October 10, 2001 Travel Newsletter
Web Cam's Of The Week
Site Of The Week
INSURE YOUR MILES
Mile Offers Of The Week
BONUS MILES COMING
OUT OF YOUR EARS
Offers Of The Week
TOO MANY TO LIST
CONNECTICUT / NEW
YORK / NEW JERSEY / DELAWARE / CHICAGO / L.A.
Of The Week
DROPPING AND PICKING
PASSENGERS UP AT LAX
Of The Week
AIRLINE HELP TIED
TO PRIVATE BORROWING
ROOMS WITH A RETRO
LAZY DAYS IN SOUTHERN
CURB SIDE CHECK
4 OR 5 EUROPEAN
AIRLINES TO SURVIVE
NEW RULE: 1 CARRY
ON BAGGAGE & A BRIEFCASE / PURSE
WILL TRAVEL TO HELP SAVE THE ECONOMY
BREACHES VARY WIDELY AT US AIRPORTS
TO THE SKY
WHEN PICKING SOUVENIRS....
GET AWAY WILL YOU
FLYING AFTER SEPTEMBER 11
OFF IN OVER 65 CITIES WORLDWIDE!
HERE FOR ALL CITIES:
CAMS OF THE WEEK
OF THE WEEK
Policy insures airline miles
Travelers who need assurance that their frequent-flier miles won't
disappear if their airline does may want to consider programs such as PrivilegeFlyer
and its product, AwardGuard, that insures unused award miles/points. AwardGuard
will pay up to $7,500 for unused miles, with insurance policies that start
at $119 per year. Information: 800-487-8893 or www.privilegeflyer.com http://www.privilegeflyer.com.
Fare sales take off: Delta, Northwest,
United, America West, Continental, US Airways and other airlines
offer fare sales to numerous destinations. At United, buy 7 days in advance
by Monday for domestic travel through Dec. 15 and international travel
through March 14. Restrictions apply.
Hotel deals: Wyndham offers
last-minute Web bookings of up to 50% off standard rates and up to 30%
off resort rates in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Go to wyndham.com,
click on WebRates.
Free ticket: Travelers have until Dec. 31 to fly three round trips
on AirTran Airways to earn a free ticket.
Fly three round trips, get one free: Buy three round-trip tickets
on AirTran Airways by Oct. 17 and receive
a free round-trip ticket for anywhere that AirTran flies for travel through
Feb. 13, 2002. Restrictions. AirTran also offers reduced fares until Oct.
Launches Fall Fare Sale
Spirit Airlines Launches
Delta Express Introduce Worldwide Sale; Extra 10%* Discount at Delta.Com
Airlines Cut Costs
Airlines Cut Fares
``We Love New York'' Fare Sale
Airlines Vacations Nationwide Las Vegas Sale
Cruises And United States Lines Offer Half-Price Air And Cruise Packages
Lowers Casino Fares to Reno; Customers in California Cities Can Travel
to Reno Casinos Round-Trip for Just $19
Welcome to NYC: Through Oct. 31, seven participating Inter-Continental
and Crowne Plaza hotels offer rates from $109 to $149 in the
New York/New Jersey area. Call 877-252-9060. Request "Code NYC."
Check this out: Guests staying at participating La
Quinta properties through Nov. 18 can receive a $10 cash refund
at checkout by presenting a coupon from www.laquinta.com
Room deals: Best Western offers
rooms at $49 a night through Dec. 15 in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.
Charge weekend stays on American Express and earn triple Delta SkyMiles
until Dec. 30.
Greetings! This week has flown by hasn't it?
Matter of fact this whole year has. That's a good thing because some people
say that the first year after your Mother passes away is the toughest.
I think they are right. I was so close to my Mom
and to lose her has been incredibly difficult. Many times I have
picked up the phone to call or have taken pictures to share with her only
to realize I can't. This Sunday marks my Mom's one year anniversary into
heaven, and I am happy to say I made it through the first year!
Thanks to the support from my loved ones, I have grown so much, especially
spiritually. I know how lucky I was to have her for 31 years,
and I thank God every night. Let's face it: I was blessed, and if
you knew her you would agree.
