Bits ‘n Pieces for April 23, 2013

News and Notes from Around the Interweb:

  • Alaska Airlines is installing Recaro slimline seats in and adding seat power to its 737 fleet, and plans to introduce inflight entertainment that can be streamed inflight to wireless devices.

  • Wendy Perrin publishes the story of a reader who funded their recent trip to Europe on points from credit card signups. What humbles me is that they pass along the story of having contacted me to do their award booking and I told them they could probably get what they were looking for pretty easily on their own, without paying me. And they did.

    Rick adds that before booking any travel he had contacted Gary Leff,Condé Nast Traveler‘s frequent-flier mileage-award specialist, who often helps readers with mileage conundrums and the intricacies of travel rewards programs. “In view of my plans,” Rick writes, “Gary felt that I would do better off booking on my own. I really appreciated his honesty in that regard.”

    Rick, we all appreciate and rely on Gary’s honesty. And if you saved nearly $6,000 by using credit card rewards and some smart booking strategies, I’d say you did just fine booking on your own.

    Aww, shucks.

  • Alitalia has introduced cash and points allowing you to redeem your miles for a portion of a paid ticket, albeit at a rather poor rate — 5000 miles gets you a 25 euro discount, and you can redeem miles up to 25% of a ticket’s cost.

  • Randy Petersen profiled in the Colorado Springs Business Journal

  • Here’s a hack to get Gogo inflight internet for free on Delta flights through June 30.

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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Comments

  1. “Gary felt that I would do better off booking on my own. I really appreciated his honesty in that regard.”
    Rick, we all appreciate and rely on Gary’s honesty.

    Kudos Gary

  2. When I read about slimmer seats, I thought it was to give passengers more room. But NO, they are adding more seats to the planes. Had to laugh when they said, in essence, ‘seating will be just as cramped as before’. 🙁

  3. Is it possible to be humbled while bragging about it? 😉

    j/k you are an honest man in the miles world.

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