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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8 Reasons to Get the Marriott Visa

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Jan 15 2017

Since Marriott successfully acquired Starwood, the biggest news and action in hotel loyalty has been Marriott Rewards and figuring out the direction the program will go. After some early bumps they’ve been adding benefits like 4pm checkout and experiential redemptions that Starwood offered. And they’ve rolled out the ability to status match and move points back and forth between the two programs.

There’s no question it’s been interesting to cover, will continue to be, and that the most interesting developments in the space will come from the integration of Starwood and Marriott.

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Missed Connections: Woman on Flight from London Wants to Find You

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Jan 15 2017

A woman on January 3rd’s Ryanair flight FR2371 from London Stansted to Dublin has fallen for a man she barely spoke to during the journey. Only she didn’t get his number and she’s seeking the world’s help to track him down.

She’s a blond from Berlin living in Dublin. He was in 9D, about 5′ 11″, with dark blond hair. They made eye contact, but didn’t speak until passport control.

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The Dumb, Stupid, Dull-Witted Way British Airways Has Moved to Buy on Board Food and Drink

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Jan 15 2017

British Airways now charges for food and drink on intra-Europe flights in economy. They go much father than US airlines, who are actually bringing amenities (like stroopwafels) back to coach.

British Airways now charges for food and drink on intra-Europe flights in economy. They go much father than US airlines, who are actually bringing amenities (like stroopwafels) back to coach.

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One Hyatt Hotel Makes 3 Times as Much from a Cash and Points Booking as a Paid Room

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Jan 14 2017

There’s a new “Hyatt affiliate hotel” the Hotel Levent Istanbul (formerly Marriott Edition) that’s a category 7 redemption. That means free rooms cost 30,000 points per night.

Paid rooms are under $140 right now, while on a cash and points redemption a member should have to pay $300 plus 15,000 points — and the hotel would get over $100 for those points!

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