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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 InsideFlyer.com, 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. Gary, for the sake of disagreement:
    There are several Hotel loyalty programs where you can stack Open Table points with dining awards. They’ve been around for quite some time on Rewards Network. You can’t stack IHG and OT when using that link. Marriott’s new EAT around town has very similar point values, and reward nights are much easier to obtain over IHG. Whereas IHG’s hotel redemptions are insulting, this 150 point offer is just as bad, if not worse. You lose the opportunity to gain more valuable OT points. I used it one time, realized the points are worth a fraction of the OpenTable points, oh, and the 150 point link didn’t work for a popular NYC restaurant, the largest OpenTable Network in the country. Why not take the 100, or 1000 OT points and redeem for another dining experience? The 100 OT points for a basic reservation equal $1.00 dining credit, with many opportunities for 1000 point dines, or a $10 dining credit. The 150 IHG points for booking OT through their app are worth at best 75 cents. Instead of doing above, find a 1,000 point restaurant, that’s also in the rewards Network, say IHG or Marriott.
    1,000 pt OT spend, plus 600 Bonvoy or 800 IHG points for a $100 dinner. OT bonus $10, plus $3.60 in Bonvoy, or $4.00 in IHG value. Why take the 75 cents when you can gain so much more?

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