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You could be enjoying this view over breakfast if you were staying at the Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul, which is one of the 93 hotel properties participating in this promotion. Photograph by FlyerTalk member dickerso. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by dickerso.

Stay Two Weekend Nights, Earn 20,000 Club Carlson Gold Points

July 22, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Stay two weekend nights and you can earn 20,000 Club Carlson Gold Points when you arrive Thursday through Sunday and stay two or more nights between now and 15 September 2014 at any of the 93 participating Radisson Blu or Park Inn by Radisson hotel properties in 27 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa listed below...

Would it not be nice to have legroom like this on every flight where your feet cannot reach the seat or bulkhead wall in front of you? Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Who is Entitled to Use the Space Under the Seat In Front of You?

July 18, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Whenever I travel, I usually have one bag which I carry aboard the aircraft. I usually place it in the overhead storage bin above my seat so that I may relax in my seat and stretch my legs. Yes — I can even usually do this in a seat in the economy class cabin...but there are times where the person seated in front of me will store his or her belongings under his or her seat, inhibiting what I interpret as leg room for me. Apparently, I am not the only one to which this has happened — which leads to the question: who has right to the space under the seat in front of you?

Cathay Pacific Airways is one of the airlines which intends to avoid flights through the airspace over Ukraine until further notice. Photograph by FlyerTalk member silverm0623. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by silverm0623.

Airlines Avoiding Flights Over Malaysia Airlines Crash Site; Check Flight Status With Your Airline

July 17, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A number of airlines have reported that they are avoiding their aircraft operating flights over the site in eastern Ukraine where the crash of the Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 occurred earlier today. The list of airlines supposedly avoiding the airspace over Ukraine or eastern Ukraine includes but is not necessarily limited to...

A rocket reportedly landed in the courtyard of a home in Yehud on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 and caused damage while leaving two people with minor injuries. Yehud is just north of Ben Gurion International Airport, which serves the greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

Breaking News: Flights to Israel Suspended Due To Rocket Attack

July 22, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Due to security reasons as a result of civil unrest — most notably, reports of a rocket or associated debris supposedly launched from the Gaza Strip and landed in Yehud near Ben Gurion International Airport, which serves the greater Tel Aviv metropolitan area — airlines have suspended flights to Israel until further notice. The airlines include but are not limited to the following...

Not enough seats aboard the Boeing 777-200 aircraft — which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 — saved the lives of Barry and Izzy Sim and their young baby. Photograph courtesy of BBC News. Click on the image to access the official Internet web site of BBC News.

No Open Seats Causes Family to Miss Doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight

July 18, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Sometimes missing your flight can be a good thing. Just ask Barry and Izzy Sim, whose lives were saved as they were originally supposed to be on the Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 yesterday — only to have been told that there were not enough seats aboard the airplane for them and their young baby; so they switched to a later flight operated by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Despite their good fortune...

The crash reportedly happened in Ukraine near the Russian border.

Breaking News: Malaysia Airlines Aircraft Shot Down; Crashed in Ukraine

July 17, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A Boeing 777-2H6ER aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has reportedly crashed in Ukraine after been shot down — possibly by a missile. There were supposedly 280 passengers and 15 flight crew members aboard the aircraft when the transponder signal was lost 50 nautical miles northwest of Donetsk. There are no reports of any survivors at this time. More to come...

If you take advantage of the French version of this summer sale promotion, you just might find yourself at this counter to check in for a stay at the ibis hotel property at Charles de Gaulle airport, which serves the Paris metropolitan area. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Jian Kuang. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Jian Kuang.

30% Discount, Free Breakfast and £30 Worth of Points at ibis Hotels in Ireland and the United Kingdom

July 21, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Book any of the ibis and ibis Styles Summer sale rates by 27 July 2014 for stays from now through 2 November 2014 at a participating hotel property in the United Kingdom or Ireland; and not only will you save up to 30 percent off of the cost of your stay and receive breakfast for free, but you will also receive 2,000 Le Club Accorhotels frequent guest loyalty program points — which supposedly amounts to greater than *£30.00 or €40.00 to spend on your next stay, if you consider that “2,000 points are equal to €40.00 and equivalent to £30.00 based on a fixed rate set on the launch date of the offer.” There is a similar promotion for greater than 1,000 hotel properties in France where...

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Latest Media Statements From Malaysia Airlines and Malaysia Prime Minister About MH17

July 17, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Najib Razak — the prime minister of Malaysia — updated the international press and media earlier today with an official statement on the crash of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur earlier today. The full text of his statement — released on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 4:15 in the morning Standard Greenwich Time +0800 — is as follows...

Might you be upgraded to a suite with a living room such as this one at The Alexis Hotel in Seattle? Photograph by FlyerTalk member KARFA. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by KARFA.

Kimpton Karma Rewards Replaces InTouch Frequent Guest Loyalty Program

July 16, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“There’s no need to do anything differently in order to achieve or retain Inner Circle status”, responded FlyerTalk member and official company representative KimptonInTouch — also known as Susan McDowell, who is the Member Communications Manager, Loyalty Marketing for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants — to the concern of FlyerTalk member RogerMurdock, who is one stay away from renewing Inner Circle elite tier status. “It’s business as usual for our awesome members as we get ready to introduce new perks and surprises and a refreshed program. We can’t wait to show you what we've been working on. Luckily, we don’t have to wait very long...” The wait is over — and it is not just frequent guest loyalty program points for room nights anymore. As of today, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants Group has introduced...

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