THIS WEEK'S JOHNNY JET
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Where's Johnny Jet?
GETTING READY FOR VACATION
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DELTA'S FF LINES
Newspaper Of The Week
GOING DOWN UNDER?
Dallas Morning News
CALL OF THE CRANES
Los Angeles Times
ALASKA GRIZZLY ENCOUNTERS
New York Times
WHAT'S DOING IN SONOMA COUNTY
INSIDE THE PACKAGE
ARRESTS AT LOGAN AIRPORT
SINGAPORE'S AIRPORT HAS A GAME SHOW
WHO'S PROTECTING AIRLINE PASSENGERS
UA RECALLING FLIGHT ATTENDANTS
POLL: MAJORITY WOULD FIGHT TERRORIST ON PLANE
FF RETAIN FAVORED SECURITY LINES
TASERS COULD BE ON ALL AIRLINES
FARE DANCING WITH SIDESTEP
GO AWAY LIKE ME THIS WEEKEND
Good To Know!
AAA TIPS ON MANAGING A ROADSIDE BREAKDOWN
HOTELS 70% OFF IN OVER 65 CITIES WORLDWIDE!
Paris..............from $59 London..........from $79 New York.................from $69 La$ Vega$......................from $39
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WHERE'S JOHNNY JET?
Here's the deal: I didn't travel this week. Yeah I know, what a loser, but I have a good excuse. I was sick with a cold and didn't show up for my trip to Hawaii. I know, suck it up! I usually would but it wasn't for work so I didn't have to. Instead, I stayed home, worked on Johnny Jet, (I updated almost all the city portlets), and watched the Olympics.
I don't have any "travel related" stories for you, but I do have a funny sick-around-the-house one. Well, maybe you won't think it's that funny but I do. (Then again, I am still a little loopy from the cold medicine.) Let me set it up for you: Saturday it was 90 degrees in L.A. (who needs Hawaii?). That's right 90! A record, in fact. I had a hard time staying in the house when it was picture-perfect out, so when my cousin, Arty, asked me to go for a mellow bike ride, I couldn't refuse. When I got back to the house two hours later I was sweating bullets and thinking why did I go out? I laid down and passed out on the couch watching ice hockey. I had a rude awakening when the phone rang and while I was up, I threw a CPK frozen pizza in the ol' oven. I went to turn the channel and could not find the remote control for the life of me! Everyone loses the controller sometime or another, but when your not feeling well it's just not fun to get up and change the channels. I'm telling you, I looked everywhere! I pulled the cushions off the couch 3 times, shook the blanket 4 times, checked the bathroom, bedroom, freezer, oven, microwave, trash, garage, Arty's house.....you name it. I was starting to lose my mind. After about an hour of running around the house out of breathe, sweat pouring down my head, and now completely exhausted, I decided to call in some back up. I begged Arty to come over and help me find this CONTROLLER! He did and within 30 seconds he found it. It was wedged under the couch in a place I never even knew existed. I'm a happy camper now and feeling 100%.
Sounds like I need a vacation. Okay, I will take one. Don't count on Johnny Jet being delivered on time next Wednesday. I will be on a beach somewhere warm. Plan on it coming out around next Friday!
COMMENT FROM LAST WEEK'S JOHNNY JET:
I am miffed that you said Minneapolis is not a "cool" place to lay over! I am from San Diego and live in Minneapolis. I love it here. I will Just to try to convert you by telling you the best places to check out next time you are here. We have the number one chef in the nation right in uptown at Lucia's. It is sublime. They have awesome dinners and brunches. Best bar downtown- Brit's pub. They have a green on their roof for drinking, dining and lawn bowling. You have to check it out. Best snooty restaurant- Lord Fletcher's in Minnetonka. You can dock your boat there for drinks and dinner, or you can drive and park your car.... They have a fun happy hour. Johnny Jet, next time you layover in Minneapolis I want you ta say, "Cool! I can't wait to go to Brit's!" P.S. No one likes Mall of America!! Johnny Jet is still my favorite! :)
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Hello and thank you for your great website. It is very helpful!!! I am trying to plan a trip to San Francisco at the end of May this year.
I have found a good airfare but the hotel rates seem high. Are the hotel rates high because it is too far in advance or is it due to the time of
year? Should I wait until the trip gets closer before booking a hotel? Any information/advice would be appreciated. Thank you, Tommy T. Atlanta, Georgia
Thanks for the compliment! SF is always pretty pricey. It depends on what kind of hotel you are looking for. I like to stay in Union Square and I usually stay at a Kimpton hotel. I just did a quick search with these websites and found good deals. The Cartwright is a small boutique hotel but for $86 a night in the heart of Union Square, you can't beat it. Lodging.com / USA Hotel
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I have heard that commercial aircraft can fly upside down and that during training this is actually done. Is this true?
