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AwardGuard is insurance for frequent flyer
program miles. Was initially introduced in 1991 to protect frequent
flyers from losing their miles when airlines went bankrupt or when
their miles expired. AwardGuard costs $119 for one year's coverage,
$214 for two years. When a program ceases operation, the member must
provide the required documentation within 30 days. Claims for all programs
which cease operation during the same membership year will be applied
towards one $7,500 aggregate award liability. The required documentation
must be validated before any claims can be made.
When you wish to use your miles/points for a
trip, we will use the same award chart your program was offering
at the time they went out of business, deducting the same amount
of miles/points and using the same blackout dates and destinations.
Members can continue to redeem miles/points
towards the aggregate award liability as long as their membership
is kept active. Any lapse in membership will void any miles on
account. Redemption of miles/points claimed during a membership
year will be discontinued once AwardGuard has expended $7,500 in
replacement tickets or the members miles/points for that program have
been exhausted, whichever comes first.
All major U.S. airline and hotel programs are
covered, as well as the American Express Membership Rewards and
Diners Club Rewards programs.
*BONUS MILE OFFERS
- Bonus miles: Continental
Airlines OnePass members earn 1,000 bonus miles
when purchasing travel at continental.com through Dec. 31.
elite members can extend their status for a fee
- Membership extension: American
Airlines' frequent fliers whose elite status is
at risk of lapsing can pay a fee, from $395 to $595, to retain membership.
- Program expansion:
Northwest frequent-flier program members can redeem
benefits on domestic flights operated by Japan Airlines beginning April
- A Double Bonus From
Priority Club Rewards
- Group discount: Amtrak
has increased its base group discount to 20% from 5%. The discount is
available to groups of 20 or more traveling together and is applied to the
lowest fare available at the time of booking. For more information, call
the Amtrak group department, 800-872-1477.
- Five airlines
offer off-peak holiday fares from $100 R/T
- East Coast
fares to Aruba or Jamaica starting at $319 R/T
weekend stays at Marriott from $44/night
- Hotel Palomar
is offering a rate of $149.00 from now through
12/30/02...amazing rate for our product, and only two blocks
to Union Square, 1 block to Nordstrom...perfect for holiday shoppers.
- Air vouchers: From Jan. 1 through May 31, Hyatt Resorts
customers can stay as few as two nights at select resorts
and then receive another night free. In addition, customers
receive two $100 flight credits per reservation, good toward
future round-trip travel. Minimum fare and advance-purchase restrictions
- Fare sales:ATA
has reduced off-peak holiday fares. Purchase
tickets through Dec. 16 for travel through Jan. 29. Sample
round-trip fares: Chicago-Fort Myers, Fla., $158; Los Angeles-New
York, $198; Indianapolis-Seattle, $188. Blackout dates apply.
America West has cut fares for travel Dec. 18 through Jan. 6.
Purchase tickets by Dec. 26. Fares vary by departure date. Restrictions
- Sale extended: Purchase discounted holiday fares
on Northwest Airlines
through Dec. 26 for travel on select days Dec. 18 through Jan.
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First Up: Here's the deal. I have been getting loads of email from
readers asking what is going to happen with United Airlines and your hard
earned frequent flier miles. I fly United a lot and have a ton of miles in
my Mileage Plus account and I'm not worried that I am going to lose them,
nor am I going to stop flying them. Parent company UAL Corporation was indeed
denied the loan by the ATSB and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
on Monday 9, December 2002. Don't panic. In my (passenger) opinion, it's not
a big deal. Continental Airlines has done it 3 times since the 80's. USAirways
filed last August and since then only cut 14% of it's flight schedule and
eliminated service only 4 cities. If US Airways can continue to fly through
its reorganization, so can United. United will probably cut additional flights,
more than the already 25%, and they will replace some of the bigger jets with
more cost efficient regional jets. Unfortunately, they will furlough more
employees, but they will survive. In the worse case scenario: United doesn't
make it and has to shut down...United Mileage Plus accounts would probably
be honored and transferred to other airlines, simply because they would want
your business. And miles are a big business. The company that does take it
over could however, only honor 25-50% of them, so if you want to play it
safe than you insure them at
Privilegeflyer.com (See Website Of The Week).
