As he describes it on twitter,
@garyleff just a quiet morning back home, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.
Tell that to reader Cheryl W. who emails,
I have been an avid reader of your blog for about a year and I was fanagaling (yiddish) frequent flier points to work to my advantage before I read your blog.
I wanted to thank you for continuously writing about frequent fliers. I was shocked and amused to read about what Christopher Elliott was writing.
Though I am aware your blog is targeted to business travelers, as a person with a low income I have put your informative blog to better personal use. I am a teacher and my husband is currently unemployed. We both are far over-educated for our current positions, and have been able to use your information to turn our daily purchases into well planned travel.
Our honeymoon flight last year was purchased completely with points, and we even got some of our hotel rooms with points. Though we don’t aim to be low-income forever, your blog has enabled us to keep our spirits high by traveling despite the economic downturn…
So, if Mr. Elliot is unaware, frequent flier points can help keep spirits high, when purchases need to be made without cash one way or another!
Meanwhile reader Gavin e-mailed after Hurricane Sandy.
The purpose of this email is to really convey my heartfelt thanks for your blog. I am based in NYC and thanks to your constant blogging, I have managed to spend 2 nights in heat and in warmth for free by applying for the Chase Hyatt card which would have otherwise set me back at $399 plus tax per night.
I wouldn’t consider myself a novice at the mileage game since I’ve been tracking credit card deals since 2004 but coming across your blog has certainly given me more perks than what I would have on my own (for example Le Club platinum status which gave me a free breakfast and a 4 pm late checkout in Greece this summer).
And emails like these are what makes these ten years I’ve been blogging worthwhile.
So to Gavin, to Cheryl, and to the rest of you who read my little corner of the interweb, thank you!