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Another Wyndham Devaluation: Airline Miles Conversion Rate Doubles — and Again With No Notice

February 2, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program does it again with what is being known as another “stealth” devaluation — this time, the number of Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points needed to convert to airline frequent flier loyalty program miles has doubled, according to the following comment posted by...

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...

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...

FlyerTalk Poll: Are You For or Against Telephone Calls During Flights?

January 31, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Are you in favor of passengers being permitted to place telephone calls during flights — or are you against it? Could it depend on your age? Although 79 percent of travelers greater than the age of 30 are...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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