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Unofficial Newbie FlyerTalker Orientation
Welcome to FlyerTalk an online community... blah, blah, blah... more miles... blah, blah, blah... here's some help in getting you acquainted to what goes on here at FT....

FlyerTalk Frequently Asked Questions

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Threads to get you started...

Where did your name come from?

Who We All Are 8

Of course there are no official rules to being a member of FT except to follow the Terms of Service that you agreed to when registering, but a few people who have been around have offered some suggestions in making this a bulletin board to help everyone.

1. Make sure you post in the correct forum. Read the forum descriptions and think and you will be right most of the time.
2. Avoid posting the same thing in multiple forums.
3. On The Coupon Connection, try to keep giving and requesting in harmony. Do some of each!
4. Stay out of flame wars!
5. Use the search feature. Especially as a newbie it will answer lots of your questions.
6.  Post an email address. It lends to your credibility and lets people get in touch with you. If you don't
want to use your regular e-mail address, it's very easy to get an anonymous one through Hotmail, Yahoo or a number of other websites.
7.  It helps if you post topic titles that let people know what the subject is specifically, rather than vague
things like "Help" or "Hotel Question".

8.  Read, read, read.  Just browsing old topics can be fascinating and informative.

Abbreviations, Terms, and Expressions found throughout FlyerTalk

FT: FlyerTalk
FT'ers: FlyerTalkers
Lurker:  Someone who is either unregistered or registered, who reads FT but never actually posts
New Member:  Someone who has made fewer than 30 posts
Member:  Someone who has made more than 30 but fewer than 250 posts
FT Evangelist:  Someone who has made 250 or more posts  (aka a FlyerTalk addictx)

FA: Flight Attendant
CS: Customer Service
SWU: System Wide Upgrade
CSA: Customer Service Agent
CSR: Customer Service Rep
PAX:  Passenger(s)

IMO: In my opinion
IMHO: In my humble opinion
IIRC: If I recall correctly
FWIW: For what it's worth
ROFLMAO: Rolling on the floor laughing my a$$ off
BTW: By the way
LOL - Laugh(ed, ing) Out Loud
HHOK:  Ha Ha Only Kidding
AFAIK: As far as I know

Who is the Pudding Guy?
What's a Baht Run? (lots of reading)
What's a Mexican Hat Dance (MHD)? (even more reading...)
What's Latin Pass?
What is a Mileage Run?

Other websites run by FlyerTalkers for the Online Flying Community

flyers'places: a community site for recommending your favorite hotels, restaurants and bars!
Dorian's Star Alliance RTW Price Chart
Blondebomber's Star Alliance Comparison Chart
Blondebomber's oneworld Alliance Elite Memberships
The Airline Mileage Workshop by MilleageAddict

Various Airline and Hotel terms


Other useful frequent flying resources:

Wanna know what it means when a FT'er says, "CO205 EWR-IAH"

Airport Codes: a listing of 1900+ 3-letter airport codes from around the world (in .xls format for personal reference)

Online Airline Codes

Other notes and tips...

It's now very easy to put in a usefully descriptive title as a hyperlink, rather than the entire URL which may give no hint at all as to what the link is about. For example:

Marriott Reward Changes topic on Timeshare Users Group
takes you to the same place as
but we other FT'ers will know what it is in advance and can decide if we want to follow the link.

Similarly, if in another post you reference,
Changes to Marriott Rewards?
it would be much more informative than

It's easy too! When you're posting, just click on the *UBB Code is ON link directly to the left of the box you type your posts in. The very first subject is URL Hyperlinks, which tells you exactly how to put links, and links with titles, in your posts. You can even copy the formula into your post and then substitute the real data until you get used to it (that's what I did).

It has the added benefit of eliminating those incredibly long URLs that crop up occasionally and mess up
everybody's screen.  (I really hate the awkwardness those create)
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