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What happens to your frequent flyer status if you switch to another airline?

Do you retain your current elite status if you switch to another airline’s frequent flyer program? Often you do not, but sometimes you can. Status match is little known outside the ranks of very frequent flyers. Therefore, Airline Passenger Guru surveyed 29 airlines that are members of 1 of the 3 airline alliances (Star Alliance, Oneworld and SkyTeam) and that we could contact by email. We asked them whether they grant new members the same status with proof of their elite status with another carrier. If airlines do match, they rarely advertize it and they are...
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Photographers take pictures

A photographer for a magazine has an assignment to take pictures of a great forest fire. He has been advised that a small plane would be waiting to fly him over the fire.

The photographer arrives at the airstrip just an hour before sundown. Indeed, a small Cessna airplane is waiting. He jumps in with his equipment and shouts: "Let's go!"

The tense man sitting in the pilot's seat swings the plane into the wind and soon they are in the air, though flying erratically.

"Fly over...

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Is flying still safe?

An Air France flight has gone down into the Atlantic Ocean on its way from Brazil to France. It had 228 people on board, 216 passengers and 12 crew members. An electrical storm may have been to blame for the disaster although this would be extraordinarily exceptional. Lightning usually stays on the outside. Pilots and passengers should not experience anything more than a bright flash and loud noise. But if lightning finds a way into an airplane, it can destroy electronics and ignite fuel. Watch the video of a lightning striking a Qantas plane. Do we need to...
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Watch your booking class

As a Mileage Plus member I usually fly United Airlines. Sometimes, however, I fly US Airways. Both airlines are Star Alliance members, so I can claim each airline's miles with the other.

If I want to earn 100% of the miles, I need to book the right class. Unlike United’s web site, however, I cannot find the booking class on US Airways’ web site. Where can I find it?
Maxwell Stewart

Airline Passenger Guru’s answer:
Maxwell, the booking class is very important, indeed. It not only determines the miles you will earn, but also whether your...

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$10 is $10

Stumpy Grinder and his wife Martha went every year to the Portland Fair and every year Stumpy said: "You know, Martha, I would like to get a ride in that airplane." And every year, Martha would say: "I know, Stumpy, but that airplane ride costs $10 and $10 is $10."

One year Stumpy says: "Martha, I am 71 years old, and if I do not go this time I may never go." Martha replies: "Stumpy, that airplane ride is $10 and $10 is $10."

The pilot overhears them and says: "Folks, I will make you a deal....

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The world’s smartest politician

An airplane was making a flight from New York City to Washington, DC. The people on board were the pilot, a politician, a Boy Scout, and a priest. Suddenly, the engine stalled.

The pilot said: “There are only three parachutes on board. I have got a family down there. I need to take care of them." He grabbed a parachute and jumped out of the plane.

The politician said: “I am the world's smartest politician. There is an election coming up. I need to win it to lead the country into a better future." He grabbed a parachute and jumped out,...

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