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Do You Take Advantage of the Travel Tools Forum?

April 24, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“Our travel tool forum is an awesome resource that is often overlooked”, FlyerTalk member and community director SanDiego1K recently wrote to me. “There is real meat in this forum. I’ve found extraordinary tools that really ease my travel planning.” How can anyone ignore a testimonial like that? The Travel Tools forum — located in the Travel&Dining section of FlyerTalk — encourages the discussion of tools, services and software used to optimize your travel experience. An example of the topics appropriate for discussion in the Travel Tools forum include the following...

Is the federal government of the United States attempting to hide the taxes it charges you for every airfare you purchase from the advertised price of the airfare? Photograph of airplane above the clouds © by Elenathewise. Photograph of hundred dollar bills hidden behind curled page © by stevanovicigor. Composite assembled by Brian Cohen.

Could the Total Cost Airfare Rule Be Rescinded?

April 22, 2014 by Brian Cohen

You might once again see airfares advertised for a very low price — before taxes, fees and surcharges are included to represent the true cost of what you will pay for your airline ticket — if the airlines and thirty members of the Congress of the United States have it their way. Bill Shuster — a Republican congressman representing District 9 in Pennsylvania — is sponsoring the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, which “declares that it shall not be an unfair or deceptive practice for an air carrier or other covered entity to state the base airfare in an advertisement or solicitation for passenger air transportation if it clearly and separately discloses: (1) the government-imposed taxes and fees for the air transportation, and (2) its total cost.” The Transparent Airfares Act of 2014 defines...

Would you wear your luggage instead of check it to save on fees and keep your belongings protected? Photograph courtesy of Ecouterre. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of Ecouterre.

Wear Your Belongings to Avoid Baggage Fees and Mishandled Luggage?

April 20, 2014 by Brian Cohen

I try to avoid checking my baggage whenever possible — to the point where I usually only travel with one bag which I carry onto the airplane with me...but what if you are carrying more items with you and want to avoid paying baggage fees at the same time; or perhaps avoid having your luggage thrown around by baggage handlers — such as with this latest incident which occurred at the international airport in Toronto? Well, one way is to earn elite level status in your preferred frequent flier loyalty program — but that is becoming more difficult in recent years with the spate of perceived devaluations. Another option is that you may want to consider “wearing” your luggage to avoid paying baggage fees. A company named...

Photograph by FlyerTalk member LPDAL. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by LPDAL.

Earn Unlimited Double Delta SkyMiles AND Medallion Qualification Miles To and From LaGuardia Airport — But…

April 24, 2014 by Brian Cohen

You can earn 2,000 bonus SkyMiles and 2,000 Medallion Qualification Miles in addition to what you would normally earn when you first book your next reservation on a round-trip flight marketed and operated by Delta Air Lines or Delta Connection to and from anywhere — and then each time you are a passenger on a flight segment to or from LaGuardia Airport in New York which is marketed and operated by Delta Air Lines or Delta Connection, you can earn double SkyMiles and double Medallion Qualification Miles — all through July 10, 2014...and there is no limit to the bonus SkyMiles and Medallion Qualification Miles which you can earn within the qualification period. While this promotion known as Earn On The Double can be potentially beneficial to you if you fly as a passenger in or out of New York on flights operated by Delta Air Lines, there are at least a couple of issues...

This is the exterior of the Aloft London Excel hotel property. Photograph by FlyerTalk member ma91pmh. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by ma91pmh.

Up to 25% Discount on Purchasing or Gifting Starpoints: A Good Deal — or Not?

April 21, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Whether the Starpoints you want to purchase are to top off your Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program account or for a gift for a family member, friend or colleague, you may earn a discount of up to 25 percent in terms of cash savings through May 31, 2014 as follows...

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E Fares on Delta Air Lines: My Two Experiences

April 18, 2014 by Brian Cohen

In recent weeks, I have had the opportunity to try out Delta Air Lines by purchasing a ticket as an E fare — an airfare which has caused a bit of controversy on FlyerTalk — and I lived to tell about it...twice. An E fare on Delta Air Lines is now the least-expensive airfare you can purchase in a new class of airfare called Basic Economy — even less expensive than a T fare, which was traditionally the cheapest airfare you can purchase. However, there are three differences with E fares versus other fares for seats in the economy class cabin...

Graphic courtesy of Bing Rewards. Click on the graphic to access the official Internet web site of Bing Rewards.

Earn Frequent Travel Points and Miles With Bing Rewards — Free

April 23, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Bing Rewards now offers you a new way to earn 100 frequent travel loyalty program miles and points at no cost to you — other than your time doing something you most likely already do...searching for information on the Internet. Simply accrue enough Bing Rewards credits to redeem for a certificate and enter your frequent travel loyalty account information to have the miles or points deposited into your account. Certificates expire six months from when you receive them — but that should be plenty of time to use them. The frequent travel loyalty programs in which you may earn 100 frequent travel loyalty program miles and points by using Bing Rewards include the following...

Photograph by FlyerTalk member RatherBeOnATrain. Click on the photograph for the discussion on FlyerTalk posted by RatherBeOnATrain.

Construction Flaw: What Is Wrong With This Picture?

April 21, 2014 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member RatherBeOnATrain was staying at a Staybridge Suites hotel property — the exact location unknown at this time — and was bowled over at noticing that the door to the bathroom of the hotel room had undergone a modification of sorts, as shown in the above photograph. Apparently, the door to the bathroom would not open because the toilet bowl was in the way — so someone cut out a portion of the door in the shape of where the lids of the toilet bowl met the door so that it would open. Not wanting to keep a lid on this finding...

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The Coupon Connection Forum Closed Indefinitely — Because of Fraud Unit of American Airlines?

April 17, 2014 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members have reported that their American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program accounts have been audited; and penalties such as the forfeiture of instruments such as eVIPs have been imposed on them for their actions — even for what could be considered minor violations of the rules, terms and conditions. As a result, The Coupon Connection forum — a place where FlyerTalk members who have posted 180 times and have been members for 180 days can exchange or give away something of which can be considered valuable to fellow FlyerTalk members — has been taken off line indefinitely. This was after the initial decision to simply prohibit the offering of instruments from the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program. Here is the global announcement posted by FlyerTalk member and community director SanDiego1K...

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