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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Etihad is Now Selling Miles – and Regular Price is Just 2 Cents Each

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Apr 27 2017

Etihad is now selling miles, the price is reasonable, so this could be useful to top off an Etihad account, take the place of transfers from American Express or Citibank, saving those points for something else, or work in conjunction with transfers, you may not have enough Amex or Citi points on their own for the award you want but this option leverages your transferrable points.

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IHG’s New Gamified Promotion is Out — What’s Your Offer?

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Apr 27 2017

The next IHG Rewards Club promotion is in the process of going live. It came right up for me, though if I use Google Chrome’s incognito mode I get the ‘promotion ended’ page from their last offer.

They’re coming out with ‘Accelerate’ again for stays between May 15 and August 31 you earn even more points. And in some ways it’s my favorite hotel promotion — not as much for its richness as much because it is sort of fun. It’s tough to get a thrill over double points for stays you’re going to make anyway.

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United Unveiled Its Response to the Passenger Dragging Incident and Plan to End Involuntary Denied Boardings

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Apr 26 2017

United has announced the results of reviewing its procedures in the aftermatch of Dr. David Dao’s bloody removal from a flight earlier this month. There are several policy changes and they tell me their goal is to reduce involuntary denied boardings to zero.

When a man was dragged off a United Express flight from Chicago to Louisville and bloodied after refusing to give up the seat he was sitting in so that employees could travel on the flight and operate a flight back to O’Hare, it was a cultural moment of sorts.

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GET $525 IN TRAVEL from Increased 50,000 Point Bonus on Barclaycard Arrival Plus

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Apr 26 2017

This has long been one of the very best travel rebate cards. You earn 2 points per dollar, each point is worth a penny apiece when redeemed for travel (and actually more because you get 5% of your points back when you redeem).

Put another way, it’s a 2.1% rebate card if you’re using your points towards travel and redeeming at least 10,000 points.

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Etihad’s Airbus A380 First Apartment Really Is the Best In the Sky, Its Critics are All Wrong

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Apr 26 2017

Etihad offers my favorite first class in the world onboard their Airbus A380 — the “First Apartment.” There are two apartments across the cabin with a single aisle between them upstairs on the A380, in contrast on the same plane Emirates — known as one of the world’s best airlines for first class — has four suites across.


Etihad First Apartment — Single Aisle

There’s an onboard shower, an onboard chef (generally a flight attendant with real restaurant kitchen experience who can customize your meals as you wish), solid internet and good amenities.

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Why Delta’s Hype is Wrong on New Blade Helicopter Partnership

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Apr 26 2017

Delta is promoting its new New York JFK – Downtown helicopter transfer partnership with Blade as though it’s especially innovative.

Airlines have offered helicopter transfers for years, for instance Continental used to offer free helicopter transfers with paid business tickets out of Newark and even let you redeem 10,000 extra miles for a helicopter transfer on business class awards.

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