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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...

Paul Anthony Ciancia is the suspected gunman in the shooting which occurred at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, November 1, 2013. Could his actions prompt calls for agents of the Transportation Security Administration to be armed? Photograph courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. Click on the photograph to access the source of the photograph.

Should Transportation Security Administration Agents Be Armed?

November 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Some people are calling upon security in general at airports to be improved. Could arming agents of the Transportation Security Administration with guns be a part of improving security at airports throughout the United States? I say no, for the simple reason that...

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 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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Your Chance to Win Star Alliance Gold Elite Status

November 2, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You could be one of 36 total winners of Gold Elite level status in Star Alliance — that is two winners per frequent flier loyalty program with membership in Star Alliance — based on how fast you complete a quiz with five quick rounds when you participate in the Star Alliance Gold Game by using your international travel knowledge to attempt to win the ultimate travel experience. You only need to...

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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...

This photograph is strictly for illustrative purposes only. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

1,000 AAdvantage Miles For Completing a Short Survey? Don’t Count on It

November 4, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you received an e-mail message offering you 1,000 American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program miles in return for completing the entire survey — purportedly taking only 15 minutes to complete — do not waste your time, according to FlyerTalk members who claim that...

This meal was served in the economy class cabin aboard a Boeing 767-300 aircraft which operated as LAN AIrlines flight 2609 from San Francisco to Lima on March 22, 2013. Would you rather have more meals, drinks, service and in-flight entertainment options in lieu of a wider seat in the economy class cabin? Photograph by FlyerTalk member glu800. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by glu800.

A Wider Seat or More Amenities: Which Would You Rather Have On Your Flight?

November 1, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Despite a call by Airbus S.A.S. for a passenger seat in the economy class cabins on aircraft used for long-haul flights to be a minimum of 18 inches wide, could 11 seats abreast in the economy class cabin of an Airbus A380 aircraft operated by Emirates Airline become a reality in the near future? It is possible, according to...

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