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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52 Year Old New Jersey Woman Was Supplying Parts to Iran’s Airlines

Jun 14 2019

At the end of the Obama administration significant sanctions on Iran were lifted. We started to see a flurry of economic activity including a deal to buy 80 Boeing aircraft. There was even talk of Iran Air breathing life into the Airbus A380 program. Those hopes were dashed with the re-introduction of sanctions by the current administration.

Yet Iran commercial aviation managed to keep to the skies, in part because of ‘smuggling’ of aircraft parts into the country.

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Delta Destroys Priceless Cultural Artifacts After Forcing Woman to Gate Check Her Bag

Jun 13 2019

We all know the usual tropes, like ‘there are only two kinds of luggage: carry on and lost’ and that someone who checks a bag for a trip every week is spending at least 2 days a year at baggage claim. Checking bags is something you want to avoid if you possibly can.

Here’s how to avoid being forced to gate check a bag when the contents inside are too important to risk.

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Chase Expands Refer-a-Friend Options

Jun 13 2019

One of the most effective ways for a card issuer to acquire new customers is to let their existing customers do the selling for them. It’s word-of-mouth from a trusted friend. Add in an incentive, and the effectiveness ramps up significantly. That’s why card companies often offer bonus points for referring friends and family.

Chase is now marketing that you can refer a friend not just for the exact card you already have and get a reward for it, but for any products in that card’s family.

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7 Simple Steps Would Make American Airlines Great Again

Jun 13 2019

A simple set of recommendations, all within reach and none unprecedented, could make American Airlines not just the largest in the U.S. but also the best: improve the operation, improve the domestic premium product, offer reasonable award availability to sustain the driver of the airline’s profitability and compete in the most important markets.

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