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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...

Click on the image above to access the official Internet web site of this current promotion by the Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program.

Earn 8,000 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points — But…

April 16, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Complete a minimum of two stays at participating hotel properties in the United States and Canada which participate in the Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program by June 30, 2014 and earn 8,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points. To put this in perspective, 8,000 Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points is enough to redeem for...

The AirTrain which serves Newark International Airport will not operate for approximately 75 days starting on May 1, 2014. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Short hair Francis. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Short hair Francis.

AirTrain Service at Newark Airport to Be Suspended for 75 Days

April 10, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If you plan on being at Newark International Airport between May 1, 2014 and approximately July 14, 2014, be aware that the AirTrain service will be suspended for approximately 75 days to allow the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to perform critical repair work to the rail system within the airport, according to this official press release. Additionally...

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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...

This is the inside of a hotel room at the Meliá Barcelona Sky hotel property. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Spymon. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Spymon.

How to Earn a Free Night at Participating Melia Hotel Properties

April 13, 2014 by Brian Cohen

You can earn up to 40 percent off plus 12,000 MeliãRewards frequent guest loyalty program points at greater than 150 hotel properties located in Europe and Asia — although the terms and conditions also include the Americas region — operated by Meliá Hotels International by following three easy steps...

This Boeing 737-890 airplane operated by Alaska Airlines sports the Employee Powered livery. Photograph by FlyerTalk member FriendlySkies. Click on the photograph for discussion posted on FlyerTalk pertaining to this particular livery scheme.

Double Alaska Mileage Plan Miles Through the End of 2014 on Select Routes

April 9, 2014 by Brian Cohen

You can earn double Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program miles on eight of the most popular routes to and from Seattle for the rest of the year effective for travel between June 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 — but you must first register for this promotion prior to your first qualifying flight. Travel between Seattle and the following eight airports as a passenger on qualifying paid non-stop flights which are marketed and operated by Alaska Airlines in order to earn your double Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier loyalty program miles during this promotion...

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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...

Play your frequent flier loyalty program cards right and you could indulge in a premium experience during a flight which includes taking a shower — but could you be losing your self-respect in the process? Photograph by FlyerTalk member EK_Flyer. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by EK_Flyer.

Lose Your Elite Status, Gain Your Self-Respect — and Launch Your Own Frequent Flier Loyalty Program?

April 11, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A FlyerTalk member sent a private message to me alerting me of the following essay — “one of the most thought-provoking threads I’ve read” in the TravelBuzz forum, he wrote — posted by FlyerTalk member barbarony62, which has been posted below in its entirety...

The Conrad Algarve Palacio Da Quinta hotel property in Almancil, Portugal will increase two categories from Category 7 to Category 9. Photograph courtesy of Hilton Worldwide. Click on the photograph to access the discussion on FlyerTalk dedicated to this hotel property.

Hilton HHonors Hotel Category Adjustments for 2014 Announced

April 9, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“Effective 15 April 2014, 25 of our hotels and resorts (0.6% of our properties) will be increasing hotel category, and 14 of our hotels and resorts (0.3% of our properties) will be decreasing hotel category”, according to FlyerTalk member and official company representative HHonorsRepresentative. “We’ve made these modifications based on periodic review of our hotel reward categories as new hotels join the program and market dynamics change. The Hilton HHonors Standard Room Rewards Point Pricing Tool will reflect these changes as of April 15.” Here is a chart of the hotel and resort properties of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program which will increase at least one level of hotel category...

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