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4, 2001 Travel Newsletter
Web Cam's Of The Week
AUSTRALIA / AUSTRIA
Site Of The Week
Mile Offers Of The Week
WEST/FRONTIER AND MANY MORE....
Offers Of The Week
MIDWEST / SOUTHWEST / SAS
/ TOO MANY TO LIST
L.A. / NYC
Of The Week
CARNIVALS BIG SURPRISE
WHAT'S DOING IN BOSTON
BOEING WANTS FASTER JET
AIRLINE SERVICE CONTINUES
TO GO DOWN
SIMPLE TRUTHS ABOUT FOOT AND
US AIRLINE WAVES FEE FOR CANCEL
ORBITZ TO COST CONSUMERS MILLIONS
AIRLINE STOCKS TAKE A BEATING
ATHENS AIRPORT HAVING
UA FLIGHT ATTENDANTS MAY STRIKE
WHAT DOES "CROSS CHECK" MEAN?
LOOKING TO GET OUT OF TOWN THIS
WEEKEND FOR CHEAP?
WHICH AIRPORTS HAVE THE MOST
CAMS OF THE WEEK
OF THE WEEK
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- Specials: Midwest Express
and Skyway Airlines are offering sale fares for travel April 23-Sept.
30. Tickets must be purchased by Friday. Sample round-trip fare: Milwaukee-Toronto,
$164. Restrictions apply.
- Specials II: Southwest Airlines
offers reduced fares for travel Thursday-Aug. 4. Buy tickets by April
12 and at least 7 days ahead of travel.
- AA.com Offers
Low Fares To And From Austin And Raleigh/Durham
- To Europe: Scandinavian Airlines
is offering special fares from select U.S. cities to European destinations.
Purchase tickets only on www.expedia.com by April 5 for travel through
- Select sale: American Airlines
offers reduced fares between Austin, Texas, and select cities and between
Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and certain cities. Buy tickets at least 14 days
ahead of travel and before April 4. Travel Monday-Thursday through June
- Europe Spring
Travel on Sale Through usairways.com
- Select cities: American Trans Air (ATA)
offers special airfares between Dallas and select cities and between San
Francisco and select cities only at www.ata.com. Purchase tickets by April
1 for travel April 4-June 15.
- New route: Air Canada begins
daily non-stop flights between Indianapolis and Toronto May 7. Purchase
$179 round-trip tickets until May 7 for travel through Aug. 7. Reduced
fares also are offered between Indianapolis and Ottawa and Indianapolis
Airlines WorldVacations Sale Features Up to $250 Off Per Couple On Travel
Anytime This Year
Spring Travel on Sale Through usairways.com
- ATA'S 'Kids
and Seniors Sale'; Special Fares Extended Until April 9th
- Choices: Spirit Airlines
offers sale fares to most destinations. Buy tickets by April 14 for travel
April 26-June 13. Sample round-trip fares: Detroit-Florida (4 cities),
$158; Los Angeles-Chicago, $198. Some restrictions.
- E-ticket offer: Swissair and Sabena now offer electronic ticketing.
Purchase sale tickets by April 16 for travel through June 30 between San
Francisco and Zurich, Switzerland, with the option to continue to other
destinations. Some restrictions apply.
Sale Offers Fares From $98 RT
Airlines Announces Super Low Fares for Travel Originating in Canada
- Internet deals: American Trans Air
(ATA) offers online specials for tickets to and from Washington, D.C.,
and to and from Denver. Purchase tickets at www.ata.com by April 8 for
travel April 18-June 13.
Greetings! This week I start out showing
you pictures my brother
took a couple week's ago at the 1st annual Miss
He said it was a blast and I will tell you more about it next year when
A couple weeks ago I recommended Tel Aviv Car service
in NY. Well, I take that back. Friday night I was on my way to go JFK and
my driver was late. I called to find out what was going on and they said
they're running at least 25 minutes behind. Nice of them to call. I decided
to get a taxi instead. BTW: Do you know how hard it is to get a cab
on a rainy Friday night, carrying luggage? Not too many taxi's like going
to the Airport, and in fact the first one refused to take me (which is illegal,
but I can't blame him). It took me about 15 minutes to finally get
one (and wearing only light Jacket made it feel longer). The good news is,
the cabbie who picked me up was the coolest. He told me all the reasons
why I shouldn't take a town car. Did you know:
If you get in an accident in a yellow cab in NY they
have $300,000 for insurance, but a plush town car only has $60,000. Figure
Have you ever wondered how Yellow Cabbies make a living?
The drivers pay $100 for a 12 hour shift, plus $20 for gas. Friday nights
are the busiest and they bring in around $275 (- $120 for the car and gas).
An average weeknight pockets $75. He went on an on. Next time you get a
friendly cabbie, ask he/she some questions. It usually makes the trip go
by quicker, and I am sure you will find it fascinating what they have to
I went to L.A. for a long weekend, and my flight was cake (that's slang
for easy); 11 people in Coach, 12 in Business, and 5 in First (you have
to love the last flight out). Unfortunately, my weekend wasn't that glamorous.
I think I got sick chasing cabs in the cold rain, so I spent most of my
time behind doors working on Johnny Jet. Except, I did manage to go by my
old roommates house to congratulate him on getting engaged, and to pick
some Oranges for Vitamin C.
