Bits ‘n Pieces for August 30, 2012

Various and Sundry Items from Around the Interweb:

  • Pizza In Motion says that United’s new Miles for Merchandise option is like lighting your miles on fire. Then again your could use your Aeroplan points for LCD toasters or you could waste various credit card points on a McWedding

  • United Airlines has announced its rollout plans for the Boeing 787, after FAA certification flights they’ll begin flying their first aircraft on domestic routes out of Houston. Beginning November 4 you can expect to see the aircraft on certain flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Newark.

  • NotiFlyer says that Canadians can get 50,000 Best Western points as a credit card signup bonus. I don’t usually highlight Best Western opportunities, but pickings are slim up North.

  • Wired covers a plan by the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a next generation of nude-o-scopes — which are good at detecting stuff, and which are hack proof. Those twin goals for a new machine are rather unsettling when thinking about the 700 that are already deployed and don’t live up to those standards.

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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