What did I tell you about how tough it's
going to be to hijack a plane? Monday's futile attempt by the mental case
on that American flight from LAX-ORD was proof (The dude rushed the cockpit
and the passengers tackled him). Passengers will NO longer sit back and
let these psycho/cowards control their destiny. If someone tries (which
I doubt) to overtake your plane FIGHT BACK. As one pilot said recently
throw what ever you have at them...shoes, books, bags.... Distract them
then grab a blanket and throw it over their heads and tackle them. Then
give them an ol' fashion a_s whoopin' (The last line is my advice :-).
This week the air fares were so low and the double mile offer,
was just too tempting to pass up. I bought a ticket for my Dad and
I to go to L.A. Guess for how much? $138 each for a round-trip
ticket on United (A HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT DOLLARS!) Unbelievable!
I earned 5,000 miles for the round trip, plus the double mile promotion
(most airlines are offering this right now) equals 10,000 miles, throw
in the fact that I am an elite member of United's Mileage Plus, and add
another 100% bonus. For $138 I received 15,000 miles (Can you say
FIFTEEN THOUSAND MILES). Do you know what 15,000 miles will get you right
now? A free round trip ticket anywhere in the continental U.S.. WHAT
ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Why are you still reading this newsletter? GET ON
THE PHONE OR THE INTERNET (ahem...www.johnnyjet.com) AND START MAKING SOME
RESERVATIONS! Don't forget you need to register for this bonus mile promotion
on most airlines.
Saturday my Dad picked us up in the city and we drove to EWR
(Newark Airport). We weren't sure how traffic was so we left real early.
There was no traffic so we parked in the economy
parking lot G & H. It's only $8 a day which is great. We jumped
on the shuttle to the terminal for the 2-3 mile ride. We checked in at
the counter (no line) and headed to the gate.
The National Guard was in the airport and they definitely have a presence
with those machine guns sticking out. Who's gonna mess with these
guys? You feel more like you're in a international airport than a domestic
one. I am happy to report that security was excellent at EWR.
We had to show our ID's and tickets 3 different times and my Dad had his
little scissors confiscated out of his carry on. It was a test and they
Our original flight to LAX was jammed packed and Amber's flight
so we switched our tickets and kept her company and connected in the windy
On our flight from ORD to LAX the flight attendants
told the FC (first class) passengers they could NOT use the FC bathroom
or walk past row one. If they needed to go to the bathroom they had to
go back to coach and use theirs. They also blocked the cockpit door with
the food cart which I thought was a great idea.
Sunday, I took my Dad to the annual Home
Town Fair in Manhattan Beach. It's always a great time because
there is so much to do. You can checkout the arts
get your picture taken in a Great
White's jaw, rock
climb, watch the circus
acts, reminisce about the 1940
woodies, or go to the beer
garden (Party!). Our favorite was the food
court (Like father, like son). They had every kind of food imaginable
but the local favorite definitely was the fish
taco's, Yuck! but my Dad
The funniest part of the whole trip was going to lunch with my
Dad. We were sitting there eating when he says "ouch" and has this disgusted
look on his face. I said "What?". He puts this nasty looking thing
on my plate and says "this food had something like a tooth in it".
He smiled and I said "Dad it's your tooth". The man lost his front tooth.
What is it with him? Every time we go away something goes wrong... The
whole rest of the trip he walked around saying he looked like a big ol'
Jack O' Lantern. At least he knows what he is going to be for Halloween.
WE HEARD: A flight attendant told us "That the new 1 carry on
rule makes boarding a breeze. "We started boarding 10 minutes late yesterday
and we ended up leaving 15 minutes early, and it was a full plane.
Imagine that" she said.
Also another scout has told us "they are really cracking down on this
new rule. They wouldn't even let me past security to do a gate check. I
had to go all the way back and wait in line to check them".
SIDE NOTE ON THE WAR: I don't understand why we haven't wiped
out the Afghanistan communication systems: The telephone, tv, and email
should be all down. Why are we allowing these people to broadcast messages
to tell their people to come together and fight. I think the worst
mistake our media can do is keep replaying these messages. It's creating
fear and allowing them to pass on their message. Cut them OFF!
NYC / NJ TIP:
I found a good way to go from NYC to Hoboken, NJ using mass transportation
besides a taxi, bus or the PATH train. Take the
It departs from 38th Street and 12th Avenue every 10-15 minutes and only
costs $4. It's clean, fast, and above
PLEASE SUPPORT AND HELP!!!
To Donate $ To The
United Way Fund Or Call (212) 251-4035
To Donate Blood, Call The Red Cross At 1-800-GIVE-LIFE Or America's
Blood Centers at 1-888-BLOOD-88 To Schedule An Appointment.
