Make Johnny Jet one of your Favorite Sites or make us your HomePage!
August 1, 2001 Travel Newsletter
LAX CAM / CARQUINEZ BRIDGE CAM
Web Site Of The Week
Bonus Mile Offers Of The Week
* MIDWEST / ALASKA / RADISSON AND MANY MORE....
Special Offers Of The Week
WAY TOO MANY TO LIST
Where's Johnny Jet?
Tip Of The Week
KNOW YOUR TRAVEL RIGHTS
Newspaper Of The Week
MINN/ST PAUL STAR TRIBUNE
SWEDEN'S SECOND CITY
Dallas Morning News
Los Angeles Times
New York Times
WHAT'S DOING IN LONDON
THE TROPICS OF GERMANY
FIFTY YEARS OF LUCY
A TRAVELER'S TOUR DE FRANCE
UAL UNION SUES ON MERGER
AIRLINE DELAYS DROP 2001
DELTA SEES NO SIGN OF RECOVERY SIGN MARKET
GREEK SITES OPEN AFTER STRIKE
BED BUGS ON THE RISE
KEEP COOL ON YOUR SUMMER TRIP
LOOKING TO GET OUT OF TOWN THIS WEEKEND FOR CHEAP?
Good To Know!
WEB CAMS OF THE WEEK
I received an email this week from a Johnny Jet subscriber, and I thought I would share it with you:
I do know of the Geneve program called "week ends a la carte" GREAT rates on 1, 2 or 3 day stays in virtually every hotel in Geneve.from 1 to 5 star. go to Click here: Genève Tourisme - Forfaits week-end à Genève.....gives u unbeatable rates and breakfast too.
It wouldn't be L.A. if we didn't go to a party in Hollywood. Saturday night Sketcher's threw a kicker. They must've spent half a mill. First of all, they rented out the back lot at Paramount Pictures. The detail was amazing from the entrance to the lounge areas with goldfish hanging from the chandeliers. The party took place on 4 city streets (all the building were fake, remember it's Hollywood). Their must've been around forty bars (who's counting?), twenty food stations (I grubbed big time! I ate all kinds of food from Chinese, to Mexican, to Greek, and even managed to throw back a couple hot dogs. For dessert I had bananas & strawberries dipped in chocolate, fresh fruit and Hagen Daz bars (Ummm Umm). That's the problem with me going to buffets, I go berserk. We worked it off because the music was pumping, the dance floors were packed and the bubbles were floating. It was definitely an amazing party.
Don't think I don't have a good airport tip for you. This one is kind of a no brainer, but you would be surprised how many people don't know it. Here it goes: I took Amber to LAX this morning at 6am. There was bumper to bumper traffic on the departures level, so all I did was take a quick left and go down to arrivals and drop her off in front of the escalator going up to ticketing. We saved at least 15 minutes. Yes you can do this at almost any airport.
PLEASE: Make sure you tell your friends to sign
up for this weekly newsletter, because that's the only way we get the
Next Week: Seattle / L.A. / New York
AND PROMOTE JOHNNY JET.
COM. By Buying a cool T-Shirt or Hat. Click
Here for more Details.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Since deregulation, government protection for air travelers is limited to three areas: limits of liability for lost and damaged luggage; rules for overbooking and bumping; and enforcement of the smoking ban on domestic flights. That's it. Outside of these three areas there is no other government protection. That means it's up to you to get what you deserve.
By law, the airlines must provide travelers with a copy of their contract of carriage upon request. If you are interested, contact the airlines' legal division and they will mail you one. Although a rare find, the contract should also (by law) be on hand at city ticket offices. You may not know it, but every time you buy an airline ticket, you are agreeing to the terms of these lengthy documents. A clever website, called "Rules of the Air," (http://www.rulesoftheair.com) maintains each airline's contract of carriage and explains the legalese in lay terms. If you ever run into a problem, this is a useful place to look for help.
The best way to look out for your rights? First, know what they are (by
reading a contract of carriage). Second, if you feel your rights are being
violated, ask. This is a major point: always ask! With deregulation the
airlines are no longer required offer any compensation for inconvenience.
