Exclusive Premium Lounge With Unisex Sauna to Open at Helsinki Airport

A new lounge near Gate 36 in the non-Schengen area of Helsinki-Vantaa Airport will open soon; and it is equipped with a unisex sauna where the towels are supposedly optional — meaning recommended and not necessarily required. FlyerTalk members first learned of this new airport lounge by Finnair back in October and have eagerly awaited its opening. According to a press release from Finnair…

United Airlines Flight Diverted to Wichita Due To Deployment of Emergency Slide

“My father was on the flight”, reported FlyerTalk member DENviaLAX, pertaining to the Boeing 737-724 airplane which operated as United Airlines flight 1463 from Chicago to Santa Ana on Sunday, June 29, 2014 but was diverted to Wichita after an emergency slide inflated inside the aircraft during the flight. “All he really said was…

July: Changes in Le Club Accorhotels and Kimpton Programs

When FlyerTalk members learned that changes are coming to the frequent guest loyalty programs of both Le Club Accorhotels and Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants Group, the word devaluation can tend to come to mind — but not all of the details for at least one of those programs have been revealed as of yet. For FlyerTalk members of the Le Club Accorhotels frequent guest loyalty program, among the changes which will reportedly be in effect as of today at 4:00 in the afternoon Paris time are as follows…

Red Lion Eliminates Points From its R&R Club Loyalty Program

An announcement from the Red Lion R&R Club frequent guest loyalty program contains an interesting message: that it is being transitioned “to a new dynamic customer recognition program” and has eliminated the earning and redemption of frequent guest loyalty program points — based on “member feedback and extensive insights from leading customer loyalty programs”, of course. This may sound sacrilegious to a frequent traveler who lives to earn and use miles and points — but perhaps it is the right decision for the Red Lion Hotels Corporation, which has had quite an interesting history. According to…

United Airlines Bids Farewell to…Garlic Bread? Ketchup? And Sprite Zero?!?

The “grapes of wrath” apparently continues on United Airlines — this time, having to do with garlic bread on flights between the United States and Asia…and to many FlyerTalk members, the removal of garlic bread from those flights simply stinks. As part of a reported announcement posted by FlyerTalk member goalie, United Airlines — which has been struggling financially as of late and is seeking ways to improve its bottom line — will also supposedly implement the following modifications within the next two years…

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