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This is the lobby of Hilton London Gatwick Airport — one of the hotel properties participating in the Summer Welcome promotion. Photograph by FlyerTalk member uggboy. Click on the photograph for trip reports, reviews and more photographs posted by uggboy and other FlyerTalk members.

2,500 Hilton HHonors Points on Your Next Visit — But…

July 24, 2014 by Brian Cohen

To earn your 2,500 bonus Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points, simply register for the Summer Welcome promotion prior to checking in for your hotel room and book a reservation for your next stay from now through December 31, 2014 at any resort or hotel property located in Europe, the Middle East and Africa within the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio directly through either the official Internet web site of Hilton or of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program. This promotion is supposedly only open to...

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?

Gregory Char — I will not reveal his FlyerTalk name for privacy reasons — accepts the 2014 GlobeRunner Award on behalf of FlyerTalk from Jonathan Spira, who is on the left in the photograph and is the editorial director of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. Photograph courtesy of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of Frequent Business Traveler magazine — as well as for me to prove to you that I am not the one who cropped off the tops of their heads...

FlyerTalk Wins GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel Site — Yet Again For the Third Consecutive Year

July 23, 2014 by Brian Cohen

For the third consecutive year, I am proud to announce that FlyerTalk has once again been selected as the recipient of the GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel Site based on votes by readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine. Greater than 150,000 votes were cast by readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine between the period of March 14, 2014 and May 31, 2014. Other winners include Hilton Hotels and Resorts — which swept the Best Hotel Chain category and won four GlobeRunner Awards for the third consecutive year; five if you count the award which the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program won — and the following list of other companies, frequent travel loyalty programs, airports and “bloggers“ which won GlobeRunner Awards in 2014...

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...

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Breaking News: 47 Reported Dead in Airplane Crash in Taiwan During Typhoon Matmo

July 23, 2014 by Brian Cohen

An ATR72 aircraft which operated as TransAsia Airways flight 222 carrying 54 passengers and four members of the flight crew from Kaohsiung International Airport to Magong Airport reportedly crashed upon approach in the Penghu Islands west of the main island of Taiwan. Strong gusting winds — supposedly from Typhoon Matmo, which was impacting Taiwan at the time of the crash — was the reported cause of the aircraft bursting into flames after contacting the ground before reaching the runway. At least 47 people are reported dead; and 11 addition people...

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...

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