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Airplanes such as these operated by Southwest Airlines will start appearing at international destinations such as Aruba and the Bahamas. Photograph by FlyerTalk member zgscl. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by zgscl.

International Destinations Announced by Southwest Airlines

January 27, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Oranjestad, Aruba; Nassau, Bahamas; and Montego Bay, Jamaica have been announced as the first international destinations served by Southwest Airlines effective as of July 1, 2014 — and you are now able to book reservations for these flights at the official Internet web site of Southwest Airlines. Some FlyerTalk members are especially excited that companion passes can now be used for international travel on flights operated by Southwest Airlines...but FlyerTalk member chuckworth posted that...

This weather map illustrates how much snow has fallen through today as a result of the winter storm which affected the northeastern United States yesterday and today and caused the cancellations of thousands of flights. Weather map courtesy of AccuWeather. Click on the weather map above to access the official Internet web site of

Travel Alert: More Winter Weather Woes For the Northeastern United States

January 22, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Greater than 7,000 flights have already been delayed as a result of the latest round of winter weather to impact the northeastern United States, where snowfall accumulation totaled as much as 15 inches in some locations — and FlyerTalk members have definitely been affected, as evidenced in the following discussions...

Will it one day in the near future be easier for you to avoid long lines at the airport security checkpoint? Photograph by FlyerTalk member CDKing.

Reserve Your Spot at the Front of the Line at an Airport Security Checkpoint?

January 18, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Have you ever arrived at the airport to catch your flight — only to have a long line at the security checkpoint greet you even though you have elite level status in at least one frequent flier loyalty program? Are there times where the Pre✓ program offered by the Transportation Security Administration of the United States is not always helpful in expediting your passage through the airport security checkpoint? Now at one airport, you can enter your flight number...


Lawsuit Dismissed: Million Miler Loses to United Airlines

January 23, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away”, United States District Judge Harry Leinenweber reportedly said as he quoted Job from the Bible at the start of issuing his decision earlier today to dismiss a lawsuit which claimed that United Airlines removed some of the benefits it promised to bestow upon members who earned and achieved million miler status in the MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program, thereby breaching its contract with them. George Lagen — the plaintiff who...

You may be seeing many incoming and outgoing airplanes before you are permitted to board on a flight when traveling using a “buddy pass” if flights are crowded. Photograph by FlyerTalk member ChiefNWA. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by ChiefNWA.

Warning: Never Purchase “Buddy Passes”

January 21, 2014 by Brian Cohen

One of the least-expensive ways to travel by airplane is on a “buddy pass” — usually where you pay little more than the taxes and fees for an airline ticket — but the experience of the travel companion of FlyerTalk member LashondaO should demonstrate to you on how not to procure and use a “buddy pass.” Although LashondaO and the travel companion — both of whom are students in the United States — successfully flew as passengers on Delta Air Lines to Chile, return flights were canceled due to...

This Sky Club — located at Terminal F in the international airport which serves Atlanta — is not affected by the policy change. Photograph by FlyerTalk member atldlff. Click on the photograph for a list of Sky Clubs located within the international airport which serves Atlanta as compiled by atldlff.

International Lounge Access to Be Reduced for Economy Class Delta SkyTeam Elite Plus Passengers

January 17, 2014 by Brian Cohen

With no official announcement, all Delta Air Lines international airport lounges operated by a third party will become lounges accessible only to passengers traveling on flights in business class effective as of May 1, 2014. This means that if you...

Will your customer experience improve the next time you board an airplane operated by Ryanair? Photograph by FlyerTalk member Thinksamuel. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Thinksamuel.

Ryanair to Address Customer Service Issues?

January 23, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Yes — you read the headline of this article correctly. Ryanair — an airline not exactly known for having the best customer service in commercial aviation with customer-unfriendly policies and statements such as eliminating waivers and adding surcharges; removing sanitary bags from the fleet of aircraft; contemplating standing room only for passengers; charging a fee for boarding passes; considering charging a fee to use the lavatory; proposing the elimination of seat belts; suggesting that co-pilots are unnecessary; and fees simply for the privilege of booking a flight — apparently had to be pushed hard enough to...

Click on the photograph to access his official Internet web site from which this photograph came.

United Airlines Subject of Rants by Former Senate Leader

January 20, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Were the complaints about a recent experience as a passenger on United Airlines flight 1486 posted on social media by William Harrison Frist legitimate — or was he simply being what is known on FlyerTalk as a DYKWIA, or Do You Know Who I Am? Frist — a heart and lung transplant surgeon and a multi-millionaire who is also a former majority leader of the United States Senate from Tennessee — fired off a series of “tweets” complaining about...

Donate to the Jason Dahl scholarship fund and you will have a chance to win a ride in this Lufthansa Junkers Ju52 vintage aircraft. Photograph courtesy of FlyerTalk member LufthansaFlyer.

A Chance to Win One of Two Fantastic Prizes When You Support the Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund This Month

January 16, 2014 by Brian Cohen

How would you like a chance to ride in a vintage aircraft — complete with a tour and hotel night stays — or a session in the cockpit of a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” simulator? All you have to do is support the Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund this month to have a chance to win the following grand prize...

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