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December 5, 2001 Travel Newsletter
 
       



THIS WEEK'S TRAVEL NEWSLETTER

Live Web Cam's Of The Week
ERIE AIRPORT / BUCKHEAD, ATLANTA
Web Site Of The Week
JOE SENT ME
Bonus Mile Offers Of The Week
UNITED / DELTA / REGENT ........
Special Offers Of The Week
WAY TOO MANY TO LIST (LOOK)
Where's Johnny Jet?
IS IT SPRING IN CHICAGO?
Tip Of  The Week
AIR FARE DEALS FROM ATLANTA
Newspaper Of The Week
IHT (INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE)
Chicago Tribune
SAFETY ISN'T THE AIRLINES WORRY
Dallas Morning News
A BIG EASY CHRISTMAS
Los Angeles Times
LAST CHANCE FOR EDEN
New York Times
SHOPPING AND TRAVEL SITES TEAM UP
Washington Post
SKI ISSUE: POWDER PLAY
USAToday
10 GREAT PLACES TO.......
BestFares
ENCOUNTER RESTAURANT AT LAX OPENS
Yahoo
ORBITZ TO CHARGE SERVICE FEE
ABCnews
BON VOYAGE TWA
CNN
 THE GIFT OF TRAVEL
MSNBC
AIRTRAN SUES GEORGIAN MAN WHO RAN THROUGH SECURITY (GOOD!)
SmarterLiving
INTERNET TRACKING OFFERS PEACE OF MIND
Weekend Specials
GET AWAY FOR CHEAP
Good To Know!
HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS: AT THE GATE /  TWA TIPS



 

-----------------------HOTEL DISCOUNTS---------------------------
HOTELS 70% OFF IN OVER 65 CITIES WORLDWIDE!
SAMPLE CITIES:
Paris..............from $59
London..........from $79
New York.................from $69
La$ Vega$......................from $79
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WEB CAMS OF THE WEEK WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
www.joesentme.com
Ever wonder what happened to Joe Brancatelli from Biz Travel.com? Well, now you know.....
The best business travel commentary, news and deals on the web.

*BONUS MILE OFFERS*

SPECIAL OFFERS*
  • Sleep bargain: La Quinta Inns offers rooms for $39.99 to $69.99 until Feb. 28. Go to Laquinta.com or call 800-531-5900; code: bounce. Restrictions.
  • Starwood hotels in the Asia/Pacific region are offering a "Holiday Savers" promotion with savings of up to 50 percent. With rates starting at $48 a night, Holiday Savers are valid until February 28 in cities such as Tokyo, Sydney and Shanghai. For more information visit www.starwoodhotels.com. Guests staying at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, DC before February 28 can take advantage of a rate of $129 a night plus added amenities. tel. 202-638-6900
  • Airline-Internet alliance: Delta's frequent-flier SkyMiles members can earn 5,000 miles by subscribing to EarthLink's Internet services for $21.95 per month. To sign up, call 888-327-8454, ext. 65256, code 10971. For new EarthLink subscribers only.
  • Experience New York during the holidays at the Warwick Hotel--you will receive added amenities and discount shopping certificates and take advantage of a rate of $189 a night. Additionally, you can upgrade to a suite for just $75 a night. This offer is good until December 28. tel. 212-247-2700
  • Sky deal: Midwest Express cut fares until Friday; travel Sunday-Feb. 15. Buy tickets at least 7 days ahead of travel. Extra savings at Midwestexpress.com.
  • In addition to special rates, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts is offering qualified weekend guests a $50 American Express Gift Check to spend however and whenever they choose--all in an effort to provide guests not only with fantastic savings, but also a great reason to spend a few extra dollars in the local economy.  This offer is valid until January 31, 2002. Call 800-233-1234 or visit www.hyatt.com and cite offer code Gift2U if interested in receiving the $50 American Express Gift Check.
  • JetBlue Begins Washington Dulles Service From $44 One-Way
  • KISS ME, KATE COMES WITH ROOM, BREAKFAST, DINNER OR CHOICE OF OTHER PLANS AT EXCLUSIVE LONDON ADDRESS: The theater package available through Apr. 30, 2002, includes accommodation, airport limo transfer, pre-theater dinner and tickets starting nightly at $475 for a one-bedroom deluxe suite. A Junior Suite including full breakfast and room tax is also available through Apr. 30, 2002, from $284 per night (based on a three-night minimum stay). www.51-buckinghamgate.com
  • Road bargain: Rent a car at Thrifty.com, get a $25 Amazon.com certificate until Feb. 28. Rent a minimum of 4 days; pick car up Sunday-Wednesday. Reservations required; code XAMZ. Some blackout dates.'
  • Continental's Holiday Sale BusinessFirst has been heavily discounted for the some savings are up to 85 percent off of the unrestricted BusinessFirst fare. OnePass members can redeem miles and pay even less by purchasing a K-class coach ticket and redeeming 20,000 OnePass miles to book a Business First seat. Travel between December 15 and January 10, 2002. Purchase your tickets by December 23, 2001 at. Sample fare RT Business Class: NYC-Paris was $7,444 now $1,200, Houston-Gatwick was $7,378 now $1,500, Phoenix-Brussels was $9,058 now $1,800.
  • Car deals online: Payless Car Rental offers 10% off reservations booked online through Jan. 31. Enter code WN1201 under "optional information."
  • European business: Continental offers up to 85% off its BusinessFirst fares to Europe. Purchase by Dec. 23; travel Dec. 15-Jan. 10. Restrictions.  Book ahead and save: United Airlines offers up to 50% off unrestricted business fares when booking at least 21 days ahead of travel. Fly through March 31. One or 2-night minimum stay required; Saturday stay not required.
  • AirTran says lowers fares up to 35 percent
  • New York deals: US Airways has cheaper fares on its New York-Boston and New York-Washington Shuttle routes, including a round-trip fare of $78 for same-day trips on Saturdays in December. The basic GoFares ticket between New York's La Guardia airport and Boston or Washington, D.C., will be $138 roundtrip or $118 if booked via the airline's web site (www.usairways.com). Restrictions apply.
  • Airlines Extend Fare Discounts
  • US Airways introduces lower fares on Shuttles


