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

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…

AirTrain Service at Newark Airport to Be Suspended for 75 Days

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…

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

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…

Hilton HHonors Hotel Category Adjustments for 2014 Announced

“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…

US Airways Implements Changes to Dividend Miles Program — With No Advance Notice

Does this news sound familiar? According to this new award chart, US Airways has suddenly increased the amount of Dividend Miles required to redeem for an award ticket from North America to North Asia in the business class cabin from 90,000 to 110,000 — and without any advance notice…and “They added a…

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