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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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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 delta.com”, 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...

This Boeing 757-200 aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines taxis towards the runway in preparation to take off on October 7, 2013 from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where Delta Air Lines has been steadily increasing its presence. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

Double Delta SkyMiles and Double Medallion Qualification Miles on Select Flights To and From Seattle

November 5, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Travel between Seattle and six airports along the west coast of the United States on Delta Air Lines by October 31, 2014 and you will earn double bonus SkyMiles and double Medallion Qualification Miles towards elite level status for the next year — but you must book your trips by December 31, 2013 at the latest to take advantage of this offer. The six cities valid for this promotion to or from Seattle are as follows...

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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 AccuWeather.com. Click on the image to access more information pertaining to this powerful storm at AccuWeather.com.

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 pool at the Fiji Beach Resort and Spa Managed by Hilton is for adults only — and come January 6, 2014, you will no longer be able to use the Points and Vixed Miles earning style option to earn a fixed amount of frequent flier loyalty program miles. Then again, you will probably want to stay greater than three days at this resort property, so you will probably want to switch to the Points and Variable Miles earning style option for this stay anyway. Photograph by FlyerTalk member FindAWay. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by FindAWay.

Discontinuation of Hilton HHonors Points and Fixed Miles Earning Style Option: An Analysis

November 4, 2013 by Brian Cohen

An announcement released from the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program earlier today revealed that of three options of earning styles, one will be discontinued as of January 6, 2014: Points and Fixed Miles. Points and Fixed Miles had been my preferred earning style for many years. I am not particularly happy that this earning style will be discontinued in a couple of months — but at least there was some advance notice. So — does this mean that members of the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program have once again suffered from a devaluation, as they have earlier this year? The answer is...

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