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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...

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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...

This Boeing 777-258ER aircraft operated by El Al Israel Airlines Limited taxis on the tarmac at Hong Kong International Airport. Photograph by FlyerTalk member ORDnHKG. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by ORDnHKG.

El Al to Spin Off Matmid Club Frequent Flier Program?

June 26, 2014 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members are discussing the recent news of the intentions of El Al Israel Airlines Limited to spin off its Matmid Club frequent flier loyalty program into its own separate legal entity in addition to issuing new branded credit cards in Israel. Will this move benefit — and possibly even save — the flag carrier of Israel, which announced last month losses having widened by 22 percent and revenue decreased by 3.6 percent? Could El Al — which supposedly has a market value of $95,000,000.00 with a financial debt to the banks of $700,000,000.00 — possibly go bankrupt? If so...

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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Several FlyerTalk Forums You Should Visit — Including One Where You Have Chances to Win Prizes

June 25, 2014 by Brian Cohen

In a recent discussion via e-mail messages with FlyerTalk member SanDiego1K — who is also the community director for FlyerTalk — I asked her which forums she believes should be highlighted here at The Gate. Thinking that “smaller, less traveled forums” should be highlighted, here are her initial recommendations...

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...

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Why I Just Purchased Some Club Carlson Points Moments Ago

June 27, 2014 by Brian Cohen

I am not the type of person who purchases frequent travel loyalty program points or miles — but in this case, I just purchased 1,000 Club Carlson frequent guest loyalty program points. Why? No, it was not because of the flash sale, which is currently active until 5:29 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time today. Sure, I will get an additional 750 bonus points...and spending $280.00 will net you up to 70,000 points with this flash sale, if you are interested. The reason for the purchase was...

This Airbus A330-223 aircraft operated as Delta Air Lines flight 281 from Seattle to Hong Kong earlier this month. Photograph by FlyerTalk member nabilm92. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by nabilm92.

Thank You For Reading The World’s Most Trusted “Blog”

June 24, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Reading the title of this article, you are probably asking yourself to which weblog I am referring. If I replied The Gate, you would most likely think that I was full of myself. What criteria would I have used to call The Gate the World’s Most Trusted “Blog”? Would it be that I reliably post an article at an average of once per day? Perhaps the content is always accurate 100 percent of the time — which I even admit is not true, as I am thankful to have readers point out inaccuracies to me found in the articles I post. Personally — as ludicrous as I think it would be if I decided to call The Gate the World’s Most Trusted “Blog” — to attempt to...

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