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Earn Up to 2,000 Marriott Rewards Points in Seconds Per 30 Days — But…

May 10, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Earn up to a maximum of 2,000 bonus Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points every 30 days when you register and perform qualifying designated actions through your social media profiles through November 8, 2014 are eligible to earn bonus Marriott Rewards points through Plus Points – a program which is currently in beta mode. Here is a chart illustrating how and when you can earn bonus Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points...

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Chances to Win a First Class Trip to Any Continent and 500,000 AAdvantage Miles

May 7, 2014 by Brian Cohen

There are two current yet separate promotions where you have a chance to win a trip to any continent as a passenger in the first class cabin; as well as a chance to win 500,000 American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program miles. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win either sweepstakes; but the deadline to enter both sweepstakes is by June 13, 2014. The first contest touts the strength of the one world alliance; and you can enter for a chance to be one of five winners of a prize — supposedly worth an approximate retail value of $8,080.00 — which includes...

This is not a hotel room — this is a bed in The Residence cabin aboard an Airbus A380 aircraft operated by Etihad Airways. Photograph courtesy of Etihad Airways. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of Etihad Airways.

New: Luxury Three-Room Residences, Apartments Aboard Etihad Airways Airbus A380 Aircraft

May 4, 2014 by Brian Cohen

You could already fly as a passenger in suites aboard select aircraft operated by airlines such as Singapore Airlines; and you can already take a shower aboard select aircraft operated by Emirates Airline. Pshaw. As described in an official press release, Etihad Airways has significantly upped the ante in the luxury cabin wars with The Residence — its new product aboard select Airbus A380, which includes a butler to ensure all arrangements are in place and plan both the inflight and après-flight itinerary according to personal preferences; and a chef at your service who can prepare your favorite meal if you do not prefer the available gourmet offerings. This “apartment in the air” is designed for up to two passengers traveling together — and “it has been created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts who understand the discernment and sophistication expected by the private traveller.” Each “residence” includes the following rooms...

Was Joey the Kangaroo passed off as a service animal for emotional support purposes? Photograph by FlyerTalk member marnold3. Click on the photograph for the portion of the discussion on FlyerTalk posted by marnold3.

Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals: Are the Rules and Policies Being Abused and Exploited?

May 9, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Whether it is a white goose, a dog who used the lavatory, or Fluffy the Wonder Cat, FlyerTalk members have long suspected that a growing number of unqualified pets are being passed off as service animals or emotional support animals so that passengers may avoid paying extra charges or have their pets relegated into the cargo hold — and until there is a service similar to the fictitious Furry Family offered by WestJet Airlines, expect the grumblings to continue indefinitely. To be clear, there are distinct differences between service animals and animals used to provide their owners “emotional support.” The official definition of a service animal — according to the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice of the United States pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA — is as follows...

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FlyerTalk Sponsors Tenth Annual Kids First Auction: Bid on Airline Tickets, Hotel Nights, Car Rentals, Vouchers and Miles

May 6, 2014 by Brian Cohen

How would you like to bid on a chance to win one of a number of great travel prizes while simultaneously supporting a worthy cause where you can have a positive impact on the lives of many children who need your help? Beginning on Thursday, May 8, 2014 and lasting for ten days, the first of three auctions in which you can bid on a global selection of travel items during the tenth Kids First Auction — sponsored by FlyerTalk — include airline tickets, hotel stays, car rentals and feature signature items. For example, you could bid on a chance to win a day trip to Niagara Falls on a charter flight from New York. The second auction is scheduled to commence on...

The agent of a rental car company would not say how much was the fuel charge, if any. Photograph by FlyerTalk member eightblack. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by eightblack.

Fuel For Rental Car: Do You Pay In Advance or Decline?

May 2, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Whenever you rent a vehicle, you know that there will be some expenses included — such as taxes, fees and other assorted charges which were not included in the original rate quoted to you...but what do you do when the agent explains to you your fuel options? After all, those pesky rental cars need to be fed their gasoline or petrol — the nomenclature depending on which part of the world you are based. You basically have two choices — or a variation thereof...

This is the exterior of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco hotel property. Photograph by FlyerTalk member offerendum. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by offerendum.

Registration for Your Own Marriott Getaway Bonus Begins Today — But…

May 8, 2014 by Brian Cohen

You most likely have a Getaway Bonus targeted and waiting just for you where you will earn double Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points after the second paid stay — up to a maximum of 25,000 bonus points — pertaining to stays at participating Marriott hotel and resort properties between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014; but you must sign in and register by July 31, 2014 to receive your own targeted offer and participate in this promotion. Here is a list of the brands of hotel properties participating in this promotion...

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The Great GrapeGate Grate: Is United Airlines Serving Fewer Grapes With Meals?

May 5, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Talk about the grapes of wrath. In a sublime nod to the recent scarcity of limes, groups of FlyerTalk members are now grappling with the gripping story of griping about groping fewer grapes — or lack thereof — during meal service aboard aircraft operated by United Airlines. Perhaps this seedy action — apparently not heard through the grapevine — is to help return United Ail-lines to profitability by welching on their customers after reporting disappointing financial results for the first quarter of 2014. “As Jeff said on the recent 1Q 2014 call”, recalled FlyerTalk member spin88...

The Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport hotel property is participating in the current promotion. Photograph by FlyerTalk member SKYEG. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by SKYEG.

Earn Double or Triple Starpoints in SPG Earn Away Promotion Beginning Today

May 1, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays at greater than 1,000 participating Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide properties through July 31, 2014 with the SPG Earn Away Promotion; and if your stay includes a Sunday — Saturday at participating hotel properties in the Middle East — then you can earn triple Starpoints. You must register for this promotion by June 30, 2014. There is a list of 138 hotel properties which are excluded voluntarily from this promotion...

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