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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6 Things I Love About the British Airways Visa

Nov 15 2017

The British Airways Visa offers one of the biggest signup bonuses of any credit card. And you can get the card even if you’ve had 5 or more new accounts in the past 24 months (the dreaded ‘5/24’ rule doesn’t seem to apply to this product).

Here are 6 things that I love about the card — you may be surprised to learn that it goes beyond just the signup offer, although of course that’s number one.

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American Losing Another Mileage Partner: Gulf Air Exits April 30th

Nov 15 2017

Gulf Air was a reasonable way to connect via London, Paris, Frankfurt or Athens on through their Bahrain hub to various destinations in India and Pakistan. They also fly to places tough to get to on European carriers such as Iraq and Sudan.

Meanwhile American hasn’t been adding partners recently. Or benefits. There hasn’t been great news for AAdvantage members in awhile.

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Finally a Hyatt Promo! Register for Double Points But Don’t Inhale

Nov 15 2017

Hyatt went without promotions from December 2016 through March 2017. And they only ran one program-wide promotion in 2017, double points for April through June. There’s been no promo for all members and all stays since July 1.

It seemed like they’d go the full second half of the year without a promo even as other chains are leveraging their loyalty programs to put heads in beds. But Hyatt has surprised us.

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Huge Bill Payment Service Suspended by Paypal, Will Plastiq Step Up?

Nov 15 2017

TIO is the largest bill payment processor for telecommunications, wireless phone, cable and utility payments. They serve 16 million consumer accounts, and work not just with utility providers but they also serve as the backend for several products servicing unbanked customers.

They were acquired by Paypal in July. Paypal suspended the service at the end of last week citing security vulnerabilities they had discovered.

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$1003 Business Class Roundtrip Cairo – New York on SkyTeam

Nov 15 2017

To take advantage of a fare that originates in Europe or the Mideast you don’t need to live there. Redeem a one-way award to get there, by the ticket coming back. It doesn’t always make sense to redeem miles when airfares are cheap. Redeem one way. Buy the other direction.

Or better yet redeem a roundtrip to the region, nest a ticket originating there inside the roundtrip, and you have two trips. And cheap business class fares are the new mileage run.

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