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IN NEW ZEALAND
SOAKING UP MONTANA
SKI HOSTELS SEND
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HOSTELS JUST NOT
FEES GO UP FOR
KIDS FLYING SOLO
QANTAS TO LAUNCH
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Get-together sale: American Airlines
extended its "Great American Get-Together" sale; purchase tickets at least
7 days ahead of travel and by Dec. 28; fly until May 19. Sample round-trip
fare: Chicago-London, $344 plus taxes. Restrictions apply
Airways Shuttle GoFares Between New York & Boston Or Washington
Orlando, no waiting: Perhaps no other
city has been hit harder by the downturn in travel than the nation's tourist
mecca, Orlando. But what is bad for the city is turning into a boon for
vacationers. "There has never been a better time to come," says Universal
Orlando's Linda Buckley. Universal and nearby Disney World don't release
attendance figures, but Buckley says they're "certainly feeling the aftereffects
of Sept. 11. The lines are very light." Thinking of going? It's not
too late to snag a last-minute deal, but you have to act fast. The city's
unprecedented Magical Orlando Getaways promotion, launched to jump-start
tourism in the wake of the terrorist attacks, expires in less than two
weeks. Buy two nights at one of 100 participating hotels and get a third
night free through Dec. 20 Information: 800-551-0181. Can't visit on such
short notice? Universal's Hard Rock Hotel is offering $100-a-day discounts
on packages through Feb. 14 (excluding the holiday period). And Universal
is offering an even better deal for AAA members: Book three nights at the
Hard Rock Hotel or Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel and get up to an additional
four nights free (book through AAA). Even Disney is offering discounts
on rooms, with prices as low as $59 a night.
Italy makes a bella offer: Alitalia's
Italiatours is offering five nights in Rome, Florence or Naples - hotel,
daily breakfast and airfare from New York or Boston included - starting
at $599. A companion comes along for as little as $399, depending on departure
airport. Also included: hotel taxes and service charges and a 20-minute
calling card from Italy to the USA. Purchase by Dec. 31 for departures
through Dec. 15 and from Jan. 4 through March 10. Rates are per person,
double occupancy. Information: 800-845-3365 or www.italiatour.com.
London's prices are falling: Here's
a deal that really does seem too good to be true. Virgin Atlantic Vacations
is offering a six-night, air-included London vacation starting at $399
per person, double occupancy. Packages feature round-trip air from New
York, daily breakfast, Virgin's London City Guide and Map and accommodations
at select hotels, including the Blakemore Hotel and Bayswater Inn. Purchase
by Feb. 21 for travel departing Jan. 7 through Feb. 28. Add-ons from other
cities are available. All taxes are not included. Information: 888-937-8474
Island Special Packages And Discount Rates Through March
Offers 30% Off Travel Through December 20
Shuttle Introduces Fares From $78 RT Plus Bonus Miles
New sky deals: Frontier offers
special fares to and from its newest route destinations: New Orleans, starting
Feb. 1; San Jose, starting Feb. 17; and Fort Lauderdale and Sacramento,
both starting Feb. 26. Purchase by Jan. 21. No Saturday-night stay required.
Sleep for less: Participating Baymont Inns
and Suites offer standard rooms for as low as $49 through Feb. 28. Advance
reservations required; call 877-229-6668 or go to www.baymontinns.com
Tickets for fewer miles: Alaska, United
and Southwest are letting frequent fliers redeem tickets with
fewer miles than usual for a limited time. Alaska's travel deadline is
Dec. 15; United, Dec. 15-March 31, depending on destination; and Southwest,
June 30. Details on airlines' Web sites.
(FROM BTE) RADICAL RADISSON PRICE CUT: Thru March 30, Radisson
SAS Hotels is cutting prices at 100 hotels in 25 countries under
the Europe Advantage Program. At the Alcron Hotel in Prague the rates is
$137 (was $256). Call 800-333-3333 and ask for the program, or visit www.radissonsas.com.
BLOODY GOOD DEAL: From January 1 to April 5, 2002, couples pay $240
a night and singles $190 for a superior room at the all-inclusive Negril
Cabins in the Bloody Bay section of Negril, Jamaica. Accommodations are
in wood cabins on stilts; each cabin has two rooms. Superior rooms have
air conditioning and bathtubs. The rates include all meals. Call 876-957-5350
or visit www.negrilcabins.com.
FREE KIDS: Thru January 5, 2002, children 12 and under can stay
and eat free when sharing a room with an adult at 15 Occidental-Allegro
hotels in the Caribbean and Mexico. Call 800-858-2258 or visit
ST. LUCIA DEAL: The Ladera Resort,
in southern St. Lucia, has a No News package with some extras thrown in.
