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- Through Dec. 31, Thai Airways
is offering a two-for-one special
on full-fare business- or first-class travel from Los
Angeles to Bangkok, Osaka or Tokyo. Some restrictions apply.
Call 800-426-5204 or
- Award discounts: Alaska Airlines
and Horizon Air offer Northwest
WorldPerks members an economy-class award ticket for
20,000 miles — a 5,000 mile-discount — to Canadian cities
Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton through
- Triples: Virgin
Atlantic is offering triple American Express
Membership Rewards points for tickets paid for with an
American Express card through July 31. Book an Upper
Class or Premium Economy ticket by July 15 for travel starting
before Sept. 1, and take a companion for $99 round trip, plus
- Bonus rentals:
American Airlines AAdvanatage
members can earn frequent-flier miles when renting
at any Europcar's 2,600 international locations. Through
Sept. 15, members earn 100 miles for each rental day. After
that, the rate drops to 60 miles a day.
NORTHWEST DISCOUNTS CANADA AWARDS
- DELTA OFFERS MILEAGE
BOUNTY FOR NEW SKYMILES MEMBERS
- EARN PRIORITY
CLUB BONUS FOR LOANS
- Bonus: Delta SkyMiles
members can earn 25,000 bonus miles
by buying a round-trip BusinessElite ticket from New
York JFK to Brussels or Frankfurt from July 1 through August
31. Separately, Delta Shuttle is extending its "20 minutes
or 20,000 mile" check-in-to-gate guarantee through Aug. 30.
- Car rental bonus: Through Aug. 31, earn 1,000 miles when
you rent a midsize or larger vehicle at
Hertz leisure rates for at
least five days. Members of the following airlines' frequent-flier
programs are eligible: Alaska, American, Continental, Delta,
Frontier, Midwest Express, Northwest, United and US Airways.
Many Ways To Maximize Your
American AAdvantage Account
AADVANTAGE DISCOUNTS AWARDS FOR CITIBANK
- AMERICAN EXPRESS AND DELTA AIR LINES have teamed up to
offer two miles for every dollar spent on the Delta
SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express from July 15
to Aug. 15. You need to enroll your Card for this promotion
by visiting americanexpress.com/deltaoffers to start earning
double miles. Don't have a Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American
DEPOSITS EARN MILEAGE PLUS BONUS
FLIGHTS EARN DOUBLE DIVIDEND MILES
- JETBLUE LAUNCHES NEW
PROGRAM WITH DOUBLE POINTS
COPTHORNE OFFER AADVANTAGE BONUS
- PRIORITY CLUB
- BID ONEPASS
MILES AT AUCTION SITE
SHUTTLE BONUS EXTENDED
- FROM NORTHWEST:
JOIN & FLY BONUS
US Airways Offers Double Miles On
New Washington (DC)-Bermuda Route
Delta SkyMiles Members Can Win Miles
And A Trip To See The Braves Play In NYC
Wyndham And Avis Offer Up To 25,000
Miles For Extended Stays
Five America West FlightFund Offers
- Asia discount: Northwest
is offering 5% discounts on tickets
to Asia when purchased at nwa.com. The discount is valid
for travel starting July 1-31 and includes Bangkok, Singapore,
and Kao-hsiung and Taipei, Taiwan. Travel must be completed
by Oct. 31.
- Midweek in the Hamptons: Book online and get savings of
up to 70 percent off regular rates for midweek stays
at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina. The 84-room
waterfront resort located in Montauk, NY features a 232-slip
marina. From July 7 to Aug. 1, midweek rates for deluxe accommodations
are $99 per person.
and enter booking code MDS 9907.
For more information, call 888-MYC-8668.
Radisson SAS Summer Magic
Rates In Europe
- Las Vegas-based National Airlines
has overhauled its fare structure,
creating new FareSavers prices with reduced walkup
- short-notice advance purchase fares for business travelers.
The airline also unveiled FareSavers prices for first class,
- advance purchase first class web discounts. New three-day
advance purchase rates between Las Vegas and San Francisco
are $99 one-way;
- between DFW-San Francisco, $209; Miami-Los Angeles, $239.
Sample unrestricted one-way walk-up fares in the same markets
are $159, $359 and $389 respectively. Sample one-way advance
purchase first class web discount rates in those city pairs
are $194, $359, $434. From SkyGuide
- Starting: America Trans
Air will begin daily non-stops Oct. 1 between
Chicago Midway and San Jose, Calif. The airline will offer
two daily flights. Sample one-way introductory fare: Chicago
to San Jose, $89.
- Bonus offer: Stay for two consecutive nights at any
Sheraton in the continental
USA and pay with American Express to earn a certificate
for a free companion airfare. Offer is valid for Sunday through
Thursday arrivals July 15-Sept. 30. Guests must belong to Starwood's
Preferred Guest program to be eligible. Call 877-782-7966
It's Margarita Time With Alaska
Airlines' Fare Sale to Mexico
La Quinta Offers Free Night After
Vanguard Sale Between Select U.S.
