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Links to FlyerTalk's major forum categories are in the blue website header. Look at either the JUMP TO FORUMS area, or click the FORUM menu. Each major category hosts specialized forums dedicated to discussions of particular topics. Some of the most requested or hardest to find topics are listed below:

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Abbreviations, acronyms on FT > HELP menu or dedicated Glossary link in page footer
AirBnB, VRBO, etc. > Miles and Points > Hotels and Places to Stay > Non-hotel Lodging Services including Airbnb and VRBO forum
Airline codes (many, but not all) > HELP menu or dedicated Glossary link in page footer
Airlines > Miles & Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs category
Airport codes > HELP menu or dedicated Airport Code Lookup link in page footer
Airports (connecting, layovers, terminals, ground transport, etc.) > Destinations > Region category > Country or Major City forum (where airport is located)

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Baggage rules (maximum sizes/weights/pieces) > Miles & Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs category (select ticketed airline)
Baggage - also see Luggage listing

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Car rental > Miles & Points > Car Rental Programs and Ride Services category
Card churning > Miles & Points > Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Programs category
Checkpoints > Travel & Dining > Travel Safety/Security category
Connections, airport transits, MCTs, layovers > Destinations > Region category > Country or Major City forum (where airport is located)
Coupon Connection > The Coupon Connection and related issues in Technical Support and Feedback (read wiki post)
Credit cards > Miles & Points > Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Programs category
Cruises > Travel & Dining > Cruises
Customs/immigration > Travel & Dining > Travel Safety/Security category

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Debit cards > Miles & Points > Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Programs category

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Expedia, Travelocity, etc. (online travel agents) > Travel & Dining > Online Travel Booking and Bidding Agencies forum

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Feedback to Admin > Technical Support and Feedback Forum
FlyerTalk Rules > HELP menu or FORUM menu

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General travel questions/discussion > Travel & Dining > TravelBuzz forum
Gift cards, prepaid cards > Miles & Points > Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Programs category
Glossary > HELP menu or dedicated Glossary link in page footer
Ground transport (taxis, uber, limo service, buses, not rental cars) > Destinations > Region category > Country or Major City forum

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Hotels > Miles & Points > Hotels and Loyalty Programs category

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Immigration/customs > Travel & Dining > Travel Safety/Security category
Insurance > Travel & Dining > Travel Products forum
ITA Software tips, advice > Travel & Dining > Travel Tools forum

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Jargon, acronyms, abbreviations, slang > Help menu or dedicated Glossary Link in page footer

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Kayak, Orbitz, etc. (online travel agents) > Travel & Dining > Online Travel Booking and Bidding Agencies forum

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Luggage advice (brands, types) > Travel & Dining > Travel Products forum

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Manufactured spending > Miles & Points > Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Programs category
Matrix ITA Software - tips, advice > Travel & Dining > Travel Tools forum


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Name Problems on travel documents, passports, other IDs > Travel & Dining > Travel Safety/Security category

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Off-topic, non-travel questions/discussion > OMNI > a restricted-access forum for longtime, contributing members; non-travel threads started by members who are not yet eligible for OMNI will be locked or deleted
Online travel agencies (Expedia, orbitz, etc.) > Travel & Dining > Online Travel Booking and Bidding Agencies forum

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Passport questions/problems > Travel & Dining > Travel Safety/Security category
Pets (traveling with) > Travel & Dining > Special Interest Travel category
Prepaid cards > Miles & Points > Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Programs category

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Rental car questions/discussion > Miles & Points > Car Rental Programs/Partners category
Ride Services (e.g. Uber, Lyft, etc.) > Car Rental Programs and Ride Services > Ride Services, Including Uber and Lyft forum
Rules (FlyerTalk) > Help or Forum

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Safety while traveling > Travel & Dining > Travel Safety/Security category
Suggestions to Community Director or Admin > Community > The Suggestion Box

