Bits ‘n Pieces for September 13, 2012

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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. “Avoid this at the end of the trip, because if your first flight is cancelled and is on a separate ticket from your international flight, the onward carrier wouldn’t be obligated to transport you all the way”

    I think the word ‘end’ was meant to be ‘beginning’ or ‘start’.

  2. I looked over the AMEX Diwali Card offer but I see a USPS shipping fee over $5, not free USPS shipping. I’d hate to think the herd was sent out running through another minefield. 🙁

  3. Speaking of promotions:

    Airlines (and, maybe, hotels) used to provide fairly rich promotions to “activate” a new mobile phone contract.

    It seems like that practice isn’t so common any longer?

    Any advice on how to maximize the purchase of any iPhone 5 over the new few weeks (or months)?


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