Cities >From $49 One-way
Amtrak One-Way Rail Sale For Travel
Through October 31
ATA Offers Intro Fares From $178 RT
To San Jose (CA)
- Sheraton Bal Harbour is offering
a weekend special all week long. Through Oct. 31, the
Summer Weekend Special rate of $159 is available seven days
a week. The rate includes a full breakfast buffet. Upgrade
to a deluxe balcony room and earn double Starwood Preferred
Guest points. Also in Bar Harbour Village, the European-style
Sea View Hotel is offering a special rate of $75 per person per
night (based on double occupancy) through Oct. 31. Rate includes
continental breakfast for two daily and late check-out to 6 p.m. Sheraton
Bal Harbour and Sea View Hotel are oceanfront hotels located in South
Florida's exclusive Bal Harbour Village. For information,
or call Sheraton Bal Harbour at 800-325-3535
or Sea View Hotel at 800-447-1010.
- Restaurants throughout the heart of Atlanta have united
to launch the first ever Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week.
The six-day dinner promotion, set for July 29 to Aug. 3,
continues the tradition of similar city-wide programs in New
York, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Designed to showcase
Atlanta's culinary community, participating restaurants will
offer fixed-price three-course dinners for $20.02 per person exclusive
of tax and gratuity. Proceeds from the promotion benefit the Atlanta
Community Food Bank. Approximately 20 downtown restaurants
have signed on to participate. For a list of participating restaurants
to or call 800-ATLANTA.
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I hope y'all had a fun and safe 4th of July, as I did. Instead
of traveling to see friends and family, I had stayed home and
had them come to me :-). It's nice to take a little break
once in awhile and do nothing but hang out at the beach. My
cousins from Chicago picked a good time to visit because Manhattan/Hermosa
Beach really gets pumping around this holiday. Although, I
must admit, it wasn't as crazy as it used to be. I guess since
housing costs have gone through the roof, most of the young partiers
moved away. But now you can actually walk down the Strand without
someone's tire jabbing your ankle.
What to do when visitors come see you in L.A.?
Most people would probably show them all the tourist sites.
Well, I was lucky, because they have been here before I didn't
have to do the usual L.A. tour. So, we skipped the first round
of sightseeing in LA: Venice Beach, Universal Studios, Disneyland,
Universal City Walk, Hollywood & Vine, Rodeo Drive..............
The only tourist trap we visited was Santa Monica's 3rd Street
Promenade to shop and see
the street acts
. Oh yeah, we also took a drive up the coast to
and had dinner with some friends on the beach.
On Thursday, July 4th, we took a stroll down the Strand in
MB/HB and went to a bunch of parties. The Strand, BTW, is a sidewalk
near the beach where everyone walks, rollerblades, runs, and bicycles.....
(Most out-of-towners, especially from the East Coast, call it the
boardwalk but there aren't any boards.) Everyone was out and
was dressed in
white, and blue
. Our first stop was Hermosa where we went to see the local
Iron Man contest. This is not your normal Iron Man; this is a run a mile,
paddle a mile, and drink a six pack of beer. We arrived
but caught the
When the sun finally came out, we just
relaxed on the beach
After going for a dip in the 68 degree water, (it's a lot
warmer than Alaska!), we went up the street to a great party at my buddy
Brent's house. He has some great food because he hired
which is run by a guy named Edgar Pineda who provides an awesome
service (I can't wait to throw a party and hire him). For
a little over $400, he will come out with his trailer and make 500
authentic Mexican taco's; chicken, beef, and pork (the other white meat)
and bring all the fix ins(rice, beans, lettuce, cilantro, radish,
peppers, HOT sauces.......). If you're interested, his number
is: 562-650-6430, tell him Johnny Jet sent you and if he says,
"WHO?????", say, "You know, the guy who ate all those tacos on the 4th."
We didn't stop there. Wobbling down the Strand, we ran into
all sorts of people: to my buddy
, to the dude from the movie
Pop and Me
, to Tara Reid from American Pie, to the
from Pets.com. Everyone was out and celebrating our beautiful
country, especially this year. It was a total bummer to hear that
only ten miles away, there was a shooting at LAX.
We went by the party at the
, then to our buddy Mark's who won the prize for most
. Night time came and can you believe
doesn't have 4th of July fireworks? Nope! The town
would argue that they save them for mid-December, when they have the annual
Christmas show. That was fine with
because we had
The staying home thing didn't last too long. I am now somewhere
in the midwest sweating my you know what off.
JOHNNY JET AND PUB CLUB
"It's party time! JohnnyJet.com and
PubClub.com are throwing a party this Friday and
you are invited.
Get ready for the weekend with the "Friday
Night Foreplay" party at Sharkeez in Manhattan Beach,
CA. We will be giving out t-shirts, having some fun
contests, and offering drink
specials. It runs from 7-10 p.m. It's a big
"thank you" from JohnnyJet and PubClub to our great
members, so come join us and let's have a party!"
- My husband & I love to travel and we enjoy your
weekly newsletters, it really brightens our day! But,
I am curious about something? How can you afford this
lifestyle of constant travel to all these fabulous places?