Red Cross Assisting Victims Of The Attacks, Call 1-800-HELP-NOW.
Make Donations To The Salvation Army Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Due to heightened security measures, private
vehicles continue to be prohibited in the Central Terminal Area (CTA).
Note: Private vehicles with handicapped placard and/or license plate will
be allowed into the Central Terminal Area. Metered parking in the Central
Terminal Area is open to vehicles with a handicapped placard and/or
license plate. All travelers are urged to avoid driving to the airport
or being driven to the airport in private vehicles. Please utilize the
numerous public transportation services available. These include:
Metro Green Line to the Aviation Station with
free shuttle service to and from LAX
Door-to-door shuttle vans
Rental cars shuttles and hotel courtesy vehicles
Taxis, public buses and limousines
Van Nuys Flyaway buses
All departing passengers may be dropped off at
a Special Drop Off Location (http://www.lawa.org/lax/htmlmaps/lotMap.html)
( 9011 Airport Boulevard, which is north of the intersection of Airport
Boulevard and Arbor Vitae Street ). Additionally, departing passengers
may park in any of the private parking lots that surround the airport.
LAX also operates remote Parking Lot C (http://www.lawa.org/lax/htmlmaps/lotMap.html)
( 96th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard ) which can handle all parking needs.
Accomodations are available for travelers with disabilities.
Arriving passengers should be met at Parking
Lot B (http://www.lawa.org/lax/htmlmaps/lotMap.html)
( 111th Street and La Cienega ). Arriving passengers may also utilize commercial
ground transportation which is available in the CTA ( this includes door-to-door
shuttle vans, taxis, limousines, rental car and hotel and parking lot courtesy
vehicles ). Additionally, buses will be available to shuttle passengers
to all LAX remote parking lots.
Please check with the airlines to make sure your
flight is operating before coming to the airport. Do not come to the airport
without confirming your flight.
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STORIES FROM READERS ABOUT FLYING AFTER SEPTEMBER
PRO JACK WAITE
Glad to hear YOU'RE up in the air again. I flew to ATL
on Delta on Mon 10/1 from San Diego, and the concourse was deserted.
Now that only ticketed passengers are allowed through security, it's just
very quiet in there - and probably awful news for vendors/stores that have
relied on the non passengers for their business too. I got through
as quickly as you did through security, although you should allow extra
time if you're carrying a laptop as they are going to ask you to remove
those to be put in the screening tubs. The flight was 45% full (even
First class had a few empty seats). Incidentally they've
closed the red Carpet Club in Atlanta. On Tuesday on United through
Denver from Atlanta, it was pretty routine, although they did take 3 passengers
off the plane for rescreening in Atlan ta just before we pushed back.
they were of East Indian dissent and I could hear the conversation about
ticket purchase, destination, and their rechecking IDs etc. (They
were allowed back on the plane). Again, flights were about 60%.
And all flights were 15-20 minutes early. Next week it's SAN/AT/STL/CVG/SAN
Take care Johnny and fly safely. (And thanks for the info about LAX
- my boss is flying in there at the end of the month, and I'll have to
make alternate arrangements to pick her up) Ken P
Johnny I am happy to hear that you are up in the air again. I flew
from John Wayne Airport (I moved to Corona del Mar on Sept 22) to San Jose
on Oct 4. JW was eerily quiet, SJ was out of control busy.
It was like night and day. I departed on a Thursday at around 2ish
so there really weren't any ticket or security lines. My return from
SJC was the last flight out on Sunday. It was pretty crazy there.
I didn't need to check luggage so I bypassed the counter and went through
the security line to the gate. The security line was smaller on Sunday
than it was on Thursday when I arrived. Both flights were about 3/4
full. I am guessing mostly because there have been so many canceled
flights. Beth~ CA
The tragedy of Sept 11 made me think of you and I hope your friends
and colleges are all safe. I was the Captain on one of your flights who
handed out a business card and we subsequently exchanged a couple email
messages. I know the events of Sept 11 will make your travels more stressful
and less enjoyable. Only time will lessen the impact of this terrible tragedy.
I am confident that precautions by the airlines and the government will
make the repeat of such events unlikely. I'm presently flying the JFK-LAX
route and if you happen to be on one of my flights please stop by the cockpit
and say "Hi", I'd like to shake your hand Best regards Karl
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