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January 23, 2002 Travel Newsletter
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Members of Northwest WorldPerks can
earn double miles for travel to or from Memphis through March 20. The offer
is valid on Northwest or Northwest Airlink flights originating and ending
in the 50 United States, Canada or Mexico. Passengers must pre-register
for the promotion. Access www.nwa.com/offers/memdm and enter registration
Extends Reduced Mileage Award Levels For Travel Worldwide
No blackout dates: American Airlines said Tuesday that it
will eliminate blackout dates for frequent-flier travel award tickets starting
Feb. 1, just hours after Northwest Airlines made a similar announcement.
Northwest will eliminate blackout dates around holiday periods for travel
booked after March 1, but the supply of seats for award trips will still
be limited. Starting June 1, Northwest will eliminate award rates requiring
fewer miles for travel at "off-peak" times. A standard domestic round-trip
ticket will cost 25,000 miles year-round. In another change effective immediately,
Northwest will give frequent fliers 250 bonus miles for each CyberSaver
segment they fly. CyberSavers are weekly Internet specials.
NW drops FF blackout dates
Off And Double Mileage Plus Miles For Hotel Stays In Hawaii
Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2002, economy-class PlanAAhead awards for travel
on American to (or from) Hawaii from
the continental U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Bahamas
or Bermuda are available for 30,000 miles, a savings of 5,000 miles off
of a standard mileage requirement. Offer excludes travel on nonstop service
from Dallas/Fort Worth or Chicago O'Hare to Hawaii. To claim your award,
contact AAdvantage Customer Service / Reservations at 1-800-882-8880 and
mention award code AAHI30 to register.
LAX-Columbus Flights Earn Double AWA Miles: Through Feb. 28, 2002,
America West FlightFund members will earn double miles for flights between
LAX and America West's Columbus, OH, hub. If you're connecting in Columbus,
show your Columbus/LAX boarding pass and FlightFund card and enjoy free
admission to the America West's Columbus airport club. Pre-registration
is not required.
Alaska Air Offers Double Miles to Calgary: Alaska Air will launch
Los Angeles-Calgary flights on Feb. 8, 2002, and is promoting the new service
with double Mileage Plan miles through Mar. 31, 2002.
New Mileage Offers From United Mileage Plus: Members of United
Mileage Plus can take advantage of mile earning offers on select flights.
These offers require registration prior to travel. Follow the links below
or call 800-447-6772 and use the corresponding promotion code.
Earn 500 bonus miles for paid flights between Chicago
and Charleston (SC), Columbia (SC), Lexington, Lincoln, Louisville,
Memphis, Nashville, Roanoke, Saginaw, Savannah, Sioux Falls or Springfield
(MO) through March 3. The offer is valid in Y, B, M, H and Q class. To
or call and use offer code 292.
Earn double miles on the following West Coast-Canada
flights through February 28; between Burbank, Los Angeles, San Francisco
or Seattle and Vancouver or between San Francisco and Calgary. The offer
is valid on paid United, United Express or Air Canada flights in F, Y,
B, M, H and Q class. To register, access
or call and use offer code 357.
Earn double miles between the following California
cities for travel through February 28: between Los Angeles and
Monterey or Santa Barbara or between San Francisco and Burbank or Orange
County. The offer may be earned up to three times. The promotion is valid
in paid F, Y, B, M or H class. To register, access
or call and use offer code 244.
Earn 1,000 bonus miles on paid flights between Denver
and Oklahoma City, San Jose (CA) or Tulsa through February 28.
The offer is valid in F, Y, B, M, H and Q class. To register, access
or call and use offer code 191.
Earn 1,000 bonus miles on paid flights between Denver
and San Francisco through March 31. The offer is valid in F,
Y, B, M, H and Q class. To register, access
or call and use offer code 466.
Bangkok direct: Cathay Pacific
flies non-stop round-trip to Bangkok from Los Angeles, San Francisco and
New York JFK, for $529 plus taxes. Buy tickets by Feb. 8; travel Feb. 15-March
31. For more information, go to www.cathay-usa.com.
Sky funds: Buy Northwest tickets
with a combination of cash and frequent-flier miles until March 1; travel
Friday through March 15. Round-trip sample: Detroit-Orlando, $89 plus 10,000
Minnesota cash-back: Stay five nights at participating Best
Western hotels in Minnesota and earn $25; nights don't have
to be consecutive. Ongoing promotion. Details at bestwesternminnesota.com.