Don't you have a mortgage & car payments like the rest of
us? Just curious, Teresa F
- Very cool trip to Alaska. You've made me want
to go. Dan
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
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Travel Celebrity Q&A:
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TIP OF THE
Ten Tips for Travelers (courtesy of the Consumer Reports Travel
- Ask for airline seats closer to the front of the cabin. Flights
are often booked from the rear to the front so you may
be offered seats farther back.
- Save 10 to 50 percent off peak winter rates by booking your Caribbean
or Mexican getaway in the early spring.
- Pack all prescription medicine and medical supplies such as syringes
in your carry-on baggage along with a doctor's note.
- Your flight is most likely to arrive on time on Mondays, Tuesdays,
and Saturdays; it's most likely to be delayed on Thursdays
- Most drivers don't need collision-damage waiver when they rent
a car because they're already covered by their personal
auto insurance policies and/or their charge card programs.
- Always plan to arrive at your cruise departure city at least
one day in advance, since the ship won't wait for you.
- If your flight offers meal service, consider ordering a special
meal since they are often fresher.
- In order to avoid circulation problems on longer flights, periodically
walk around the cabin, drink plenty of water or fruit
juice, and minimize caffeine and alcohol.
- New federal regulations limit you to one carry-on bag and a personal
item such as a handbag or umbrella on U.S. flights.
- Many airlines offer a 50 percent discount for babies under 24
months so you can use a child-safety seat inflight.
NEW YORK TIMES
- Endings: AirTran Airways
will discontinue service to Chicago
Midway from Pittsburgh on Sept. 8. US Airways, Pittsburgh's
dominant carrier, will begin three daily non-stop flights
to Midway the same day. AirTran ended its non-stop New York
service in September and its Philadelphia flights in May. The
airline's only remaining non-stop flight from Pittsburgh
is to Atlanta.
- Open again:
Delta Air Lines has reopened
curbside check-in counters at New York's JFK airport.
The counters are on the departure level for customers
traveling on domestic flights
- Flying High: The newest poster boys for airline terror
have a strangely familiar face. Thomas Porter Cloyd and Christopher
Scott Hughes, the America West Airlines crewmembers arrested this
week for trying to fly an Airbus A319 from Miami to Phoenix while legally
drunk, are two decades older and a shade lighter than the militant Islamists
behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Read the whole story at
- Barrier-Free Book Featured: Although our bestseller list has
migrated to Ticked.com, I've promised to keep you up to date on
who's up and who's down. This week I'm honored to feature the title
"Barrier-Free Travel: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers"
by Candy Harrington, which is the bible for barrier-free travel. (Oh
yeah, and we have a new winner, too.) For the whole list, click
Reported measles activity
Cruisers without ID denied boarding
Dapper thieves strike top SYD hotels
- Delta Shuttle
Continues "20 Minutes or 20,000 Miles" Guarantee
- American Airlines has expanded its code-sharing pact with the
new Swiss carrier, SWISS, putting the AA code on the latter's
flights beyond Paris CDG to Bern, Geneva and
Zurich; beyond Brussels to Basel and Zurich; and beyond
Zurich to Bologna, Gothenburg, Oslo, Milan, Rome, Turin
and Venice...Delta Air Lines has started putting its
code on Air France flights beyond Paris to Delhi and on Alitalia
flights from Milan to Mumbai. From
- KETCHUM AND
- TRAVELER'S UPDATE
- JUST MONKEYING
- OFF TO OXFORD
- SURF'S UP
Seabourn offers luggage shipping
GOOD TO KNOW!
Raising the Curtain
on London's Summer Theater (From
For many visitors, no trip
to England's capital is complete without catching at
least one show. With 50 commercial theaters and another 50
smaller ones up and running most of the time, London offers
an overwhelming number of options. Last month, I sat in the
front row of "My One and Only," a vehicle for Gershwin tunes.
But I was in town for only a couple of days, so I asked Susan
Davidson, a transplanted Londoner who visits home frequently,
to prepare a guide to what's great right now for readers planning
to visit London this summer.
In the category of musicals...
London's hottest ticket is
"My Fair Lady." >From the Greek myth to George Bernard
Shaw's play, to the 1958 Lerner and Lowe musical with Julie
Andrews and Rex Harrison to the 1964 movie starring Audrey Hepburn,
the story of Pygmalion and the lovely woman he molds never fails
to enchant its audiences. The current production is no exception.
Much of the praise for this
production goes, deservedly, to its very talented director,
Trevor Nunn. Matthew Bourne's choreography is energetic and
sophisticated. And Anthony Ward's sets and costumes, particularly
in the scene where Professor Higgins takes Eliza to the
horse races at Ascot, are nothing short of exquisite. Ordinarily,
tickets to London shows are not hard to come by, but advance
planning is advisable in the case of "My Fair Lady," showing at
the Theater Royal Drury Lane, a magnificent building on the edge
of Covent Garden. Either call the box office, open 24/7, 494-5000,
(the country code for England is 44; the city code for London is 207),
or book tickets on-line at
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