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Travel Alert: Winter Storm Threats in Portions of United States, Canada and United Kingdom

January 3, 2014 by Brian Cohen

As if the travel alert posted yesterday at The Gate was not enough for portions of the eastern United States and Canada, a new winter storm is threatening blizzard conditions and potentially record low temperatures to the midwestern United States and southeastern Canada. Meanwhile, a major incident has been declared in the South West of the United Kingdom due to dangerous conditions where strong winds and waves greater than 30 feet tall were predicted to impact...

Will 2014 Be a Happy New Year For You?

December 31, 2013 by Brian Cohen

This is the time of year in which FlyerTalk members have mixed feelings: those who have achieved elite level status in frequent travel loyalty programs are thrilled or pleased that they have at least another year to enjoy that status; while others dread checking their frequent travel loyalty program accounts on January 1 to see that big “goose egg” which indicates that it is yet time again to start over in working to earn and achieve elite level status for yet another year. However — starting tomorrow...

In Memoriam: clacko

December 24, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The last time FlyerTalk member clacko posted on FlyerTalk, he wrote “mid jan thru feb can be good.....” in response to a question posted by FlyerTalk member BradnerBoy: “For those that have been at this for a long time, any guesses as to what we can we expect for the first few months of 2014 or do most good MRs deal come about in the last quarter of the year?” Don Clark — the actual real name of clacko — was apparently doing what he enjoyed to do the last time he participated on FlyerTalk on October 19, 2013 at 6:27 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time: he assisted a fellow FlyerTalk member before succumbing to esophageal cancer on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Although...

Travel Alert: Winter Storm Affects Northeastern United States; Thousands of Flights Already Canceled or Delayed

January 2, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If the northeastern United States is in your travel plans through this weekend, you might want to consider delaying your travel, as blizzard conditions are expected to start later this afternoon and last through tomorrow — causing thousands of flights to be delayed or canceled. Additionally, heavy snowfall is expected in cities such as...

Mother Petitions For Inappropriate Content to Be Removed From In-Flight Entertainment Systems

December 28, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Sarah Coburn-Rothermel — a mother of two young children who lives in Tulsa — posted a petition wanting American Airlines, Austrian Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and NBC Universal to stop showing violent and sexually inappropriate movies and television programs on drop-down and bulkhead screens aboard airplanes after she allegedly witnessed several movies with French dialogue showing scenes with domestic abuse and sexual situations accompanied by English subtitles laced with profanity. Because the description of the content in question occurred specifically on a flight from Vienna to New York operated by Austrian Airlines, Jaan Albrecht — who is the chief executive officer of Austrian Airlines — responded...

Hyatt Discontinues Stay, Weekend and Spa Certificates

December 23, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Hyatt Weekend Certificates and Hyatt Spa Certificates sales will be discontinued effective as of January 7, 2014; and effective as of January 8, 2014, Hyatt Stay Certificates will be replaced by Hyatt Nights Certificates, which are only available for bulk purchase by registered businesses. Hyatt Stay Certificates will continue to be honored through the expiration date printed on each certificate and subject to all terms and conditions applicable to such certificates; while participating hotel properties...

Today: 100 Years of Commercial Aviation

January 1, 2014 by Brian Cohen

January 1, 2014 marks the anniversary or 100 years of commercial aviation — 33 of which included the existence of frequent flier loyalty programs starting with American Airlines back in 1981. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line — the first airline in the world — launched its inaugural flight on January 1, 1914, from Saint Petersburg in Florida 18 miles away to its destination of Tampa, according to...

Holiday Video Greetings: The 2013 Edition

December 24, 2013 by Brian Cohen

I was thinking about doing another article highlighting holiday video greetings offered by travel companies like I did last year on December 25, 2012 — but a FlyerTalk member brought one particular video to my attention which you should consider viewing if you have not already seen it. You see, it is typically quite difficult to wow and amaze FlyerTalk members — but this particular video accomplished that task with aplomb. About which holiday video greeting am I referring; and which travel company is responsible for it?

AirTran to Be Completely Absorbed by Southwest Airlines By the End of 2014

December 23, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Gary C. Kelly — the chief executive officer and chairman of Southwest Airlines — announced during a “webcast” this past Friday that the operations of AirTran Airways will be 100 percent Southwest Airlines by the end of 2014, with Rapid Rewards being the surviving frequent flier loyalty program. The completion of the absorption of AirTran Airways by Southwest Airlines will have...

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