Happy New Year 2013 — and No 2012 Year in Review Here

Photographic illustration ©2012 by Brian Cohen.

FlyerTalk members who qualified for elite status for 2013 — whether again or for the first time — love this time of year; whereas FlyerTalk members who do not like to see frequent travel loyalty program accounts reset to zero or have elite status either reduced or eliminated altogether dislike this time of year.

This time of year, of course, is the end of one year and the beginning of another: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

I posted an article here at The Gate one year ago which discusses in greater detail the travails FlyerTalk members endure in order to obtain elite status and why they do it — as well as whether or not striving to earn elite status for the next year is worth it to you.

Meanwhile, FlyerTalk members lament at seeing their accounts reset to zero, meaning that they have to start earning towards elite status all over again — whether they are members of the US Airways or Hilton HHonors frequent travel loyalty programs, for example.

However, not everything is “doom and gloom.” While they lament, other FlyerTalk members have plans for the transition from 2012 to 2013 — or, at least, questions:

  • FlyerTalk member rockdocs is looking to spend the holiday at that traditional “crossroads of the world” perhaps most famous for welcoming the new year with a grand celebration: Times Square in New York at a Marriott hotel property.
  • Similarly, FlyerTalk member dparkinson wants to see the parade in London from the Starwood hotel property with the best view.
  • Does anything special happen if the new year arrives during a flight aboard an airplane?
  • What can you expect when you spend the new year in Singapore or Munich or Stockholm?
  • Perhaps you are searching for travel ideas over the new year holiday — no matter which year you might be thinking about traveling.

In addition to being a rich repository for information on how to earn and use frequent travel loyalty program miles and points — as well as the best ways on earning elite status — FlyerTalk is quite the resource for your travel plans over the new year…or at any other time of year, for that matter.

There is a lot of which to look forward in 2013 pertaining to FlyerTalk:

  • FlyerTalk celebrates 15 years since the launch of its current iteration
  • Member number 500,000 will officially join FlyerTalk
  • Content will be posted for the 20,000,000th time on FlyerTalk
  • There are plenty of gatherings of FlyerTalk members being planned all over the world — most of which are listed in the CommunityBuzz! forum

I never did like the massive wave of retrospectives that many other weblogs, news sources, television programs and Internet web sites like to run. In that vein, there will be no “best of 2012” by me here at The Gate. I never really understood the purpose of such retrospectives, as to me they are like those television programs which usually have at least one episode per year where it is considered a new episode but contains mostly clippings of previously-viewed episodes in an attempt to loosely tie together a story. They are called clip shows. Unless there is a good reason for it, I do not ever want to see The Gate emulate a “clip show.”

However, I will borrow something from the latest edition of the TalkMail newsletter which I believe is an apropos way to wish to you a very happy new year. I just hope that the person who writes and edits the TalkMail newsletter does not get angry or upset with me for doing this…

…anyway, may 2013 be the best year yet for you, and:

  • May you travel to every desired destination on your list;
  • May you spend quality time trying new things, openly engaging new experiences, and doing everything you have always wanted to do at each destination;
  • May your travels result in lifetime memories and stories to leave the listener engaged and envious enough to compel them to create their own travel adventures;
  • May your frequent travel loyalty program miles and points never expire;
  • May you continuously be awarded elite status every year;
  • May you always have lounge access at every airport and hotel property;
  • May your upgrade requests always be granted;
  • May you dine well on your favorite food and drink as well as sample new flavors and tastes from all around the world; and, most importantly
  • May your travels always be safe, interesting and fun — yet filled with adventure and spirit

Bucking what would seem to be the obvious choice of a frequent flier, I plan to spend the transition from 2012 into 2013 quietly at home.

I look forward to seeing you in 2013 — and thank you for reading The Gate for the past 6.5 years!

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