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Swiss First Class Awards to Be Available Only by Senator and HON Circle Members of Miles & More

September 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

In response to a reaction to the “prevailing market situation”, effective as of January 1, 2014, you can only redeem your Miles & More frequent flier loyalty program miles for an award ticket in the first class cabin on flights operated by Swiss International Air Lines if you currently hold Senator or HON Circle elite status — and you can only do so by...

Back Again: Stay Twice and Earn a Free Night at Choice Hotels Properties

August 30, 2013 by Brian Cohen

In what appears to be a repeat of a promotion from February of this year, you can earn an unlimited amount of free nights with this promotion by Choice Hotels, as you earn 8,000 Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points — enough for a free night at greater than 1,500 hotel properties — after each second qualifying stay between September 5, 2013 and November 13, 2013. However...

Earn 1,000 Bonus SkyMiles for Every Sheraton Club stay in the United States, Canada and Europe

August 28, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Through March 31, 2014, you can earn 1,000 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles every time you stay at select Sheraton Club hotel properties in the United States, Canada and six countries in Europe, according to FlyerTalk member Starwood Lurker, who is also known as William Sanders, social media specialist and one of the official company representatives of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide on FlyerTalk. Be aware that...

Does This Billboard At Least “Thai” For Most Hilarious or Brilliant?

September 2, 2013 by Brian Cohen

I have to admit that when I first saw the name Phuket, I initially questioned its pronunciation, wondering if it actually rhymed with a form of profanity one uses when either taking a chance and going for broke — or deciding that something was not worth the trouble altogether. Apparently I was not the only one, as illustrated by this billboard...

Why Personal Attacks are Inexcusable and What to Do Instead: The Sarah Steegar Debacle

August 29, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Sarah Steegar — author of the Crewed Talk weblog featured every Tuesday here on FlyerTalk — posted an article on August 27, 2013 asking “Is It Me, or Has British Airways Learned a Dirty New Trick?” Of the 77 comments posted at the time this article was written, virtually all of them — with at least one exception — was extraordinarily critical because Sarah Steegar admitted mistaking the departure time of 01:30 on a British Airways flight as 1:30 in the afternoon, when it was really 1:30 in the morning. FlyerTalk members were outraged at the implication that...

Should Lodging Companies Form Alliances Similar to Airlines?

August 28, 2013 by Brian Cohen

In the Comments section of this article here at The Gate pertaining to whether or not you should attain elite status in greater than one frequent travel loyalty program, FlyerTalk member sdsearch states that “...there is hardly any such thing as hotel alliances (it’s not like you can get half of your Hilton HHonors benefits staying at Marriott or half of your Hyatt benefits staying at SPG).” That prompted me to think: should lodging companies form alliances similar to airlines? What if Hilton Worldwide formed an alliance with...

Earn Up to 9,000 Bonus Aeroplan Miles With Starwood

September 1, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You can earn up to a maximum of 9,000 bonus Aeroplan frequent flier loyalty program miles on eligible rates at Starwood Hotels and Resorts properties worldwide through December 15, 2013 when you register your Starwood Preferred Guest and Aeroplan frequent travel loyalty program accounts...

Earn Triple Points With Hertz — But…

August 29, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Register for the Triple Points promotion by Hertz and you will earn free rental days three times faster with each rental for the entire month of September of 2013 — but only if...

“Hassle-Free” Airlines: A Threat to Legacy Airlines and Low-Cost Carriers?

August 26, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Southern Airways Express — an airline based in Memphis which has launched public charter service with non-stop low-cost flights to ten destinations throughout the southeastern United States — claims to have flights with no baggage fees, no security hassles and no airport parking fees. I noticed that one of the special airfares is between...

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