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Earn 500 Bonus Amtrak Guest Rewards Points Quickly — But Hurry

November 20, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you are one of the first 10,000 Amtrak Guest Rewards frequent travel loyalty program members to add your Amtrak Guest Rewards account to Google Wallet, you will earn 500 bonus Amtrak Guest Rewards frequent travel loyalty program points — but you must do so by December 15, 2013, when this offer will expire. Additional Amtrak Guest Rewards frequent travel loyalty program members are eligible to earn...

Discount of Up to $200.00 on Purchase of Hyatt Gift Cards

November 18, 2013 by Brian Cohen

For the remainder of 2013, you can save ten percent off of the purchase of a Hyatt gift card or certificate — up to a maximum of $2,000.00 in gift card or certificate purchases, which will yield in a savings to you of up to $200.00. Simply enter your Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program membership number and the promotion code...

Have YOU Become Irrelevant to Travel Companies?

November 15, 2013 by Brian Cohen

“With the reduction in seats on flights due to downsizing the fleets and the return to higher loads, the airlines are telling us loud and clear, they don’t think they need our business”, Rick Ingersoll of Frugal Travel Guy wrote in an article called Have You Got the Message Yet? “They have successfully raised prices numerous times with fewer fallbacks and we are paying more for much less these days when it comes to air travel.” If I know one thing about Rick since I first met him years ago, he is usually quite blunt about his thoughts and — in this case — I completely agree with him. In fact, I believe those thoughts should be expanded to include lodging companies and rental car companies — although...

Has KLM Perfected the Concept of Boarding an Aircraft? Your Input Is Requested

November 20, 2013 by Brian Cohen

After testing the concept over the past few months with promising results, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines introduced Smart Boarding earlier this month, which has purportedly significantly reduced the amount of time needed to board passengers onto its airplanes due to less congestion and interference aboard the aircraft. According to FlyerTalk member Gajan, the Smart Boarding procedure operates as follows...

20% Discount For Elite Gold Passport Members; Points + Cash; Account Inactivity Period Extension

November 17, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Despite the perceived devaluation which was announced last week, FlyerTalk members are overwhelmingly positive and excited about two new features and a policy update set to launch on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 for the Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program announced earlier today by FlyerTalk member and official company representative J. Zidell, VP Hyatt Gold Passport. Points + Cash The amount of Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points required for redemption will be decreased by half when you pay a certain amount of cash, as shown in the chart below...

EASA Follows FAA Lead: Use of Portable Electronic Devices Aboard Aircraft to Be Expanded to Taxi, Takeoff and Landing in Europe

November 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Following the decision which was announced two weeks ago from the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States, the European Aviation Safety Agency released an official announcement which will eventually allow the expansion of the usage of certain portable electronic devices to be used throughout all phases of a flight — including taxi, takeoff and landing — on aircraft operated by airlines based in Europe. Current rules dictate that portable electronic devices may only be used when the aircraft is flying at an altitude above 10,000 feet during a flight. The guidance of this amended policy is expected to be published sometime by the end of this month. The part of the official announcement which concerns me pertains to the following statement...

Delta Air Lines Opposes Expansion of Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport

November 19, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The international airport in Atlanta is about to get some competition from what is now a small airport in western Georgia — but not if the chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines has anything to say about it. In fact — in what seems to be a rather bizarre twist — a spokesperson for Delta Air Lines not only practically invited competing airlines to increase their presence at the international airport in Atlanta, but also...

TalkBoard Election 2013: Voting is Now Open — But Hurry

November 16, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Voting has been open for the 16 FlyerTalk members who are candidates to become members of TalkBoard, vying for five open positions. You can play an important role towards guiding and improving FlyerTalk for the future by voting for which FlyerTalk members you would like to represent you as TalkBoard members to serve a term of two years recommending decisions with regard to the management, organization and content of FlyerTalk. What ideas do...

Marriott to Become Largest Hotel Company in Africa With Protea Hotel Group Acquisition

November 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Although details have not been disclosed at this time, Marriott International, Inc. will nearly double its number of hotel rooms in Africa with its acquisition of the brands and operations of Protea Hotels Group. A letter of intent has been signed between Marriott International, Inc. and Protea Hospitality Holdings — based in Cape Town — in an acquisition deal which is expected to be completed as early as...

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