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Airplane Crashes Into Sea; Several Injured But No Fatalities

April 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Lion Air as flight 904 missed landing on the runway at Ngurah Rai International Airport in southern Bali and instead crashed into shallow water in the sea just short of the runway. All 101 passengers and seven flight crew members aboard the aircraft survived, although several people were...

Why SaveSkyMiles and Other Campaigns Most Likely Would NOT Be Successful This Time Around

April 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Some FlyerTalk members are rallying to give new life to the SaveSkyMiles campaign, given the “enhancements” implemented by Delta Air Lines over the past several months — such as the introduction of Medallion Qualification Dollars, the reduction of the earning of Medallion Qualification Miles on certain fare classes of partner airlines, the changes to the policy of the Same-Day Confirmed option, and the expiration of your SkyMiles when you die. A campaign called SaveSkyMiles was launched in 2000 by four FlyerTalk members — RSSrsvp, bdschobel, mikey1003 and EyeFlyDoc — but the movement gained significant momentum in response to changes to the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program announced in December of 2002 for implementation in January of 2003 which were widely viewed as unfavorable. Many considered the campaign a success because...

Radiation of Airline Passengers by “Dark Lightning”?

April 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members have long been concerned with being exposed to radiation during their travels — whether it is by being screened at an airport security checkpoint, or simply by flying as a passenger aboard a commercial aircraft — as they do not want to increase their chances of being diagnosed with such diseases as cancer. The levels of radiation and their effect on your safety have also been long debated. For example...

The Tale of the Tail Strike: Damaged Aircraft Crosses Ocean — and No One Realized It?

April 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The rear end of an Airbus A330-300 aircraft operated as flight 435 by Lufthansa was reportedly damaged after its tail allegedly hit the runway upon take-off at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago last month — and the aircraft traveled across the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in Munich with no incident. Amazingly, neither members of the flight crew nor the passengers aboard the aircraft noticed or realized that anything had happened. The aircraft — which...

Confirmed: 1,000 Bonus Hyatt Gold Passport Points Amenity Option for Diamond Elite Members Worldwide

April 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The news is now confirmed and the trial is now an option: Diamond elite members of the Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program can now choose either a food and beverage amenity — or a locally inspired amenity at Andaz hotel properties — or 1,000 bonus Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points at hotel and resort properties worldwide, according to...

How to Avoid Being Charged for Fuel When Returning a Rental Car With a Full Tank of Gasoline

April 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Back in the days when gasoline was $1.49 per gallon in the United States, it was rather easy to return a rental vehicle without being scrutinized for your consumption of fuel — depending on the company from which you rented your car, of course. With prices currently hovering between $3.25 and $4.25 per gallon in the United States and the potential to lose significantly more money, rental car companies seem to be far more stringent these days on how much gasoline is in the fuel tank — sometimes to the point of charging you for fuel even though you returned the rental vehicle with a full tank of gasoline, as has apparently happened to...

Qantas Cuts the Pork From Some Flights — Literally; Garners Offensive Comments

April 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

You might say that Qantas has developed a case of the “swine flew.” As a by-product of its partnership with Emirates — which was recently announced and effective as of March 31, 2013 — Qantas decided to remove pork food products from some of its flights. Many people were so hot that...

Breaking News: Changes to Same-Day Confirmed Policy Officially Announced by Delta Air Lines

April 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Changes to the policy known as Same-Day Confirmed were officially announced moments ago by Delta Air Lines — and many FlyerTalk members are not happy about these changes, which were first rumored on March 27 and expounded upon with additional details and speculation. Starting on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, you will be able to request a change on the day of your any time prior to the departure time of your original flight within the same calendar day — but the same booking class as your original ticket must now be available in order to successfully implement the change, according to...

Record Number of Passengers Ride Amtrak in March — Just in Time For National Train Day

April 9, 2013 by Brian Cohen

March of 2013 set a record for Amtrak in terms of the number of passengers, according to an article in USA TODAY — giving Amtrak a reason to celebrate for National Train Day, which is a day designated by Amtrak to promote train travel in the United States. Ridership increased on Amtrak by...

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