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Nine “Dirty Secrets” of the Travel Industry? Not to Members of FlyerTalk

March 28, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Here is another one of those “listicles” — or articles in the form of some list that someone threw together. This one purports to reveal nine “dirty secrets” of the travel industry, as posted by Caroline Morse of SmarterTravel. If you have been a FlyerTalk member for years, you most likely already knew most or all of them anyway, so — just for fun and laughs — let us run down this list and dissect it, FlyerTalk-style...

This map shows the origination of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur; its destination in Beijing; the approximate point where contact is lost; and the Southern Indian Ocean where the aircraft is assumed to have been lost. Graphic by Brian Cohen. Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

Malaysia Airlines: “We Have to Assume that MH370 Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean”

March 24, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Two statements have been released concerning the mysterious disappearance of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The aircraft — which attempted to transport 226 passengers and 13 members of the flight crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — mysteriously disappeared on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The first statement — also known as Media Statement 23, released on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:15 in the evening — is a communication which was shared with the family members of passengers and crew of Malaysia Airlines flight 370...

This map shows the origination of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 in Kuala Lumpur; its destination in Beijing; the approximate point where contact is lost; and the planned area for search on March 18, 2014. Graphic by Brian Cohen. Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Assets Deployed to Southern Indian Ocean

March 20, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Assets have been deployed to the southern Indian Ocean as a result of satellite images from Australia, which revealed two objects that are thought to possibly be from the Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The aircraft — which attempted to transport 227 passengers and 12 members of the flight crew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — mysteriously disappeared on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The following is a statement from a briefing to the press and media on Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Hishammuddin Hussein, who is the Minister of Defence and Acting Minister of Transport...

This Boeing 767-332ER aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines awaits its passengers at the international airport which serves Seattle and Tacoma. Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

1,000 Delta SkyMiles Simply for Joining as a New Member

March 25, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Although this offer of receiving 1,000 bonus Delta Air Lines SkyMiles simply for joining the frequent flier loyalty program as a new member is intended to be exclusive for customers of Hertz Rent a Car, FlyerTalk member Doctor of Credit confirms that anyone who is not yet a member of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program can benefit from this promotion — even if...

Image courtesy of American Airlines. Click on the image to participate in the American Airlines AAdvantage Passport Challenge.

Earn Potentially Greater Than 10,000 American AAdvantage Miles Quickly and Easily — But…

March 23, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Through May 23, 2014 and effective immediately, participate in the American Airlines AAdvantage Passport Challenge by earning a “stamp in your passport” — as well as American AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program miles — each time you “complete a quick and fun game.” You can participate in this promotion anywhere. Here is all you need to do...

The Radisson Blu Aqua hotel property in Chicago — which is the building with the “rippled” effect second from the right in the photograph above — is one of the 63 hotel properties participating in the spring 2014 promotion. Photograph by FlyerTalk member Flyersj18. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Flyersj18.

Spring Has Arrived at Radisson Blu — Along With a New Promotion

March 19, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Today is the first day of spring — and the Club Carlson frequent guest loyalty program is celebrating with a promotion where you can earn up to 25,000 bonus Gold Points on eligible stays through May 31, 2014 at 63 participating Radisson Blu hotel properties in eleven countries in Europe and North America. You must register for this promotion before April 30, 2014 and book your eligible stay before May 30, 2014 — and you will earn Gold Points when you stay...

300 points earned in the American Airlines Business Extra incentive program is enough to redeem for a free day pass for admittance into an Admirals Club airport lounge such as this one. Photograph by FlyerTalk member popoemt. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by popoemt.

Earn Up to 1,300 American Airlines Business Extra Points — But Hurry

March 24, 2014 by Brian Cohen

You can earn up to 1,300 points in the American Airlines Business Extra program — which is a complimentary business travel rewards and incentive program completely separate from the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program designed to help small and medium-sized companies to reduce their travel costs — with the following two separate offers...

Brian Cohen and Jerry Grinstein chat aboard a Boeing 757-200 aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines on May 1, 2007.

Enroll in a Mentoring Session at 35,000 Feet — For Free?

March 21, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Imagine having a leader in his or her field mentoring you. Now imagine having the mentoring session occur aboard a commercial aircraft during a flight — free of charge...or, more accurately — in the case of the next scheduled mentoring session, which is with Sean Brock — you will receive the following, if you are selected...

The Courtyard by Marriott Ocean City Oceanfront hotel property has been promoted from Category 8 to Category 9. You read that correctly — it will cost you 45,000 Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points to stay per night at this Courtyard by Marriott hotel property. Photograph courtesy of Marriott. Click on the photograph to access the official Internet web site of the Courtyard by Marriott Ocean City Oceanfront hotel property.

Announcement of 2014 Hotel Category Tier Changes From Marriott Rewards

March 19, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“It’s the usual death by a 1,000 cuts effectively devaluing everyone’s stash of points by 20-25% by unless your vacation goal is a FI in Buffalo alongside the NYS Thruway”, posted FlyerTalk member joshua362 pertaining to the hotel category tier changes announced yesterday for award redemptions in the Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program. “At least they haven’t cut an arm or leg off cleanly like Hilton where I’ll never stay there again on that principal. But Marriott can’t be far behind as they keeping giving away / minting / challenging elites. Something will have to give in 2015.” Despite rumors of the emergence of a Category 10 tier, there are still nine tiers of categories of hotels in the Marriott Rewards frequent guest loyalty program — and the statistics of the hotel category tier changes are as follows...

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