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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...

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...

Use of Portable Electronic Devices Aboard Aircraft to be Expanded to Taxi, Takeoff and Landing

October 31, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk is swamped with discussions about the decision by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States to allow the expansion of the usage of certain portable electronic devices to be used throughout all phases of a flight — including taxi, takeoff and landing — and the majority of FlyerTalk members applaud this chance in policy. Current rules dictate that portable electronic devices may only be used when the aircraft is flying at an altitude above 10,000 feet during a flight. I believe this change in policy has...

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...

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...

Upgrade Class Visibility on Delta and United Removed From ExpertFlyer

October 30, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members who subscribe to the services of ExpertFlyer.com were not exactly happy about being informed that they can no longer view the upgrade classes of RU and OU on Delta Air Lines as of Friday, October 18, 2013; as well as no longer being able to view the upgrade class of R and elite award inventory on United Airlines as of Thursday, October 31, 2013. Although no official statement has been announced by Delta Air Lines, FlyerTalk member UA Insider — also known as Aaron Goldberg, who is the senior manager of Customer Experience Planning at United Airlines — announced the following official statement which was posted on FlyerTalk...

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...

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...

Earn Up to 5,000 Miles When You Join MilleMiglia and Fly on an Alitalia Flight

October 29, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You will earn a welcome bonus of 5,000 Alitalia MilleMiglia frequent flier loyalty program miles after you fly as a passenger on a flight operated by Alitalia or use the services of a partner of the Alitalia MilleMiglia frequent flier loyalty program within three months of joining the Alitalia MilleMiglia frequent flier loyalty program — but hurry, as you must do so before Thursday, October 31, 2013. One way you can used those 5,000 Alitalia MilleMiglia frequent flier loyalty program miles is to...

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