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If a stay at a Hilton hotel property is more valuable to you than flying as a passenger on this Boeing 747-400 aircraft operated by Virgin Atlantic, then convert your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club frequent flier loyalty program miles to Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points as soon as possible, as the conversion ratio changes effective as of February 6, 2014. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Yahtzee. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Yahtzee.

Convert Flying Club Miles to HHonors Points? Do It Before February 6, 2014

January 31, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If you are thinking about converting your Virgin Atlantic Airways Flying Club frequent flier loyalty program miles to Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points, you had better act quickly if you do not want to suffer from a devaluation, as the conversion ratio drops from 1:2 to 2:3 as of February 6, 2014. As a result, FlyerTalk members are...

This weather map illustrates the precipitation expected as a result of the winter storm which will affect the southeastern United States on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — which may cause delays and possible cancellations of flights. Weather map courtesy of AccuWeather. Click on the weather map above to access the official Internet web site of AccuWeather.com.

Travel Alert: Winter Storm to Affect Southeastern United States

January 27, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Expect delays in the southeastern United States on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 as portions of at least nine states from Texas to Virginia are preparing for an unusual winter storm which will bring rain, snow and an icy mix of precipitation — which could include ice, sleet and freezing rain — as well as relatively frigid temperatures as far south as northern Florida as the result of a high pressure system containing air from the Arctic. Cities to be affected by this winter storm include...

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...

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Wyndham Rewards Quietly Adds Tier 9 Redemption Level — With No Notice

January 30, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If you want to redeem your Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points to stay at the Wyndham Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Wyndham Grand Resort in Hawaii, be prepared to spend a minimum of 50,000 of them per night — because this hotel property has been quietly “upgraded” to a new level known as Tier 9. There was no notice — not even advance notice. There was no announcement. The change has already been implemented. In fact, there is absolutely no sign whatsoever that the new Tier 9 level has been added to...

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 AccuWeather.com.

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...

This image of Interstate 285 south of Cobb Parkway shows all three elements contributing to the transportation woes in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area: icy roads, abandoned cars, and traffic at a standstill. Photograph courtesy of the Georgia Department of Transportation.

FlyerTalk Members Stranded in Atlanta Due to Weather

January 29, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Due to the abysmal lack of response by state and local authorities to a winter storm, FlyerTalk members report being stranded in the Atlanta metropolitan area until further notice...and it is not because of flight delays and cancellations — of which there have already been thousands nationwide due to the winter storm — but rather because of highways clogged with cars abandoned due to severe gridlock conditions and ice on the roadways throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area yesterday, which means that FlyerTalk members either cannot get to the international airport in Atlanta or are wondering if they will be able to catch their flights...

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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...

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