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6, 2001 Travel Newsletter
Web Cam's Of The Week
MILWAUKEE AIRPORT / WHISTLER
Site Of The Week
A GUIDE TO AIRLINE LABOR
Mile Offers Of The Week
/ AIR JAMAICA / DELTA AND MANY MORE....
Offers Of The Week
AIR TRAN / FRONTIER / AIR
ANOTHER WEDDING IN BEL AIR
GETTING TO THE AIRPORT BY
Of The Week
NEW ZEALAND HERALD
CARRY ON TIPS
UNWINDING IN SAN PEDRO
WHAT'S DOING IN NEWPORT
OUR GREAT LAKES
TRIPPING DOWN MEMORY LANE
TWA BEGINNING TO SHOW ITS AMERICANIZED
ETICKETING PRINTING BAN
UNITED ACCELERATES RETIREMENT
AEROMEXICO STRIKES STRANDS
TIPS ON TIPPING
PEARL HARBOR IN PERSON
IN VIENNA, IRISH PUBS FIND
LOOKING TO GET OUT OF TOWN
THIS WEEKEND FOR CHEAP?
HOW TO SCORE A FIRST CLASS
CAMS OF THE WEEK
OF THE WEEK
IN OVER 65 CITIES WORLDWIDE!
HERE FOR ALL CITIES:
Although potential strikes have been averted at two major airlines, the industry
could still be beset by labor difficulties this year. Click on the airline
links below to find out more about the problems that could result in thousands
of canceled flights — and to see if you could be affected.
What a week! Thursday was my 32nd Birthday (Thank
you all for the cards and emails!). Unfortunately, it wasn't very exciting.
My sister had a little party for me on Wednesday night in Connecticut.
You have to love the homemade B-Day
cake that Georgette baked. I was in CT because I wanted to
start Thursday off by visiting my Mom's
grave (That's almost as hard to write as it was to visit). My first B-Day
without her was as tough as I expected.
I took my mind off of her by spending the afternoon running around NYC for
work. You never know what or who you are going to see in the BIG Apple (a
mobile post office / Martha
Stewart and Bryant Gumbel filming the morning show,...). The highlight
of the day was going to dinner to one of my favorite BBQ's in the city;
(on 44st / Broadway). Ummm Ummmmmmm. Nothing like a good BBQ.
Friday was a big day for our band LMNT.
They played at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island at Zootopia
(about 10 bands were there including Aerosmith, Shaggy, .....). The celebrities
were out for this event as well, and I hooked Amber up with this picture
Baldwin (she owes me one). Right after the concert we needed to
get to JFK for our 9pm departure. I priced out the different modes of transportation
to the airport from the coliseum and this is what I found: Tel Aviv car
service $57 (rip), a Taxi around $35 (rip), Classic Airport Shuttle $27
a person (big rip), and a local Limo service $45 (not bad for what you get).
I was surprised how high the prices were because we weren't too far away
(after all, I could see the planes landing). I decided to try a different
option. One of the drivers was downstairs waiting to pick some one else
up and I asked him if he would give us a ride to the airport too. He said
"If you don't care you share the car with one other dude going to Lufthansa?"
I said "not as long as I get a deal". He said "$40", I said "you're crazy".
He said "$35 and tip". I said "$30 including tip, take it (us) or we're
jumping in a taxi." He took us. Heck, he made an extra thirty dollars for
the same trip.
Thirty minutes later we were at the United terminal waiting for flight 21
out to L.A.. We headed West because we had another (YES ANOTHER) wedding
to attend to on Saturday. This time it was my ex roommate John
and his other half Juliet.
The wedding was at the beautiful (and pricey) Bel
Air Hotel. If you have never been there cruise by, because it's
amazing. It doesn't
even feel like your in L.A, it's more like Northern California or
Oregon (at least to me). After social hour and dinner came the bouquet
toss. I joked with Amber and said don't even think about catching
this one. Thank God she didn't.
Sunday came around fast, and so did the Sun. The Sun was out for the first
time in a long time (so I heard), and like a fool I forgot to put sun block
on while eating at Martha's
in Hermosa. Check out this farmer's
neck I now have.
That night we took a stroll into town and had dinner at Fonz's,
with my Bro and some friends. It was great and so was the dessert!
The only negative part of the night was we played credit card roulette for
who pays the bill, and guess who lost :-(.
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OF THE WEEK:
AIRPORT IS YOUR FAVORITE TO LAND AT? WHICH ONE IS YOUR LEAST? AND WHY?
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
y'all doing when you are "preparing doors for cross-check"? I've always
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
do they seat people next to each other when there are complete rows
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Getting to The City By Taxi
In most major cities you can just walk out of the airport or onto the curb
and hail a cab. In smaller towns, beware--or plan ahead. There may not be
enough taxis, and getting one could mean a long wait, especially if your
flight arrives at an off-peak hour. Plan on waiting even longer if it is
rainy or cold.
Most taxis have a laundry list of extra fees that you need to be wary of.
Surcharges for ordering a cab by phone, per piece of luggage, airport pickup,
time of day, and additional passengers seem to be at the driver's discretion.
It is best to ask how much your ride will cost before the trip begins, even
if there is a meter. Better yet, ask a friend or hotel concierge for a ballpark
figure for how much you should spend on a cab to the airport. If you feel
gypped, ask for a receipt with the driver's name and meter number on it.
OF THE WEEK: (NEW ZEALAND HERALD)
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES
Business Travel Today
THIS WEEK'S INTERNET
- Coast to coast: Midway Airlines
now has daily non-stop jet service between Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Los
- Atlanta-Oakland: Delta Air Lines
now flies non-stop between Atlanta and Oakland using Boeing's 757 aircraft.
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GOOD TO KNOW!
How to Upgrade to First Class on an Airplane
Times by HOPE REEVES)
Recommendation No. 1: Be newlyweds. It's pretty much a rule
among desk agents that honeymooners get upgraded. ("If there's no room in
first class, we might give you a bottle of wine or Champagne," says Marsha
Roberts, a flight attendant on Northwest.)
No. 2: Leave the children home. Don't travel with anyone liable
to annoy the paying first-class passengers. "People pay big bucks for first
class," says Steve Luckey, a representative for the Air Line Pilots Association.
"They don't want crying babies around."
No. 3: Board last. If you missed hearing your row called,
chances are mildly good someone else is already in your seat. "Overbooked
flights are a great boon to passengers," says Terry Trippler, an airline
expert for OneTravel.com. "Airlines know they've made the mistake, and they're
going to have to compensate you for it."
No. 4: "Play let's make a deal," as Luckey puts it. Make it
clear you're not giving up your seat on this flight unless you get the airline's
maximum offering and a first-class seat on the next flight.
No. 5: Sit next to an unruly passenger. Watch the preflight
goings on, particularly inside the airport bar. Anyone who's rowdy, yelling
at his kids, etc. -- sit next to him by coming up with a good excuse
to switch seats once on the plane (e.g., "I'm allergic to her perfume").
Then ask the flight attendant to move you.
No. 6: Forget the regular flight attendants. Appeal to the
lead, who will be in the first-class cabin, according to Roberts.
No. 7: Hold the threats. Agents and flight attendants, having
heard it all, couldn't care less. One veteran airline employee says, "As
long as they're born faster than we can make them hate us, we're in business."
No. 8: Flatter and commiserate. Note the desk jockey's name
tag, call him by name, tell him his hair looks nice today, tell him you're
really tired, but compared to the hell he's been through, well. . . . Then
subtly ask about an upgrade. "Remember," says Luckey, "you catch more flies
with honey than you do with vinegar."
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