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Airlines Vacations Puts California On Sale
New Rochester-Orlando Nonstops From $87 One-Way
Announces Grade A Deal Sale Fares
Introduces Charlotte 'Go Fares' Offering Extended Weekend Discounts
Puts Hawaii On Sale
Extends $68 To $258 Systemwide Internet Sale
Ends It History After 66 Years Of Flying
Flights Go On Sale For Nine New Routes
Contest Offers 92 Weeks Of Free Car Rentals
One-Way Rail Sale For Travel Through May 15
Hotels Offer Up To 50% Off Worldwide
Visit Chile Pass From $250
CityPass has added a few celebrated additions to its discount coupon
books for many of the nation's major cities. New attractions include the
Whitney Museum in New York and passage for a day cruise around the Statue
of Liberty or harbor lights cocktail cruise of the Manhattan skyline on
Circle Line Harbor Cruises; the Hancock Observatory on the Miracle Mile
in Chicago; and the New England Aquarium in Boston. CityPass books, which
contain admission tickets to a city's top attractions at reduced cost,
range in price from $18 to $39 for ages 3-11 and $30 to $59 for adults,
and include Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco
and Seattle. In addition to saving money, the CityPass booklets also save
time by allowing travelers to skip the line. Information: 707-256-0490
Hold the Zagat Survey in your Palm: The Zagat Survey has launched
the 2002 Restaurant and Nightlife Guide for Palm OS-based handheld units.
Developed by LandWare, a developer of handheld software, the guide covers
more than 16,000 restaurants in 31 cities and 1,800 nightlife destinations
in New York and Los Angeles. The guide contains the same information as
the printed books but also enables users to search for restaurants by cuisine,
features and locations; customize a personal diary of the places visited
most frequently; transfer reservation details to datebooks; and transfer
restaurant or nightlife information to other handhelds. The software is
available on CD-ROM or electronically for $29.95, but the survey's Web
site is offering a free 14-day downloadable demo. Information: 800-333-3421
Alaska lowers prices in Lower 48, Canada: Alaska Airlines' Spring
Clearance Sale features discounted round-trip fares between select cities
in the contiguous USA and Canada. Purchase by March 14 for travel through
May 23. Sample fares include Palm Springs to San Jose, Calif., from $49;
Seattle to Reno from $64; San Jose to Tucson from $89; Phoenix to Spokane,
Wash., from $99; and Vancouver, B.C., to Los Angeles from $132. Seven-day
advance booking and purchase required, seats are limited and restrictions
apply. Taxes not included. Information: 800-252-7522 or www.alaskaair.com.
Amtrak quietly adds zones of silence: Silence, it seems, is sweeping
the nation. Because of increasing demand for good, old-fashioned quiet,
Amtrak is expanding its Quiet Car program, launched successfully on the
East Coast, to the West Coast. Amtrak's Capitol Corridor trains, running
between Sacramento-Bay Area-San Jose, each will feature a car designed
for those passengers who want to read, work quietly or rest while traveling.
The Quiet Car requires pagers, cellular phones, laptop computers and other
electronic devices turned to the silent mode. Information: 800-872-7245
Fly to Ireland for less green: Royal Jordanian Airline's Spring
Yourself sale to Ireland will have Irish eyes smiling. The round-trip fare
sale features non-stop economy service to Shannon, Ireland, from New York's
JFK and Chicago's O'Hare from $375 and $405, respectively, per person.
Dinner and breakfast are served, as well as complimentary libations. No
minimum stay is required; taxes and fees are not included. Information:
United Kingdom: Fly Virgin Atlantic to the U.K. for less. Book airfares
by March 18; travel March 1-25. Sample deal: Round trip from New York,
plus seven-day car rental: $389. Restrictions apply.
Fly deal: AirTran Airways cut airfares until March 12 for travel
through Sept. 30. Restrictions apply. Go to www.airtran.com.
Buy four, fly free: Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards members get
double credit for tickets purchased online for travel by Dec. 31; members
to get a free ticket after buying four round-trip tickets. Details at www.southwest.com;
click on Rapid Rewards.
Free weekends: Stay three times at a Marriott March 14-June 15 and
earn Marriott Rewards Silver Elite status plus two free weekend nights
through Dec. 31. Register at marriottrewards.com or call 800-442-6133.
Redeem nights separately or consecutively.
New hotel program: Join Microtel Inns and Suites frequent-guest
program and earn one free night for every nine stays. Register online at
www.micro-pass.com, or call 888-373-0092.
This week I got a terrific deal using miles. I cashed in 35,000
Continental One Pass Miles for a LAX-EWR-SXM-ANU-EWR-LAX trip (total miles
8,498). Ideally, I would've preferred going through Miami on the
way back, but hey this way only cost $16 (taxes, security fee). I
fly United about 75% of the time so when I am on another airline, I'm out
of my comfort zone. I know most of the United terminals, employees,
planes and ...... I'm lucky though because I am a Continental Elite
Pass Member so I didn't have to wait in any crazy long check-in lines.
