What Do Terrorists and Mileage Runners Have in Common?

They’re both interested in low cost per mile.

When an admitted al-Qaida operative planned his itinerary for a Christmas 2009 airline bombing, he considered launching the strike in the skies above Chicago, the Associated Press has learned. Tickets were too expensive to Chicago, as well as Houston, however, so he refocused the mission on a cheaper destination: Detroit.

(HT: Dan R.)

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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 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. So the takeaway here is that if you want to avoid a terrorist flight you should book tickets on expensive airlines

  2. I’m betting that this guy will plead an insanity defense, and he’ll be found innocent.

    My proof: only a crazy person would choose to spend their last remaining moments on earth on Delta. In coach.

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