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Do you have an recommendations for traveling with a toddler? Should I bring a car seat?
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"SpoKEN Tales" with Ken Solo:
Delta San Diego to Atlanta/Kansas City and back through Salt Lake City
JOHNNY JET'S Q & A
With Travel Guru Peter Greenberg
OF THE WEEK:
After issuing some rather strong language last Thursday about the fairness of special security lines for frequent
travelers, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) seems to have adopted a modified stance. (As predicted, your response to this announcement was swift and vitriolic. Thanks for all your emails.)
Bottom line: Don't fret. The separate and exclusive security lines set up post 9/11 will remain in operation. Here's the deal: Premium airline customers will still have access to airline-managed, exclusive security LINES. However, the TSA will forbid the airlines from setting aside specific security screening machines and metal detectors for frequent travelers.
This means that elite level travelers will have access to an exclusive, shorter, and faster moving LINE that leads to the security screening area. This line will be managed by airline employees (not TSA screeners), which will allow premium passengers to get to the head of the line much faster than non- premium flyers. (Think of how the Delta Medallion line works at the ticket counter: You stand in line, and you are directed to the first available agent, ahead of non-medallion travelers. We assume the process for security screening will be similar.)
Stay tuned to the next issue of THE TICKET to learn how Delta is going to modify its process for gold and platinum medallions, and first and business class passengers at Hartsfield, where it has been using four exclusive machines and screeners.
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AAA's Suggestions On Managing Roadside Breakdowns
Winter storms across much of the nation and the treacherous road conditions they can bring have prompted the AAA to offer a free brochure containing advice on how to manage roadside breakdowns. The brochure is available free from participating AAA clubs (www.aaa.com) and is called What to Do When Your Vehicle Breaks Down.
In addition to monitoring weather reports, adjusting driving styles to road conditions and keeping vehicles in top operating condition, AAA suggests that you always note your vehicle's location. Be aware of landmarks and street names so you can use the information if you need to call for assistance. Wireless location technologies available in some vehicles don't always work in remote areas, and in-car systems may be useless if your vehicle experiences electrical failure.
Watch for warning lights on the instrument panel and listen for odd noises and changes in vehicle handling characteristics. Any information you can provide about what might be wrong with your vehicle will assist emergency road service operators in sending the right equipment.
If you have a problem, pull off the road and switch on the safety/emergency flashers. If your vehicle has lost power in the roadway, set the emergency brake and place flares or warning triangles well behind the vehicle, while being extremely careful of other traffic. If there is a risk that you or your vehicle could be struck by traffic, leave your vehicle for a place of safety. Get assistance from others before attempting to push a vehicle to a safer location. In addition to using emergency flashers or flares, raise your vehicle's hood and tie a brightly colored handkerchief or scarf to the antenna or door handle to signal the need for assistance.
After making every effort to ensure safety for yourself, your passengers and other traffic, call a trusted friend, family member or motor club for help. Make the call from inside your vehicle, if this is the safest place and a cellular telephone is available. Generally, it is safest to remain with the vehicle until a law enforcement officer or tow truck operator arrives. If a cellular telephone is not available or operable, do not accept a ride from a stranger. Walk to a nearby public phone, get the attention of a law enforcement officer or ask another motorist to make a call for you.
Road service providers can usually provide gasoline, attempt to change a tire or boost a battery. If the problem is more serious, the vehicle will be towed. An extra charge--paid in advance--often applies to longer distance tows.
Regardless of how a road service provider is contacted, be prepared to provide a phone number, your exact location, and a description of your vehicle--including year, make, model, color and license plate number. Be able to provide your AAA membership number or insurance number, if applicable. Indicate whether you will need alternate transportation (if you can determine that at the time), how many passengers will need to be moved, and ask about extra towing charges. Ask for the name of a nearby, reputable repair shop, if needed.
The operator should be able to give you an estimated time of arrival. Depending on circumstances, service could take as few as 30 minutes or as long as several hours. Check your watch and confirm the estimated time of arrival with the operator.
When help arrives, verify that the driver offering assistance is the one your motor club sent to help you. If you need alternate transportation, ask to ride with the tow truck driver to the towing destination, or ask that alternate transportation be arranged.
To help you be prepared for emergencies know what your road service coverage provides. Some plans cover only a single vehicle, have up-front fees or a deductible, expect you to arrange your own service, or require towing back to a new car dealership. (AAA membership does not have these restrictions.)
AAA advises that the majority of cold weather service calls they receive
involve problems with vehicle electrical systems. Have your electrical
system checked to be sure everything is in peak operating condition. Consider
stocking items in your car that will help you stay comfortable in the event
of a breakdown--a blanket, hat, coat, gloves, bottled water, non-perishable
snacks, a flashlight and extra medication, if you take necessary medication
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