Earn Up to 15,000 Bonus Starpoints: Starwood Says “Bring On The Nights”

The one thing that stands out about this latest promotion — called SPG Bring On The Nights — is that none of the greater than 1,100 hotel or resort properties which participate in the Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program will be excluded from this promotion. Additionally, you may book your reservation now for stays between now and April 30, 2014, as all eligible reservations booked prior to your registering for this promotion will count — but you must…

Is Uber “Surge Pricing” Unfairly Expensive?

I was watching the local television news in Atlanta — something I do not usually do — when a report caught my eye about a person who felt that he was “taken for a ride” by Uber on New Year’s Eve when he was charged “upwards of $200.00” for a ride which normally costs approximately $60.00. Sure enough, a search on FlyerTalk revealed a discussion with a warning that…

Travel Alert: Winter Storm Threats in Portions of United States, Canada and United Kingdom

As if the travel alert posted yesterday at The Gate was not enough for portions of the eastern United States and Canada, a new winter storm is threatening blizzard conditions and potentially record low temperatures to the midwestern United States and southeastern Canada. Meanwhile, a major incident has been declared in the South West of the United Kingdom due to dangerous conditions where strong winds and waves greater than 30 feet tall were predicted to impact…

Travel Alert: Winter Storm Affects Northeastern United States; Thousands of Flights Already Canceled or Delayed

If the northeastern United States is in your travel plans through this weekend, you might want to consider delaying your travel, as blizzard conditions are expected to start later this afternoon and last through tomorrow — causing thousands of flights to be delayed or canceled. Additionally, heavy snowfall is expected in cities such as…

Today: 100 Years of Commercial Aviation

January 1, 2014 marks the anniversary or 100 years of commercial aviation — 33 of which included the existence of frequent flier loyalty programs starting with American Airlines back in 1981. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line — the first airline in the world — launched its inaugural flight on January 1, 1914, from Saint Petersburg in Florida 18 miles away to its destination of Tampa, according to…

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