Answers and Links From the April Fool’s Day Quiz — and Information Details

For April Fool’s Day, I asked you if you think you can correctly guess which of the following twenty FlyerTalk discussion topics were actually real — and which were merely pranks?
The answers for you are shown below — along with the links to the pertinent discussions posted on FlyerTalk. The true discussions are displayed in green with the link included in the text of the description of the discussion; while the fake discussions meant purely for a laugh are shown in red where the entire text is a link to the April Fool joke discussion:

  1. Drive out of Florida with a vehicle from Avis for the low one-way rental rate of only $9.95 per day for up to a maximum of 14 days starting April 1, 2014. This deal is also possible with rentals from Alamo Rent A Car, National Car Rental, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car — with slight modifications for each rental car company.
  2. The management of airberlin influenced and convinced the pilot union of Lufthansa to go on strike this week.
  3. Frankfurt Airport closes through April 4, 2014 to have all four runways repaired.
  4. Two of four runways close for four consecutive months at San Francisco International Airport starting on Sunday, May 17, 2014. If you plan on flying to or from San Francisco as a passenger on a commercial airplane between Saturday, May 17, 2014 and mid-September, expect significant delays and even possible cancellations of flights. Half of the runways will be closed during that time in order for new “runway safety areas” — as mandated by the federal government of the United States — to be constructed at the ends of runways 1L and 1R at San Francisco International Airport.
  5. Delta Air Lines is to close its hub in Atlanta and move its operations back to Monroe, Louisiana.
  6. Mount Tungurahua in Ecuador erupts and causes evacuations; its effects felt by people hundreds of kilometres away. The eruption produced ash and pyroclastic flows. Residents were evacuated from the zones of Cusua, Chacauco and Juive located near the 16,480-foot volcano — which has been active for greater than 13 years and is located approximately 84 miles southeast of Quito — as a result. Authorities declared an orange alert, which allows officials to acquire the goods and carry out works to provide humanitarian assistance if needed. If that was not enough, there was also an earthquake — which registered at 8.0 on the Richter scale — whose epicenter was off the northern coast of Chile. A tsunami warning was issued as a result.
  7. Mesa Air Group, Incorporated will cease its Hawai’i operations known as go! Airlines effective as of April 1, 2014. Hawaiian Airlines has been accommodating affected passengers. The shutdown of go! Airlines — which has served nearly five million passengers since June 2006 — has affected customers such as FlyerTalk member aww3583, who had been attempting to get to Hilton Waikoloa Village on the big island of Hawai’i from Honolulu after 3:00 in the afternoon on a Saturday and asked fellow FlyerTalk members for assistance here and here.
  8. Brussels Airlines launches service to Antarctica with one flight per week on Sundays effective as of October 27, 2014.
  9. El Al orders four Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft for delivery in 2017.
  10. Automatically earn two Delta Air Lines SkyMiles per eligible dollar spent on room revenue during the month of April at any Sheraton hotel and resort property in the United States or Canada with a new Crossover Rewards offer. If you are registered for Crossover Rewards and you are also a Delta Air Lines SkyMiles Medallion member, you will automatically earn double SkyMiles on eligible stays at participating Sheraton hotel or resort properties in the United States or Canada during the promotion period through April 30, 2014. Four Points by Sheraton hotel and resort properties are not eligible for this offer. Members who earn double SkyMiles will earn an additional SkyMile per eligible US$1.00 spent on room revenue — for a total of two SkyMiles per eligible dollar — as per the Crossover Rewards mileage earning terms. Elite-level extra Starpoint earnings and other bonuses will not be doubled. Other terms and conditions apply.
  11. WestJet converts to metric time.
  12. The Premier reservations center for United Airlines in Dearborn may be closing. I am not sure as to whether or not this is actually true — but it was certainly no April Fool joke, as FlyerTalk member SFO_FT does not find this unconfirmed information funny at all.
  13. More changes are forthcoming for the British Airways Executive Club frequent flier loyalty program.
  14. Qantas significantly devalues its frequent flier loyalty programme to the chagrin of FlyerTalk members. The earning charts are supposed to be “simpler” and “fairer”, which FlyerTalk member RichardMEL calls “hilariously WRONG” as a result of the changes to the earning chart of Frequent Flyer loyalty program points and to earning status credits with airline partners. FlyerTalk member harryhv claims that “mileage earning on normal fares (aka ‘deep discount economy’ in Qantas terminology) is down by about 30%”; while FlyerTalk member LTN Phobia contends that Qantas has “effectively halved on partner airline earnings where they compete with QF.”
  15. A massive devaluation is forthcoming for the IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program in May of 2014.
  16. A new form of manufactured spending using tokens from Chuck E. Cheese locations replaces the cash-only requirement of Vanilla Reload cards sold at CVS pharmacies.
  17. New research commissioned by British Airways has revealed the range of emotions fliers go through when they travel and the quirks that make them feel comfortable. Believe it or not, this is actually true. Wait until you read how passengers experience the following seven different emotions when they fly as passengers: enjoyment, conviviality, belonging, security, control, empowerment and vitality.
  18. April 1, 2014 is the 40th birthday of British Airways. Well — this is almost true, as British Airways was formed as the result of the merger of British Overseas Airways Corporation, British European Airways, Cambrian Airways and Northeast Airlines on March 31, 1974.
  19. A FlyerTalk member spent one hour and 48 minutes on the telephone one night recent with United Airlines trying to get compensation for a badly botched baggage handling, which included speaking to 13 representatives — nine of whom swore that nobody could help but customer care and that those people could not be reached by telephone — all for a travel voucher worth $200.00. Some people will go through a lot of trouble to get the compensation they believe they deserve — but could FlyerTalk member sh76us have used easier and more efficient ways to receive that compensation? Find out here.
  20. Check your Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program account for missing segments and other information which suddenly disappeared. Sadly, this is indeed true, as a number of FlyerTalk members are currently experiencing this problem. What could be the cause — and how will it be resolved?

…so how well did you do in guessing the correct answers?

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