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Miles & More Celebrates 20 Years — and You Could Win

January 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The Miles & More frequent flier loyalty program is celebrating its anniversary of 20 years with its Join the Party and Win promotion where you have a chance of winning a a VIP weekend for two in Berlin in March of 2013 as part of the anniversary launch — plus a chance to win one of ten prizes of 20,000 Miles & More frequent flier loyalty program award miles. You must enter the competition by...

Will There Be a Shortage of Commercial Airline Pilots?

January 11, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A combination of new requirements being imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States and commercial airline pilots expected to retire this year has analysts of the commercial aviation industry predicting a shortage of pilots — especially if...

Updates: Duct-Taped Passenger Video, Destroyed Guitar, and Starwood Lawsuit

January 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

In the first of three updates of stories posted recently at The Gate, raw video footage of the allegedly drunk passenger who was so unruly that he was forced to be restrained to his seat with duct tape reportedly by an off-duty captain, two male passengers and crew members on an Icelandair aircraft during a flight to New York has been released...

Think Twice Before Ordering Coffee Aboard an Airplane?

January 13, 2013 by Brian Cohen

While perusing through the Delta SkyMiles forum on FlyerTalk, there were no fewer than three discussions on the first “page” which caught my eye — all about coffee. FlyerTalk member Thomas Hudson wondered whether or not Delta Air Lines once again switched vendors for the coffee served aboard its fleet of aircraft, as he claims that the coffee was “undrinkable” aboard two flights on which he flew recently as a passenger within the same day. Perhaps the possibility that not enough passengers were willing to consume the coffee was one reason why FlyerTalk member donnak caught a flight attendant dumping coffee in the lavatory toilet...

The Influence of FlyerTalk in Washington, D.C. — to Coin a Phrase…

January 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

I received an interesting e-mail message earlier today sent by Scott McCartney, who is the author of The Middle Seat Terminal column for The Wall Street Journal, in which he says, “Believe it or not, the $1 coin story I did in 2009, showing how FlyerTalk members were getting free miles through a U.S. Mint promotion, apparently was the inspiration for the trillion-dollar coin debt ceiling solution idea that is sweeping Washington…

London Underground Celebrates 150 Years

January 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

The subway system with the oldest section of underground railway in the world celebrates 150 years of service. The London Underground — also known as the Tube — is actually a misnomer of sorts, as less than half of the system is actually under ground. FlyerTalk members celebrate the auspicious milestone by...

Wyndham Rewards: A Point Redemption Increase of Almost 282 Percent; No Notice?

January 12, 2013 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member DFW25FLY attempted to redeem 32,000 Wyndham Reward frequent guest loyalty program points earlier this week for two nights at the Wingate by Wyndham Manhattan Midtown located on West 35 Street in New York — a category 4 hotel property — only to find that the redemption cost is now actually 90,000 points for those two nights. Even worse is that the apparent point redemption increase of 281.25 percent was not even officially announced by any representatives of Wyndham Rewards. Perhaps that hotel property jumped from a Category 4 to a Category 7 hotel property, as shown on the following chart...

Ranking Airline Safety

January 10, 2013 by Gerry Wingenbach

The thing is, safety records are so one-dimensional. You go x number of years without a crash and you’re top shelf. But screw up once, your safety record is toast. There’s no unified theory of safety, but a European agency has named Finnair the world’s safest airline.

Boarding Process Changes Implemented on United Airlines

January 9, 2013 by Brian Cohen

As part of an effort to address crowding and consistency over the next several months, the way passengers board on United Airlines flights has changed — with full implementation expected tomorrow — starting by simplifying and reducing the number of boarding groups, as well as eventually revising the layout of gate areas with...

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