Well we left you off last week from Erie, PA and were headed to CT/NY
then to LA and Las Vega$. What I didn't have time to write about was
the fact that my brother Frank and I picked up two more passengers (my Dad
and Amber Airplane) in our small car for the drive home. We packed
the car, tied some bags to the roof and were off to CT. I asked Amber
Airplane while still in the driveway "What would you rather being doing right
now: This 8 hour drive or the 10.5 hour flight we did last week in
coach?" She picked just what I would've picked...the latter.
The drive went surprisingly well.
and no gum chewing. The highlight was stopping somewhere
off of I-80 for breakfast. We ate at a Perkins restaurant and my Dad
was a little out of it because he had been sleeping when we pulled up (he
takes a while to get warmed up). We were sitting at the booth and the
waitress came by and said "Coffee anyone?” My Dad is near deaf and
also not fully awake and said "There are four of us!” Okay, she thought.
Then Frank said to her, “don't listen to him, he's a crazy and we just picked
him up from the ward”. When she walked away, we told my Dad what Frank
had said and the good sport that he was just
. When the waitress returned to take our order my father
decided to play along while not letting us know and said "I want a bowl of
lollipops" and slams his fist on the table. I almost spit my OJ all over
the table and the poor waitress was speechless.
It was December 2nd, which was the first day for gun hunting in Pennsylvania.
To pass time we played car games. We didn't play the popular punch
buggy game; instead we played "who can spot the hunter first". We must've
seen around 40 of them in the woods all along I-80. These guys were
close to the highway, so you can't miss them because they wear the Hunter
Orange, which is required by law. We saw these guys and (ladies) up
in tree stands, hiding behind trees, and even
walking along the highway
. We even saw a couple hunters bag a deer in the middle
divider. I actually felt like I was in another country seeing
all of this and especially when I saw a dead deer hanging from a back of
a pick up going 65 mph. This is one day and place I definitely wouldn't
pick for a nature walk. FYI: The hunters are not allowed to shoot towards
the highway so you don't need to duck (no pun intended).
Of course, we made it to freezing cold Connecticut where it was 14 degrees
Fahrenheit and with the wind chill it was near zero. When it's this
cold, I quickly remember why I moved to California. Amber Airplane
was so cold that I thought her teeth were going to fall out because they
were chattering so hard. The highlight of our 2 days in CT was
going into NYC
to see the
at the most famous sports arena in the world;
Madison Square Garden
. BTW: On the way out Frank bumped into one of his
The next day we flew back to LA because we knew the snow was coming.
The flight sucked because it was extra long and Amber Airplane wasn't speaking
to me. Have you ever flown with someone coast to coast and not have
a conversation the whole flight? Well, we did. But the good news is
that we made up when we landed. Would you believe my good buddy Mike
from CT had a lot worse of a flight then we did just 24-hours later?
If you thought our not talking for 5 hours and 50 Minutes of actual airtime
was bad, listen to Mike's story. His flight was on Dec 3 at 6:00PM from
JFK-LAX on American Airlines
. He had called me from his cell phone in Norwalk, CT and said
said it was going to take 5 hours (normally, 1 hour) to get to JFK.
“5 hours”, I said? “No way!” He said "Should I attempt it? It's already
2:00PM?” I said, "Of course, don't listen to those turkeys".
Well, bad call JohnnyJet. It took him 3 hours just to get to Greenwich,
CT, which normally take 15 minutes. They had 10 inches of snow and
luckily (or unluckily) they delayed his flight to 7:30PM (so he was able
to check in when he arrived at 7:00 o’clock!). Unfortunately, they
kept delaying his flight and they didn't take off until eight minutes past
midnight! The pilot put the petal to the metal and made the same flight we
did, in one hour less time.
I picked Mike up at 2:50AM (PST) and we were back at LAX 3-1/2 hours
later for our flight to Vega$ Baby! I really did think about bringing
my sleeping bag and checking in for the flight early, but I didn't.
I hadn't flown Southwest since the
took over and I feared that the check-in line and security was going to
be horrendous. Just as it used to be at LAX's Terminal 1. We arrived ninety
minutes early and the place was very quiet. The TSA had passengers zipping
through security. Southwest doesn't give assigned seats. Instead they
board on a first come first serve basis. They got rid of those colorful
plastic boarding cards and now give you a
paper boarding pass
(For security reasons). The 42-minute
flight was smooth
and cheap. Did I tell you that I was able to get it for
$55.00 roundtrip, including taxes? How you ask? That's right, by using
Johnny Jet.com to compare all the big travel web bookers to find the best
deal. We arrived 30-minutes early and I look forward to telling you
about one of the most exciting cities in the world:
for next week.
