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Passenger Causes Flight to Be Diverted; No Charges Filed

May 22, 2012 by Brian Cohen

US Airways flight 787 was on its way from Paris to Charlotte when the Boeing 767 aircraft was suddenly diverted to Bangor International Airport in Maine due to a female passenger claiming to the flight crew that there was a surgically implanted device inside her body — despite reports that doctors aboard the aircraft detected no signs of recent scars to verify her claim. Two fighter jets escorted the aircraft to Bangor, where...

Frequent Flyer Program Award Redemption Satisfaction Survey

May 19, 2012 by Brian Cohen

It seems that the frequent flier loyalty program of one airline changes the benefits of elite status every other minute — and it is always just when you need to use those benefits — while the frequent flier loyalty program of a different airline “nickels and dimes” you on just about everything. Perhaps you enjoy the impeccable service from the frequent flier loyalty program of one airline, while you take advantage of an memorable and incredible experience as the result of being an elite member of the frequent flier loyalty program of another airline — for example, reserving a suite with flat beds and a shower facility nearby on the aircraft while in flight. FlyerTalk — the largest Internet travel community in the world with a rich base of travel knowledge — has once again collaborated and partnered with Frequent Business Traveler magazine on...

Rangers-Devils Series Tied 1-1; Game 3 Scheduled for Saturday, May 19

May 18, 2012 by Brian Cohen

The New York Rangers are tied with the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals series of the National Hockey League at one game apiece, with Game 3 scheduled for Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark. Wait a minute — what in the world does this have to do with FlyerTalk and travel in general?!? Well, if you are one of the lucky people who...

2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Road Test and Review

May 21, 2012 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk member SkiBum1229 posts a detailed report after driving a 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring rented from National Car Rental for a trip from Florida to New Jersey last year — and...

Expedia Best Price Guarantee: Glitch or Intentional Change?

May 19, 2012 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members have been reporting for a few weeks that hotel properties for which you claimed a Best Price Guarantee with Expedia can no longer be canceled — at least, not via the Internet. FlyerTalk member darben believes that Expedia is probably attempting to cut down on the number of people who claim the Best Price Guarantee multiple times and then cancel just to get a travel coupon worth $50.00. The official Best Price Guarantee of Expedia.com is as follows, along with terms and conditions...

Get 100 Free Starwood Preferred Guest Points

May 17, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Click the “like” button on the facebook Internet web site of Starwood Preferred Guest and you will not only receive 100 free Starwood Preferred Guest frequent guest loyalty program points, but also...

“Certain Groups Were Over-Entitled” Says United CFO Rainey

May 20, 2012 by Brian Cohen

John D. Rainey, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Airlines, reportedly said during his presentation at the Bank of America Transportation Conference on May 17, 2012 that: “(W)e also changed our Mileage Plus program, some of the benefits that, uh, accrued to the members. Uh, we, uh, we had certain groups in this group were over entitled if you will. Uh, and now, uh, we have realigned the benefits of that program with what the, the, the customers and, and, program, um, um, the participants are actually providing to the airline, and, and this is a good change going forward...”...and FlyerTalk members are furious. FlyerTalk member chinatraderjmr — whose company had already refunded approximately $132,000.00 in airfare due to allegedly poor customer service by United Airlines a week before the conference — had this response...

Last Day for Poll: What Are Your Top Hotel Pet Peeves?

May 18, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Today is the last day to participate in the 2012 Hotel Pet Peeves Poll, on which FlyerTalk has collaborated with Frequent Business Traveler magazine of what is expected to be a series of polls pertaining to “pet peeves” of air travel, restaurants, hotels and technology. Frequent Business Traveler will provide the poll, while the opinions, thoughts and details of your experiences as a guest in hotel rooms are provided by you. Results of this poll will be announced by both Frequent Business Traveler magazine and on FlyerTalk. Interestingly enough...

Frequent Fliers Charged Higher Airfares?

May 16, 2012 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members are furious, as television station WCCO — also known as CBS Minnesota — reports that Delta Air Lines allegedly charges its SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program members higher airfares than customers who do not have — or do not log into their — SkyMiles accounts at the official Internet web site of Delta Air Lines. A spokesman for Delta Air Lines reportedly released the following statement...