United States you must select your city from a drop-down list. For some city names there are multiple listings, with no indication of which state each is in. And, later on you will get to a confirmation page with 2 lines for your City name…weird!

    NEVER click on one of the hint buttons on the Miles&Smiles application, else you may not be able to return to the page you were on. The PIN you select must have 6 digits, and the security-question answer must have at least 6 characters.

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