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Thanks for all your support! Johnny
- From your website, it looks like you are all over the place!!!!
Very exciting.... Talk to you soon - Peter
- I saw your pics from London!! Very cool!
I'm very jealous! - Charlotte
- Thanks for the lovely Thanksgiving pics. I can't wait to
see the Christmas pics (or maybe I should say the pics from
Las Vegas for your dad's birthday!!)
- Q. In order for you to get credit for booking
flights do I just go to your web site and click on the link?
A . YES! THANK YOU for your
support! Karen -Woodland Hills, CA
- Just rolled in the aisles about your trip with your brother and
the gum smacking and then popping his Tony Robbins tapes into
the deck. Travelling in my son's car recently, he popped
in some tapes and we had to listen to some guru who talks/lectures
about "energy force" - yours, mine, someone else's etc.etc.
I told my partner that I would rather walk than go in that car again
and listen to that drivel. (He went the Tony Robbins route too
previously. Best, Veronica!
- I LOVED your family sentiments surrounding your Thanksgiving.
My family is soooo close and we don't have any nieces/nephews
yet, but seeing your pics and hearing the stories made me smile.
Your brother by the way, is- (regardless of the gum smacking
and Robbins tapes) cute...he just sounds like a great guy too.
San Francisco, CA
- I enjoy reading up and looking at those Thanksgiving pictures
of you and your family in Erie, P.A. Thanks for sharing!
- Great plug in the New York Times yesterday! Edward - S.F.
- I was looking at my home page for USA TODAY and I saw "Live chat
with Johnny Jet Travel Guru today at 1pm" I thought,
no, couldn't be...but I was wrong - there you were! Tina-
- Love your newsletter! Thanks for the great travelogue and
insights. It's especially interesting to me because
I live in Westport, CT and my boyfriend just moved here (in
June) from LA - pretty ironic that you spend a lot of time in
both places. Also, we travel frequently and would love to
support your site, but I'm not clear how we can book travel through
you and/or how else you might receive income...usually we go through
Orbitz, but what can I do to provide support to you and your organization?
A. Thank YOU Susan for the nice email.
We do have a deal with Orbitz (as we do with most of the travel companies)
that if you click their link from Johnny Jet that we get a small "finders
fee" at no additional cost to you. Thanks Again for your
support- Johnny Jet.......
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TIP OF THE WEEK:
I am an 18 plus year employee with a major east
coast airline. While I agree passengers do not need to arrive
2 hours early, I can tell you if they want their luggage put
on it better be on its way to us 30-45 minutes ahead of time. They
want us to give good customer service but the layoffs continue.
We just don't have the people to do the job. Therefore check in early. From
David M Rowell aka The Travel Insider
LOS ANGELES TIMES
NEW YORK TIMES
Business Travel Today
- On-time trends: United Airlines
had October's best on-time arrival rate, followed
by US Airways and American, the government says. Worst: Continental,
followed by American Eagle and Alaska Airlines.
- New routes:Delta
Air Lines begins non-stop service between Washington,
D.C., and Salt Lake City on Jan. 31. Continental Airlines begins
non-stop service between Madison, Wis., and Newark on March 2.
- New routes:US
Airways now serves St. Kitts in the Caribbean. Dividend
Miles members earn double miles through March 15. Northwest Airlines
begins service Feb. 13 between Panama City, Fla., and Memphis.
- Online check-in:
AirTran Airways customers can now check
in and print boarding passes at airtran.com 90 minutes to 24
hours before departure.
- E-tickets: Northwest Airlines
and Delta Air Lines customers can now use a single e-ticket for
itineraries involving travel on both carriers. Previously, customers were
required to obtain a separate e-ticket for each carrier
Stowaway boys found dead in plane at London
terrorist threat - US Dept of State
- TSA has dropped its ban on the use of airport parking
spaces that are within 300 feet of the terminal, as long as the national
terrorist alert remains at the "yellow" level. From SkyGuide
United woes threaten commuter affiliates
Click 'yes' and waive your rights
- Public Announcement
biggest game park opens
- Security screeners forget the rules. In the heat of an
argument with a fellow TSA employee, a security screener
at Hartford's Bradley International Airport reportedly lost
his temper and threatened to blow up the checkpoint. He was arrested--and
fired. >From SkyGuide
- Flyers on the Delta Shuttle in the northeast corridor
can now check themselves in ahead of time via the Internet.