It offers a two-night stay in a suite with a private plunge pool and no
TV, phone or radio. A $25 gift certificate for Amazon.com is also included,
as are a guided half-day tropical rain-forest walk and a breakfast each
morning. Rates are $500 for a suite until December 17 and $790 December
18 to April 17. Not included are taxes, which are 18 percent. Call 800-738-
4752 or click on www.ladera-stlucia.com.
FLY FREE TO PUERTO RICO: The Puerto Rico
Tourism Company has airline tickets to throw in at no extra charge when
you buy a hotel package of five nights or more. Travel from JFK, Newark,
Chicago, Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Act fast--its only good through December
15. Call 800-866-7827 or log on at www.gotopuertorico.com.
SWISS MISS: The Swissotel Washington
D.C., The Watergate will upgrade travelers at $199 a night; this offer
is good through December 31. The hotel also offers free transfers
to and from Dulles and Ronald Reagan airports, a health club and
an indoor pool. Call 888-737-9477 or visit www.swissotel.com.
JONNY QUEST: ResortQuest has
cut rates up to 30 percent at its rental condos/homes. This rate is good
from December 20 to January 3. Call 800-899-1798 or visit www.parkcityski.com.
THREE RADISSON STAYS EARN 10K UNITED MILES: Stay three times at
any Radisson Hotels & Resorts property
in North America, the Caribbean, Europe and South America between December
1, 2001, and March 31, 2002, to earn 10,000 bonus Mileage Plus miles. That's
in addition to the regular 2,000 Gold Points awarded for each stay. http://www.radisson.com/united
China hotel deals: China Southern Airlines
offers Sky Pearl Club members up to 40% off at Shangri-La and Traders hotels
through February. Members can also earn double miles during this period.
Go to www.shangri-la.com, or call 800-942-5050.
Offers Holiday Rates At 5 U.S. Hotels
Pregnant Women Can Fly Safely
Greetings! This past week was an adventurous
one. I was at LAX 4 times in four days. The first time was
flying back from
then picking up my buddy, Mike,
later that night (who is shown here helping me move Amber's stuff).
Friday, I was back at LAX, this time via taxi. FYI: Taxi's,
limo's, and shuttles have to go through a different entrance than they
used to which takes more time meaning it costs a dollar or two more if
in a taxi. The National Guard greets the drivers to make sure they
don't look suspicious and sometimes check IDs.
LAX was empty on the outside, but the check-in
lines and security were packed, at least at United. I tried to be
slick and take the elevator upstairs to security but that didn't work.
They sent me back down and it cost me about 5 minutes. It took me
20 minutes to get through security which was only a 100 people deep.
Mugsey Bogues, the basketball player, walked by and I said, "What up, Mugsey?".
He high-fived me and kept walking. I also saw Marilyn Manson
(not Charles, but the rocker) when I picked Mike up. I didn't stick
my hand out for him in fear of getting it bit off, but I have to give the
guy credit, he waited patiently at baggage claim with everyone else and
no one bothered him. (Maybe they didn't want to lose their hand either?)
I reached my gate early and went to Starbucks
to get a $2 muffin. Terminal 8 was like a ghost
town. I took this picture at 8am on a Friday! When
was the last time you saw no line at Starbucks at this time of day?
The flight to Vega$ was short, and painless.
We had an all female flight crew except for one male FA. It's always
fun to see old school passengers' reactions to a female pilot and co-pilot.
LAS airport was quiet. We didn't even have to wait for a taxi.
Unfortunately, the taxi driver took us the freeway route which is much
more expensive to Mandalay
Bay (which you can see
from the airport). That way cost us $15, but if we had taken the surface
streets it would've been around $8. Make sure you tell your driver
you want to go the street way.
This was my first time staying at Mandalay. (I've stayed at the
Four Seasons which occupies the top five floors.) I recommend staying
in the Fiji Wing because you get a great view
of the strip. Mandalay is known for having the best
pool in town, but it wasn't open since it's so chilly this time
of year. The temperature ranged from 37-64. Bring your jacket!
When we arrived, my brother talked us into going for a walk
We went to see the exhibition of The
Art of the Motorcycle at the Guggenheim. If you like motorcycles,
it's worth the $15, but if you don't, save your money for the casino!
We took a taxi back because we didn't feel like walking another 30 minutes.
If you don't feel like doing the straight walk you can check out the different
hotels by taking their trams
(it's still a lot of walking though). By walking, we saw one of the
most touching scenes at New York, NY. Here they had a dedication
to the fallen
heroes of Sept. 11.