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>WHERE'S JOHNNY JET?<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
GREETINGS FROM 35,000 FEET! I am writing this newsletter on a flight from ORD-LAX (If you get this that means I landed safely :-).
A quick O'hare report: Today I had a 10:30 am flight on United.  There was no traffic going to or from the airport, and ALL the check in lines were short.  NOTE:  They moved the premier check-in lines to the opposite side they used to be on. It is clearly marked outside so just get dropped off in front of the sign.  Another advantage of being a premier member is there's a special security line directly behind check-in. That line was 20 people deep and only took 10 minutes to go through. The airport was quiet on the outside, but busy on the inside (a lot of connecting passengers). The Red Carpet Club was also packed and the 777 I was on only had 30 empty seats (all in coach).

I intended to go to Chicago for two nights and ended up staying a WEEK! I had such a good time hanging out with Amber and my cousins that I extended my stay. As you can see we played all kinds of games and had some amazing home cooked food (which is a nice change since I eat out 7 days a week).  Not only was the food and company great, but so was the weather. This morning I walked outside and I thought it was spring: at 8:30am it was a whopping 65 degrees. Did someone forget to tell Mother Nature it's December?

One of the highlights was cruising around town in my cousins' PHAT new car.  We checked out all the Christmas decorations on Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and Downtown. They were festive but it sure didn't feel like x-mas (where's the snow and ice?).

We also went to one of the worst basketball games ever! The pitiful Bulls played the Philadelphia 76ers and would you believe the Bulls only had 6 points in the first 14 minutes? Pathetic!

The real reason I was in Chicago was to help Amber move to L.A.! We didn't feel like renting a truck and driving across country in December so we called around and found the cheapest route possible (at least what we think).  Upack.com from ABF.  You can either have them drop off a 28 foot truck for you to load or do what we did (for less money or if you don't have the room for them to drop it off) load the truck yourselves at their property.  The rates are cheaper during the week and at the beginning of the month as opposed to the end.  You pay for the actual footage you use but not less than 3 feet.  To give you an idea we used a space consisting of 3' (deep) by 9' (high), by 8' (wide).  The cost was $770 from Chicago to L.A,  not bad huh?. The website is VERY user friendly and has all the prices and dimensions.
More random tips:
LUNCH TIP: Soup Box is a good place to eat.  It's cheap and tasty. Choose from twenty soups a day and bread bowls are available.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TIP: Take the train to the suburbs. Metra is one of the niftiest commuter trains around with it's double decker frame.

