First Bird Flu Fatality in North America Confirmed: Should You Be Concerned?

Health officials in Alberta have reportedly confirmed an isolated case of avian influenza which proved to be fatal to a resident of Alberta, who first showed signs of fever, malaise and headache — symptoms of the bird flu, also known as H5N1 — aboard an airplane which operated as Air Canada flight 030 from Beijing to Vancouver on Friday, December 27, 2013. The unidentified woman spent a few hours on a stopover in the airport in Vancouver before…

In Memoriam: UNITED863

“I feel fortunate with only having a 2 hour departure delay on my recent SYD trip. SFO departures seem to get hit less as they have ‘spare’ 747s sitting over at the hangar, which is the only reason why my SFO-SYD flight didn’t cancel on 11/28. This route is just amazing to monitor with the frequency of delays/cancellations.” The comment quoted above was posted by FlyerTalk member UNITED863 — whose real name is Darren Booth — on December 8, 2013 at 1:28 in the afternoon Eastern Standard Time. Sadly, it was the last time he will ever post on FlyerTalk, as he passed away at the age of…

Winter Weather in United States Causes Travel Delays For FlyerTalk Members

The latest round of winter weather is finally waning in much of the United States — but not without significantly impacting the travel plans of FlyerTalk members…and winter has only begun, as a new storm is set to impact the midwestern United States through tomorrow with light snow, ice, and mixed precipitation to cities such as St. Louis and Indianapolis, which already had suffered from being blanketed with 11 inches of snow and an official low temperature of -15° Fahrenheit earlier this week. The frozen precipitation and dangerously frigid temperatures had forced delays and cancellations of flights, as illustrated in the FlyerTalk discussions listed below…

Earn Free Round-Trip Travel With Amtrak “Go Free” Promotion; Paperless Coupons; Refund Policy Changes

You can earn round-trip travel for free on certain services offered by the Amtrak Guest Rewards frequent travel loyalty program during this winter, according to FlyerTalk member AGR Insider — also known as Anthony Rizos, who is the program manager of loyalty marketing at Amtrak in Washington, D.C. — and you must register for this promotion in order to participate. Here are the details where you must travel on the following number of qualifying round-trip travel between now and March 1, 2014 in order to earn free travel…

Points and Fixed Miles Earning Style Option of Hilton HHonors Discontinued as of Today

My preferred earning style for many years in the Hilton HHonors frequent guest loyalty program — Points and Fixed Miles, which was one of three MyWay earning style options — has been discontinued as of today and is no longer available. The Points and Fixed Miles earning style option allowed you to…

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