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January 4, 2002 Travel Newsletter
CAMS OF THE WEEK
OF THE WEEK
The euro is now the official currency of 12
countries across the European continent, replacing each country's
by Gary Lee from the Washington Post
Q Which countries are replacing their currencies with the euro?
A France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg,
the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Finland. Notably, Great Britain,
one of the most popular foreign destinations for American travelers, will
continue to use pounds and pence. Other holdouts are Denmark and Sweden.
Q What if I have leftover French francs or other old currencies
after Jan. 1? Can I still use them for purchases?
A In most cases, yes, but only for a few weeks. The euro zone
countries have until the end of February to fully phase out old bills and
coins. Until Feb. 28, merchants in the following countries will continue
to accept the old currencies as well as euros: Austria, Belgium, Finland,
Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain. The last day you can use
old currencies in the other countries are as follows: Germany, Dec. 31,
2001; France, Feb. 17, 2002; the Netherlands, Jan. 28, 2002; Ireland, Feb.
Q Should I change dollars into euros before my trip to Europe?
AYes, it's a good idea to take a few euros ($50 or so worth)
to Europe with you for taxis and incidentals. Then use an ATM card, travelers
checks or cash to get more once you've arrived. Just as under the old system,
offices that exchange other currencies into euros will most likely charge
a commission. Our preferred method of obtaining euros is with ATM cards,
which subtract money from your local bank account and give you euros on
Q What are euros worth in U.S. dollars?
AThe current exchange rate is about 90 cents to 1 euro. For
up-to-date rates, see The Washington Post Business section, which publishes
a list of foreign exchange rates daily.
Q What about islands around the world that are possessions of
European countries? Will they use euros?
A Yes. In the Caribbean, the euro will be the currency of the
French departments of Guadaloupe, Martinique, St. Barts and St. Martin,
and the Dutch St. Maarten. In South America, euros will be used in French
Happy New Year! 2001 flew bye didn't it? Speaking
of flying my total mileage for the year was 123,600 and 81 segments.
I know, I didn't break the usual 150,000 plateau but hopefully I can in
Last week I left you all not from the air but from the $13 Greyhound
Bus ride from Cleveland to Erie (to recap: I was in Cleveland with
family, visiting her newborn niece,
mass, and celebrating Christmas).
I arrived in Erie,
PA on Wednesday and hung out for a couple days with my sister and
her family. They are only 90 miles away from Buffalo, NY and you
know they received 7 (seven) feet of snow in four days. Well Erie didn't
get so lucky, they only had about 2 feet, but it was enough to spend most
of my time playing
with my niece
in the snow.
me out after along day of sledding, and all I heard was Uncle Johnny you
are soo heavy! :-)
On Friday, I was back on the road again and at ERI Int'l at 5:45
am for a 6:15am flight to Pittsburgh. The security line was a hundred people
deep and SLOW! I was getting nervous that I was going to miss my
flight but ERI is so small they waited for the whole security line to clear
before they closed the airplane door. FYI: They made most people
take their shoes off while going through security, so make sure you wear
some nice socks :-). The 18 minute flight to PIT is one of the quickest
around, you are up and then down. From there I went onto Charleston,
South Carolina.... Tune in next week to see pictures from there and .........
DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR JULIE?
Hello, I always enjoy your newsletter !!!thanks so much! I have
a question maybe you can address in a newsletter. I am going to Cozumel,
Mexico Jan 12-20. I am flying out of Laguardia airport (I am driving
in from Ithaca, NY). Any ideas on where I can stay cheap and leave
my car? I am flying out at 7:45 AM so I cant really just drive in
and park. I looks like parking there is expensive and not much of
it. Thanks so much and let me know if you know of anything I shouldn't
miss in Cozumel! -Julie
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
FIND THAT A LOT PASSENGERS, MYSELF INCLUDED, FEEL MORE CONFIDENT HAVING
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MORE ROOM IN COACH
When booking a trip for two, always get the window and aisle seats
reserved (if you are on a plane with 3 seats in each row). The middle seats
are always the last to go and if they do give the middle seat away that
person will be more than happy to move. It's your best chance to
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I received an e-mail from Steve Belkin at MileSpy (http://www.milespy.com).
Steve gained some notoriety a couple of years ago by earning 10.5 million
Mileage Plus miles by making creative use of a special limited-time United
This time, Steve has turned his proven mileage-earning savvy into
a business opportunity for himself, and a buying opportunity for anyone
who wants or needs frequent flyer miles.
> The Offer
Through MileSpy, for a VERY limited time (see Deadline info below),
you can earn an unlimited number of miles for purchases at $0.025 each,
less when the total exceeds 400,000 miles. These are real miles, not "generic
miles," in your choice of airline programs, including those of Air Canada,
American, America West, Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Continental,
Delta, EL AL, Gulf Air, Icelandair, Latin Pass, Mexicana, Midwest Express,
Northwest, Qualiflyer, United and US Airways. Again: unlimited miles,
without flying, for $0.025 each.
> The Value
Is this a good deal? In a word: Yes.
As a point of comparison, most airlines will sell you miles for $0.025
apiece. But there's typically tax and a service charge added to the total,
effectively increasing the per-mile cost. And there's normally a cap on
the number of miles that can be purchased annually.
Alternatively, you could purchase miles from Miles4Sale (http://www.miles4sale.com)
for between $0.036 and $0.04 each, depending on quantity -- a hefty premium
over the airline-direct prices. And they only sell miles from American,
Continental, Northwest, America West and Delta.
Miles from MileSpy, on the other hand, are priced at $0.025 each, and
there is no maximum number of miles you can earn at that price. Nor is
there a service charge or other add-on costs.
There is a minimum, though: 60,000 miles, for $1,500.
Also, if flexibility is a key consideration, instead of airline miles
in a specific program, you can choose Gold Points in the Radisson Gold
Rewards program, which can then be converted to airline miles as needed.
> Cheap Miles, Cheap Tickets
To give you a sense of how the miles might translate into actual award-ticket
costs, here are some sample calculations, based on the United Mileage Plus
1. CAPACITY CONTROLLED AWARDS
Domestic - Coach class: 25K x $.025 = $625
Domestic - 1st class: 40K x $.025 = $1,000
U.S.-Europe - Business class: 80K x $.025 =
U.S.-Europe - 1st class:
100K x $.025 = $2,500
U.S.-Asia/Australia - Business class: 90K x
$.025 = $2,250
U.S.-Asia/Australia - 1st class:
120K x $.025 = $3,000
2. "ANYTIME" AWARDS
Domestic - coach class: 40K x $.025 = $1,000
Domestic - 1st class: 80K x $.025 =
U.S.-Europe - Business class: 150K x $.025
U.S.-Europe - 1st class:
200k x $.025 = $5,000
U.S.-Asia/Australia - Business class: 150K x $.025
U.S.-Asia/Australia - 1st class:
200K x $.025 = $5,000
For anyone planning to travel overseas in first or business class, the
above prices represent substantial savings... a compelling reason to stock
up on miles at this price.
Another possible use for the miles: buy enough miles to qualify for
lifetime Gold status in American's AAdvantage program (1 million miles)
or lifetime Platinum (2 million miles).
> The Deadline Miles at this rate are only available through Jan. 4,
2002. This is a use-it-or-lose-it opportunity (which is why we altered
publication schedule to get the word out).
> How it Works
Without getting into the underlying mechanics, MileSpy basically leverages
partner offers in the Gold Points Rewards program. It's creative, but perfectly
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