Delta said its new Shuttle self-service check-in permits passengers
to print boarding passes on their PCs any time between 30 minutes
and six hours before departure.
. From SkyGuide
bans holiday traffic in city center
- You already know about Delta Air Lines' ludicrous plan to launch
a new low-fare subsidiary to replace its failed Delta Express
service. But do you know what they are going to call the
airline? Believe it or not, the name is "Song." Honest, you
can't make up stuff like that. Delta executives vehemently deny
that they have chosen "Song" as the airline's moniker
, of course, but a little checking around the Internet domain name
registry reveals an unmistakable trail. The URLs songair.com and
songairlines.com have both been registered in recent weeks and the
domain servers are listed as yr.com, which is Young & Rubicam,
one of Delta's advertising agencies. One more bit of Delta brilliance:
The new carrier's slogan apparently will be "Fly for a Song." The
URL flyforasong.com was registered at the same time as the others and
its domain server is also listed as yr.com. From Joesentme.com
– The New Air Security Threat
: The bad news - most airplanes are defenseless
against SAMs. The worse news - there are thousands of SAMs
potentially in the hands of terrorists. The worst news of
all – airplanes could be equipped with anti-missile systems, but
the airlines are balking at the cost.
- Say Good-Bye to At-the-Gate Boarding Passes: Are
you one of those business travelers who fly only with carry-on bags
and avoid the lines at the ticket counter by getting your boarding pass
at the gate? Enjoy the perk while you can: The Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) is phasing out that little time-saver. Sooner than
later, you'll be required to get your boarding pass at the ticket counter
or other check-in points before the main security checkpoints. The
TSA's pilot program for the elimination of at-the-gate boarding passes
began quietly several months ago and is now in place at six locations:
Terminal Four in Los Angeles; the JetBlue Terminal in Long Beach; Terminal
Six at New York/Kennedy; Terminal C at Newark; the Northwest Terminal
at Detroit/Metro; and Pier C at New York/LaGuardia. The TSA says it
will expand the program to 38 airports in the next six months. But the
news isn't all bad. The TSA says unifying all check-in and boarding-pass
procedures before security checkpoints will allow it to eliminate the
annoying at-the-gate random checks introduced after the 9/11 terrorist
attacks. >From Joesentme.com
- Continental Airlines launches commuter service
between White Plains, New York, and its Newark hub on Thursday
(December 12). Walk-up fare for the 35-mile flight: $590.40
roundtrip >From JoeSentMe.com
US Airways could face liquidation
UK airport strikes called off
GOOD TO KNOW!
Help Keep Airlines from Losing Your Luggage
By Louise Weiss Special from Bottom
- Don't let lost luggage ruin your next vacation. Here are some
things you can do to ensure that your luggage arrives when you do...
- Remove all old luggage tags and stickers from previous trips.
- On your outgoing trip, put your destination address and phone
number on your luggage tags.
- On your return trip, use your business address and phone number
-- if you work at an office -- to avoid alerting burglars that your
home is empty.
- Tape or pin your ID -- name, home or business address, phone
number -- inside your suitcase. Include your itinerary.
- Use colored tape to add a stripe or simple design to the sides
of your suitcase for easier identification.
- Leave a list of the contents of your suitcase at home. Keep a
copy with you, too -- but not in your suitcase. This will be valuable
if your luggage is not recovered and you need to submit a claim.
- Never let your bags out of your sight.
- Avoid obviously expensive luggage -- it's a target for thieves.
- OK. Now you have arrived -- but your suitcase hasn't! Most "lost"
luggage is found within a few days. In the meantime...
- Report the loss immediately to your airline's station manager
-- or ask an airport employee where to report undelivered luggage.
- Do not leave the airport until you have filled out a lost luggage
form and submitted it to the proper authorities. Keep a copy and get
phone numbers so you can follow up.
- Ask for an allowance to cover the cost of necessities. The amount
you can get varies by airline and situation. You may, for example, need
a change of clothes -- for instance, if you arrive in the Virgin Islands
wearing winter woolens, you'll need to buy something better suited to
the climate. Best: Speak to the highest ranking airline employee available.
Remain calm and polite, but firm.
Bottom Line/Tomorrow interviewed Louise Weiss, an award-winning
travel writer and contributor to many travel books and publications.
Based in New York City, she is author of Access to the World: A Travel
Guide for the Handicapped (Henry Holt).
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