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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 ©istockphoto.com by Elenathewise. Photograph of hundred dollar bills hidden behind curled page ©istockphoto.com 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Could the Total Cost Airfare Rule Be Rescinded?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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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