Budget Rent A Car Still Accused of Scamming Customers

Despite being sold coverage by a franchise group in British Columbia in the event their rental vehicles are involved in an accident, customers of Budget Rent a Car are left feeling deceived and misled after being billed for the full cost for damage to their rental vehicles — totaling in some cases thousands of dollars. This is not the first time in which franchises of Budget Rent a Car based in British Columbia have been involved in questionable practices pertaining to vehicle damage. In November of 2012, The Gate reported…

FlyerTalk Member Sells Software for $19 Billion to Facebook

In May of 2009, FlyerTalk member jkb76 requested assistance from fellow FlyerTalk members pertaining to a “little tool” he had just developed called WhatsApp. “i hate shameless self promotion, but i couldn’t resist posting here because i wrote this app with people like us in mind (those who travel a lot)”, posted jkb76. “ever since i semi-retired a little over a year ago, i been traveling A LOT and i hated it when people tried to reach me when i am on the plane or out of the country. so i asked myself — wouldn’t it be cool if i just set a status for my iPhone, similar to how you can set a status on yahoo messenger or skype.” That “little tool” was just sold to facebook for a total of $19 billion in cash and stock. Additionally…

Buying Up to Preferred Elite Status Will Cost You More on US Airways in March

If you are a member of the US Airways Dividend Miles frequent flier loyalty program and want or need to purchase your way to Preferred elite status through February 28, 2015, you will need to do it before March 1, 2014, when prices will increase — and you will also only be able to buy up to a Preferred elite level tier which you are within 25,000 miles or 30 flight segments of reaching. The price increases are specifically outlined below as follows…

Club Carlson Program Changes: A Basic Analysis

FlyerTalk member Club Carlson — also known as Rachael Marret, who is the senior vice president of customer engagement with the Club Carlson frequent guest loyalty program — announced changes to be effective as of March 15, 2014, which she outlined below…

Are Certain Starwood Hotel Properties Limiting Free Night Awards Only to Single-Occupancy Rooms?

If you are married or have a significant other who has been patient with you as you have traveled frequently — especially when you travel on business — away from home for days or weeks at a time, you might want to reward them with a trip to a place anywhere in the world where they would like to visit, using your frequent travel loyalty program points or miles at hotel properties and on airline flights. FlyerTalk member SAN-man has reported that at the Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam — which participates as A Luxury Collection Hotel of the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program — the following news…

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