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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Delta Has Filed for a New Joint Venture With Air France KLM and Virgin Atlantic, Alitalia is Out

Jul 21 2018

Delta, Air France KLM, and Virgin Atlantic filed their request for anti-trust immunity for a transatlantic joint venture yesterday.

Joint ventures seek anti-trust immunity to allow airlines to work together on schedules and pricing, and to split up the revenue they earn together on designated routes. This removes competitors, since members work together instead.

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American Airlines CEO on DFW: ‘We’re Not Going to Let Customers Have Another Option’

Jul 21 2018

At this week’s employee Crew News forum, an American Airlines captain asked the carrier’s CEO Doug Parker what he thinks about United’s growth strategy which is at double the rate of American’s.

Comparing United’s position in Chicago to American’s at DFW, he offered this perspective his airline’s strategy.. United is growing its neglected hubs. American would never let another airline offer flights from DFW that they don’t match.

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Is This The End for Me With BankDirect? (American Miles for Checking Account)

Jul 21 2018

I’ve been a BankDirect customer since July 2003, fifteen years ago this month, and I have earned a ton of miles as a result. I’ve stuck with them through all of the limits on mileage-earning, through their addition of a monthly fee regardless of minimum balance with the bank, but they may have just pushed me too far with a security protocol change.

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CEO Interview: Aeroplan Changes Coming After Air Canada Breakup

Jul 20 2018

I spoke with Jeremy Rabe, the new CEO of Aeroplan’s parent company Aimia, about what changes to expect for premium cabin awards, fees and surcharges, and what transfer rates they’ll offer for points moved to other frequent flyer programs.

He also shared reactions to selling points cheap (he’s a board member of LifeMiles) and the future of spinning off frequent flyer programs given Air Canada’s breakup with Aeroplan and the air berlin topbonus bankruptcy.

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