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Wife of FlyerTalk Member Stranded in San Francisco as Fleet of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” Aircraft Still Plagued With Problems

March 10, 2014 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member GaryD reported that his wife was stranded at San Francisco International Airport but initially did not know the reason or the cause, which was due to the incoming flight — a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft which operated as Japan Airlines flight 2 from Tokyo but was diverted to Honolulu on its way to San Francisco after the pilot reportedly declared an emergency due to either a “hydraulic issue” or an oil leak as indicated by a drop in engine lubricant pressure according to cockpit indicators. The girlfriend of FlyerTalk member daboogah was reportedly on the diverted flight...

Poll Results: Trust in Frequent Travel Loyalty Programs is Important

March 7, 2014 by Brian Cohen

How important to you is your trust in a frequent travel loyalty program? Almost 69 percent of FlyerTalk members who participated in a poll — posted on FlyerTalk on February 5, 2014 and closed earlier today — voted that trust in a frequent travel loyalty program is overwhelmingly very important; while an additional 17.67 percent of FlyerTalk members believe that trust in a frequent travel loyalty program is somewhat important. The final results of the poll are shown below...

2014 FlyerTalk Awards Results: And the Winners Are…

March 5, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A total of 18 trophies were awarded to the winners of the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards — sponsored once again this year by KAYAK — based on the vote by FlyerTalk members — and the results were announced earlier today on CNN. Voting for the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards began on January 14, 2014; and the polls were open through noon Pacific Standard Time on February 11, 2014. Here is a list of the winners, with those highlighted in green as having dethroned the winner of that respective category last year in the 2013 FlyerTalk Awards...

FlyerTalk Member Aboard Airplane During Emergency Landing in Texas Due to Pilot Report of Smoke in the Cockpit

March 9, 2014 by Brian Cohen

An Embraer EMJ-145 regional jet aircraft — which operated as American Eagle flight 3400 on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — departed from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on its way to Quad City International Airport in Moline but was diverted to Greenville, Texas due to smoke reported in the cockpit as described by FlyerTalk member TestKing, who was aboard that flight with his wife...

Transfer LifeMiles and Recipient Receives Double the Amount

March 7, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Through March 17, 2014, for every 1,000 LifeMiles transferred from your account, the recipient will receive a 100 percent bonus with this promotion — capped at a maximum of transferring 75,000 LifeMiles per transaction — by Avianca. The cost to you to transfer your LifeMiles is...

Hey, ALPA — What About 10 Euro Transatlantic Flights on Ryanair?

March 4, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The chief executive officer of Ryanair has announced that the airline will begin to offer transatlantic flights to New York and Boston starting at 10 Euro per seat once it eventually acquires long-haul aircraft needed for the journey — at least several years away at a minimum. If the content of the announcement by Michael O’Leary becomes a reality, it will be the first time that Ryanair serves airports in the United States. Of course — in true Ryanair fashion...

Contact Lost With Malaysia Airlines Aircraft During Flight; Search and Rescue Effort Under Way

March 7, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 370 — carrying 227 passengers and 12 members of the flight crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — disappeared early in the morning on Saturday, March 8, 2014 somewhere over the Gulf of Thailand en route, according to a statement released from the airline. over the Gulf of Thailand en route, according to a statement released from the airline. Reports originally stated that the aircraft reportedly lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control at 2:40 in the morning — two hours after the flight departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 12:41 in the morning; but now the timeline has been adjusted where the aircraft supposedly lost contact 41 minutes into the flight at 1:22 in the morning but was not reported until 2:40 in the morning. A search and rescue effort is currently under way to find the aircraft, which was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 in the morning local time — but it did not arrive. Here is the official media statement released in its entirety from Malaysia Airlines...

2015 Delta SkyMiles Award Charts Released Today

March 6, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The SkyMiles awards redemption chart effective as of January 1, 2015 for travel from the continental United States, Alaska and Canada was released today by Delta Air Lines — and FlyerTalk members are already currently discussing it. The highlights of the award charts for the redemption of SkyMiles in all classes include no price increases to the lowest award redemption levels, as previously reported here at The Gate — and of the 44 award level pricing changes...

No More Chilean Reciprocity Fee For American Travelers

March 3, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If you are a citizen of the United States of America and you did not visit Chile primarily because of the cost of $160.00 for a visa per person simply to enter the country, you are now in luck if you want to visit Chile in the future: As of February 26, 2014, you are now exempt from paying the visa reciprocity fee of $160.00. Americans are typically charged reciprocity fees by countries whose citizens are charged visa fees to enter the United States. Furthermore, when the United States increased its fee...

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