Coverage in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) runs its Blow Watch column today on film and airlines.

View from the Wing gets top billing under travel:

    Which hotel hands out 1,000 American Airlines frequent-flier miles for each night you stay? And is it really possible to earn a free flight on Delta by drinking Coke? View from the Wing, a blog for airline passengers, solves these riddles and more. (Answers for those above: Hyatt hotels and yes.)


    Gary Leff’s brief, informative posts point readers to sometimes bewildering mileage promotions.


    In April, he wrote that fliers could score 25,000 Delta miles for signing up to Earthlink Voice, an Internet phone service. He also posts on how to rack up smaller amounts, like 4,000 United miles for signing up to Netflix, and 200 Northwest miles for taking an online quiz.


    The blog is also a watchdog of frequent-flier policies. In one of his longest, most detailed posts, Mr. Leff denounces United program changes as “pretty much all bad.” Among the changes, he wrote, United reduced the routes passengers can fly when redeeming “Domestic Short Haul Saver Awards.” A United spokesman said the changes balance rising operating costs with “the need to provide customers more ways to travel using their miles.”

I like this. I’m the watchdog of frequent-flier policies.


Shout outs go to the Upgrade Travel Blog, InflightHQ, and Practical Nomad for their favorable mentions as well!


(Thanks to Marginal Revolution for the heads up.)

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 Milepoint.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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