The temperature wasn't the 78 degrees the weather man promised, instead
It was around 65 and cloudy.
I started to feel better on Monday so I took my roommate
to the airport and went to Beverly Hills to work with Jamie (we had appointments
and she taped Politically Incorrect). After work I drove home along the
coast to watch the sunset.
While watching the sunset I almost ran over some crazy
pizza delivery guy on (get this) a.... skateboard (Only in LA).
On the plane home I had some turkey sitting next to
me. This guy was totally rude to the FA's and then asked me (with attitude)
why are you going to NY? I MADE UP some crazy story so he would sit
somewhere else. I said "actually (with a stuffed up nose) I just came in
from England two days ago, and I went to my Doctor because I was soooo sick.
My Dr. said something about foot and mouth disease, have you heard of it?
He wants me to go to some specialist in NY, because it's so contagious (I
then coughed). That dude was gone in the matter of seconds,
in fact I think he even went back to coach. What a sucker.
When I landed at JFK, I opted to take Carmel car service (their number is
also easy, but evil; 212-666-6666). They picked me up in a brand new Lincoln
Town car, and it was cheaper than a taxi (cost $36 including tip:). I know,
I know why didn't I take a taxi? Well, because who wants to wait outside
after being sick, and plus I needed to find a new alternative to Tel Aviv
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OF THE WEEK:
do some pilots walk around and inspect the plane (before the flight),
and others don't?
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
make you nervous when the captain asks you to sit down, because they are
expecting severe turbulence?
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
are planning a vacation to Florida which will require taking a "red eye"
flight,(departing at 11:45 pm arriving Miami about 9 am the following
day). Any tips as to how to survive the flight; lots of rest the day of
departure? early dinner? late dinner? lots of booze? Neither of us are
exactly "night owls", typically going to bed by 9 pm. Anything we can
do or bring or take to facilitate sleeping on the plane?
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Delta Strike Countdown Begins
If you Fly Delta you will definitely want to sign
up for the ticket newsletter.
Delta pilots rejected the National Mediation Board's (NMB) offer to provide
binding arbitration in its contract negotiations with Delta management.
This means that the thirty-day cooling off period clock starts ticking today,
and Delta pilots could legally walk off the job, grounding the airline,
on or shortly after April 29 (exact date determined by the NMB).
However, the pilots' union said
that it is "confident that we will be able to reach an agreement with management
prior to the end of the 30 day cooling off period." And if that agreement
does not come to pass by the end of the cooling off period, Delta management
is counting on President Bush to appoint a Presidential Emergency Board
(PEB) that could push the potential strike date back another 60 days to
June 29. If that does not work, Congress can step in and impose terms of
1) Although Delta is making promises of uninterrupted service, think twice
about making Delta bookings for any date after April 30, or after June 30
(when the PEB extension expires). Even if a Presidential Emergency Board
forces pilots back to work, you can expect slowdowns and disruptions.
2) If you just can't get out of the Delta habit, and you have an important
meeting this spring or summer, we suggest that you go ahead and buy your
Delta ticket, but also, buy a fully refundable (Y) back-up ticket on a non-strike
threatened airline. (Try AirTran, Continental, US Airways, TWA, America
West, or Frontier among others.) Remember that it is unlikely that any other
airline will accept a SkyMiles award ticket (of any other non-rev ticket)
if Delta shuts down.
3) For travel to smaller cities, Delta says that subsidiary ASA will continue
to fly in the event of a Delta mainline strike. (However, Delta's Comair
is currently on strike, with all flights cancelled through early April.)
4) Be sure to ask for paper tickets to expedite processing in the event
of a strike; better yet, get your paper ticket from a travel agent who will
be able to better assist you.
5) Be sure that Delta and/or your travel agent have updated contact numbers
for you—- include your home, office, mobile numbers as well as a contact
number at your destination.
Stay tuned to these NEWSBITES
and a new SPECIAL STRIKE ADVICE section on THE TICKET PORTAL (http://www.travelskills.com/column/StrikeUpdate.htm)
for the latest updates and links.
OF THE WEEK: (NEWSDAY)
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES
Business Travel Today
- To Asia: United Airlines
begins new daily non-stop flights April 1 between New
York and Hong Kong and Chicago and Beijing.
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GOOD TO KNOW!
Atlanta's Hartsfield International was the world's busiest airport for takeoffs
and landings as well as for the total number of passengers in 2000, according
to preliminary figures released by the Airports Council International (ACI).
Hartsfield handled 915,657 flights, a rise of 0.6 percent from 1999, said
the Geneva-based ACI. Chicago's O'Hare remained in second place with 908,989.
Atlanta topped the list for the total number of passengers, handling 80.2
million people, a rise of 2.8 percent over the previous year.
Following in terms of passengers handled were:
O'Hare came in second with 72.1 million
Los Angeles, 68.5 million
London Heathrow, 64.6 million
Dallas-Fort Worth, 60.7 million
Tokyo, 56.4 million
Frankfurt, 49.4 million
Paris Charles DeGaulle, 48.2 million
San Francisco, 41.1 million
Amsterdam, 39.6 million.
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