Great Fares With The "Take Your Love To Europe" Valentine's Getaway!
Aloha from Hawaii! Don't you just love
the word Hawaii? Just seeing that word makes me feel good, but being
here makes me feel even better! Sunday night I was itching to go
away. I really wanted to try out the new baggage policy rule and I knew
Amber Airplane needed a little vacation before she went back to work next
week (The airlines are calling the FA's back!).
I called up Hilton, cashed in 100,000 points
for SP5 coupon (3 free nights at a premier location), printed out
the coupon on the website, called United for availability
and was able to cash in 35,000 miles (Amber A. flies for free), and packed
a small bag. We were on
a plane. (That's me walking up and down the aisle, as usual,
I am happy to report that LAX was busy but running
very smoothly, no delays at all and our flight left early. In fact,
I spoke to one of United's top dogs and they informed me the new baggage
rule has gone over very smooth. Nice job UA, but let's get those
CDX machines in ASAP. We departed the gate at 8:40am (PST), took
off at 9am and landed in Honolulu 20 minutes early at 11:50 (HST), not
It's a 2 hour time difference in Hawaii this
time of year, but when we push the clocks ahead in April it's 3 hours.
At least I think it is, but who ever knows what time it is in Hawaii?
I had no where to go but the beach. I will tell you more about Hawaii
next week and of course I will have lot's of fun pictures!
Before departing for Hawaii, I was in L.A. most of the week. Had
dinner with some friends
and went on a bike ride everyday. (Check out Amber's Christmas
present.) And of course worked long hours on JJ making
sure all 2,000 links work and continued to redesign the pages. How
do you like it?
On Saturday night, I went up to West L.A. with my cousin Art to meet
our girlfriends at some bar, Liquid Kitty. We didn't arrive until
late night, and let's just say they had one too many. They talked
us into visitng Jerry's Famous Deli around 2am in Westwood for a late night
snack (like I need it). JFD is damn good but pricey for a diner.
We had a grilled cheese for $6.35, which isn't too bad but add four slices
of bacon and it's $11.95. Can you believe $5.50 extra for bacon?
Sunday morning we went up to to the Santa Monica/Venice Farmers
Market for the first time. This Farmer's market is awesome,
but crowded. They have amazing
fruits, vegetables, and food including-
and tamales. They even have stuff for the kiddies.
If you want to get a good sit down breakfast, check out the very popular
Parlor. The breakfast tacos are tasty!
FROM A READER:
"I am going to Aruba at the end of February with my pregant wife (with
twins) and our 14 month old. One final trip before the chaos begins.
So we bought three tickets on the only AA direct flight from Boston so
we could have an entire row. We actually used miles for two tix and
bought the baby's for cheap. Yeah Baby! Anyway, my wife remembered
that they weren't able to give her seat assignments at the time she bought
the tix so she called American recently. She was told that theywere
unable to give any seats and we would have to get them at the airport at
the time of the flight. Now I know that is BS. I know they
save seats for Frequent Flier types and all. A woman pregnant with twins
and flying with a 14 month old should also be able to get seats to insure
that we are seated togheter I think. What do you suggest. By
the way, the miles we used were through US Airways, I'm nobody at American.
Let me know any tips you might have. Thanks J
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Pilots allowed to smoke in the cockpit? I thought I saw one, if they can
why can't passengers?
Here's what fliers need to know about Last
Q: What's the purpose of the new bag-screening law?
A: To prevent luggage carrying a bomb from being loaded into a plane's
cargo hold. In 1988, a bomb in such a suitcase destroyed a Pan Am jet and
everyone aboard over Scotland. Congress late last year passed this measure
so that checked bags as well as carry-on bags are more carefully screened.
Airlines already are required to bag-match on international flights.
Q: Will all bags on all flights be bomb-checked?
A: No. Airlines are relying to a large extent on bag-matching, or making
sure a bag doesn't fly without its owner.
Q: Are there new rules passengers must follow?
