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. I appreciate everyone’s blog posts and helpful comments from readers. I have learned from a lot of you. Thanks!

  2. Miles and points can still be used for some sweet spots on the United mileage redemption chart

  3. The first thing I do everyone morning is log into my emails and go onto boarding area, not always in that order. Thanks for helping me “ease” into my morning.

  4. Love the free travel; simple! Regardless of devaluations it’s still free for the most part.

  5. It is nice to read about mistake deals. Those are my favorite, even though they are hard to come by.

  6. I am positive that my travels will continue to take me to new and interesting places despite changes in reward programs

  7. Even thought the rules keep changing, I still manage to find some good deals with my points 🙂

  8. Thanks to updates that I get from sites like

    Thanks to updates and tips that I get from site like VIEW, I feel I have a good chance to get the most out of my points. Thanks!

  9. I have come to think of booking with points a game. It’s challenging, but sometimes you win 🙂

  10. I’m happy that despite some devaluations of some points and miles programs, some others (SPG, Hyatt) have generally retained much of their value.

  11. Even if the game is harder, you can still find value in certain situations. And of course, a blog like yours helps finding those. 🙂

  12. Life is tough and everything will continue to devalue but savor every moment if possible and that’s what your blog had help us.

  13. Like Forest Gump says, “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” 😀

  14. On the bright side, they haven’t devalued miles into kilometers…yet.

  15. Miles and points are the reason I’ve been able to travel as much as I do.

  16. I am particularly positive about hotel points. It is still relatively easy to get rooms – even at the last minute.

  17. Miles and Points turns complications into great expectations by being a mentor to those of us who are just learning how to create free flight!

  18. I love miles and points because I found a wonderful group of obsessed people like me! 🙂

  19. It is also nice to find and take advantage of mistake deals, when they happen.

  20. All the changes to programs have increased public awareness of this hobby and my friends don’t look at me so strangely when I say I fly on points!

  21. Even with devaluations, I can use miles to go more places and see more things in a better class of service than I would with cash.

  22. I like getting to a hotel with friends and watching them be amazed as they offer us snacks and upgrades.

  23. This is going to be heavy-handed, but I am Happy to live in a country where one of my problems is not getting as much as I use to for free.

  24. The challenge of getting saver level Delta tickets! My family is baffled that I know how to do it.

  25. There are still really unique things to do with miles that would otherwise be impossible or expensive, like stopovers in both directions on two Alaska airlines one-ways, or island hoppers, etc.

  26. Blogs have given me a way to travel that I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to manage. Thanks!!

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