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Travel Alert: Winter Storm Affects Much of the United States; Hundreds of Flights Already Canceled

December 7, 2013 by Brian Cohen

In what could be the worst ice storm seen in the United States in years, greater than half an inch of ice has significantly impacted travel from Texas to Tennessee earlier this week, while up to a foot of snow inflicted misery onto parts of Missouri and surrounding states — and the winter storm responsible for the cold weather and frozen precipitation is headed for the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada for Sunday, December 8, 2013 and Monday, December 9, 2013. Heavy icing is expected on...

2014 FlyerTalk Awards: Nominate the Best Benefits of Your Favorite Programs

December 4, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Polls are currently open to nominate the single best benefit for each frequent traveler loyalty program in the 2014 FlyerTalk Awards — and if you have not voted yet, you only have until Tuesday, December 17, 2013, when the polls will close at 11:59:59 in the evening Pacific Standard Time. Simply navigate to the FlyerTalk forums of the frequent travel loyalty programs in which you participate and find the “sticky” thread with a poll to cast your vote for the benefit you believe will best...

Delta Boost Spirits for International Economy Class Passengers — Literally

December 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

As a holiday gift meant to keep on giving all year long if you are a frequent flier who travels internationally in the economy class cabin and enjoys alcoholic beverages, Delta Air Lines now offers complimentary spirits on international flights in all cabin classes where one of those classes of service is Business Elite — effective immediately. Prior to this new policy...

New Exit Portals at Airports: “Detention Pods”?

December 6, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you are like me, you cannot wait to leave the secure area of an airport after the conclusion of your flight and have collected your belongings. You might say that with the speed at which I walk — developed from navigating the streets as a native New Yorker — this weblog should probably be called The Gait...but my speed will be interrupted — if only momentarily — upon my egress from the secure area of an airport with the installation of futuristic exit portals. One of the first airports in the United States to have installed four of these exit portals...

Passengers “Bumped” Off of Commercial Flight for College Basketball Team; Update on Frequent Flier Lawsuit Review by Supreme Court

December 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You may have been “bumped” from a flight due to an oversold situation where there are more passengers than seats on an airplane — but how would you feel if you were one of the passengers of Delta Air Lines flight 5059 wanting to leave Gainesville Regional Airport in Florida this past Sunday afternoon during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year to be on your way to Atlanta where all of the passengers were “bumped” off of the flight so that the regional jet may be used to accommodate the men’s basketball team of the University of Florida? The aircraft originally designated for use as a charter flight by the team — to transport its members to Connecticut in order for its players to play their scheduled game against the University of Connecticut — suffered from...

Double Redeemable MileagePlus Miles Between Seattle and Select West Coast Cities — But…

December 2, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you are a frequent flier who travels to or from Seattle often, you are most likely quite happy these days. You can earn double MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles when you fly as a passenger now through May 31, 2014 on aircraft operated by United Airlines or United Express on non-stop flights between Seattle and San Francisco, Anchorage, Portland or Los Angeles International Airport. However, you must...

Air Canada Announces Details of Launch of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” Fleet

December 5, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Air Canada will take delivery of the first of a fleet of 37 Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft — which will include completely redesigned seating and cabin amenities — sometime in the spring of 2014; and will begin operating the aircraft for a limited introductory period on select flights from Toronto to destinations in Canada and Europe. Due to its fuel efficiency, the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft fleet will potentially enable Air Canada to serve additional destinations worldwide, as more flights will be announced at a later date. Furthermore...

Once Again, Medallion Qualification Miles are For Sale — But More Expensive Than Ever

December 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Effective immediately, Delta Air Lines announced today a limited-time promotion where one can purchase Medallion Qualification Miles to qualify for elite SkyMiles Medallion status for 2014. The Medallion Qualification Miles that you purchase will post to your balance at the end of 2013. When compared to last year, the opportunity to purchase Medallion Qualification Miles has been shortened by 18 days. Last year, the period of time was from November 15, 2012 through December 31, 2012; whereas this year the period of time for this promotion is effective between December 3, 2013 and December 31, 2013. The bad news is...

Up to 100 Percent Bonus on Shared US Airways Dividend Miles — But Hurry…

December 1, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you have been looking to share your US Airways Dividend Miles with someone — or if you would like someone to share them with you — now is the time to do so: you could receive a 100 percent bonus on the amount of Dividend Miles shared with the latest promotion by US Airways. The amount of Dividend Miles which you may share is capped at a maximum of 50,000 Dividend Miles — meaning that the recipient will receive a maximum of 100,000 Dividend Miles — and the minimum amount of Dividend Miles you may share where your recipient receives the bonus of 100 percent is 30,000 Dividend Miles. However, you need to act fast: this promotion is only on through...

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