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Consolidation of US Airways and American AAdvantage Forums; bmi Forum to Close; Airline, Hotel Forum Names Changing

December 14, 2013 by Brian Cohen

As I promised on December 9, 2013, I would alert you to the consolidation of the US Airways Dividend Miles and American AAdvantage forums on FlyerTalk — and they have indeed been consolidated shortly after the official merger between US Airways and American Airlines was closed. The moderators of both former stand-alone forums — AZ Travels the World, aztimm, dstan, JDiver, JY1024, miamigrad and Microwave — have also consolidated into one team to assist you in ensuring that your experience in participating in the consolidated forum and its sub-forums is as informative, valuable and pleasant for you as possible. “Several threads devoted to specific topic areas have been created in an attempt to somewhat organize discussion around key topics we expect to to be popular”, posted AZ Travels the World. The new forum and its sub-forums are structured as follows...

Delta to Reduce Business Elite Cabin by 7 Seats on Boeing 777-200 Aircraft

December 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

An announcement was released during the investor relations presentation of Delta Air Lines yesterday that within the next eight months, seven seats will be removed from the Business Elite cabin of its fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft and replaced with 30 seats in the economy class cabin, according to FlyerTalk member jrkmsp. This, of course, elicited the response by some FlyerTalk members that this news negates the perceived benefits announced two days ago with the introduction of...

Complimentary Elite Status in El Al Matmid With Superfly — But…

December 9, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member jonathanmeiri — also known as Jonathan Meiri, who is the chief executive officer at Superfly — announced this morning that Superfly is giving its eligible members complimentary Gold Tier, Platinum Tier and Top Platinum Circle status in the El Al Matmid frequent flier loyalty program. However — in order to be eligible for complimentary elite status during this promotion — you must...

Hilton Worldwide is a Publicly Traded Company Once Again

December 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Incorporated has once again become a publicly traded company as of yesterday — and it appears that its investors could not be any happier. When Blackstone Group — a private equity firm based in New York — agreed to purchase Hilton Worldwide Holdings Incorporated in 2007 for $26 billion, it was at a time just before the commercial real estate market suffered financially and occupancies at hotels plunged dramatically. It appears that...

Lufthansa to “Spin Off” Miles & More for 2014?

December 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Although no final decision has been reached at this time in forming a “spin-off” of the Miles & More frequent flier loyalty program within the Lufthansa Group — nor are there any plans to sell it at this time — there is speculation that Lufthansa is considering having the Miles & More frequent flier loyalty program become its own independent company. To me, this sounds similar to...

American Airlines and US Airways Have Officially Merged as The Largest Airline in the World

December 9, 2013 by Brian Cohen

As expected, American Airlines and US Airways have officially legally merged and dethroned United Airlines as the largest commercial airline in the world, as FlyerTalk members started to receive an e-mail message from Scott Kirby — now president of American Airlines — about the official announcement this morning. What does this news mean for you?

Award Inventory of Singapore Airlines Flights Removed from United Airlines; “Wind-Down” of US Airways as a Partner

December 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

With little advance notice, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to remove the inventory of Singapore Airlines from the award flight search results on the official Internet web site of United Airlines and on the mobile application software of United Airlines effective as of today, December 13, 2013, according to FlyerTalk member UA Insider — also known as Aaron Goldberg, who is the senior manager of Customer Experience Planning at United Airlines. You will still to be able to book and change award reservations involving Singapore Airlines by calling the telephone reservations lines — but...

Delta SkyMiles: New Choice Benefits and Changes to Two Types of Upgrades for 2014

December 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member DwayneSkyMiles — one of the official company representatives of Delta Air Lines on FlyerTalk — announced earlier today several changes to the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program which will begin at the start of the new Medallion program year on March 1, 2014. Here are the changes which were announced...

Passenger Locked Aboard Airplane — and How to Prevent That From Possibly Happening to You

December 8, 2013 by Brian Cohen

At one time or another, you probably have eventually wound up falling asleep as passenger aboard an airplane — but when Tom Wagner took his hat off and grabbed a quick nap in a window seat near the back of the airplane which operated as United Express flight 4245 from Lafayette in Louisiana this past Friday, he woke up inside of a cold and dark cabin of a locked regional jet aircraft at...

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