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The Big Win by IHG Rewards Club: Potentially Lucrative For You — or a Bust?

August 25, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Effective September 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, IHG Rewards Club will offer what it bills as its biggest promotion of the year: The Big Win — and it could be lucrative for your frequent guest loyalty program account. You must register for this promotion in order to participate — and registration is now officially open. The offers are somewhat customized for each IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program member who registers and participates. You can earn at least 50,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program points — especially if you are a new member — with the basic six offers shown below...

Purchase the Seat Next To You For As Little As $4 on SpiceJet

August 23, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you do not like to sit next to strangers — or perhaps your girth is a little more than a standard economy class seat can handle — you have the opportunity to purchase the Empty Seat Option for as few as 250 Indian Rupees or approximately four United States dollars and possibly have the entire row to yourself when traveling as a passenger on SpiceJet, which is a low-cost carrier operating in India. The Empty Seat Option — powered by a third-party provider called Optiontown — is...

Delta Air Lines: The “Least Respected Brand”?

August 20, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A discussion posted on FlyerTalk suggests that Delta Air Lines is the least-respected brand in the United States. I found that somewhat difficult to believe, so I did a little research. First, a report was published by a company named CoreBrand, which reviewed...

A Chance to Win One of Four Exciting Prizes — Including Flight Simulator Rides; a Remote Fishing Trip; a Ride in an Authentic Vintage Aircraft

August 24, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The prizes for donating funds to help support the Jason Dahl Scholarship fund became even more interesting, as you have a chance to win one of the following three exciting prizes...

Discover New Possibilities: Fall 2013 Hyatt Promotion

August 22, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Effective as of September 9, 2013, you can register by October 31, 2013 for the Discover New Possibilities promotion where you can earn up to 50,000 total bonus Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points depending on the number of nights you stay at participating Hyatt Hotels and Resorts properties and M life resort properties — and the promotion will remain active through November 30, 2013. The following chart shows the progressive way in which you may cumulatively earn bonus Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points...

Supplementary Payment For Upgrades Introduced by Air Canada Altitude; Other Major Changes Announced

August 20, 2013 by Brian Cohen

As if its frequent flier loyalty program was not already complicated enough, Air Canada has introduced more changes to Altitude — including eUpgrade Add-ons and more Altitude qualifying miles with many airfares. In addition to the required number of eUpgrade Credits which will apply, the eUpgrade Add-ons are a supplementary payment to be imposed upon certain members of the Altitude frequent flier loyalty program as of March of 2014, as illustrated in the chart below...

Should You Attain Elite Status in More Than One Loyalty Program?

August 23, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Tim Winship of FrequentFlier.com wrote the following in this article asking what is wrong with frequent traveler loyalty programs: “...elite members’ willing to switch to another program can be explained in practical terms. Once you’ve achieved top-tier status, it makes perfect sense that you’d seek status in a secondary program, since there’s no higher status to be earned in your primary program.” I realize that there are FlyerTalk members and fellow “bloggers” who might wholeheartedly agree with that statement — but I am going to go out on a limb and...

Qatar Airways Increases Passenger Baggage Weight Allowances — But…

August 21, 2013 by Brian Cohen

In what appears to be a move contrary to the current trend of devaluations, “enhancements” and increased restrictions to passengers by commercial airlines in general, passengers flying on aircraft operated by Qatar Airways worldwide will enjoy increased baggage weight allowances per person — effective as of September 1, 2013. The baggage weight allowance increases are as follows...

Video: Train Struck by Lightning in Japan

August 19, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A Limited Express train operated by Odakyu Railways which was traveling from Shinjuku to Machida in Japan was struck by lightning as it crossed a bridge spanning the Tamagawa River. After watching the video below, it is no surprise that a portion of a car on the ten-car train was scorched — but you might be amazed that no one was injured...

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