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Norwegian Air Shuttle Announcement of New Flights: A Threat to Commercial Aviation in the United States?

October 17, 2013 by Brian Cohen

An announcement from Norwegian Air Shuttle that the airline will launch service between Gatwick Airport south of London and three destinations located in the United States as of July of 2014 using Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft has members of the Air Line Pilots Association, International concerned that the flights present a threat to the aviation industry in the United States. According to FlyerTalk member Swiss Tony, a seat in the economy class cabin on a round-trip flight to be operated by Norwegian Air Shuttle to New York will cost as little as...

Air Travel Tax in Ireland to Be Abolished in 2014; Aer Lingus Sues Irish State

October 15, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The air travel tax in Ireland will be abolished as of April 1, 2014 — and Aer Lingus is suing the State for approximately €61.4 million. The air travel tax in Ireland — €2.00 per passenger on flights departing from airports within 300 kilometers of Dublin and €10.00 per passenger on all other flights departing from airports elsewhere in Ireland — was introduced by...

Superstitions of Travelers: How Odd Can They Be?

October 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Would you have any aversion to traveling as a passenger from Singapore to Helsinki during Friday the 13th on an aircraft operating as Finnair flight 666? Northwest Airlines once reissued a ticket whose original number had 666 included in it for FlyerTalk member cerealmarketer — and there was no charge for the reissued ticket. Would you refuse to remove your shoes until the light for the seat belt is not lit anymore while aboard an airplane as a passenger — and would that be considered more of a safety ritual than a superstition? Superstitions are...

No Survivors From Lao Airlines Crash Near Pakse

October 16, 2013 by Brian Cohen

An ATR-72-600 operating as Lao Airlines flight 301 which departed from Wattay International Airport in Vientiane was on final approach to the airport in Pakse — the third most populous city in Laos — when it crashed into the Mekong River earlier today, killing all 49 people aboard the aircraft. None of the 44 passengers and five flight crew members from nine countries survived the crash, the cause of which is considered to be...

Earn Up To 20,000 Asia Miles With Non-Airline Partners

October 14, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Through November 30, 2013, you can earn up to a maximum of 20,000 bonus Cathay Pacific Asia Miles with eligible transactions from select partners which are not airlines — provided that you register for this promotion before participating. Accumulate the following Asia Miles from eligible partners listed below and earn bonus Asia Miles...

Lawsuit: Does United Airlines Charge Different Redemption Rates Based on Account Balance?

October 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A lawsuit filed in United States District Court for the District of New Jersey earlier this week by two members of the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program alleges that the complainants were being charged different redemption rates for the same reward. Robert Gordon and Melissa Chan have supposedly accused United Airlines of charging higher redemption rates of MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program miles for members who...

Earn Up to 10,070 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points

October 16, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Earn 2,014 bonus Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points with every stay at a participating hotel property — starting with your second qualifying stay — up to a maximum of 10,070 Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points for six stays, which includes the five qualifying stays after the first stay. You must first register for this promotion — although at least one FlyerTalk member is experiencing problems with...

Get Energy From Exercising at This Hotel — Literally

October 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

With one exception, FlyerTalk members have posted favorable comments about the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol South — Cadbury House hotel property since 2009. One of the aspects of the hotel property which have been praised is the extensive health and spa facilities — but the equipment used for exercising in that facility can now generate electricity, according to...

Increased Redemption of Up to 60% More Asia Miles for Priority Awards; New Fee For Asia Miles Award Changes Via Telephone

October 9, 2013 by Brian Cohen

As of yesterday, if you are a member of the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles frequent flier loyalty program and you have an existing airline award which you want changed via telephone, you will pay either 25 United States dollars or 1,000 Asia Miles for the privilege — and as of 16 October 2013, the redemption rates of Cathay Pacific Asia Miles frequent flier loyalty program miles for Priority Awards will increase. The new fee is applicable only to the change of a confirmed flight date or flight number for tickets issued on or after 8 October 2013, with the same itinerary, same airline, and same ticket expiration date; and it is charged per flight sector per passenger. For example...

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