They are customer-oriented businesses, however, and they will try to help--but
usually only upon request.
NEWSPAPER OF THE WEEK: (MINN ST/ PAUL STAR TRIBUNE)
If your friends don't get JOHNNY JET....
GOOD TO KNOW!
VIP-status clubs are becoming a thing of the past, as more and more airport clubs are available to anyone who pays the price of membership. These days, the price is often well worth paying.
Airlines are expanding their clubs, responding to complaints of crowds even behind the doors that lead to member-only areas. They are also adding new amenities, in particular, technology that allows you to create aspects of an office-on-the-go.
The hassles of travel are often tied in to dealing with airports, layovers and congestion. Airport clubs offer an escape as well as a way to maximize your time on the ground.
Amenities vary. Most airport clubs give you a comfortable chair, meeting space, phone, fax and Internet facilities and light refreshments. Some offer private shower areas, massage treatments and even sleeping quarters that at least give the promise of quiet and semi-seclusion.
Airport clubs have tiers. First Class international passengers will find furnishings that would be appropriate in the finest homes, tea sandwiches filled with lobster and crab and spirits served in elegant glassware. Domestic frequent flyers may do well to find chips, cookies and a well-stocked bar.
Business travelers can often make a legitimate case for their corporation covering the cost of airport club membership. Airlines permit up to a four-hour connection for domestic travel. With careful planning, you can route your connecting flight through a city that holds a client you need to meet with. International flights usually allow up to 24 hours for layovers. As long as you fly out within that time period, they impose no additional fare. On flights where you have to make several stops or connections, you may be able to meet with two clients--a morning business session in Cincinnati, for example, followed by an afternoon with a client in Atlanta.
This system works the best in cities with good city-to-airport transport. You may even want to consider sending a car for your client. The expense will be nowhere near the cost of your own overnight stay.
The major airlines provide their own membership clubs with annual fees typically ranging from $200 to $450. If you fly too infrequently to warrant spending such a price, there are other options available to you. Some clubs sell day passes for $25 to $50. They're great for days when you just cannot abide several hours in the congested gate area, or when your flight is greatly delayed. Don't hesitate to ask for a complimentary club pass as bumping compensation or if you've experienced a lengthy delay. It can't hurt. Day passes can also be used for business meetings but, if you want to reserve a private space, you must plan ahead and usually, pay extra.
Many airlines allow frequent flyers to redeem miles for club membership. They include American, Delta, United and US Airways. Airlines that offer elite status member discounts include America West, American, Delta, Northwest, United and US Airways.
Some premium credit cards have features that entitle holders to free access to certain clubs. The American Express Platinum Card (800-964-8542; www.americanexpress.com), one of if not the best card a traveler can carry, permits use of some airport clubs on the day of travel. This card carries a $300 annual fee and your credit history must be impeccable. The card grants complimentary access to participating locations of Continental Airlines' Presidents Club, Northwest WorldClubs, TWA Ambassadors Club and American Express Private Clubs. Spouses, children under 21 or up to two traveling companions are also allowed in free.
Diners Club members can access dozens of international airport lounges, but their only domestic outlets are in Miami and Newark. Cardmembers get in free, and depending upon location, guests pay a small fee or nothing at all. It carries an $80 annual fee. (800-234-6377; www.dinersclub.com).
The Priority Pass (800-352-2834; www.prioritypass.com) permits access to over 300 airport and airline lounges in over 70 countries worldwide. As the largest independent airport lounge program, it guarantees you entrance into any participating club, no matter what your airline, class of ticket, frequency program or club membership is.
If you travel more than 20 times a year, springing for some sort of airport club access will likely pay off many times over. Do the math (airport refreshments are not cheap) and calculate the savings in added work time and the ability to relax and arrive at your destination somewhat refreshed.
Here is a list of major U.S. airline clubs showing the name of the club, annual cost, the cost of a day pass (when available) and the number of clubs in their network. Be sure to check privileges at alliance-member clubs--for example, United and Star Alliance, American and oneworld.
To UNsubscribe from Johnny
Jet's Travel News: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org