Mileage Pro Reviewed

Tony Mecia of the Charlotte Observer reviewed Mileage Pro yesterday. The whole world of miles and points makes Mecia’s head spin a bit.

    At a Christmas party last month, I joined a conversation between two friends — both frequent business travelers — who were commiserating about falling just a few nights short of qualifying for the highest level of Marriott’s elite traveler program.

    Each was trying to figure out how to requalify for Marriott Platinum, a program that showers perks such as room upgrades, free gifts and guaranteed rooms, even when the hotel is sold out. To qualify, travelers must stay 75 nights per year in a Marriott.

    They were strategizing on how to squeeze in just a few more hotel nights by the end of December to qualify.

    “Is it really worth it?” I asked.

    “You don’t understand,” one replied. “When you travel for work as much as we do, this stuff is important.”

He concludes:

    Most of the strategies are probably too detailed for people who rarely travel. And diehard road warriors probably know most of the tips already.

    But for those in between — frequent travelers who haven’t paid attention to reward programs — “Mileage Pro” might help earn rewards and even more important, use them.

I’ve finished the book and really do need to write my promised review…

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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