New Status Match Opportunity, Claims About Pho, and More

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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. Gary – I’ll bid on the 5 nights for 8 in a lux villa in Bali. I could take my extended family and burn all the points and miles I have that will soon be worth much less on all three alliances.

  2. As someone who grew up in Hanoi, the hometown of Pho, some claims in the article are correct, but to call pho in DC better than what’s served in Vietnam is a blasphemy. The person either has never had good pho in Hanoi,, or plainly knows nothing about a good bowl of pho. While I agree that there may be more meats available in a bowl of pho in the US, the flavor of the meat is entirely different, and the soup here lacks depth. The pho restaurants in the north always have secret ingredients in the broth, that any attempts to make it at home won’t yield the same flavor. Despite that, I prefer my own pho I make for myself at home than what’s served in US restaurants. I in fact consider them three separate dishes. I can never get enough TRUE pho back home.

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