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FlyerTalk Members Stranded in Mumbai for 43 Hours Give First-Hand Accounts

March 3, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“I realize they had no choice to cancel the flight but United handled it horribly”, posted FlyerTalk member frequentjohn, who was one of 275 passengers on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft which was to operate as United Airlines flight 49 from Mumbai to Newark on February 20, 2014 but was grounded due to significant damage on its right engine cowl. “It took them hours to figure out how to get everyone out of the airport so I am still in Mumbai. They had to take us back through customs to ‘cancel’ our exit from India. It took them a couple of hours to figure out how to...

Troubled Qantas to Reduce Fleet, Cut 5,000 Jobs and Postpone Delivery of Eleven New Aircraft

February 27, 2014 by Brian Cohen

An official announcement released from Qantas Airways Limited revealed significant measures to reduce costs — including reducing approximately 15 percent of its workforce by furloughing 5,000 employees, “freezing” wages for remaining employees, selling its terminal lease in Brisbane, eliminating at least one flight routes, and removing aircraft from its fleet while postponing the delivery of new aircraft — in order to cut costs by two billion Australian dollars over the next three years, as a net loss of 235 million Australian dollars for the second half of 2013 was reported due chiefly to higher fuel prices and intensifying competition both domestically and internationally. Some of the measures to be implemented by Qantas include the following...

Back Yet Again: Stay Twice and Earn a Free Night at Choice Hotels Properties

February 24, 2014 by Brian Cohen

In what appears to be a repeat of a promotion from August of last year, you can earn an unlimited amount of free nights with this promotion by Choice Hotels, as you earn 8,000 Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points — enough for a free night at greater than 1,500 hotel properties — after each second qualifying stay between February 27, 2014 and May 14, 2014. However, you must...

40 Percent Discount on Room Rates at Select Mövenpick Hotels in Europe — But…

March 2, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Through March 31, 2014, you can book a room at select Mövenpick Hotel properties in Europe and potentially save 40 percent off of the room rate for stays through December 31, 2014 — and you could possibly save even more than that, if you are lucky enough. The official Internet web site of this Hot Deals promotion warns that “Rates and destinations are changing all the time, so you’ve got to be quick.” In other words, this offer is based upon availability at participating hotel properties and is for new reservations only. Here is the list of select Mövenpick Hotel properties in Europe participating in this promotion...

SkyMiles Program to Change Based on Revenue Instead of Miles for 2015

February 26, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program will change to base rewards on the airfares paid by customers of Delta Air Lines rather than the miles — more accurately, “butt-in-seat” miles — being traveled. Paul Skrbec — who is manager of corporate communications at Delta Air Lines — contacted me directly to let me know that I will receive the full...

Budget Rent A Car Still Accused of Scamming Customers

February 21, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Despite being sold coverage by a franchise group in British Columbia in the event their rental vehicles are involved in an accident, customers of Budget Rent a Car are left feeling deceived and misled after being billed for the full cost for damage to their rental vehicles — totaling in some cases thousands of dollars. This is not the first time in which franchises of Budget Rent a Car based in British Columbia have been involved in questionable practices pertaining to vehicle damage. In November of 2012, The Gate reported...

Hilton Select: Do Not Waste Your Money or Time

February 28, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“Cash-back travel. Everyday savings. One select membership.” That is the tagline of Hilton Select, which is supposedly “an exceptional travel and savings program offered by the most recognized hotel brand in the hospitality industry” entitling you as a member to special benefits designed to deliver cash back and savings — whether you are at home or traveling. As a member, you receive five percent cash back on domestic airfare, rental cars and cruises in addition to significant savings on dining, entertainment and more...and for an annual membership fee of $299.00, you are entitled the following benefits...

Earn 1,000 Starpoints With Every Sheraton Club Stay — But…

February 25, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Through May 31, 2014, you can earn a bonus of 1,000 Starpoints every time you book a Sheraton Club Room for a stay at a participating Sheraton Club hotel property at an eligible room rate — which is similar to past promotions, such as this one from almost exactly one year ago where I expressed frustrations pertaining to participating in that promotion — and this is the third consecutive year for what has come to be an annual promotion. However — in order to be eligible for this promotion — you must...

FlyerTalk Member Sells Software for $19 Billion to Facebook

February 20, 2014 by Brian Cohen

In May of 2009, FlyerTalk member jkb76 requested assistance from fellow FlyerTalk members pertaining to a “little tool” he had just developed called WhatsApp. “i hate shameless self promotion, but i couldn’t resist posting here because i wrote this app with people like us in mind (those who travel a lot)”, posted jkb76. “ever since i semi-retired a little over a year ago, i been traveling A LOT and i hated it when people tried to reach me when i am on the plane or out of the country. so i asked myself -- wouldn't it be cool if i just set a status for my iPhone, similar to how you can set a status on yahoo messenger or skype.” That “little tool” was just sold to facebook for a total of $19 billion in cash and stock. Additionally...

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