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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, 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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  1. Priceless to see all three of you saying there is no collusion. Either you are right and DOJ has zero evidence to open the investigation, or you are spectacularly wrong if they do have evidence. Not even a single critical word about the airlines at all.

  2. @AAExPlat actually I’m quite careful to say over and over in everything I’ve written that there could well be damaging emails that ultimately make a case and embarrass an airline. It doesn’t amount to much though because it’s pretty much inconceivable that collusion could be the driver of prices here. And I am taking a stark position very much at odds with the major airlines: the government should eliminate foreign ownership restrictions and bring in real competition against the major domestic carriers.

  3. Do all three of you actually need those identical looking eyeglasses or is that just the trendy “I’m on TV” look at the moment?! Swear I’ve seen pictures of both you and Ben without glasses before…

  4. @Andrew I started wearing glasses for reading in December. Eyes aren’t as strong as they were before I hit 40. I can’t speak to anyone else’s eyesight. And I can tell you there was no coordination.

  5. @Gary. I would agree that general pricing is unlikely to be driven by collusion. Capacity discipline effectively amounts to collusion though because it artificially restricts capacity at this point. Same thing with devaluations and total lack of customer service… Maybe not outright collusion but certainly the same effect in an industry with only 4 major players.

    I wish you guys would speak out on consumers’ behalf when it comes to pax ex. I just flew LH on A380 long haul in Y and then a A320 in short haul Y and it is astounding how much better LH is across the board. The seats on the A380 were Recaro slim lines, but unlike the UA versions these were comfortable and my rear did not hurt after 3 hours. Food was edible and plane was spacious and clean and on time. On the short haul, I got served breakfast in the back and decent coffee and the seats were fine although less comfy than on the A380.

    Why do we have to settle for the very worst in this country? It is just embarrassing. I don’t know that I advocate your foreign ownership idea, but I certainly think that additional competition is needed badly however we can get it.

  6. @Gary Leff Wait till you hit the other “Zero” ages! LOL Just check an eyeglass stand in a pharmacy. The chart, on the eye glass stand for readers, gives you guidance as where to start checking based upon AGE. Obviously they get stronger as you get older, just a fact of life for most of us. Love your blog. It’s the first one I read everyday!

  7. @Nathan Drake, missed that post you made. But yeah, I hope the media would shed more light on those stories.

  8. Are those backgrounds backdrops, or were all of you actually in those places? I’ve always been curious.

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