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FlyerTalk April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day Quiz: Guess Which Topics are Real and Which are Fake

April 1, 2014 by Brian Cohen

It is April 1 once again — and that means that the pranksters are out weaving their fun throughout the forums on FlyerTalk in what has become an annual tradition...but sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Let’s create a game out of this: do you think you can correctly guess which of the following twenty FlyerTalk discussion topics are real — and which are merely pranks — for April Fool’s Day?...


FlyerTalk Nominated for Best General Travel Site — Yet Again for 2014

March 30, 2014 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk has once again been nominated for the GlobeRunner Award for Best General Travel Site — which is based on votes by readers of Frequent Business Traveler magazine — after having won the award in 2013 and in 2012. Voting for the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards has already begun. If you believe that FlyerTalk is indeed the best general travel Internet web site in the world, then please show how you feel by voting for FlyerTalk in the 2014 Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards, as voting will be open until...

300 points earned in the American Airlines Business Extra incentive program is enough to redeem for a free day pass for admittance into an Admirals Club airport lounge such as this one. Photograph by FlyerTalk member popoemt. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by popoemt.

Earn Up to 1,300 American Airlines Business Extra Points — But Hurry

March 24, 2014 by Brian Cohen

You can earn up to 1,300 points in the American Airlines Business Extra program — which is a complimentary business travel rewards and incentive program completely separate from the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program designed to help small and medium-sized companies to reduce their travel costs — with the following two separate offers...

This Boeing 747-400 aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines was spotted at San Francisco International Airport. Photograph by FlyerTalk member redlegsfan21. Click on the photograph to see more pictures of airplanes by redlegsfan21 and other FlyerTalk members.

International Wi-Fi Access Installed on First Three Boeing 747-400 Aircraft Operated by Delta

March 31, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi service has been launched on international flights to Narita International Airport in Tokyo on Boeing 747-400 aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines — starting with both flight 283 departing from Los Angeles and flight 295 departing from Atlanta this past Tuesday. FlyerTalk members are not only generally pleased about the announcement of the upcoming availability of being able to access the Internet aboard aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines on international flights, but at least one FlyerTalk member has already experienced it...

Photograph © by mandygodbehear.

Nine “Dirty Secrets” of the Travel Industry? Not to Members of FlyerTalk

March 28, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Here is another one of those “listicles” — or articles in the form of some list that someone threw together. This one purports to reveal nine “dirty secrets” of the travel industry, as posted by Caroline Morse of SmarterTravel. If you have been a FlyerTalk member for years, you most likely already knew most or all of them anyway, so — just for fun and laughs — let us run down this list and dissect it, FlyerTalk-style...

This map shows the origination of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur; its destination in Beijing; the approximate point where contact is lost; and the Southern Indian Ocean where the aircraft is assumed to have been lost. Graphic by Brian Cohen. Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

Malaysia Airlines: “We Have to Assume that MH370 Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean”

March 24, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Two statements have been released concerning the mysterious disappearance of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The aircraft — which attempted to transport 226 passengers and 13 members of the flight crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — mysteriously disappeared on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The first statement — also known as Media Statement 23, released on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:15 in the evening — is a communication which was shared with the family members of passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight 370...

You might see this Boeing 747-430 aircraft operated by Lufthansa grounded for three days from April 2, 2014 through April 4, 2014 due to a possible strike by pilots — and this is no April Fool joke. Photograph by FlyerTalk member YYZ13. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by YYZ13.

Travel Alert: Pilots to Possibly Strike on Lufthansa April 2-4, 2014; Many Flights Already Cancelled

March 31, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Vereinigung Cockpit — also known as VC, which is the pilots union — has announced a “worldwide labour action” of its members at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings for three days from Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 00:00, through Friday, April 4, 2014, at 23:59, according to the official Internet web site of Lufthansa. To exacerbate matters...

This Boeing 767-332ER aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines awaits its passengers at the international airport which serves Seattle and Tacoma. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

1,000 Delta SkyMiles Simply for Joining as a New Member

March 25, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Although this offer of receiving 1,000 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles simply for joining the frequent flier loyalty program as a new member is intended to be exclusive for customers of Hertz Rent a Car, FlyerTalk member Doctor of Credit confirms that anyone who is not yet a member of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program can benefit from this promotion — even if...

Image courtesy of American Airlines. Click on the image to participate in the American Airlines AAdvantage Passport Challenge.

Earn Potentially Greater Than 10,000 American AAdvantage Miles Quickly and Easily — But…

March 23, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Through May 23, 2014 and effective immediately, participate in the American Airlines AAdvantage Passport Challenge by earning a “stamp in your passport” — as well as American AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program miles — each time you “complete a quick and fun game.” You can participate in this promotion anywhere. Here is all you need to do...

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