Bits ‘n Pieces for December 14, 2012

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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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  1. Well, technically Hyatt has a Hyatt House right outside of LAX in Manhattan Beach, but it does not airport shuttles.

  2. WN’s fee doesn’t bother me all that much. It’s not all that hard to cancel a flight you don’t intend to take just a few minutes before departure.

    As far as any other advertising shenanigans go, everything is always true… until it isn’t. I remember back when they used to advertise that you would never pay more than $299 each way. My first thought was “that advertisement will always be true until they change their minds.”

  3. I didn’t recognize the name, but yes, they do have a resemblance.

    I wonder what else is in Veith’s past? Seems like a real con man. Still seems strange to me that a few key people near him didn’t know what was going on or ever bothered to ask questions about his past.

  4. Southwest’s cancel/policy is so much better than any other non-elite rules for the everyday airlines. That fee is fine with me and in my view deserved if someone ties up a seat by just not showing up.

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