Bits ‘n Pieces for October 5, 2012

News and notes from around the interweb:

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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. re: hilton 4th q – I’m doing a stay on points & cash in Amsterdam in November – the fine print excludes points & cash from the 1,000 point special.

    re: hampton video – thanks for the HT

    re: gogo – I’ll have to look at the allegations closer because the summary of the theory of that action does not sound viable. I wonder which court it was filed in. and, I wonder if they e-filed the case from 30,000 feet.

    have a great weekend.

  2. Gary,
    Amen about the GoGo point. Not to get political, but everyone wants something for nothing. If you don’t want to pay that price or don’t like the service then don’t get it, but don’t sue.
    Seriously people!

  3. @Kathy the argument is that the long contracts that they sign with airlines (remember — there is a big capital investment involved) “lock in” airlines and prevent them from offering competing services. I don’t think the case is viable, but it’s creative.

  4. Is Hilton serious about a Q4 promo that excludes 1/3 of the quarter? Not including October is laughable.

  5. Welcome for the possibility of star alliance search on expertflyer. When you do such a search, can anyone explain what does this mean “Business – Award/Upgrade” Is it just business upgrade award or business and upgrade in business, both types of awards available?

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