Sunday Open Thread

The only day last year I didn’t post to my blog was the day my grandfather passed away. It takes a lot for me not to post.

But I’ve been really under the weather the last couple of days. I think I’m finally starting to come out of it, which is great because I have a tremendous amount to do.

I just wrapped up the draft ballot for the Freddie Awards. I’ve had to remove programs that weren’t meaningfully active in 2013 (bmi, Kingfisher), upgrade program names (IHG Rewards Club instead of Priority Club, and my favorite — the new name for EVA Airways’ mileage program — Eva Airways Infinity MileageLands), pay attention to where a program may have switched co-brand credit card issuers, and incorporate all of the best promotions for the year.

The timeframe on that is pressing — voting goes live February 15 and the ballot, once complete, has to be translated into a variety of languages before then.

So rather than offering mileage advice this morning, or sharing my views on the state of travel and loyalty, and instead I’d really love to know: What’s On Your Mind?


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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