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December 5, 2001 Travel Newsletter
THIS WEEK'S TRAVEL NEWSLETTER
Cam's Of The Week
ERIE AIRPORT / BUCKHEAD,
Of The Week
JOE SENT ME
Mile Offers Of The Week
UNITED / DELTA / REGENT
Offers Of The Week
WAY TOO MANY TO LIST
IS IT SPRING IN CHICAGO?
AIR FARE DEALS FROM ATLANTA
Of The Week
IHT (INTERNATIONAL HERALD
SAFETY ISN'T THE AIRLINES
A BIG EASY CHRISTMAS
LAST CHANCE FOR EDEN
SHOPPING AND TRAVEL SITES
SKI ISSUE: POWDER PLAY
10 GREAT PLACES TO.......
AT LAX OPENS
ORBITZ TO CHARGE SERVICE
BON VOYAGE TWA
THE GIFT OF TRAVEL
AIRTRAN SUES GEORGIAN
MAN WHO RAN THROUGH SECURITY (GOOD!)
INTERNET TRACKING OFFERS
PEACE OF MIND
GET AWAY FOR CHEAP
HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS:
AT THE GATE / TWA TIPS
OFF IN OVER 65 CITIES WORLDWIDE!
HERE FOR ALL CITIES:
CAMS OF THE WEEK
OF THE WEEK
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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.
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
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
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.
Begins Washington Dulles Service From $44 One-Way
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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
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.
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.
Extend Fare Discounts
Airways introduces lower fares on Shuttles
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
Pier, and Downtown.
They were festive but it sure didn't feel like x-mas (where's the snow
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?
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
trains around with it's double decker frame.
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
you noticed a change in passengers attitude since 9/11?
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
you noticed a change in passengers attitude since 9/11?
TIP OF THE WEEK:
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:
OF THE WEEK: (IHT)
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES
Business Travel Today
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
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
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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Guide To Holiday Air Travel Part 3
At The Gate (From
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.
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.
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
US Airways Clubs: Charlotte's Terminal D (the
larger club remains open), Cleveland, Newark, and two clubs in Pittsburgh
(the largest club remains open).
(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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