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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...

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Start Your Week With 5,000 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points

June 23, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Earn 5,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards frequent guest loyalty program points — in addition to what you would normally earn — when you book a stay to arrive Sunday through Thursday at any of the participating 83 hotel properties located in seven countries through September 2, 2014. To qualify for the Start Your Week with 5,000 Bonus Points promotion, you must...

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Delta Flight Museum: Additional Details of the Official Ceremony and More Photographs

June 19, 2014 by Brian Cohen

As I promised you, here are additional details and more photographs pertaining to the grand opening of the Delta Flight Museum in celebration of the 85th anniversary of Delta Air Lines at its world headquarters in Atlanta on Tuesday, June 17, 2014...

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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...

This woman is being “patted down” by a pregnant agent of the Transportation Security Administration at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago — and you could be paying more for the privilege in the form of the restructuring of the September 11 security fee. Photograph by FlyerTalk member marklyon. Click on the photograph for additional photographs by marklyon in a discussion about the working conditions for the pregnant agent of the Transportation Security Administration agent shown in the photograph.

Airline Ticket Security Fees Set to Increase by More Than Double

June 20, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Get ready to pay more in security fees on your airline ticket if you are traveling to, from or within the United States effective as of July 21, 2014. “This increase is part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013”, confirmed FlyerTalk member TSAPressSec — also known as Ross Feinstein, who is the press secretary for the Transportation Security Administration and an official company representative on FlyerTalk. “The law restructures the fee limitation from up to $2.50 per leg of a connecting flight (capped at $5 per one-way trip), to a flat $5.60 per one-way trip.” At first glance, you might be thinking that...

This Airbus A380 aircraft at Narita International Airport — which serves the greater Tokyo metropolitan area — operated as Thai Airways flight 677 to Bangkok greater than one year ago. Photograph by FlyerTalk member sfoactuary. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by sfoactuary.

Devaluation: New Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Award Chart Announced

June 18, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Effective as of September 1, 2014, the amount of Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier loyalty program miles needed for award travel will increase on a significant number of award redemptions — and FlyerTalk members are not happy. Although the award charts seem to have been simplified — for example, premium economy award redemptions have been eliminated on flights operated by Thai Airways; Zone 7 has been eliminated; and simply double the Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier loyalty program miles needed for return trips — the amount of Royal Orchid Plus frequent flier loyalty program miles needed for redemption on certain awards has increased substantially. Using a Zone 6 award as one example...

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...

Passengers start boarding onto an Airbus A380 aircraft operated as a route verification flight by Air France from Montréal to Paris back in 2007. What are the first things you do when boarding an airplane? Photograph by FlyerTalk member chrissxb. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by chrissxb.

What Are The First Things You Do When Boarding an Airplane?

June 20, 2014 by Brian Cohen

“While at the gate, I usually pull out all the items I intend to use during my flight, so I can quickly pop my bag in the overhead bin and take my seat, with my book next to me on my seat and anything else in the seat pocket” are some of the first things FlyerTalk member rose42 does when boarding an airplane. “I used to count the rows to the exit and glance at the safety card, but then I started watching some shows on the History Channel. Now I’ve pretty much determined that if something were to happen anytime except during the taxi, I’m toast, so I might as well sit back and be comfortable.” To continue the theme started two weeks ago when I posted an article asking you about what are the first things you do when entering a hotel room, I thought I would ask you about what are the first things you do when boarding an airplane. Well, let’s see...I might...

This is the signage at the new entrance to the Delta Flight Museum, where a Boeing 757-232 aircraft awaits your arrival. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

Delta Flight Museum Grand Opening on 85th Anniversary of Delta Air Lines

June 17, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Starting a few years earlier in Macon, Georgia as an aerial crop dusting operation known as Huff Daland Dusters, Delta Air Service commenced operations on June 17, 1929 in Monroe, Louisiana...and 85 years later, the anniversary of what is now known as Delta Air Lines was celebrated with the grand opening of the Delta Flight Museum — which, technically, is the grand re-opening of the Delta Heritage Museum. The Delta Flight Museum underwent extensive renovations. I actually co-hosted one of the last events at the former Delta Heritage Museum before...

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