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Do You Take Advantage of the Travel Tools Forum?

“Our travel tool forum is an awesome resource that is often overlooked”, FlyerTalk member and community director SanDiego1K recently wrote to me. “There is real meat in this forum. I’ve found extraordinary tools that really ease my travel planning.” How can anyone ignore a testimonial like that? The Travel Tools forum — located in the Travel&Dining section of FlyerTalk — encourages the discussion of tools, services and software used to optimize your travel experience. An example of the topics appropriate for discussion in the Travel Tools forum include the following…

Would you wear your luggage instead of check it to save on fees and keep your belongings protected? Photograph courtesy of Ecouterre. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of Ecouterre.

Wear Your Belongings to Avoid Baggage Fees and Mishandled Luggage?

I try to avoid checking my baggage whenever possible — to the point where I usually only travel with one bag which I carry onto the airplane with me…but what if you are carrying more items with you and want to avoid paying baggage fees at the same time; or perhaps avoid having your luggage thrown around by baggage handlers — such as with this latest incident which occurred at the international airport in Toronto? Well, one way is to earn elite level status in your preferred frequent flier loyalty program — but that is becoming more difficult in recent years with the spate of perceived devaluations. Another option is that you may want to consider “wearing” your luggage to avoid paying baggage fees. A company named…

Play your frequent flier loyalty program cards right and you could indulge in a premium experience during a flight which includes taking a shower — but could you be losing your self-respect in the process? Photograph by FlyerTalk member EK_Flyer. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by EK_Flyer.

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…

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Nine “Dirty Secrets” of the Travel Industry? Not to Members of FlyerTalk

Here is another one of those “listicles” — or articles in the form of some list that someone threw together. This one purports to reveal nine “dirty secrets” of the travel industry, as posted by Caroline Morse of SmarterTravel. If you have been a FlyerTalk member for years, you most likely already knew most or all of them anyway, so — just for fun and laughs — let us run down this list and dissect it, FlyerTalk-style…

Amtrak Double Days Promotion — Spring 2014

Double Points: Amtrak Double Days Promotion Returns Again

Register now for the Double Days promotion by Amtrak Guest Rewards and earn double points on qualfying travel on Amtrak trains in the United States from March 17, 2014 through May 17, 2014 — which seems to be a regular event in the spring and autumn, as this promotion is virtually identical to the most recent promotion last year. This promotion also has a history of…

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