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The Buzz: Will Air France Go With Hop! as Name of Merged Regional Airlines?

January 21, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Buzz. Zip. Go. Wizz. Scoot. Jazz. song. Click. Zoom. Ted...and now Hop! — peut être. Air France may continue with the trend of monosyllabic aviation monikers by...

Controversial Airport Full-Body Scanners to Disappear?

January 18, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The full-body scanners which use X-ray backscatter technology to screen passengers are expected to disappear from airport security checkpoints in the United States as soon as June of this year, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Rapiscan — the manufacturer of the controversial full-body scanners which gained notoriety for producing images of passengers considered by many to be too revealing — reportedly will fail to...

The Revenue Component of SkyMiles: A Closer Look, with Questions

January 17, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Although details initially posted at The Gate pertaining to the upcoming changes in the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program have now been confirmed by Delta Air Lines, what does it really mean — and are more changes eventually in store and on the way? First, if...

Secure Flight Name Information to Be Used in MileagePlus Profiles From Now On

January 20, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Effective as of today, United Airlines will be streamlining the way your name and identification information is requested when booking a flight by asking for only one name, which will be the name which exactly matches the name on your photographic identification — issued by the government of your jurisdiction — with which you will be traveling. According to FlyerTalk member UA Insider — also known as Aaron Goldberg, who is the senior manager of Customer Experience Planning at United Airlines — this update will...

Cash & Points Redemption Requirements Increased by Starwood Preferred Guest

January 18, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Effective as of March 5, 2013, Starwood Preferred Guest is increasing the redemption requirements of the Cash & Points offering in most categories. The good news is that upgraded rooms — such as suites, Club Rooms, Smart Rooms and rooms with a view — will now be a part of the Cash & Points offering, as will all Category 1 and Category 2 hotel properties worldwide. Currently, only Category 1 and Category 2 hotel properties located in the United States, Canada and the Asia Pacific region are offered for Cash & Points. The comparison of the old and new charts below shows that you will need to both spend more cash and redeem more Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program points in every category except for Category 7 hotel properties...

American Airlines: A New Beginning

January 17, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members comment and opine pertaining to the new logo, logotype, livery and branding scheme revealed by American Airlines earlier today — and the reaction has been vociferous but mixed. Here are the results of a poll — which closes on February 17, 2013, if you want to vote — as voted by FlyerTalk members pertaining to the new identity branding and package, including the new color scheme and logo...

Double Aeroplan Miles Through Best Western Promotion

January 19, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Effective as of February 11, 2013, you can earn unlimited double Aeroplan frequent flier loyalty program bonus miles for each qualified stay at any Best Western branded hotel property worldwide through April 14, 2013. Best Western Rewards members residing in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas or the United States Virgin Islands who...

Captain, Turn Off That Device

January 18, 2013 by Gerry Wingenbach

I’m not saying the pilot of the Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus was texting while parking last night—you know how we amp the iPhone on landing—I’m just saying you've got two pilots with more onboard-computer power than Apollo 11, who wing it from Buenos Aires to Miami and then have a wingtip-tail-section bender at the gate with Air France 777. It makes you want to find out why.

Boeing 787 Grounding: FlyerTalk Member Reaction and Updates

January 16, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members have been posting their reactions to the grounding of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft in response to a directive issued by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States and the civil aviation authorities of the Japanese, Chilean and other governments worldwide, as well as the investigations which have been ordered as a result of a spate of mechanical and technical issues which have plagued the aircraft since its debut. All Nippon Airways — which along with Japan Airlines proactively grounded its fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft before the directive mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States — is...

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