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Cathay Pacific Endangers Nuts and Alcohol

December 11, 2012 by Gerry Wingenbach

Cathay Pacific’s flight attendants are threatening job action now that contract negotiations have broken off. Christmas travel will not be affected. But if unsettled, the dispute could lead to flight delays and cancellation of some onboard services in the new year

Mandatory Daily “Facilities” Fee? Time For a Boycott?

December 9, 2012 by Brian Cohen

The Le Parker Méridien hotel in New York has announced that it will implement a mandatory daily facilities charge of ten dollars per day effective as of January 1, 2013 — and FlyerTalk members are disappointed, outraged and furious, calling the policy “sleazy” and “garbage.” This fee includes the following...

£20.12 Room Rate Offer in the United Kingdom Returns — But Act Fast

December 7, 2012 by Brian Cohen

To celebrate what has apparently been a great year for the United Kingdom, InterContinental Hotels Group is offering a room rate of £20.12 per room for stays between 22 December 2012 through 10 February 2013 at slightly fewer than 200 select participating Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and Crowne Plaza hotel properties in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This offer — in which the room rate of £20.12 per room is inclusive of VAT, or value added tax — may only be booked between now through 11:59 in the evening Greenwich Mean Time on 8 December 2012. However, be forewarned that...

Stowaway Falls Near Heathrow

December 10, 2012 by Gerry Wingenbach

First, the facts. Back in September, a man fell from the sky in a London suburb. Make that the only fact. It’s the only rock-solid evidence out there. An updated story doesn’t have much new information.

Platinum Extras Awards Program Eliminated From Hyatt Gold Passport

December 7, 2012 by Brian Cohen

The Platinum Extras Awards program in the Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program will be eliminated as of December 31, 2012, according to FlyerTalk member and official company representative J. Zidell, VP Hyatt Gold Passport, citing the reason that...

Air Canada to Gain Altitude in 2013

December 6, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Altitude — the new name for the Top Tier frequent flier loyalty program of Air Canada — becomes effective as of March 1, 2013. According to FlyerTalk member Air Canada Top Tier — who also officially represents Air Canada on FlyerTalk — Air Canada Altitude will feature two new elite status levels versus the 2012 Air Canada Top Tier frequent flier loyalty program — and it has been redesigned to supposedly better recognize and reward customers of Air Canada in line with their travel frequency. The elite status levels are as follows...

Save Up to 50% on Best Available Room Rates With Hilton HHonors Hotel Properties

December 10, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Save up to 50 percent off the best available room rate during the Exclusive Friends and Family Sale at participating hotel and resort properties throughout the Hilton Worldwide portfolio if you book your reservation by January 7, 2013 and stay between December 14, 2012 and January 7, 2013 — and not only are all stays eligible to earn Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program points and stay credit towards elite status, but many of the Thank You Rates appear to be refundable as well. FlyerTalk members are reporting significant discounts on room rates — and some of the savings are in the hundreds of dollars. Imagine room rates of $84.00 per night in Manhattan — $109.00 per night at the famed Waldorf=Astoria hotel — or $44.00 per night near Baltimore Washington Airport. Save 50 percent at these participating Hilton Worldwide hotel and resort properties...

Cathay Flight Attendant Wants to Throw Coffee On Enemy

December 7, 2012 by Gerry Wingenbach

Cathay Pacific flight attendant leaves job after posting on Facebook she wanted to throw coffee on a passenger who is the youngest daughter of Thailand’s ousted prime minister. The airline alleges misconduct.

Earn Thousands of Starpoints in Le Méridien Limitless Earnings Promotion

December 6, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Stay at select Le Méridien hotels and resort properties throughout North America and French Polynesia through February 28, 2013 to earn “unlimited” Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints — although technically you can earn up to a maximum of 175,000 Starpoints with this promotion. The more times you stay, the more Starpoints you will earn — as follows...

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