Inside The Status Match Game, From An Airline’s Perspective

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Japan shuts its borders through (at least) January

    Japan will suspend new entry into the country of nonresident foreign nationals from around the world from Monday through late January as a precautionary step against the new, potentially more transmissible coronavirus variant, the government said Saturday.

    …Japan will stop the issuance of new visas from Monday. Those who already obtained visas will be allowed to enter the country, but those who were in Britain or South Africa within 14 days of applying for an entry permit will be excluded.

  • An Unexpected Christmas Gift from the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame

  • Inside baseball – status match campaigns from an airline perspective. Turnaround time on matching requests is crucial, how airlines view fraud (photoshopping elite cards), what they consider success. Plus how some programs are verifying the data you send in, and outsourcing management of status match campaigns to third parties. A bit dry in spots, but for certain readers this will be very worthwhile.

  • Vaccines are coming, so…

  • Should be interesting, coming next month.

    With unprecedented access, THE NEW AIR FORCE ONE: FLYING FORTRESS gives an inside look at the classified mission to transform the new presidential aircraft into a highly secured command center.

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, 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 — The guy formerly of Virgin Australia is quite the salesman. It helps when you are selling a great product. Love it!

  2. Nice link to the next Presidential Airplane.

    Reminds me of another Trump cluelessness: “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”

  3. “Unprecedented Access” = You get to see a bit more but all the juicy stuff is still off limits…

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