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American Airlines Offers Fast Track to Elite Status — Only to Later Be Removed and Possibly Targeted

August 14, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you do not currently have elite status as an AAdvantage frequent flier loyalty program member with American Airlines, now is your opportunity — provided that you register for this offer to “fast-track” your way to elite status by August 27, 2013 and use a special promotion code — and once you earn your level of elite status, you get to keep it through February 28, 2015. You must earn the following about of elite qualification miles in order to achieve the following elite status levels...

100 Percent Bonus on Purchase of IHG Rewards Club Points: Should You Buy Now?

August 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You can receive a bonus of 100 percent on the purchase of IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program points through August 26, 2013 — but is it worth it; and should you buy now? Let us first look at the rates which you may purchase in increments of 1,000 IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program points...

Couple Charged With “Lewd, Indecent and Obscene” Behavior Aboard Airplane

August 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Jessica Stroble and Christopher Martin both face up to 90 days in jail after allegedly being charged by Las Vegas police with engaging in lewd, indecent, and obscene acts while aboard flight 557 operated by Allegiant Air, which originated in Medford, Oregon. The criminal complaint was filed in the United States District Court of Nevada by a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. The sexual acts purportedly committed by the couple include...

Increase Cost of SkyMiles for International Business Class; Award Hold Discontinued by Delta

August 14, 2013 by Brian Cohen

An award ticket in the business class cabin on an international flight will cost you more SkyMiles if you travel on certain routes on June 1, 2014 or thereafter, according to FlyerTalk member DwayneSkyMiles — one of the official company representatives of Delta Air Lines on FlyerTalk. The increased redemption amounts for “low” awards for a seat in what is considered the “true” international BusinessElite cabin include the following...

jetBlue Offers Baggage Delivery Service

August 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

In what appears to be further evidence of the attempt by jetBlue Airways to redefine the low-cost carrier experience towards a more upscale model, delivery service of checked luggage is now being offered as an option to its passengers — for a fee, of course. The fees for this baggage delivery service — which will be available for an unspecified limited time, assuming that they will eventually be increased — are as follows...

Is FlyerTalk the Most Influential in Aviation? Vote Now

August 9, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Is FlyerTalk the most influential in aviation? Routesonline — an Internet web site of UBM Aviation Routes Ltd — launched the #avgeek100 twitter campaign to find the most influential, whimsical, and useful “tweeters” on everything related to the aviation industry — and they are calling on you for your suggestions. At the time this was posted, FlyerTalk was currently number...

Asiana Airlines Offers $10,000 to Passengers; Denies Responsibility for Crash

August 14, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Asiana Airlines is reportedly offering $10,000.00 to each passenger who survived the crash of the Boeing 777-200ER aircraft which operated as flight 214, simultaneously denying responsibility for the crash and even going so far as to suggest that passengers contributed to their own injuries in the crash last month at San Francisco International Airport. Passengers are eligible to receive payment of the $10,000.00 — even if they were not injured — and acceptance of the payment supposedly...

In Memoriam: cordelli

August 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Michael Cordelli — also known as FlyerTalk member cordelli — passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 10, 2013, according to what his wife posted on facebook. Mike posted this content on FlyerTalk on August 8, 2013 at 7:57 in the evening Eastern Daylight Time — which became the last time he posted on FlyerTalk...

Highest Airport in the World Expected to Open Later This Year

August 8, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Work is reportedly currently under way on Daocheng Yading Airport, which is scheduled to open sometime later this year and serve the Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture in the Chinese province of Sichuan. At an altitude of approximately 4,436 meters or 14,500 feet, Daocheng Yading Airport — located in Nagqu, which is approximately 186 miles from Lhasa — will supposedly become the highest commercial airport in the world at only 764 meters lower than...

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