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Have you seen this man during your travels? He may be an impostor posing as a member of the United States Marine Corps — hoping you will give him your assigned seat in the premium class cabin. Photograph by DeAngelo Williams. Click on the photograph to access its original source.

Is This Man On Your Flight? He May Not Be Who You Think He Is

July 10, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“I would like to make a serious suggestion: Post the fake Marine’s picture on the FT home page, along with a request: if this guy is on your flight, give him your 1st class seat, then send his boarding pass to guardianofvalor.com” is what FlyerTalk member RatherBeOnATrain posted here pertaining to a professional football player who gave up his seat in the first class cabin aboard an airplane to a person who some claim is...

Image courtesy of Spirit Airlines. Click on the image to access the Unleash Your Hate promotion if you are interested in obtaining 8,000 FREE SPIRIT miles.

8,000 Free Miles? No Thanks

July 9, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Spirit Airlines is having a promotion which has garnered plenty of publicity — yes, I have become complicit in this juggernaut — where you could “unleash your hate” and get 8,000 FREE SPIRIT miles good towards a flight by simply writing a quick and short essay of 140 characters or fewer as to why you “hate” Spirit Airlines. No thank you. Don’t get me wrong — it is a potentially brilliant promotion where up to one billion miles are being given away; and besides, you can “hate” on any airline of your choosing if you absolutely “love” Spirit Airlines. Hey — who does not want free miles? Me. Here are the reasons why...

Super Typhoon Neoguri closes in on Japan as it moves in a west-northwesterly direction from the Pacific Ocean. Image courtesy of wunderground.com. Click on the image to access more information pertaining to this powerful storm at the official Internet web site of Weather Underground.

Super Typhoon Neoguri Aims For Japan

July 6, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If your travels include Japan over the next several days, be advised that your travel plans may be interrupted by a strong tropical system heading in a west-northwesterly direction from the Pacific Ocean. Super Typhoon Neoguri is currently a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds measured at approximately 140 miles per hour; and it is expected to strengthen...

This Boeing 737-790 Aircraft operated by Alaska Airlines sports the Portland Timbers livery. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Alaska Airlines to Disappear in 2015?

July 10, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Will Alaska Airlines disappear as a brand in 2015? Yes — at least, according to this article by 24/7 Wall St. which claims that Alaska Airlines will be one of ten brands predicted to disappear within 18 months when using a certain methodology applied with the following major criteria, including...

Might being a passenger on a Sky Whale aircraft be in your future? Image courtesy of Oscar Viñals via www.behance.net. Click on the image above to view more images of the Sky Whale.

The “Sky Whale” — and No More Cockpit on Airbus Aircraft?!?

July 8, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A concept exists for an aircraft which could possibly render the Airbus A380 aircraft as Lilliputian — and speaking of Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer is seeking to eliminate the traditional cockpit as we know it from airplanes in the future. Oscar Viñals created a design for an aircraft known as the AWWA Sky Whale — I have yet to find out at this time what is the meaning behind AWWA — which would supposedly increase the self-sufficiency of the aircraft; while reducing fuel consumption, emissions, drag, weight and noise — as well as reduce damages from an emergency landing. There is a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo in which I am rather disinterested; but even if the aircraft became as environmentally “green” and efficient as purported, there are other factors to consider — such as...

This 2013 Cadillac SRX was rented at a National Car Rental facility in Atlanta. Photograph by FlyerTalk member mistaleft. Click on the photograph for a ride and road trip report written by mistaleft.

What Are The First Things You Do When Renting a Car?

July 3, 2014 by Brian Cohen

In the continuation of a theme started four weeks ago when I posted an article asking you about what are the first things you do when entering a hotel room — and two weeks later, I then posted an article asking you about what are the first things you do when boarding an airplane — I thought I would conclude this loose series of articles by sharing the first things other FlyerTalk members do when they rent a car in this discussion launched back in 2005; and most of them are still relevant today, which include but are not limited to the following...

This is the view from a room at the Hilton Tokyo, which is located in Shinjuku, the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Jermyn. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Jermyn.

Triple Your Trip Redux: Earn Double or Triple Hilton Honors Points

July 9, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The good news is that you can earn up to triple the amount of Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points when you complete an eligible stay on Friday through Sunday nights at a participating hotel property between August 1, 2014 and October 31, 2014; and if you complete an eligible stay Monday through Thursday during the promotion period, you earn double the amount of Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points instead of triple. The bad news is...

This is the fuselage of a brand-new Boeing 737 aircraft — similar to the ones damaged as the result of a train derailment in Montana. Photograph by FlyerTalk member brownnet. Click on the photograph for a discussion pertaining to this incident — as well as additional photographs posted by other FlyerTalk members.

FlyerTalk Member Unhurt in Rocket Attack at Airport; Tension Between Pilots; Near Collisions; Other Aviation News

July 7, 2014 by Brian Cohen

There was a lot of news reported within the past week pertaining commercial aviation — so let us get started without further ado: FlyerTalk member rwoman — who is also a member of TalkBoard — was unhurt when two rockets hit the northern part of...

This is the entrance to the lounges operated by Lufthansa at Munich Airport, where a man allegedly used the Business Lounge free of charge over the course of a year. Photograph by FlyerTalk member ant_west. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by ant_west.

Man Rebooks Ticket to Use Lounge 36 Times; Is Sued and Loses

July 2, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If this story is true, it is indeed beyond chutzpah on the part of an unidentified man who allegedly purchased a business class ticket and rebooked his flight free of charge 35 additional times primarily for free use of the airport lounge over the course of a year. A judgement of 1,980 Euro — or 55 Euro per visit to the airport lounge — by the District Court of Munich was awarded to Lufthansa as the result of a lawsuit initiated by representatives of the airline; and the amount is 1,235 more Euro than...

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