I just zipped in, and zipped out. Security lines were light at
LAX and the plane to Newark had 23 empty seats, one of those was
next to me!
There's not much glamour flying from LAX-EWR. Most of the planes
that fly that route are 757's or smaller. I prefer flying into JFK
for a number of reasons but the main is because you're on an aircraft with
2 aisles. Can you tell I'm a wide-body-kind-of-guy?
This was the first time since 9/11 that I've seen the overhead bins
full. I think it's because Continental (CO) doesn't use a baggage
template at security and/or they're not that strict on the one carry-on
rule policy. To make full use of those nice oversized, overhead bins
they should either have a video on how to properly store your rollers (length
ways, wheels in first) by the gate or have the flight attendants tell passengers
as they board. It makes no sense to show "how to use the overheads"
on the safety video when the plane is taxing down the runway. It's
a little late, don't you think? Don't even give me the next time
they fly excuse because it goes in one ear and out the other.
The flight was great except CO really does need to take American's lead
and take some rows out. My knees were pinned against the seat and
I'm only 6 foot. When I saw this 6' 9" dude walk past me I just started
shaking my head and said, "Dude you're going to be bumming." Before
the meal service, the FA's walked down the aisle and gave everyone a hot,
moist paper towel before lunch. (That was a nice touch.)
It was chilly on the East Coast and my first stop was Connecticut.
My buddy, Mike, braved the NY traffic and picked me up at rush hour and
then we went out to dinner with my
Dad and his girlfriend. This was my first time in CT since
November, which was my longest absence since college. I used to comeback
almost every week when my
Mom was around, but it's just too tough now, especially since my Dad
has sold the house I grew up in. It's weird to visit your hometown
and not sleep in your home. But, I am fortunate to have a great family.
Georgette, made up her guest room for me and I had an unexpected
good night sleep. She also had a cable modem which is now one of
my favorite on-the-road amenities. I hung out in CT for the day,
spent some time with my family and friends
and was off to NYC.
I had an early flight on Sunday and getting to Newark from CT is a nightmare
so I decided to take the train into the city and spend the night there.
I also got to stop by my favorite pizza place. :-)
I had a 5:50am pick up by Carmel 212-666-6666. (Yeah, I gave them
another chance, heck it was only going to be $34 plus toll and tip).
Well, they were 10 minutes late as usual and they had another passenger
in the car. That was cool with me because it lowered the price to
a mere $22.
Flight 871 bound for St. Maarten departing from the C gates at 7:45am
was on time. They service that route with a 737-800 series plane.
(It has more leg room then the 757 I came over on) and we took off at 8am!
Flight time was a mere 3 hours and 10 minutes and we landed at 12:10pm
(it's an hour time change). Flying into SXM
(St. Maarten) has to be one of the nicest air strips around. The
beach is less than 50 feet away and the scenery with the crystal blue water
and mountainous terrain are breath taking. When you get off the plane,
you have to walk
down the stairs and board one of those transport busses.
From there you quickly go through customs (you need a passport or a US
drivers license AND a copy of your birth certificate). Baggage claim
is tiny with a little bathroom next to it where I went to shed my winter
clothes for a Johnny Jet T-shirt, shorts, and flip flops.
I wasn't stopping in St. Maarten for long. I walked outside and
jumped in taxi that cost $12 for the 15 minute ride to Marigot where
ferry departs (every 30 minutes) from. It was just
leaving when I rolled up, a porter grabbed my bags and loaded them on (tip
a dollar a bag). BTW: St. Maarten is 37 square miles and half of
the island is French and the other half is Dutch (that's why you will see
two different types of license plates and spellings of St.Maarten/St. Martin).
It cost $2 for the departure tax and $10 for the 7 mile, seventeen minute
seas were a bit rough so bring some Dramamine if you get sea sick
easily. I recommend sitting by the door on the left side because
they keep that door open when it's rough and look at the horizon.
(BTW: Not one of the 20 passengers got sick.)
Next week we will have the full skinny on Anguilla
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FREE PARKING? Book online with Expedia or Orbitz, and you'll get a
coupon good for two free days of airport parking. Book with Travelocity,
and you'll get a 20% off coupon for use at The Parking Spot.
OF THE WEEK:
NEW AIR ROUTES (From SkyGuide)
Dominican Republic: Fly Mexicana Airlines daily non-stop between
Miami and Santo Domingo.
