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InterContinental Ambassador Annual Renewal Fees to Increase By 50%?

August 5, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Several FlyerTalk members are reporting with conviction that the fee to renew Ambassador elite status with InterContinental Hotels will increase from $100.00 to $150.00 annually — an increase of 50 percent — effective as of August 10, 2012. Enrollment — not renewal — of membership with Ambassador elite status with InterContinental Hotels increased from $150.00 to $200.00 — an increase of 33 percent — greater than two years ago on July 1, 2012. While many FlyerTalk members certainly are not happy about the reported fee increase, there are those FlyerTalk members who believe that...

Reading Light Aboard Aircraft Leads to Outburst

August 3, 2012 by Brian Cohen

A reading light was the cause of a tantrum by a Tacoma man aboard an Alaska Airlines aircraft during an overnight flight from Honolulu to Bellingham International Airport, according to a spokesman for the Washington State Police. The unidentified man — who is 50 years old — reportedly asked a female passenger to turn off the reading light above her seat so that he may sleep during the flight. Her refusal to do so led to...

Blackout: Half of India Without Power

July 31, 2012 by Brian Cohen

If you are scheduled to be in India this week, be aware that half of the country is currently without power, affecting greater than 620,000,000 — yes, 620 million — people. This unprecedented blackout occurred a day after another massive blackout which affected greater than...

New Baggage Delivery Service by American Airlines: a Winner?

August 4, 2012 by Brian Cohen

I am usually in favor of additional options for travelers without taking away current options, and it appears that the new VIP baggage delivery service option being implemented by American Airlines starting on Monday, August 6 is one of those options. For $29.95, you can bypass the baggage claim area at the airport after your flight has landed and have your baggage delivered to your final destination within one to four hours upon arrival, whether it is your home, office, hotel or any other delivery location within 40 miles of the arrival airport which you may choose. Two pieces of baggage will cost you $39.95, and...

US Airways Introduces Premium Meals for Economy Class Passengers on Certain International Flights

August 2, 2012 by Brian Cohen

If you dread eating another standard complementary meal typically served in the economy class cabin on a US Airways flight to Europe, the Middle East and South America, you may be in luck: for only US$19.99, you can order one of two chilled meals, both of which include a glass of wine. The options are as follows, according to the descriptions posted by US Airways...

2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 Road Test and Review

July 31, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Imagine how FlyerTalk member powermax felt expecting to rent a Nissan Maxima from National Car Rental at Toronto Pearson International Airport — only to find a fully-loaded 2013 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 with a glass roof and 19-inch wheels. Well, imagine no longer. A short video of the sound of the engine revving accompanies the photographs and road test and review of this vehicle by powermax — and find out how you can have a chance to rent this car the next time...

Southwest Offers 50%-Off During Facebook Promotion

August 3, 2012 by stephaniemiles

Southwest Airlines is celebrating reaching three million fans on Facebook by offering a limited-time promotion that's too good to pass up. Today only, the airline is offering...

My Visit to an Airline Customer Support Reservations Center Slated to Close

August 1, 2012 by Brian Cohen

As a frequent flier, you have most certainly called the customer support center of an airline and spoken to some faceless voice at the other end of the telephone to book a flight, change a reservation, find out if your flight was on time, or request assistance during irregular operations. The telephone call is usually successful, although there may be times you are unhappy with the results — or lack thereof — of the call. When FlyerTalk member NWA/Deltaflygirl posted back on April 10, 2012 that she and her colleagues at the customer support reservations center in Seattle where they currently work was slated to close on August 30, she never expected the response to what she posted...

Amtrak Lunges Forward With eTicket Announcement

July 30, 2012 by stephaniemiles

Life just got a whole lot easier for perennially rushed Amtrak passengers. The train service announced on Monday that passengers who purchase tickets online would no longer be required to print their tickets at kiosks or have them delivered by mail. Instead...