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Fraud on Delta’s SkyBonus program

42 million frequent flyer points fraudulently accumulatedFederal prosecutors in Atlanta claim that a man has fraudulently accumulated more than 42 million frequent flyer points worth $1.75 (€1.58) million. This is remarkable for at least 2 reasons. First, how is illegally reaping frequent flyer points on such a large scale possible? Second, isn’t the reported value of the points extremely high?

Travel agent

The man in question is Gennady Podolsky (43), who has dual citizenship: American and Ukrainian. He is managing partner and lead travel agent of the small Chicago based travel agency
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Reward ticket availability improved

Frequent flyerMany occasional flyers are members of frequent flyer programs. They hope to earn sufficient miles to order a reward ticket. But they never will, because their miles will expire before they will have earned sufficient miles. For airlines, however, it is rational to have this kind of members in their programs. Those travelers are willing to pay higher prices for their tickets because of the miles they will earn. Usually, they don’t realize that it will take too many years to collect enough miles for a reward ticket.

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A devilish dilemma

Kati PiriOn September 4, 2019 Kati Piri (photo), a Dutch Member of the European Parliament (MEP), takes an important initiative. She writes a letter to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky while 40 MEPs sign it. The MEPs request him not to extradite Volodymyr Tsemakh to Russia.

Released from jail

Until September 5, 2019 Tsemakh is the only person connected to the downing of flight MH17 held in jail. But on that day the Kiev Court of Appeals decides to release him from jail. Thus, it overturns the decision of...
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Flight cancelations at KLM

KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesStrikes are rare in the Netherlands. The polder model is an important institution to control labor unrest. But currently the model doesn’t work at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. On Monday September 2, 2019 one labor union for KLM ground staff calls a strike for 2 hours (08:00-10:00 am). As a result, 62 flights have been canceled.

Rebooking

The union calls a second strike for Wednesday September 4, again for 2 hours at the same time. This means that again a large number of flights will need to be...
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Rare incident in California hotel

KTVUFairmont Hotel San jose has reported a hazmat incident in the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose in Northern California. It happened on August 31, 2019 and it has cost 1 woman’s life. It is unclear whether she was a guest or a hotel employee. Nine others have been injured: 2 hotel guests and 7 hotel employees.

Nine injured

One of the 9 injured persons is reportedly in life-threatening condition. However, the other 8 injured persons are fortunately considered to be in non life-threatening condition. Authorities believe the hazmat incident...
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A review of Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro

Hilton Barra Rio de JaneiroA reader of our website stayed in the Hilton Barra in Rio de Janeiro and sent us the following review of the hotel. The Hilton Barra is a large hotel located in the business area of Barra da Tijuca at about 30 km from Galeão-International Airport. I am a diamond member of the Hilton Honors program. Thus, I am pretty well acquainted with Hilton hotels.

Early check-in

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