For those of you who missed FlyerTalk on CNN when it originally aired, there is a link to the video segment that was featured on CNN Money, as well as excellent advice posted regarding a consolidated primer on how to travel inexpensively to attain elite status on an airline.
Not only will you find the founder of FlyerTalk Randy Petersen being interviewed as well as another FlyerTalk member, but you will also find a brief segment of a third FlyerTalk member rattling off one of his many wacky itineraries — and that person is none other than the author of the content of what you are reading right now…
Internet Brands, the company that owns FlyerTalk, vBulletin and greater than 100 other Internet web sites, announced that it has been acquired by an affiliate of private equity investment firm Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VI in a deal said to be worth approximately $640 million.
However, an investigation is pending regarding whether or not the Board of Directors of Internet Brands has breached its fiduciary duties to stockholders by “failing to adequately shop the Company” before agreeing to the acquisition.
So what does all of this mean for FlyerTalk and vBulletin, the bulletin board software that powers FlyerTalk?
A New York Times blog post on changes to Chase’s Continental OnePass credit cards refers to several FT threads (here, here and here) and mentions Continental lurker involvement in the discussions.
A Seattle Post blog post on which airlines are the most generous with frequent flyer awards recommends Flyer Talk.
Christopher Elliott (syndicated on CNN and others) is sceptical about frequent flyer programs, and calls people on Flyer Talk the wrong crowd. There is discussion on FT (eg here).
The Perrin Post has a series on frequent flyer tips and recommends FT for advice on award rules.
An EyeForTravel interview with Rob Torres of Google Travel quotes him referring to Flyer Talk as being an example of a site where the travel industry can find out about consumer expectations.
An Examiner article on the United-Continental merger refers to Flyer Talk discussion on United premium catering.
The Washington Times speculates on how United’s starnet award blocking may change with the Continental merger.
The Middle Seat on WSJ blogs about the United-Continental merger with some quotes by Randy.
Daily Finance reports on United-Continental merge with quotes from Randy.
The Consumer Reports blog speculates what will happen to the frequent flyer programs of United and Continental post-merger, and recommends posting on Flyer Talk.
The Chicago Tribune also reports on the United-Continental merger with quotes from gleff.
A bnet post on Delta’s recent mistake in changing last minute award fees, refers to the rapid dissemination of information through Flyer Talk.
The Examiner‘s report on Republic’s brand moves with Midwest & Frontier refers to discussion on Flyer Talk.
A Wallet Pop blog post on some unemployed people using up their accumulated hotel points quotes Randy on Flyer Talk assistance to an FTer in need.
Flyer Talk is referred to as a good source of frequent flyer / hotel stay credit card information in a New York Times blog post.
A Daily Mail travel article on flight reviews refers to Flyer Talk as a great source of reviews.
CNN Money published a press release on the upcoming Internet Brands results, which lists Flyer Talk amongst their sites.
A Smarter Travel article on airport layovers references a Flyer Talk article on things to do in HKG airport.
An Ad Age article on successful brand turnarounds mentions places companies can get insight into consumers’ brand experiences and for United Airlines it is Flyer Talk.
Jaunted mentions rumours on Flyer Talk about upcoming changes at Republic Airways.