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SKYGIRLS QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Have you noticed a change in passengers attitude since 9/11?
SKYGUY / SKYBOY QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Have you noticed a change in passengers attitude since 9/11?
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TIP OF THE WEEK:   By Chris McGinnis

Did you miss out on AirTranís and Deltaís $36 fare sale last month? Donít fret.
Last Friday, AirTran launched another amazingly low fare sale for flights to/from Atlanta. The fares were quickly matched by Delta, but only on routes where it competes with AirTran.
Examples: $34 to Greensboro or Raleigh, $60 to Washington, $65 to Chicago, $75 to New York or Dallas. Tickets bought off-line cost $5 more.
No round trip or Saturday night stayover is required. Tickets must be purchased at least seven days in advance and by December 12. Sale is good for trips through Tuesday, March 20, although certain heavy travel days around Christmas and New Years are blacked out.
STRATEGY: If you can plan your business travel in advance, now would be a smart time to go ahead and buy your tickets for trips through the winter. This is also a great way to add base miles at a low cost to earn Delta Medallion status for 2002, or build up your flight credits for a free A-Plus flight on AirTran.
ANALYSIS: AirTran is increasingly going after Atlanta-based business travelers with fare sales like this. Delta is not about to lose any customers, so it continues to match these low fares, even when they are not profitable. How long can it last? Stay tuned . . .
Find more info and fine print here: AIRTAN: - DELTA:
www.travelskills.com/portal

NEWSPAPER OF THE WEEK: (IHT)

CHICAGO TRIBUNE DALLAS MORNING NEWS LOS ANGELES TIMES NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON POST USA TODAY Business Travel Today
  • Hawaii-Australia: Air Canada now flies non-stop three times a week between Honolulu and Melbourne, Australia. The flight originates in Toronto.
  • TWA no more: One of aviation's storied names will disappear Sunday when American Airlines folds TWA's operations into its own. American's parent, AMR, bought TWA this year. TWA property now will carry American's name and colors. Starting Sunday, verify TWA flight times at AA.com or 800-242-4444.
  • Customs check: International passengers on Comair and Malev Hungarian airlines won't face intensive luggage searches by Customs when flights arrive in the USA. Customs says they are providing advance passenger lists to be checked for names of terrorists, but it's still seeking lists from 56 airlines. Most major international airlines are compliant.
  • Back to Washington: Alaska Airlines has resumed non-stop flights between Seattle and Reagan Washington National Airport. The flights were suspended after the Sept. 11 attacks. Alaska will continue its Seattle-Washington Dulles flight.


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GOOD TO KNOW!
Guide To Holiday Air Travel Part 3
At The Gate (From Bestfares.com)
Most travelers find themselves with time on their hands after they have passed through airport security. Plan to use the time for something enjoyable: a book you've been meaning to read, a laptop journal or having some refreshments and relaxed conversation with your travel companions. Since most airlines have stopped serving food on many flights, using your wait-time for a meal can be a good idea--particularly for traveling families. You can even pack your family's lunch and eat in the gate area, but make sure what you pack adheres to security rules. Concentrating on finger foods is best.

Airport shopping provides another option for waits before departure. Some of the more unique shops include: Dallas/Fort Worth's La Bodega Winery (Terminal A, Gate 15); Milwaukee's Art Museum Store (main terminal) and Philadelphia's Museum of Art store (in the Terminal B/C connection area); and, for animal lover's, Bow Wow Meo at Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Orlando and Portland (OR).

If you're a member of your airline's airport club, check to see if the clubs at your departure and connecting airports are open. Here is a list of current closings. There is a chance that some may be re-opened for the holiday season.

  • American Admirals Clubs: Cleveland, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston Intercontinental, Nashville and Phoenix.
  • Delta Crown Rooms: Atlanta's A-Centerpoint location (five clubs remain open), Birmingham, Cincinnati, near Gate B-12 (two clubs remain open), Dallas/Fort Worth satellite building (two clubs remain open), Detroit, Houston Intercontinental, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montreal and New York JFK, near Gate 24, Terminal 2 (the Terminal 3, Gate 6 clubs remains open).
  • United Red Carpet Clubs: Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare North Terminal, Cleveland, Indianapolis and San Francisco North Terminal mezzanine.
  • US Airways Clubs: Charlotte's Terminal D (the larger club remains open), Cleveland, Newark, and two clubs in Pittsburgh (the largest club remains open).
Airlines perform extra searches on several passengers per flight at the gate. You can be summoned from the gate area for this search, or asked to step aside for the search before you board. This does not mean you have aroused suspicion. Most of these checks are random and routine. They are performed directly by airline staff.
 

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(From Cool Travel Tips)
Just a reminder - booking with TWA ended on November 30th. Everything that was once TWA is now being handled through
American Airlines. For full details about the transition, visit: http://www.twa.com/transition/.

Also, if you are a TWA Aviators member, be sure to get your balance linked to the American Advantage program. It will be
done automatically for you at the end of this month, but better to make sure they get all the miles right in the
process, don't you think? Details on the exchange can be found at http://www.twa.com/transition/aviators.html.
 
 

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