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Buying Up to Preferred Elite Status Will Cost You More on US Airways in March

February 19, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If you are a member of the US Airways Dividend Miles frequent flier loyalty program and want or need to purchase your way to Preferred elite status through February 28, 2015, you will need to do it before March 1, 2014, when prices will increase — and you will also only be able to buy up to a Preferred elite level tier which you are within 25,000 miles or 30 flight segments of reaching. The price increases are specifically outlined below as follows...

Double SkyMiles AND Double Medallion Qualification Miles for Flights To or From Seattle

February 18, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Starting today, you can earn double SkyMiles and double Medallion Qualification Miles as many times as you like through December 31, 2014 on the non-stop segments of flights whose origination or destination is Seattle and marketed and operated by either Delta Air Lines or Delta Connection — but you must first register for this promotion, as registration is required before purchasing and flying as a passenger on the flight; and only tickets purchased after registering for this promotion will qualify for the bonuses.There is one major catch...

How Important to You is Your Trust in a Frequent Travel Loyalty Program?

February 14, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something” is the definition of the word trust, according to the Oxford dictionary of American English. Does trust apply to you pertaining to frequent travel loyalty programs? A poll was posted on FlyerTalk last week asking how important to you is your trust in a frequent travel loyalty program — the poll will close on Friday, March 7, 2014 — and the responses up to this point have been quite thoughtful. Before reviewing some of those responses in greater detail, here are the poll results as of...

Club Carlson Program Changes: A Basic Analysis

February 19, 2014 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member Club Carlson — also known as Rachael Marret, who is the senior vice president of customer engagement with the Club Carlson frequent guest loyalty program — announced changes to be effective as of March 15, 2014, which she outlined below...

Co-Pilot Hijacked Own Aircraft — to Seek Asylum in Switzerland

February 17, 2014 by Brian Cohen

When the pilot of the Boeing 767-300 aircraft — which operated as Ethiopian Airlines flight 702 and was carrying 193 passengers from Addis Ababa to Rome — left the cockpit to use the lavatory earlier today, Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn was in control of the plane and decided to take that opportunity to “hijack” the aircraft to Geneva in order to seek asylum. At some time when Tegegn — the co-pilot and second in command of the aircraft who is 31 years of age — took control of the airplane...

In Memoriam: Black Adder

February 12, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“I haven’t flown at all this year and I have no plans to fly at all anytime in the near future. I obtained my status with JAL when I was single and flying solely for pleasure. Now I’m married and am battling a serious illness so there is no money for flying or hotels. No regrets here, I had a great run.” That prophetic statement was posted on October 10, 2013 by FlyerTalk member Black Adder, whose real name was...

Are Certain Starwood Hotel Properties Limiting Free Night Awards Only to Single-Occupancy Rooms?

February 19, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If you are married or have a significant other who has been patient with you as you have traveled frequently — especially when you travel on business — away from home for days or weeks at a time, you might want to reward them with a trip to a place anywhere in the world where they would like to visit, using your frequent travel loyalty program points or miles at hotel properties and on airline flights. FlyerTalk member SAN-man has reported that at the Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam — which participates as A Luxury Collection Hotel of the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program — the following news...

Changes in Privileges Program of Delta Hotels and Resorts Announced — With More to Come

February 16, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“To ensure Delta Privilege remains competitive, and to pave the way for a rewarding new program set to launch in Autumn 2014, changes to the current program needed to be made”, said Ken Greene — who is the president and chief executive officer of Delta Hotels and Resorts — in a recent announcement. “These changes to benefits will be effective for reservations made after February 28, 2014 for stays starting on or after March 1, 2014.” The changes are as follows...

Travel Alert: Threat of Ice, Snow, Rain and Mixed Precipitation for Northeastern United States

February 12, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The same winter storm which is currently wreaking havoc on the southeastern United States — greater than 2,400 flights have already been canceled for today in Atlanta alone — is aiming for the northeastern United States, where locations can receive up to 18 inches of snow accumulation and gusty winds. FlyerTalk members who planned on traveling through the end of this week will definitely be affected, as evidenced in the following discussions listed below...

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