Buy Your Airline and Hotel Elite Status and Drink Free Coffee (Bits ‘n Pieces for January 8, 2014)

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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. Heads up that the Caribou Coffee deal isn’t being honored by most locations outside of Minnesota. At least according to the owner of my local franchise.

  2. Gary,

    I wanted to get your opinion on an ethical situation.

    I know a guy who for two nonprofits and makes about $150,000 a year. He is in charge of finances for the organizations and he uses his personal credit card to pay for a lot of the organization’s expenses, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, then submits a reimbursement for the expenses while pocketing hundreds of thousands of points that he uses personally.

    Does that seem ethical to you? Shouldn’t he use those points for the work of the nonprofit? Should I report him to the board? Or should I report him to the IRS as he is likely not disclosing this income on his taxes.

    Would love to hear your thoughts.

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