Should a Forum for Smokers Be Launched on FlyerTalk?

Members of TalkBoard on FlyerTalk are currently voting on a motion as to whether or not a forum for smokers be launched; and it has created a debate which began in this discussion in which FlyerTalk member Dovster initially posted his request.

Due to increasing restrictions imposed upon smokers aboard airplanes, at airports, while dining in restaurants, when renting vehicles and in hotel rooms, frequent fliers who smoke are finding it more difficult to indulge in satisfying their craving for nicotine as developed into a habit — arguably an addiction — over the years. Dovster gave one such example which actually happened which cannot be asked in one specific forum on FlyerTalk…

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A Chance to Win Free Admission to This Boeing and United Airlines Event

Randy Petersen is at it again with his legendary generosity — this time, with your chance to win free admission to this Boeing and United Airlines event next month: “If you are in Seattle on Saturday, July 25, or can be (use those award miles), we’ll pick up the tab for two members of Milepoint to enjoy a fabulous event, courtesy of United and Boeing and planned by Milepoint members who are helping others.”

This event is now sold out; but you can be one of two winners who can enjoy the following planned itinerary without paying a penny to attend…

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FlyerTalk Sponsors Eleventh Annual Kids First Auction: Bid on Airline Tickets, Hotel Nights, Car Rentals, Vouchers and Miles

How would you like to bid on a chance to win one of a number of great travel prizes while simultaneously supporting a worthy cause where you can have a positive impact on the lives of many children who need your help?

You can bid on a global selection of travel items during the eleventh annual Kids First Auction — sponsored by FlyerTalk — which includes airline tickets, hotel stays…

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Being Part of a Frequent Flier Community Has Its Benefits — and Not For the Obvious Reasons Which You Might Think

“Hey, Brian — how are you?” were the words on the other end of the telephone last night of someone I consider a friend whom I first met via FlyerTalk and have now known for years. “I was about to post this on FlyerTalk; but I thought I would call you first and ask what you think.”

For a moment, I thought it was bad news which she thought she needed to announce; and as one of the moderators on FlyerTalk, perhaps she was asking my opinion to ensure that it was all right to post the content she wanted to post?!?

“I have…

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Hangar Party to Support the LeRoy Homer Foundation: Consider Attending

You might be asking yourself who was LeRoy Homer; and what is this foundation of which there is a hangar party to support?

Jason Dahl was the captain of the Boeing 757-222 aircraft which operated as United Airlines flight 93 when it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania as a result of one of the terror attacks which occurred on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. LeRoy Homer was the first officer.


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Reminder: Should FlyerTalk Have a “Like” Button? Your Final Opportunity to Vote…

Members of TalkBoard are mulling over the pros and cons of whether or not to add a “like” button to FlyerTalk. As there are no elite status levels to be earned by members of FlyerTalk, “likes” would only be used in appreciation for content posted in discussions — possibly with the added benefit of reducing the amount of times that “+1” is added to a discussion.

Furthermore — if a “like” button is indeed implemented on FlyerTalk — should it really be called “informative”?

As of the time this article was posted, of the 650 members who already voted in the poll — which is shown above — 37.54 percent of FlyerTalk members oppose the addition of a “Like” button to FlyerTalk; while 59.85 percent support its implementation. 2.62 percent of FlyerTalk members abstained.

To help you decide, FlyerTalk member and former president of TalkBoard SkiAdcock worked for hours to post content to a WikiPost she created in this discussion to help summarize the issues being discussed in this proposal…

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Indian Ocean Tsunami: Ten Years Later, I Accidentally Stumbled Onto Videos…

While I was searching for an article to write and post here at The Gate, I accidentally stumbled upon a video — which led to a series of seven videos — much of which are actual footage of the Boxing Day tsunami which occurred in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, December 26, 2004.

I did not realize that it had already been ten years since that one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history occurred, killing at least an estimated 230,000 people in 14 different countries with tidal waves as high as 100 feet as a result of an undersea earthquake whose magnitude was estimated to be as high as 9.3. Additionally, an additional 125,000 people were injured; and approximately 1.74 million people were displaced. The numbers are staggering.

Although I remembered when the deadliest tsunami on record occurred, I have never seen the amount of footage like I saw in the series of videos from what appeared to be a television program called…

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Fly as a Passenger With Denny Flanagan as Your Captain on January 17, 2015

Affectionately known as Capt Denny on both Milepoint and FlyerTalk, Denny Flanagan — a veteran pilot and captain at United Airlines whom I have met several times and is well known amongst frequent fliers regardless of airline affiliation — will be the pilot of a Boeing 757-200 aircraft operating as United Airlines flight 441 from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Los Angeles International Airport, which is scheduled to depart at 6:00 in the morning on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

You and several other FlyerTalk members who are scheduled to be on that flight can listen to him on Channel 9 via the in-flight entertainment system aboard that aircraft. He has been known to customize his messages to air traffic controllers for FlyerTalk members — including…

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Will 2015 Be a Happy New Year For You?

This is the time of year in which members of both FlyerTalk and Milepoint have mixed feelings: those who have achieved elite level status in frequent travel loyalty programs are thrilled or pleased that they have at least another year to enjoy that status; while others dread checking their frequent travel loyalty program accounts on January 1 to see that big “goose egg” which indicates that it is yet time again to start over in working to earn and achieve elite level status for yet another year…

…especially when adding insult to injury is that for many people, it will be significantly more difficult to accumulate Delta Air Lines SkyMiles — unless you spend a lot of money on flights — starting tomorrow, January 1, 2015.

At least the new revenue-based policy does not take effect until March 1, 2015 with the United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flier loyalty program — not that its members are exactly universally happy about that, either.

Confusion still reigns pertaining to how frequent travel loyalty program miles and points are credited while traveling starting in December and completing in Janaury, as evidenced by…

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Should FlyerTalk Have a “Like” Button?

Since its inception in February of 2011, members of Milepoint have been using what is known as a “like” button if they liked any content which is posted; and “likes” are part of the formula which enables members to elevate in status: from general members to those with Silver and Gold elite level status.

There is also the vaunted Platinum elite level status; but to my knowledge, no one has attained it — yet, anyway.

Now members of TalkBoard are mulling over the pros and cons of whether or not to add a “like” button to FlyerTalk. As there are no…

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