The Why, How, and What of Devaluation Plus Double Miles and Changes at Qantas Too (Bits ‘n Pieces for April 9, 2014 – Part Deux)

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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. If you mostly do domestic travel, I don’t see why a 2% cashback card is best? With Sapphire, Ink and Freedom together you’d earn at least 2 UR points on average X the 1.4 cpp (minimum) value of Southwest = 2.8% back. You might do even better with United or Hyatt.

  2. @Rob: I think most of this “game” is about international premium cabin travel. If you’re planning on redeeming for domestic coach tickets, straight cash back probably makes more sense.

  3. Gary,
    I really think you are really off base on the Explorer award.

    The Explorer Award was the best reason to collect miles and the one reason American miles were more valuable than any other by far.

    I think there are a lot of people such as myself who are quietly collecting miles and planning on booking this award. How do you know there are only a few of us?

    It was the ultimate dream trip and now it is gone.

  4. Where is my math off above? Even a Club Carlson card can get more than 2% back in value.

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