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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 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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  1. I used to try to keep my fingerprints to myself whenever possible… then the government of India decided to (sometimes) require a thumb scan when entering the country.

    I wish there were an option to decline. I’m quite confident that my thumb print is in a database outside of India’s government now and I cannot easily replace my thumb.

  2. I spent five days in Iraqi Kurdistan in December (unfortunately didn’t get to travel outside Erbil). It’s absolutely safe, and going is a great idea if you get a guide, as Caroline Lupini did. I wouldn’t at all recommend trying to do much on your own, as there’s no tourism infrastructure and few people speak English.

  3. Hi Gary,
    I was trying to transfer pts from ink preferred and chase sapphire to united for award ticket but I told by chase that these 2 cards are not eligible for transfer. Any thought will be highly appreciated. Thanks.

  4. Damn NYT. Now when someone blames you for spoiling a deal, just refer them to NYT . Oh, but wait, they got the ideas from your site. NVM.
    Now everyone can experience the fantastic a/c at the Park Hyatt Hadahaa… That is, if they happen to get a job working in the reception area.

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