Business centers: Regus offers business centers worldwide with office
space and cybercafes. Global membership, usually $75, is free until May
31. Additional fees for meeting rooms. Go to regus.com.
Tel Aviv code-share: Delta Air Lines will code-share on a new flight
with El Al Airlines between New York JFK and Tel Aviv, Israel, starting
Following a massive evacuation last week at Los Angeles International
Airport, officials have closed arrivals-level tunnels linking the
secure areas of Terminal 4 and 5, and Terminals 5 and 6. Departure
level walkways connecting Terminals 6, 7 and 8 will remain open for
United Airlines passengers. Last Thursday (February 28), a metal detector
in Terminal 4 was found to be unplugged, resulting in the
required re-screening of thousands of passengers from Terminals 4,
5, 6, 7 and 8. With the tunnel closings, any such incident in the future
should affect fewer passengers, airport officials said.
WEEK'S INTERNET DISCOUNTS
ATLANTA (ATL). AirTran Airways on Tuesday (March 5) will add a fourth
daily nonstop between Atlanta and Pensacola, Fla. Atlantic Southeast/Delta
Connection on Thursday (March 7) will replace the existing four daily turboprop
flights between Atlanta and Florence, S.C. with three daily regional jet
BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON (BWI). AirTran Airways will begin BWI-Miami
service March 5, with one daily roundtrip; and will increase BWI- Orlando
service to two daily nonstops.
CHICAGO O'HARE (ORD). On Tuesday (March 5), the existing Air Wisconsin/United
Express service between O'Hare and Lansing, Mich. will be replaced by four
daily regional jet flights operated by Atlantic Coast Airlines/United Express.
CHICAGO MIDWAY (MDW). Mexicana last week began new service from
Midway to Mexico, operating a total of nine flights a week to Guadalajara,
Morelia and Zacatecas.
DALLAS/FT. WORTH (DFW). American Airlines on Saturday (March 2)
added a substantial number of new daily flights on existing nonstop routes
out of DFW, including two more to San Francisco (for a total of 10), two
more to LAX (13) and two more to Minneapolis-St. Paul (8). American boosted
its DFW-London Gatwick service from three flights a week to a daily schedule,
and added one extra roundtrip per day on 25 other routes.
WASHINGTON DULLES (IAD). Atlantic Coast Airlines/United Express
on Tuesday (March 5) replaces turboprop service between Dulles and Knoxville
with four daily regional jet roundtrips.
WASHINGTON REAGAN NATIONAL (DCA). US Airways Express on Sunday (March
3) added 25 daily flights at DCA to nine destinations. New services and
the number of daily roundtrips include: Burlington, Vt. (2); Charleston,
W. Va. (3); Greensboro, N.C. (4); Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C. (3); Jacksonville,
Fla. (1); Manchester, N.H. (3); Nashville, Tenn. (2); Portland, Me. (2);
and White Plains, N.Y. (5). The carrier also added another two daily flights
to Albany, N.Y.; three to
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The Longest-Distance Flights in the WorldBY
DONALD L. PEVSNER
THE 8,000-MILE CLUB. It doesn't get more exclusive than this:
1. 8,434 Miles: Atlanta to Johannesburg, South African Airways
Flight 212, using a Boeing 747-400 (Eastbound only).
2. 8,130 Miles: Atlanta to Capetown, South African Airways Flight
210, using a Boeing 747-400 (Eastbound only).
3. 8,042 Miles: New York/Newark to Hong Kong, Continental Airlines
Flight 99, using a Boeing 777.
4. 7,980 Miles: New York/Kennedy to Johannesburg, South African
Airways Flight 202, using a Boeing 747-400 (Eastbound only).
5. 7,922 Miles: Los Angeles to Melbourne, Qantas Flight 94,
using a Boeing 747-400.
6. 7,793 Miles: Hong Kong to Toronto/Pearson, Cathay Pacific
Flight 828, using an Airbus A340 (Eastbound only). This flight terminates
March 15 and will resume during next fall's colder weather. That's because
jet engines provide better performance on takeoff in colder, denser air.
In hot weather, maximum takeoff weight must be reduced on very long-haul
sectors, meaning that less fuel can be carried, and range is thus reduced.
7. 7,782 Miles: Chicago/O’Hare to Hong Kong, United Airlines
Flight 895, using a Boeing 747-400.
8. 7,779 Miles: Taipei to New York/Kennedy, China Airlines Flight
012, using an Airbus A340 (Eastbound only).
9. 7,491 Miles: Los Angeles to Sydney, United Flight 815; Qantas
Flights 12 and 108 and Air New Zealand Flight 015. All are operated using
10. 7,422 Miles: San Francisco to Sydney, United Airlines Flight
863, using a Boeing 747-400.
11. 7,291 Miles: Manila to Los Angeles, Philippine Airlines
Flight 102, using Boeing 747-400s or Airbus A340s (Eastbound only).
12. 7,123 Miles: Frankfurt to Buenos Aires, Lufthansa Flight
526, using a Boeing 747-400.
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