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Gary Leff
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ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE. Here's a link to our Advertiser Disclosure. Current HOT Deals! Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card BEST OVERALL: Earn 40000 + 5000 Bonus Points Plus 2x Points on All Travel and Dining Discover it® Miles 3% Rebate Card Your First Year, No Annual Fee or Forex Fees, Plus Inflight ...
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The International Civil Aviation Organization has “significant safety concerns” about Thailand’s aviation regulator‘s standards (not about Thailand’s airlines). ICAO, a UN agency, informed governments around the world about its designation of Thailand as a “significant safety concern” on March 20. ICAO’s designation came after it determined that the “corrective action plan” submitted by the Department …
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I receive compensation for many links on this blog. You don’t have to use these links, but I am grateful to you if you do. American Express, Citibank, Chase, and other banks are advertising partners of this site. I do not write about all credit cards that are available — instead focusing on miles, points, …
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Reader Ryan asked, I’m interested in using Amex MR points on ANA to fly United, but I can’t seem to understand how that works, or if there is YQ on those flights. And everyone raves about using ANA’s website to search, but I can’t seem to make it work without putting miles in my account, …
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Reader Dee asked, I’d love to know more about how to transfer points from one airline to flying on a partner (example: AA to Cathay Pacific). Sites seem intentionally vague on how to do this and how many points it would cost. Am looking to fly ORD-PEK roundtrip as an example. THANK YOU This is …
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It seems like hotel programs have been incentivizing booking low end hotels — keeping those cheap, making the points cost even cheaper than before — while pricing top end awards astronomically. We’ve seen massive ‘category creep’ at Marriott. Two years ago Hilton increased the price of their top awards as much as 90%. Hyatt created …
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There’s a video going around of an incident yesterday in New York where a police officer unleashes a rant on an Uber driver (“How long have you been in this country? … The only reason you’re not in handcuffs and going to jail .. is because I have things to do.. because you’re not important …
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British Airways reported that about a million of their accounts were hacked and they locked down those accounts. Mine was among them, and I had to reset my password to regain access to my account. Once back in, I learned that they had temporarily removed all of my points. Yesterday those points were restored. Then …
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Reader Joe asked, I am US Chairman, and I have a trip to Alaska this fall (EWR-SEA-ANC). I would like to somehow get into First. I’m thinking I could do an Elite Match with AS to qualify for an upgrade. But I need the AA EQM’s to re-qualify for top AA status. Can I change …
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Reader Craig asked, I would like to start opening up credit cards for my wife, but don’t want to need to have two separate user names to track for each of the banks. Any way to combine to make tracking easier? Managing myriad frequent flyer accounts, and credit card accounts, can get complicated. In general …
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Here I review Etihad’s new business class lounge (with temporary first class section) in Abu Dhabi International Airport’s terminal 3. Previous installments: Introduction, overview, and costs Star Alliance first class and business class lounges, LAX Etihad First Class, Los Angles – Abu Dhabi.. the 3rd Longest Flight in the World! Premier Inn, Abu Dhabi International …
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  • Mercatus Center
    CFO, present
  • Institute for Humane Studies
    CFO, 2013
  • Tax Foundation
    Research Fellow, 1996 - 1996
  • Bullard High School
    Speech & Debate, 1993 - 1996
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Author, ViewFromTheWing.com
Co-founder, Milepoint.com frequent flyer community
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BookYourAward.com - Named one of Conde' Nast Traveler's 'World's Top Travel Specialists' (2010, 2011, 2012)
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  • California State University, Fresno
    Economics, 1993 - 1996
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Political Science, 1992 - 1993
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