A: Yes, and they vary by airline. Delta, for example, is requiring
domestic passengers arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to flight time
and check bags at least 30 minutes prior to departure time or they must
rebook on a later flight. Continental also requires bags be checked 30
minutes before departure. American and United, the two largest U.S. carriers,
haven't issued new rules but American could issue new rules next week.
Q: Are airlines using new screening systems for the first time
A: No. Airlines have been testing systems at certain airports. Some
smaller airlines like AirTran and Frontier have had bag-matching systems
in place for weeks.
Q: Will this new requirement mean longer lines or delays Friday?
A: It could. While most of this screening and matching will be done
out of passengers' view and airlines have been trying to iron out any bugs,
passengers should arrive early. Midwest Express, for example, is adding
staff Friday, and spokeswoman Lisa Bailey says the airline is bracing for
the kinds of lines it experienced the week after Sept. 11, when new security
searches took effect.
Q: How much in advance of flight time must I arrive for my flight?
A: Check with your airline's Web site or reservations agents. Times
vary from 2 hours to 1 hour. American says the general rule is 2 hours;
United, 90 minutes; and Northwest, 75 minutes; US Airways, 60 minutes.
Southwest and Continental urge passengers to check Web sites for the specific
Q: What happens if I don't make the flight but my bag does?
A: If your airline uses bag-matching and the flight is your first of
the day (not a connection), the airline's required to remove an unaccompanied
bag from the plane before the flight departs. If the flight is a connection,
the bag will be allowed to fly anyway.
Q: Why is the new rule not being applied to connecting flights?
A: The government reasoned that the risk is low on a connecting flight
and that requiring a second round of screening or matching could seriously
disrupt flight schedules at airline hub airports.
Q: What if my bag misses the flight I'm on through no fault of
my own? Will I receive my bag later?
A: In that case, the way it's supposed to work is the bag flies unaccompanied
on a later flight, possibly after additional screening.
Q: If my bag is screened by a bomb-detection machine and something
is detected that requires it be opened, will it be searched in my presence?
A: Many airlines say they will make every effort to open and
search a bag in the passenger's presence.
Q: What other suggestions are airlines making to avoid glitches
at the airport?
A: Remember that this new screening law doesn't change the other
new security rules issued since Sept. 11. Passengers must carry government-issued
photo ID, and no knives, firearms, scissors or other dangerous items of
any kind are allowed in carry-on bags.
OF THE WEEK: (JAPAN TIMES)
Business Travel Today
Security express: American Airlines
opened security express lanes for premium customers in Chicago, Los Angeles,
San Diego and Reno/Tahoe. Express lanes will open next week at New York
JFK and St. Louis.
Plane-train alliance: Continental Airlines'
passengers, starting in mid-March, can travel between Newark, N.J., airport
and these cities by Amtrak: Wilmington, Del.; Stamford, Conn.; New Haven,
Conn.; and Philadelphia. The airport monorail, AirTrain, will transport
travelers between the Newark airport and Amtrak station. Loyalty program
members can earn miles on both.
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Offers Elite Status To United's Frequent Flyers (From
Alaska Airlines is offering elite frequent flyer status to United Mileage
Plus frequent flyers, offering to match the United status for any travelers.
To get the upgrade, fax a copy of your United statement to Alaska Airlines
(206-433-34770 by the end of January.
Airlines often match the frequent flyer status of passengers who ask
for it. The change with the Alaska Airlines promotion is in publicly soliciting
such requests. In the past, a few airlines have made the offer with promotions
at specific airports.
If you can make a case that elevated status in an airline's frequent
flyer program will lead you to fly the carrier more often, fax the statement
containing your highest frequent flyer status to the frequent flyer office
of the airline you propose to use. Include a letter stating your intention
to transfer some of your allegiance to the new carrier, if the elite status
upgrade is given. Elite status earned in this fashion is usually in effect
for a year.
You can also earn instant mid-level elite status in Continental OnePass,
Delta SkyMiles and US Airways Dividend Miles upon acceptance for the American
Express Centurion Card, which comes with a $1,000 annual fee. Access
Travelers who have earned their elite status the hard way (by actually
flying the airline or earning miles on other ways) tend not to like these
instant-upgrade procedures because the swell the pool of travelers competing
for upgrade privileges. Let your conscience--and your desire for increased
in-flight comfort--be your guide.
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