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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...

The town of Sycamore — where both American Airlines and United Airlines have fuel sales offices — is located approximately 50 miles due west of Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

Lawsuit Accuses American Airlines of Avoidance of Fuel Sales Taxes

March 17, 2014 by Brian Cohen

A lawsuit was filed by the Regional Transportation Authority in Illinois against American Airlines Group Incorporated, alleging that it has operated a “sham” office in the DeKalb County community of Sycamore in an attempt to avoid paying millions of dollars in fuel sales taxes. The lawsuit contends that...

Amtrak Double Days Promotion — Spring 2014

Double Points: Amtrak Double Days Promotion Returns Again

March 13, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Register now for the Double Days promotion by Amtrak Guest Rewards and earn double points on qualfying travel on Amtrak trains in the United States from March 17, 2014 through May 17, 2014 — which seems to be a regular event in the spring and autumn, as this promotion is virtually identical to the most recent promotion last year. This promotion also has a history of...

This Airbus A320 which operated as US Airways flight 1702 to Fort Lauderdale was forced to abort its departure from Philadelphia International Airport earlier today. Photograph courtesy of Dennis Fee via Facebook. Click on the photograph to view the Twitter feed of PzFeed Top News.

Three FlyerTalk Members Give First-Hand Accounts as Passengers About Aircraft Accident in Philadelphia

March 18, 2014 by Brian Cohen

As a follow-up to an eyewitness account of the collapse of the landing gear of an Airbus A320 aircraft — which was operating as US Airways flight 1702 in an attempt to transport 149 passengers and five flight crew members to Fort Lauderdale — at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday, March 13, 2014 by FlyerTalk member phlwookie was posted here at The Gate last week, no fewer than three people registered as FlyerTalk members in order to recall and share their accounts as passengers. The first account was posted by...

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Statement by Prime Minister of Malaysia; Criminal Inquiry Launched

March 15, 2014 by Brian Cohen

Najib Razak — the prime minister of Malaysia updated the international press and media earlier today with an official statement on the mysterious disappearance of the Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Malaysia Airlines flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing greater than one week ago. The full text of his statement is as follows...

Runway 18 at the international airport in Birmingham, Alabama is the vertical runway in the satellite image above, as it is due north and south in terms of direction. Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics. Map data ©2014 courtesy of Google Maps.

Pilots of Two Airlines Not Allowed to Land Onto Shorter Runway 18 at Airport in Birmingham, Alabama

March 12, 2014 by Brian Cohen

At least two airlines have reportedly instructed their pilots to no longer land aircraft onto Runway 18 at the international airport in Birmingham, Alabama due to safety concerns. A decision was implemented from officials at Southwest Airlines because...

AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme

Well, What Do You Know? I Am Now a “BIG Shot”!

March 18, 2014 by Brian Cohen

I received an e-mail message from AirAsia which announced that they are upgrading my AirAsia loyalty programme membership to “BIG Shot” status — free for life. This means that I can enjoy a range of new and extra “BIG” benefits, as shown below...

Photograph courtesy of colinthompson11 via Instagram.

Breaking News: FlyerTalk Member Witnesses Aircraft Accident Live in Philadelphia

March 13, 2014 by Brian Cohen

At Philadelphia International Airport earlier today, FlyerTalk member phlwookie witnessed an accident by an aircraft — which was operating as US Airways flight 1702 transporting 149 passengers and five flight crew members to Fort Lauderdale — reportedly caused by the collapse of its front landing gear as it was taking off...

This Airbus A330 aircraft operated by Garuda Indonesia awaits its passengers in Amsterdam for a flight to Jakarta via Abu Dhabi. Photograph by FlyerTalk member sperrgepaeck. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by sperrgepaeck.

Partnership Updates

March 12, 2014 by Brian Cohen

There have been several announcements concerning partners recently — both positive and negative — and links to discussions pertaining to them posted on FlyerTalk appear below...

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