We go to Vega$ every year to celebrate my Dad's
B-day (it's just an excuse to go). About thirty of us make the trek
are from the East Coast. Our game is Craps,
and big Bob
brings a stop watch to time everyone. I got lucky last year and had
the longest roll of 53 minutes and 9 seconds (which they claim is one of
the longest ever). This year I wasn't that lucky, nor anybody else.
My Dad was his usual
self, hanging out with the boys. He's on his own planet and I'm
If you stay at Mandalay, you really don't need to leave. The place
is huge with amazing restaurants
(this pic was at the noodle shop late, late night) and activities.
My favorite is Aureole but it's pricey. If gambling is not your thing
and it's too cold to go to the pool, check out the Shark Reef (Cost: $14).
This aquarium has sharks from around the globe. My favorite non gaming
thing to do in Vega$ is to hang out at the hotels spa. Most hotels
cost around $25, Mandalay was $27, but when I made the reservation I talked
them into giving me 2 free passes. They are really relaxing.
You can work out, take a dip in the hot tubs, and enjoy the steam room.
My bro and I like to put our robes and slippers on, watch tv, talk, and
eat fruit/nuts while sipping fresh juices.
At night go to the House Of Blues Foundation Room which has arguably
view of Vegas. It might be tough to get in, but it's worth
Unfortunately, it's tough to get away from gambling. Everywhere
you look their is some form of gambling, including the airport.
They also sucker you, ever notice how they put the cashier at the way back
of the casino? That way walking to or from you will spend all your
earnings on other games (at least I did). It's amazing, every time
I go everyone's goal is just to break even and if you can do that you walk
away a winner. Next time, I'm walking away a winner.
INTERESTED IN SHARING YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCES?
I thought it would be cool to get some of you send in your weekly airport/travel
reports. These times everyone is curious to see what's going on in the
airports and the air. You can use your real or a pen name.
If will take you about 5 to 10 minutes to jot down your past week experience.
Write about: What airports were you in, what cities, how was security,
attitude of gate agents, flight attendants, passengers. Were there Long
lines, crowded restaurants, how long did it take to get from house/hotel
to airport, to plane, to destination..........
If you are a weekly traveler we can create your own column and webpage.
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Vegas to La Guardia on National
Traveling has never been easier or safer. I left for Vegas on
the 9:10 am direct flight on National (first class upgrade one way cost
a mere $200.00! - about one good or bad role on the craps table for me),
and experienced not a line, or a wait in either direction. I left
last Thursday and returned Monday afternoon.
Let me say that the presence of the United States Military at the check
in metal detectors made me feel strange, but safe. Three military
personnel, all in camo fatigues and berets, shouldering AR 15 rifles and
other terrorist killing weapons was a welcomed sight to those who wonder
if we should wonder about the safety of flying. Let me also say that
those uniformed men were security participants, and that they ... well...mean
For example, I was traveling with 23 lawyers, judges, cops and sheriffs
for the annual Frank DiScala, Sr., anniversary of his fiftieth birthday
(as assistant State's Attorney Robert Hall politely and characteristically
describes it) and while we were congested at the metal detectors for a
moment, everyone being interested in where everyone was, one of the army
guys shouts to a judge: "Get moving! I asked you before...don't you
understand English?" Rather than start with the tough guy, the judge
just muttered-out of earshot - "That was English?"
So, get online, get on Johnny Jet and find one of the never again great
travel packages and goooooooo! This is the time. This is the
best time to fly. I just can't say it enough. Take your entire family.
Get in the sky and leave your thoughts of terrorism where they belong ...
in the garbage. As my brother Johnny Jet said about the sad events
of 911, we got sucker punched on that horrible day. I seriously doubt
that we will be taking another airborne punch from those cowards anytime
in the near future. Plain view security is amazing. It
even included a body pat down, which I did not expect.
Europeans have extensive experience with airport bombings, shootings,
highjacking, etc. I would be surprised if they have ever seen, in
any European airport the kind of security that I experience in Laguardia.
It is just amazing.
Can't wait to get back above the clouds, Frankie
I was very impressed with National Airlines there Flight Attendants
were beautiful and very accommodating (First Class) both ways.
The breakfast they served was small blueberry pancakes and sausage, that
were the best I ever had. Take off and landing was very smooth and
we got back in less than four hours and there were no lines or delay in
getting our tickets. Our departure time was 9:10 am we were late
reaching the airport at 8:30am. We had no problem since it was a Monday
and we only waited 15 minutes before boarding. Lines at National
were small while the other airlines were long. The taxi fare form the hotel
to LAS was $7.40 plus tip and took about 7 minutes, on time and very pleasant.
