The Surprise Which I Received at Hilton Tallinn Park

After Jan checked me into the Hilton Tallinn Park hotel property, he informed me that there is a surprise awaiting me — but he would not yet tell me what was the surprise.

I figured that the surprise was some food plate or fruit platter; or perhaps a bottle of wine — but when I was introduced to the surprise, I knew that I would take plenty of photographs…

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5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Fliers Know? Seriously?!?

I seem to have the misfortune to keep finding articles which seem to be more and more inane — but this one pertaining to the 5 smart travel hacks only frequent fliers know may just qualify to win the award for one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever read pertaining to travel.

After I read this article written by…

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Order of Upgrade Priority Modified on Delta Air Lines

In a move where little official advance notice was given — and in order to better recognize the loyalty of its frequent fliers — effective as of tomorrow, Saturday, April 30, 2016, passengers of Delta Air Lines traveling on full Y class economy airfares will no longer receive the priority pertaining to clearance for upgrades which they once enjoyed, as the level of Medallion elite status in the SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program will receive priority instead.

This means that…

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Should Your Boss Get The Upgrade Instead of You?

Years ago during one business trip when I worked for a company and held the highest level of elite status with Continental Airlines, I was upgraded to a seat in the premium class cabin; while the person to whom I reported did not — and as I watched him walk the “walk of shame” down the aisle towards the seat to which he was assigned in the economy class cabin, I…

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Stolen Valor: How It Could Affect You as a Traveler

Video footage of a man in civilian clothes who confronted a swaggering older man wearing fatigues at a bar in Florida by asking him questions about why his uniform does not have a name badge and whether he was carrying the proper credentials — which caused the man in uniform to become aggressive — is included in this article written by Tobias Salinger of the New York Daily News.

Authorities hunted down a man who was accused of impersonating a Navy SEAL — also known as the Sea, Air and Land teams of the Navy of the United States — by telling fabricated war stories and claiming that he was awarded a Purple Heart for the purpose of personal gain, according to this report by Clayton Sandell of ABC News.

A command sergeant major at Fort Sill was reportedly convicted of wearing unauthorized military insignia — including a Ranger Tab and the Pathfinder Badge — earlier this month by a military judge who sentenced him to a demotion to sergeant first class; a letter of reprimand; and to forfeit $500.00 in pay per month for ten months, according to this story from the Associated Press and posted at Internet web sites such as Stars and Stripes.

Those items were only three of what seems to be an increase recently in cases of stolen valor, which is…

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The 11 Most Effective Tactics for Getting Upgraded When Flying?!?

When I saw this article pertaining to The Most Effective Tactics for Getting Upgraded When Flying, the first thing I did was check the date of the article of when it was posted at Yahoo! Travel.

It was posted on April 2, 2015; so it was neither an older article nor a joke for April Fool’s Day — unless it was posted one day late.

“Every time I check in for a flight, I secretly hope that a member of the airline will swoop in and dramatically announce I am being upgraded”, Sophie Forbes wrote in the article. “So far this has happened a grand total of zero times.”

That is because being upgraded…

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My Disappearing Flight Itinerary Led to an Unexpected Upgrade

I am currently at Washington Dulles International Airport after just having received an unexpected upgrade to seat 1D on a Canadair CRJ700 (EV) regional jet aircraft operated by Delta Connection on the flight segment from Minneapolis — an upgrade I may not have received on my original itinerary which had mysteriously disappeared but was resurrected and modified.

The photograph shown at the top of the article shows the seat to which I was assigned, which was right by the window.

During the flight, we had a choice of an Asian chicken salad or a roast beef sandwich. I chose the roast beef sandwich, as shown below…

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Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades are Bad for Frequent Fliers? Not By My Experience

“Unlimited complimentary upgrades mean fewer upgrades for lower-tier and mid-tier elites” is what Gary Leff of View From The Wing wrote in this article about how unlimited complimentary upgrades are bad for frequent fliers.

My personal experience contradicts that statement.

Delta Air Lines once had an upgrade system similar to the one which American Airlines uses today; except…

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Upgrade Chances Now on Alaska Airlines for All Delta Medallion Members — Except Silver

If you are a Delta Air Lines Medallion Elite Gold, Platinum or Diamond member, you now qualify for upgrades on Alaska Airlines flights, as DL GM+ upgrades on AS to start 9/1/10. — and FlyerTalk members have been reporting upgrade success.

Unfortunately, Delta Air Lines Silver Medallion members are reportedly not eligible to qualify for upgrades on Alaska Airlines flights.

This complements a promotion good until November 15, 2010 where if one can combine a Delta Air Lines flight and an Alaska Airlines flight into the same itinerary, one receives double miles.

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