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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. With tumors/ discussions between UAL and Delta buying Avianca how are Lifemiles likely treated after the merger?

    Any interesting arb opportunities buying Lifemiles?

  2. @Hungry Joe – at this point it’s just about taking a stake in the airline, not a merger or total takeover. That would affect the airline more than the frequent flyer program. The frequent flyer program is a separate independent entity with a substantial stake owned by an outside hedge fund. That could be acquired in the future too although it is not currently under discussion. If Avianca left Star as a result of future Delta ownership, then LifeMiles would no longer access Star inventory. Any such speculation is WAY off in the future.

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