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Now Open: Information Desk Forum on FlyerTalk

November 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you recently registered as a new member of FlyerTalk — or if you happen to request some advice on award travel — the new Information Desk forum on FlyerTalk is now open for business where fellow FlyerTalk members are ready to assist you. Although FlyerTalk is...

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Once Again: Increased Cost of SkyMiles for Additional Award Destinations by Delta

November 8, 2013 by Brian Cohen

“This afternoon, you’ll be able to see some updates to our Award Ticket charts on”, posted FlyerTalk member DwayneSkyMiles — one of the official company representatives of Delta Air Lines on FlyerTalk. “To balance continued investments in products and services, we regularly evaluate Award pricing and adjust it periodically. Select redemption levels are changing for Award Tickets booked on or after November 8, 2013, for travel on or after February 1, 2014. You can continue to book Award Tickets for travel before February 1, 2014, at the current Award redemption levels.” In other words...

Would it not be nice to have legroom like this on every flight where your feet cannot reach the seat or bulkhead wall in front of you? Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

FlyerTalk Members Reveal Their Top “Pet Peeves” Pertaining to Air Travel in 2013

November 7, 2013 by Brian Cohen

What do you think FlyerTalk members voted as the top “pet peeves” pertaining to air travel? Before we reveal the link to the answers, let us first imagine that upon boarding an airplane, you look forward to a smooth, comfortable, quick and uneventful flight, but — as a frequent flier — you know that that does not always happen, to say the least. The man seated next to you is coughing and sneezing without covering his mouth. A child seated behind you kicks the back of your seat incessantly while...

Lufthansa has sent an Airbus A340-600 aircraft to Manila which contained 25 tons of supplies such as medical supplies, fleece blankets, plastic tarpaulins and tents. Photograph courtesy of Lufthansa. Click on the photograph to cie the official statement pertaining to this specific relief mission by Lufthansa.

Philippines Devastated by Typhoon Haiyan; State of National Calamity Declared

November 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The official death toll in the Philippines as a result of the landfall of Super Typhoon Haiyan is currently at 1,774 people but is expected in increase significantly. In Vietnam, 14 people have died; and five more people were reported dead in China as a result of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Thousands of survivors in all three countries have been injured by the typhoon, which swept through the area over this past weekend with sustained winds reported as high as 195 miles per hour and wind gusts as high as 235 miles per hour — both potential records for tropical cyclones. Hundreds of thousands of people have...

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Short of Renewing AAdvantage Elite Status For Next Year? “Boost” or Renew — But…

November 8, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Why embark on an exhausting and time-consuming “mileage run” in an attempt to reach the next level of elite status next year when you can simply either “boost” or “renew” instead? This is what American Airlines is offering those AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program members who already currently have elite level status in 2013 but are short of their goal of attaining elite level status for 2014 — but this comes at a price...

Super Typhoon Haiyan closes in on the Philippines as it moves in a west-northwesterly direction from the Pacific Ocean. Image courtesy of Click on the image to access more information pertaining to this powerful storm at

Super Typhoon Haiyan Aims For Philippines; Landfall Predicted Within 18 Hours

November 7, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If your travels include Manila and the Philippines — as well as Vietnam — over the next several days, be advised that your travel plans may be interrupted by a massive tropical system heading in a west-northwesterly direction from the Pacific Ocean. Super Typhoon Haiyan — also known as Yolanda — has been called the strongest storm on Earth in 2013, as it is currently a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds exceeding...

This hotel property is the Hyatt Regency Incheon. Photograph by FlyerTalk member uggboy. Click on the photograph for trip reports, reviews and more photographs posted by uggboy and other FlyerTalk members.

New Category 7; Sharp Increase for Upgrades; Award Category Changes to 44 Hyatt Gold Passport Properties

November 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Effective January 7, 2014, 44 Hyatt hotel properties will be affected by Hyatt Gold Passport award category changes — six of those hotel properties moved up to a new Category 7 — and it will cost you more Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points for virtually every category per person per night. The charts below illustrate the comparison of the current award chart versus the award chart to take effect as of January 7, 2014...

The first flight for the new Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft will be operated by Air New Zealand between Auckland and Perth on October 15, 2014. Photograph courtesy of Air New Zealand. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of Air New Zealand with further details about its Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft.

World’s First Scheduled Boeing 787-9 Route Announced by Air New Zealand

November 7, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you are scheduled to fly as a passenger between Auckland and Perth aboard a flight operated by Air New Zealand, you may be in luck. The aircraft used for that flight may very well be a Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft; and starting on October 15, 2014, the Auckland-Perth route is expected to be the first-ever scheduled commercial route in the world for what is essentially a larger version of the original Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft. Additional destinations for the Boeing 787-9 “Dreamliner” aircraft operated by Air New Zealand will include...

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United Airlines Shuts Down Accounts of FlyerTalk Members Who Manipulated Internet Web Site

November 6, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you were one of the FlyerTalk members who intentionally manipulated the official Internet web site of United Airlines in order to take advantage of traveling round-trip between San Francisco and Honolulu for $80.00, not only was your reservation not honored, but your MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program account has most likely been closed and your MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles have been forfeited. FlyerTalk member michael0023 first posted last month about...

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