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Hyatt and MGM Resorts Enter Into a New Reciprocal Relationship

June 5, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Effective as of June 20, 2013, you will be able to earn and redeem Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points at twelve resort properties located on the Las Vegas Strip which participate in the M life frequent guest loyalty program of MGM Resorts International — and all eligible nights and stays at these resorts will count toward Hyatt Gold Passport elite tier status, according to FlyerTalk member and official company representative J. Zidell, VP Hyatt Gold Passport. In addition...

No More Earning MQMs on Delta for Flights on Korean Air and Select Other Airlines Anymore

June 4, 2013 by Brian Cohen

As of September 1, 2013, you will no longer earn Medallion Qualification Miles towards elite status in the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program on any airfare with Korean Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Olympic Airways, according to FlyerTalk member DwayneSkyMiles, who is one of the official company representatives of Delta Air Lines on FlyerTalk — and FlyerTalk members are livid. More to come. Please refer to the chart below...

“All You Can Fly” Concept About to Finally Take Off?

June 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Surf Air — whose concept is to offer its customers the opportunity to be a passenger on as many flights as they want for one monthly membership fee which purportedly will not be significantly more expensive than typical airfare prices — recently received permission by federal regulators in the United States to begin passenger service between four cities in California. For that monthly membership fee, you receive such benefits as...

Free Night When You Stay Three Separate Times at Best Western

June 4, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Stay three separate qualifying times between Monday, June 17, 2013 and Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Best Western branded hotel properties located in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean during the 2013 Summer Promotion and earn a voucher for a free night — but you must first register, and registration is open now through...

Productivity Lost Due to Powering Down Electronic Devices?

June 4, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A study by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University claims that greater than 105 million hours of technological activity is projected to be disrupted on domestic flights in the United States this year — an estimated increase of 104 percent since 2010 — as a direct result of passengers not being permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration to use personal electronic devices at any time the aircraft is below 10,000 feet in altitude but not on the ground, combined with the surging annual increase in the use of such devices. The question is...

Do You Know Who I Am? Who Cares?!?

May 31, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You have most likely encountered a particular type of person in your travels: someone who thinks he is so important and so entitled that the world needs to acquiesce to his every whim and demand while oblivious to the world around him. All this self-absorbed person cares about is having his needs met in any way possible and however necessary — even if it happens to be at the expense of other people. When denied or confronted, the person angrily blurts out in frustration: “Do you know who I am?!?” — possibly followed by...

Memphis to No Longer Be a Delta Hub

June 4, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Memphis International Airport — originally one of the hub cities of Northwest Airlines before it was merged with Delta Air Lines — will no longer be a hub of Delta Air Lines, as the number of daily flights to that airport will be reduced to 60 flights per day starting on...

Are Worse Times Ahead for Airline Passengers?

June 3, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Both Gerry Wingenbach of The Tarmac and Tim Winship of FrequentFlier.com reported earlier today about the state of commercial aviation worldwide financially as announced in Cape Town by Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive officer of the International Air Transport Association. Although overall profits are expected to increase for commercial airlines worldwide in 2013...

Deadline Met: Backscatter Body Scanners Gone — But Not Forgotten

May 31, 2013 by Brian Cohen

As first reported by The Gate on January 18, 2013, the 250 full-body scanners which used X-ray backscatter technology to screen passengers have been removed from airport security checkpoints in the United States — successfully having met a deadline of June 1, 2013 — at the expense of the manufacturer, according to the Transportation Security Administration. However — before you rejoice...

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