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Taxis, limos, buses, etc. (ground transport, not rental cars) > Destinations > Region category > Country or Major City forum (see Ride Services listing)
Technical support (FlyerTalk site functionality)> Technical Support and Feedback Forum
Terminology, acronyms, abbreviations > Help menu or dedicated Glossary Link in page footer
Transits, transfers, connection times > Destinations > Region category > Country or Major City forum (where airport is located)
Travel miscellany - travel topics that don't fit any other forum > Travel & Dining > TravelBuzz forum
Travel products > Travel & Dining > Travel Products forum
Travel Tools for searches, comparisons, availability checkers, tracking, organizing > Travel & Dining > Travel Tools forum
Trip/travel Insurance > Travel & Dining > Travel Products forum

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Visas (for foreign entries, immigration) > Destinations > Region category > Country forum
Visas - tool IATA TIMATIC (what the airlines use for guidance on whether you will fly or not)
VRBO, Airbnb, etc. > Miles and Points > Hotels and Places to Stay > Non-hotel Lodging Services including Airbnb and VRBO forum

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Old Aug 30, 17, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by ssg10 View Post
Hi. If I am asking about maximizing best mileage program to use for certain route, like TYO to HKG, and not specific about certain airline mileage, where should I post?

For example, if I have X-miles in amex, citi thankyou, AA, united, delta, etc, how can I get the best deal to fly first class from TYO to HKG.
TYO to HKG is only 4.5 hours and most airlines which fly the route don't have first class. As far as I can see (on Google Flights) Cathay Pacific is the only airline which has first class on this route.
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Old Sep 1, 17, 12:34 am
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Originally Posted by ssg10 View Post
Hi. If I am asking about maximizing best mileage program to use for certain route, like TYO to HKG, and not specific about certain airline mileage, where should I post?

For example, if I have X-miles in Amex, Citi Thankyou, AA, United, Delta, etc, how can I get the best deal to fly first class from TYO to HKG.
As, above what research have you done yourself?
Are you familiar with good international first/business class, as opposed to what is sold as USA domestic first class on many flight? Many USA people seem to think USA domestic first class is as good as it gets.

Credit card transfer links
Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Programs forum
Amex http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/ameri...l-program.html
Chase http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/chase...tc-2017-a.html
Citi http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/citi-...-partners.html

Frequent Flyer Award assistance tools
Use at your own risk. (These are not recommendations)
These links give a guide of ff miles needed. These may not be up to date.
Availability is from the airline ffp web sites/phone.
Award flights are never guaranteed. You need to be flexible with date and route.
Depending on the airline and/or ffp awards can start to become available 355/330 days out.
Awards can be released any time from the 355/330 days to closer to departure.
Frequent flyer miles/points are not equal to or burn. They are not 1 to 1
If a multi segment award check the rules/cost carefully. With some ffp’s it can be 2 or more awards or cost more ff miles/points than a direct flight.
If the award is on partner airline it may cost more miles/points than an award on the ffp airline.
Some awards/airlines/routes can have cash surcharges, in addition to real taxes.
Real taxes/regulatory fees are the same for all airlines on the same route/class.
Some carrier imposed surcharges can trigger additional real taxes when the flight changes from non-revenue to revenue.
-AwardAce: Compare Award Redemptions Across Airlines In Seconds --> http://www.awardace.com/ Has surcharge indication
-Economical Excursionist's Tools to compare Frequent Flyer Mile Redemptions --> http://www.flyermiler.com/
-http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trave...ast-miles.html --> http://www.awardhacker.com/
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Old Oct 11, 17, 8:47 pm
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Long-time member here and I am stumped. Can't find any information or master list of Award Booking Services...you know, the person you pay to book your flights with award points. About a year ago I asked the question--can't remember where on the forum--and received only a few replies. Despite writing to 5? 6? Booking Services, only 2 were kind enough to reply, and neither was taking on new business at the moment.

I have over x400k LifeMiles that MUST be used to make a booking within the next two weeks.

