I’m Giving Away $400 to My Blog Readers. Click Here to Enter. All You Have to Do Is Be Positive!

It’s been a tough 18 months in the frequent flyer world. It’s easier than ever to earn points, but the cost of awards has gone up, up, up.

Miles and points have been very good to me, and I do my best to give back where I can. I don’t make a public show of my charity, but I do my best to give the best advice I can and to offer giveaways when things are offered to me. And when I have gift cards, I can either turn them into money orders or do various frequent flyer experiments, or I can give them away.

So here, I thought I would give away $400. And what better way to give them away than to my readers who comment on this post?

Goodness knows it’s been a tough 15 months or so for frequent flyers.

And that’s just a small sampling.

So I would like to focus on something positive for a change, and I’m looking to you for help to do so!

Here are the prizes:

    (4) $100 gift cards

So here’s how you enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post. Say something positive above miles and points, blogs, forums, or your fellow travelers.
  2. Enter by Noon Eastern, Friday May 30. That’s 4 days from this writing, and there are four prizes.
  3. Enter no more than 4 times. Four prizes, four days to enter, you can enter by commenting up to four times. (It doesn’t have to be one per day, the only limitation is that you cannot enter twice in a row you have to at least wait for someone else to enter before you enter again each time.)
  4. Four prize winners will be drawn at random. As in past, I will use random.org for the drawing.
  5. Fine print. Void where prohibited by law. All of my decisions are final and unappealable, I want to make giveaways as easy as possible and with the fewest headaches possible.

So, what do you like about miles and points, blogs, forums, or your fellow travelers?

About Gary Leff

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. My favorite thing about fellow travelers is the willingness of everyone to share tips and tricks for getting the most out of those precious miles and points!

  2. I enjoy the challenge of maximizing purchases, trip and stays to earn points to visit family, friends and new places. Shopping portals, emiles, erewards and blogs like these allowed my family of three to fly from MCO to SFO and enjoy a week for next to nothing. Best part is it took less than a year to earn! Thanks!!

  3. Despite all the negative changes to the programs-I continue to feel the pain with United and Hilton, two of the bullets listed above-blogs like this and the forum that accompanies them are a great resource for the point collector and avid traveler. So there is definitely some good things to take away. We just have to work a bit harder when it comes to redemptions.

  4. Despite the devaluation, we can still fly first class at a reasonable price using miles.

  5. You make everything sound do easy in this world of miles. Thanks for the give away 🙂

  6. I like how I’ve learned enough to collect more miles in one year than I did over my lifetime. Although, what I did in a year others do in a month… but it’s still great for me. I appreciate the advice/tidbits of fellow readers too.

  7. I stick with Delta because I know when there is a problem, there are enough options available to “get me to the church on time”.

  8. The most positive thing that I can come up with is that at least the mileage programs still exist.

  9. Hey, if it wasn’t for these blogs, I would not know which mileage programs work best for me.

  10. Someday, sometime in the future, I will have enough miles to go first class over the ocean. That’s positive.

  11. Thanks so much for the opportunity. Everyone is always so helpful in the points community.

  12. Great thing about miles and points is when you can use them for something that just would be cost prohibitive – eg long haul business class, or the honeymoon trip to Hawaii. That and the ability to have elite status and be treated well (especially overseas with alliance partners).

  13. I have earned tons of miles and points over the last few years and have had great success in using these miles and points to travel to many places. Love all the information shared on this blog!

  14. Happy that credit card bonuses still exist… and even that some MS is still possible

  15. I haven’t been forced to buy a airline ticket in many years thanks to collecting frequent flier miles.

  16. Miles for flying first class out of Vegas after a few days of gaming. That’s a good reason to earn miles!

  17. I love the fact that because of this blog I have managed to accrue enough points in less than 3 months to travel first class to Asia and I’m really looking forward to my 50th birthday trip to do just that

  18. At the end of the day, I am getting free stuff with relatively little added work. It might be less free stuff than before, but it’s still free stuff. And I like free stuff.

  19. The game is always a constant challenge – we need to stay informed to stay on top of the game!

  20. Appreciate all the great, info and tips. This has really helped me be a more informed traveler and points utilizer. Keep pointing the way!

  21. (Entry #2) AA merger with US means way more opportunities to earn AA miles flying out of DCA!

  22. I got into the points game several months ago and am amazed by the awards that can be reaped by just a little bit of research and perseverance! The ability to travel more cheaply, or to enjoy a premium travel experience at a reasonable price, is incredible even today. I can’t imagine what it was like 18 months ago then – must have been incredible!

  23. I’m grateful for the network of enthusiasts and hobbyists among us so we all benefit from our shared experience and knowledge.

  24. It certainly takes alot of time to manage all of one’s mileage plans, hotel programs, etc. But with all these blogs, forums and comments from fellow travelers, it helps tremendously in sorting through all the details to get to the meat of the issues! Thanks so much!

  25. Thinking positive is way better then being negative….. Thanks for all your positive information.

  26. It’s all about the awesome buzz you get successfully chasing down the flight and hotel deals

  27. This weekend is my first experiencing airline club lounges. The Star Alliance lounges have been an amazing experience, and showers and hot breakfasts have really made my long flights much more pleasant. I’ve decided I’d like to renew my United gold+ status this year so I can keep star alliance gold.

  28. In spite of all the negative changes there it is still a very positive thing that we are still able to travel in C or F on long haul using miles and staying at very fine hotels for points.

    This in my world still make it worth all the business travelling I do every year a little easier to live with 🙂


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