Three months after the September 11 attack, many would be passengers
remain reluctant to fly. Arriving at the airport a minimum of two hours
prior to departure, long lines, multiple identification checks, a military
presence, and random passenger searches are some of the security measures
and nuisances a passenger may encounter. These minor annoyances may well
deter individuals from flying and provide a false sense of security, but
do not fear. Last weekend I flew for the first time since the September
11 disaster and was astonished with the security measures that have been
implemented at our nations airports. Highly visible were the national guardsmen
armed with automatic rifles, which immediately remind us that our country
is at a state of war. The long security lines were not evident at New York
JFK’s international airport or LAX, but were extreme and prompt in Las
Vegas. The random passenger searches were conducted in a speedy, but thorough
fashion and the numerous identity verifications were exasperating but tolerable.
The new security steps have existed for many years in airports worldwide.
While the Department of Transportation and FAA are evaluating new proposals
for aviation security, flying will and continues to be the fastest and
safest way to travel. Rocco Jocco
Johnny Jet- I thought I would drop you a line and tell you a recent
travel story. I was in Newport Beach a few weeks back where my company
is based. I flew back on American through ORD and somehow I left
my Palm Pilot on the plane in Chicago before I switched over to get my
connection to Boston. I didn't realize my Palm was gone until I got
to Boston. Anyway, the next day I received a call from an AA Flight
Attendant telling me she had my Palm Pilot and asking me where to send
it. Alyson talked to her, gave her our address and asked that she
put her address in the FedEx package so that we could send her a check
to thank her and cover the costs of the mailing.
I thought that was amazing that this woman took the time out to do this.
Her name is Michelle L and she is based in Chicago. I know you are
a United guy mostly but I thought I would let you know in case you
ever run into any AA flight attendants in Chicago. She actually wrote
me that after my flight the plane flew to Orlando and it was on the flight
back from Orlando to Chicago that she worked when she discovered it.
Great hustle by Michelle L. I know these women (and men) must be
under a lot of stress these days and it is service like that which keeps
a guy like me flying on a specific airline. I am sure you would agree.
I want a t-shirt. Tell me what you need. Keep up the good work.
All the Best, Huss
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QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
flight attendants ever scared of flying?
QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
flight attendants ever scared of flying?
Ever heard of open-jaw tickets? They allow you to fly into one city
and fly home from another. Generally cheaper than two one-way tickets,
open-jaw tickets can improve flexibility and convenience because you can
travel around without backtracking. They can be purchased with frequent
flyer miles; expect to pay the same as for a round-trip ticket. The tickets
work especially well for travel in Europe, but can also be purchased for
trips within the U.S.
- June Sandercock
OF THE WEEK: (CANADA'S CBC)
Business Travel Today
A New Swiss Airline Launches Crossair
Switzerland's new airline, was formally launched from the ruins of Swissair.
The new airline will be headed by Pieter Bouw, former chief executive
of KLM. Crossair plans to talk with Star Alliance, SkyTeam and oneworld
this month to form a partnership agreement
Boeing coup: The aircraft maker's contract to sell four 777-200
passenger jets to Vietnam Airlines
is first deal since historic trade pact.
California connections: American Airlines
will begin regional jet flights from Los Angeles to the following cities
starting in February: Albuquerque, Phoenix and Oakland.
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GOOD TO KNOW!
Guide To Holiday Air Travel Part 4
America West serves food on lengthy flights between Phoenix and Boston,
Baltimore, New York JFK, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington (DC).
American/TWA stopped Coach meal service on most domestic flights; in
First Class for domestic flights of two hours or less; in Coach to Canada,
Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean; and in Coach and Business Class to Central
and South America. Meals are served in all classes of service on nonstop
transcontinental flights and on three-class flights to Asia, Europe and
South America. Continental did not make any deletions in its meal service.
Delta discontinued meals on Coach flights of 1,750 miles or less and
in First Class on flights of 700 miles or less. Meal service is offered
on most international flights.
Midwest Express retained all meal service, switching to lighter meals
but retaining complimentary champagne with breakfast, wine with other meals
and chocolate chip cookies baked in-flight.
Northwest discontinued meals on Coach flights of two hours or less.
Many specialty meals have also been eliminated.
US Airways discontinued meals on most shorthaul flights. Meals are offered
on domestic transcontinental, longhaul Caribbean and transatlantic flights.
Light meals are served on flights between the East Coast and Dallas/Fort
Worth, Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix.
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