How Would You End The Airplane Window Shade Debate Once and For All?

I asked back on June 6, 2007: “does a window of opportunity exist for a passenger seated elsewhere on an aircraft to dictate whether or not a window shade should be up or down, or does the passenger seated next to the window see right through that request?” In other words: who has the final say over whether a window shade should be opened or closed? This controversial topic has gone on for years on FlyerTalk and has been contentious enough at times to cause discussions to be closed to further input —such as when…

Why I Just Purchased Some Club Carlson Points Moments Ago

I am not the type of person who purchases frequent travel loyalty program points or miles — but in this case, I just purchased 1,000 Club Carlson frequent guest loyalty program points. Why? No, it was not because of the flash sale, which is currently active until 5:29 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time today. Sure, I will get an additional 750 bonus points…and spending $280.00 will net you up to 70,000 points with this flash sale, if you are interested. The reason for the purchase was…

El Al to Spin Off Matmid Club Frequent Flier Program?

FlyerTalk members are discussing the recent news of the intentions of El Al Israel Airlines Limited to spin off its Matmid Club frequent flier loyalty program into its own separate legal entity in addition to issuing new branded credit cards in Israel. Will this move benefit — and possibly even save — the flag carrier of Israel, which announced last month losses having widened by 22 percent and revenue decreased by 3.6 percent? Could El Al — which supposedly has a market value of $95,000,000.00 with a financial debt to the banks of $700,000,000.00 — possibly go bankrupt? If so…

Several FlyerTalk Forums You Should Visit — Including One Where You Have Chances to Win Prizes

In a recent discussion via e-mail messages with FlyerTalk member SanDiego1K — who is also the community director for FlyerTalk — I asked her which forums she believes should be highlighted here at The Gate. Thinking that “smaller, less traveled forums” should be highlighted, here are her initial recommendations…

Thank You For Reading The World’s Most Trusted “Blog”

Reading the title of this article, you are probably asking yourself to which weblog I am referring. If I replied The Gate, you would most likely think that I was full of myself. What criteria would I have used to call The Gate the World’s Most Trusted “Blog”? Would it be that I reliably post an article at an average of once per day? Perhaps the content is always accurate 100 percent of the time — which I even admit is not true, as I am thankful to have readers point out inaccuracies to me found in the articles I post. Personally — as ludicrous as I think it would be if I decided to call The Gate the World’s Most Trusted “Blog” — to attempt to…

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