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FlyerTalk member pshuang — one of the winners of the raffle from last year — climbs into the vintage aircraft, preparing for his ride.

Win a Chance to Ride on a Vintage Aircraft When You Donate Funds For Scholarship

August 4, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk is once again teaming up with Radial Velocity to help support the Jason Dahl Scholarship fund — and this year promises to be even more exciting than last year. Radial Velocity races a vintage aircraft in the T-6 class at the Reno Air Races — scheduled from September 11 through September 15, 2013, Your donation could win you a ride in this aircraft at Creve Coeur Field — five miles from St. Louis Lambert Airport — on...

This is the exterior of Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Photograph by FlyerTalk member gleff. Click on the photograph for additional photographs by gleff, as well as a discussion pertaining to this hotel property.

Earn Double Starpoints: Take Two

August 1, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Starting on September 1, 2013, you can earn double Starpoints on all eligible stays in the Double Take promotion offered by the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program through December 15, 2013. Additionally, you can earn a bonus of 2,500 Starpoints for every five eligible nights during this promotion — up to a maximum of 10,000 bonus Starpoints and 20 nights. However...

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Who Is FlyerTalk Member Number 500,000 — and Who Posted the Closest Guess?

July 29, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Before I reveal who registered as FlyerTalk member number 500,000, please allow me to put what amounts to a half of a million into perspective...

This is the pool and hot tub on the ninth floor of the JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok hotel property. Photograph by FlyerTalk member xtremeski2001. Click on the photograph for additional photographs by xtremeski2001, as well as a discussion pertaining to what is the most luxurious Marriott hotel property regardless of location.

Earn Up to 12,000 Rapid Rewards Points With Marriott Gift Card Purchases

August 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Through September 26, 2013, you can earn up to a maximum of 12,000 Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards frequent flier loyalty program points by purchasing gift cards from Marriott in the following amounts...

Delta Air Lines 10 Percent Off Duty Free Survey

Get 10 Percent Off Your Next Duty Free Purchase in Seconds

July 31, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you are flying as a passenger on Delta Air Lines and are thinking about purchasing a tax-free or duty-free item during your flight, you are in luck: answer nine simple questions in seconds and receive a ten percent discount off of your next purchase...or that was my experience, anyway, when I attempted to...

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Pilot Faces Child Pornography Charges

July 28, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A pilot of 22 years faces federal charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. Donald Edwin Gallagher Jr. — a pilot based in Saint Petersburg, Florida who is 51 years of age, is employed by American Airlines, is a veteran of the United States Air Force, and has no prior criminal record — was arrested recently as the Federal Bureau of Investigation confiscated his laptop computer after being served a warrant to search his home. He could face up to...

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Why Can’t Health Care Be More Like Travel?

August 2, 2013 by Brian Cohen

While visiting with me, an older relative of mine who resides in another state had the recent misfortune of accidentally falling, resulting in breaking her neck and opening a gash on her head. She needed a neck brace to stabilize her neck and must wear it for a minimum of two months; she also needed seven staples in her head, which...

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Baggage Claim Carousel: How to Ease the “War Zone”

July 30, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You would think that with the advent of ancillary fees charged for checked bags that the crowding around the baggage claim carousel at airports would be diminished and more civilized as a result of fewer people checking their luggage. Sadly, that apparently does not seem to be the case. The baggage claim experience is one of the reasons why I avoid checking luggage at all costs when I travel — and that experience has...

The Porsche Panamera — one of several models of Porsche automobiles reportedly being used by Delta Air Lines to offer personal vehicle escort service to select customers.

3-Hour Porsche Rental for 99€ — If You Are an HON Circle Member and First Class Passenger

July 27, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you have greater than three hours to kill while in Frankfurt and you are a member of the HON Circle of the Miles & More frequent flyer loyalty program and a passenger in the first class cabin on an aircraft operated by Lufthansa, SWISS or Austrian Airlines, you can rent a Porsche 911 or Porsche Panamera vehicle from Avis for only €99.10, which includes 150 kilometers, fuel and insurance. The cost to rent a Porsche 911 or Porsche Panamera vehicle from Avis for 24 hours is...

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