Double SkyMiles AND Double Medallion Qualification Miles for Flights To or From Seattle

Starting today, you can earn double SkyMiles and double Medallion Qualification Miles as many times as you like through December 31, 2014 on the non-stop segments of flights whose origination or destination is Seattle and marketed and operated by either Delta Air Lines or Delta Connection — but you must first register for this promotion, as registration is required before purchasing and flying as a passenger on the flight; and only tickets purchased after registering for this promotion will qualify for the bonuses.There is one major catch…

Co-Pilot Hijacked Own Aircraft — to Seek Asylum in Switzerland

When the pilot of the Boeing 767-300 aircraft — which operated as Ethiopian Airlines flight 702 and was carrying 193 passengers from Addis Ababa to Rome — left the cockpit to use the lavatory earlier today, Hailemedhin Abera Tegegn was in control of the plane and decided to take that opportunity to “hijack” the aircraft to Geneva in order to seek asylum. At some time when Tegegn — the co-pilot and second in command of the aircraft who is 31 years of age — took control of the airplane…

Changes in Privileges Program of Delta Hotels and Resorts Announced — With More to Come

“To ensure Delta Privilege remains competitive, and to pave the way for a rewarding new program set to launch in Autumn 2014, changes to the current program needed to be made”, said Ken Greene — who is the president and chief executive officer of Delta Hotels and Resorts — in a recent announcement. “These changes to benefits will be effective for reservations made after February 28, 2014 for stays starting on or after March 1, 2014.” The changes are as follows…

How Important to You is Your Trust in a Frequent Travel Loyalty Program?

A “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something” is the definition of the word trust, according to the Oxford dictionary of American English. Does trust apply to you pertaining to frequent travel loyalty programs? A poll was posted on FlyerTalk last week asking how important to you is your trust in a frequent travel loyalty program — the poll will close on Friday, March 7, 2014 — and the responses up to this point have been quite thoughtful. Before reviewing some of those responses in greater detail, here are the poll results as of…

In Memoriam: Black Adder

“I haven’t flown at all this year and I have no plans to fly at all anytime in the near future. I obtained my status with JAL when I was single and flying solely for pleasure. Now I’m married and am battling a serious illness so there is no money for flying or hotels. No regrets here, I had a great run.” That prophetic statement was posted on October 10, 2013 by FlyerTalk member Black Adder, whose real name was…

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