Where do I start to find an Award Booking Service?
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Old Oct 11, 17, 9:16 pm
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This master thread seems to be active:
Award booking services - a list and some reviews
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Old Oct 12, 17, 12:53 pm
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Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
This master thread seems to be active:
Award booking services - a list and some reviews
Thank you, Tom911!
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Old Jan 8, 18, 9:12 am
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Why?

Why is it so difficult to simply find competency at the front desk these days?
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Old Jan 8, 18, 9:33 am
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Originally Posted by Ferris Asante View Post
Why is it so difficult to simply find competency at the front desk these days?
Can't recall any threads on that topic. You might want to start one in the forum of whatever hotel program you're referring to.
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Old Jan 29, 18, 10:58 pm
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Hi, "new be" here...and I'm not sure if this question has been previously asked...is it possible to transfer miles to my soon to be life
partner. Thank you
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Old Jan 30, 18, 5:19 am
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Originally Posted by KarimM85 View Post
Hi, "new be" here...and I'm not sure if this question has been previously asked...is it possible to transfer miles to my soon to be life
partner. Thank you
It's going to depend on what airline is in play. American, for instance, allows it, but charges a $20 processing fee plus $12.50 per 1,000 miles transferred, so it will cost you. Much easier to just book an award ticket from your account in the name of your partner.
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Old Jan 30, 18, 5:56 am
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Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
It's going to depend on what airline is in play. American, for instance, allows it, but charges a $20 processing fee plus $12.50 per 1,000 miles transferred, so it will cost you. Much easier to just book an award ticket from your account in the name of your partner.
Given that @KarimM85 has cross posted in the QR sub forum, it's likely going to be QMiles with QRPC.

OT: Flyertalk doesn't like cross posting.
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Old Jan 30, 18, 1:14 pm
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Originally Posted by WorldLux View Post
Given that @KarimM85 has cross posted in the QR sub forum, it's likely going to be QMiles with QRPC. .
And KarimM85 profile shows country as QA
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Old Feb 2, 18, 3:42 am
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Hi Everyone,

New to this, so hoping someone can point me in the correct direction. Is there a recommended app / search tool / etc. that displays last minute travel deals/packages. Say you have a specific weekend free and are willing to travel any number of places for the right price.

I'm specifically looking at Presidents Day weekend. Leaving Friday night or Saturday morning and returning on Monday. I'm here in the Bay Area with access to both SFO & SJC. Wide open to destinations. Would prefer a premium class cabin & 4+ star hotel.
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Old Feb 2, 18, 6:41 am
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Originally Posted by SoCalNorCal View Post
Hi Everyone,

New to this, so hoping someone can point me in the correct direction. Is there a recommended app / search tool / etc. that displays last minute travel deals/packages. Say you have a specific weekend free and are willing to travel any number of places for the right price.

I'm specifically looking at Presidents Day weekend. Leaving Friday night or Saturday morning and returning on Monday. I'm here in the Bay Area with access to both SFO & SJC. Wide open to destinations. Would prefer a premium class cabin & 4+ star hotel.
. There is a forum for Online Travel Agencies https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/online-travel-booking-bidding-agencies-204/
There is nowhere on Flyertalk for your request that others find you a deal for your specific desired vacation, though.
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Old Feb 2, 18, 7:36 am
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Originally Posted by SoCalNorCal View Post
Is there a recommended app / search tool / etc. that displays last minute travel deals/packages.
Lastminute.com has a section for weekend breaks, but it's for departures from European cities. Right now they have departures for February 9 and list a good dozen destinations. I can't recall running across any U.S. sites that offer the same type of last minute packages where you can pick from a list of prepackaged destinations with air and hotel. You pretty much have to plot the trip out on your own.

Take a look at www.aavacations.com. You'll need to list a destination city, but they do provide package deals with air and hotel.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 12:02 am
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Changes to flight

Does FT offer help/recommendation on making changes to flights and consequences (for changes) made to flights? I've read through this site and the airline site...still need help.
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