E-Bay’s new reward points

I’m quoted this morning in a story on Ebay’s new points program.

My thinking is probably a little more generous than the piece suggests, since my general take is that almost any new reward program from a major company is a good thing — but that I won’t be participating until the program becomes a little more generous.

    Frequent-flier-program enthusiasts gave the new program a chilly response.

    Gary Leff, who runs a frequent-flier Web site (www.webflyer.com/blog/), called the eBay program a “very bad deal.”

    Leff said that, once converted to eBay points, airline miles end up being worth less than a penny a mile.

    “But properly spent, those miles are worth far more,” Leff said in an e-mail. “I recently gave my grandparents two first-class tickets from Miami to Sydney. Those tickets would have cost over $20,000, making the 240,000 miles spent worth 8.3 cents apiece. That’s a far sight better than an Anything Point.”

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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