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January 13, 2009

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WHERE'S JOHNNY JET?                    Kapalua, Hawaii

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First of all, our hearts and prayers go out to all those in Haiti - hundreds of thousands of people could have died in yesterday's earthquake. According to President Obama, Americans trying to locate family members should contact the State Department at 888-407-4747. If you wish to donate, here are the links for the American Red Cross and Wyclef Jean’s Yéle Haiti. Delta customers can also donate SkyMiles donate SkyMiles to the Red Cross to aid Haiti relief efforts thru SkyWish.

Aloha from Hawaii! This is my second time here in the last few months; first let me tell you about my incredible trip to Kapalua on Maui. If you can't wait until next week to see which island I'm currently on, then follow me on Twitter at @JohnnyJet for live tweets and pictures.

We received a bunch of complaints last week that the photos took too long to load—according to our website provider it was because so many people were hitting the website at the same time. Their advice was to have readers wait a few hours or cut the size of the photos down. We're doing the latter, even though it kills me to see the beautiful pictures get morphed.

Our other feature stories this week come from our celebrity food chef Corinne Trang, who takes us on anther food tour of Alabama, and my sister Georgie Jet brings us along on her late summer visit to Kennebunkport, Maine. If you are wondering why we are running a summer story in January, it's because in North America this is the busiest month of the year for planning summer vacations. All month we will feature fantastic vacation destinations, including Europe!

It's always imperative to go through your credit card bill with a fine-tooth comb. I noticed that for the second month in a row I was charged for a November stay at the Omni Hotel CNN Center. I thought the hotel had tried to pull a fast one on me, because the charges were from different months and amounts. It turned out that I had two reservations so they had automatically charged me a no-show fee, which was quickly reversed when I called. If I hadn't remembered that I'd been charged the previous month it would've gone unnoticed, so always double check your bills.

Trip to Kapalua Resort on Maui.

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  • Loved this week's newsletter as I lived in Guadalajara in 1962. Pics took a very long time to load... big files??? Fun, keep it up. Thanks, Liz W –

  • I agree with you that partying away the night of Dec. 31 is way overrated. I choose to side with that noted imbiber W.C. Fields, who always stated that he never went out drinking on either New Year's Eve or St. Patrick's Day. "Too many amateurs out there," according to Bill Fields. Gregg Wiggins - Arlington, VA

  • I always read your newsletter and this one was just THE BEST. So much information!!! Keep up the good work -- lucky you to do all that travel all the time!!! Naoma F - Phoenix, Arizona

  • I was down in Pasadena for NYE too! A friend lives off of Orange Grove right where the KLTA stands were. We didn’t make it as far as the Cal Poly float. The bulldog float was the BEST! R.T. - Los Angeles

  • Great issue JJ!! I especially liked the UAL video and your update on Up In The Air. Go see it! Chris M – San Francisco

  • Really enjoyed your talks at SATW Guadalajara. Thanks for sharing the info and energy. I too was at SATW in Mexico and took in your Social Media talk. It was great and very informative. I agree, SATW needs to get with the times. I love it when your newsletter comes out. I get a big latte and sit back (at work!). I used your tips on a recent November cruise to Istanbul (visa and line up). Also, thinking of Marrakesh so I just got your youtube video on this. You are terrific! Bernadette W - St John's, Newfoundland

  • Great column…since I have a PhD in Mexican literature but this is not a part of Mexico I have spent much time in, I was fascinated with your descriptions. Moreover, when I left college teaching behind I did a stint as a communications director for a fledgling convention and visitors bureau. Although I had won national awards for my PR work, SATW did not even want me as a associate member. One of best lines I heard recently at a meeting was a man who was probably younger than I sputtering that his potential clients would never use social media so he would not as well. The speaker just looked at him and said “maybe not, but their gatekeepers probably do.” Mary H - Charlotte, NC

  • Johnny - Love your newsletter. Read it religiously every week ( a little break from everyday realities)but someone really needs top keep the specials page reasonably updated. Been watching the bonus mile offers section to see if it would ever change! The "offers" are now close to a year past their expiration. Is this a test to see if anyone reads it? :) Thanks for an otherwise very entertaining (and informative) newsletter! Steve -

  • You write so well - so imaginative, descriptive, I feel like I am right there with you starting off my day in the hot tub. And so caught up in the story that I barely noticed you were actually telling me what the spa had to offer. Laughed out loud at the "I thought you were someone else" steam scene. Loved the way you paragraphed each movement. The picture was clear in my head. And your final sentence moved me the most. Last night's fresh powder being the analogy to the wilderness clinging on. The wilderness - which those who know you - is You.

  • Love that story! Why can't all your writers do a job like that dude!!!! Frankie D – Westport, CT

  • Having lived most of my life in LA, the Rose Parade is always a New Year's Day must to watch. I have attended only once when my wife and I were dating over 45 years ago. It's definitely chilly and staying up all night is very tiring - much better to watch on TV. Thanks for showing the behind the scenes view of the parade! Geof Oconnor - San Diego, CA

  • I have all of the same fears about diving that Rebecca had and after reading this, my mind has changed and I'm in! It makes me want to go get certified right now! Thanks for the great article! Sincerely, Amber S - Huntington Beach, CA.

  • Great article, I enjoyed reading about a beginners experience “under water”. I find that I might be too afraid of this activity but love reading about others experiences, their fears, overcoming the fear and jubilation at the accomplishment. Cheers to Rebecca, looking forward to her next experience. Barbara P- Cheney, WA

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