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This 2013 Cadillac SRX was rented at a National Car Rental facility in Atlanta. Photograph by FlyerTalk member mistaleft. Click on the photograph for a ride and road trip report written by mistaleft.

What Are The First Things You Do When Renting a Car?

July 3, 2014 by Brian Cohen

In the continuation of a theme started four weeks ago when I posted an article asking you about what are the first things you do when entering a hotel room — and two weeks later, I then posted an article asking you about what are the first things you do when boarding an airplane — I thought I would conclude this loose series of articles by sharing the first things other FlyerTalk members do when they rent a car in this discussion launched back in 2005; and most of them are still relevant today, which include but are not limited to the following...

Photograph courtesy of Finnair. Click on the photograph to access the source of the photograph at the official Internet web site of Finnair.

Exclusive Premium Lounge With Unisex Sauna to Open at Helsinki Airport

July 1, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A new lounge near Gate 36 in the non-Schengen area of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport will open soon; and it is equipped with a unisex sauna where the towels are supposedly optional — meaning recommended and not necessarily required. FlyerTalk members first learned of this new airport lounge by Finnair back in October and have eagerly awaited its opening. According to a press release from Finnair...

Interest is so low pertaining to Red Lion hotel properties on FlyerTalk that I could not find a photograph; so I had to resort — no pun intended — to using this logo, courtesy of Red Lion Hotels Corporation. Click on the logo to access the official Internet property of Red Lion Hotels Corporation.

Red Lion Eliminates Points From its R&R Club Loyalty Program

June 30, 2014 by Brian Cohen

An announcement from the Red Lion R&R Club frequent guest loyalty program contains an interesting message: that it is being transitioned “to a new dynamic customer recognition program” and has eliminated the earning and redemption of frequent guest loyalty program points — based on “member feedback and extensive insights from leading customer loyalty programs”, of course. This may sound sacrilegious to a frequent traveler who lives to earn and use miles and points — but perhaps it is the right decision for the Red Lion Hotels Corporation, which has had quite an interesting history. According to...

This is the entrance to the lounges operated by Lufthansa at Munich Airport, where a man allegedly used the Business Lounge free of charge over the course of a year. Photograph by FlyerTalk member ant_west. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by ant_west.

Man Rebooks Ticket to Use Lounge 36 Times; Is Sued and Loses

July 2, 2014 by Brian Cohen

If this story is true, it is indeed beyond chutzpah on the part of an unidentified man who allegedly purchased a business class ticket and rebooked his flight free of charge 35 additional times primarily for free use of the airport lounge over the course of a year. A judgement of 1,980 Euro — or 55 Euro per visit to the airport lounge — by the District Court of Munich was awarded to Lufthansa as the result of a lawsuit initiated by representatives of the airline; and the amount is 1,235 more Euro than...

The emergency slide accidentally deployed aboard an aircraft operating as United Airlines flight 1436 from Chicago to Santa Ana. Photograph courtesy Taylor Martinez.

United Airlines Flight Diverted to Wichita Due To Deployment of Emergency Slide

July 1, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“My father was on the flight”, reported FlyerTalk member DENviaLAX, pertaining to the Boeing 737-724 airplane which operated as United Airlines flight 1463 from Chicago to Santa Ana on Sunday, June 29, 2014 but was diverted to Wichita after an emergency slide inflated inside the aircraft during the flight. “All he really said was...

United Airlines Garlic Bread Cropped

United Airlines Bids Farewell to…Garlic Bread? Ketchup? And Sprite Zero?!?

June 28, 2014 by Brian Cohen

The “grapes of wrath” apparently continues on United Airlines — this time, having to do with garlic bread on flights between the United States and Asia...and to many FlyerTalk members, the removal of garlic bread from those flights simply stinks. As part of a reported announcement posted by FlyerTalk member goalie, United Airlines — which has been struggling financially as of late and is seeking ways to improve its bottom line — will also supposedly implement the following modifications within the next two years...

Perhaps you can earn enough bonus miles to fly as a passenger aboard this Airbus A319-112 aircraft operated by American Airlines. Photograph by FlyerTalk member 082095. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by 082095.

20 Percent Bonus AAdvantage or Dividend Miles When Converted From Starwood Points

July 2, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Through July 31, 2014, you will earn 5,000 bonus US Airways Dividend Miles or American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program miles for every 20,000 Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program points you convert. This means that — as an example — you will receive 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program miles instead of the usual 25,000 miles; and they will be posted to your account within seven business days after the initial conversion activity has been posted by Starwood Preferred Guest...and according to FlyerTalk member mahasamatman, you can earn “up to a maximum of...

This is the lobby of the Hotel Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photograph by FlyerTalk member jacob_m. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by jacob_m.

July: Changes in Le Club Accorhotels and Kimpton Programs

June 30, 2014 by Brian Cohen

When FlyerTalk members learned that changes are coming to the frequent guest loyalty programs of both Le Club Accorhotels and Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants Group, the word devaluation can tend to come to mind — but not all of the details for at least one of those programs have been revealed as of yet. For FlyerTalk members of the Le Club Accorhotels frequent guest loyalty program, among the changes which will reportedly be in effect as of today at 4:00 in the afternoon Paris time are as follows...

Are these makeshift window shades the solutions to the ongoing debate about who gets to decide whether the window shade should be opened or closed? Photograph on the left by FlyerTalk member UATexasFlyer; photograph on the right by FlyerTalk member BeckhamsTears. Click on the photograph for a discussion pertaining to makeshift window shades aboard airplanes.

How Would You End The Airplane Window Shade Debate Once and For All?

June 27, 2014 by Brian Cohen

I asked back on June 6, 2007: “does a window of opportunity exist for a passenger seated elsewhere on an aircraft to dictate whether or not a window shade should be up or down, or does the passenger seated next to the window see right through that request?” In other words: who has the final say over whether a window shade should be opened or closed? This controversial topic has gone on for years on FlyerTalk and has been contentious enough at times to cause discussions to be closed to further input —such as when...

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