Two Kinds of Flyers and Two Airline Whoppers

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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, 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. In terms of what most people tend to think of with respect to how busy an airport is, why would distance matter at all? I expect that maybe for complicated revenue management or perhaps airport administration and gate management ASM would matter, but for the average traveler even with a keen interest in aviation it seems like a statistic that measures something nobody much cares about. I would think South Pacific islands, for example, would tend to have a misleadingly high ASM due to remoteness that says virtually nothing about anything that anyone cares about except that a remote airport happens to be, well, remote.

  2. I realized this year that I wasn’t going to let the “status” madness affect me. Even for lowly “gold” status. So I flew a lot of “free” flights and won’t have any status next year. And I’ll still be flying free flights. I’ll miss the few perks of the status, but all the ones that matter I can buy or get for “free” with business class FF flights.

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