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CAMS OF THE WEEK
OF THE WEEK
Water Quality In Europe
Getaway deal: Book rooms at participating AmeriHost
Inns for $29.95 to $79.95 a night through March 31. Go to www.amerihostinn.com
or call 800-337-4510. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply.
Fly until summer: Alaska Airlines
takes 30% off airfares until Dec. 28; fly through June 7. Some fares require
travel on specific days. Save an additional 10% at www.alaskaair.com.
Jamaica: Book round-trip tickets on Air
Jamaica between Houston and Jamaica for $99 Dec. 26-Jan. 22.
Travel through March 24. Limited seats; some restrictions. Go to airjamaica.com
or call 800-523-5585. Business travel
European skies: US Airways offers
$1,800 Envoy Class fares to Europe. Purchase tickets by Feb. 28, at least
30 days ahead of travel; fly Jan. 19-March 24.
I hope you all had a very merry Christmas! I
On Monday (Christmas Eve) Amber and I flew from
LAX-ORD-CLE. The airport was not too crowded and we didn't have to take
our shoes off at security. I was kind of bummed because I wore my Santa
When we were landing in Cleveland I started to
sing "It's starting to look a lot like Christmas..." because it was snowing!
I love a white Christmas, even though we only had flurries and a dusting.
We were in the city that "Rocks" (according to
Drew Carey, not me) to visit Amber's family. They were very hospitable
to me as I spent my first Christmas with them. Speaking of hospitable that's
the first place we went when we got off the plane. Amber's sister
had a baby, named Chloe Noel, while we were flying. She is
sooo cute and I will have pictures in next week's newsletter (I forgot
my digital camera, so I'm waiting the old fashion way for my film to be
After a couple days in Cleveland, I took the bus
(Yes, Greyhound) to Erie, PA. You can't beat it: $13 and it only takes
1 hour and 40 minutes. Greyhound won't guarantee you a seat so theirs no
need to spend the $3 to order in advance online. Just show up an hour early
because It's first come first serve (but usually if the bus is full they
will get a second bus). Almost all of the people were very respectable
except the 2 derelicts (who didn't want to share their seats) that I had
to sit next to in the back of the bus.
BONUS INFO: You can check 2 bags and bring 2
carry ons, but it's too tight to work on your laptop.
I went out to Erie to celebrate what would've been my Mom's
74th b-day with my sister.
It's hard to believe this is my second Christmas without my Mom, and it's
so weird not having her around, but I am coping. If anyone has lost a loved
one I recommend reading Many Lives, Many Masters, and watching John
Edward's show Crossing Over. Both of these helped me tremendously
to deal with my Mom's passing.
Check out these New Links
"SpoKEN Tales" with Ken Solo: Travel
date: Dec 4, 2001: Onward to London
FROM A READER:
I flew to Sacramento for the day on Thursday 12/20/01 on
Southwest. The flights were really fun, and Southwest does have a
great attitude and a lot of fun. Flight attendants were in good humor,
cracked jokes (If you wish to smoke in flight, we'll have you step outside
etc) and sang a welcome on landing. $60 rt - can't beat that,
but the lines at security and checkin were way long. Took me nearly
25 minutes to clear security and then get my boarding pass at the counter
in SAN and about 35 minutes at SMF.
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DELTA OFFERS AN ADDITIONAL MEDALLION QUALIFICATION
Does it look like you're not going to make it under the wire in
time to maintain your cherished Medallion status? Don't have time to jump
on a few long flights by Dec 31 in order to bump up those SkyMiles? Then
consider this . . .
Later this month, Delta will announce that it will offer a SkyMiles
Medallion level qualification promotion running from Jan 1 - Mar
As usual, in order to re-up your status, you're gonna have to get on
a plane and FLY.
>All medallion members who earned between 15,000 an 24,999 base miles
or between 20 and 29 segments this year can earn SILVER status for 2002
by flying at least 6,000 base miles between Jan. 1 and Mar 31, 2002.
(Was 4000 miles last year.)
>All medallion members who earned between 40,000 and 49,999 base miles
or between 50 and 59 segments this year can earn GOLD status for 2002 by
flying a minimum of 10,000 base miles between Jan. 1 and Mar 31, 2002.
(Was 8000 miles last year.)
>All medallion members who earned between 90,000 and 99,999 base miles
or between 95 and 99 segments this year can earn PLATINUM status for 2002
by flying a minimum of 20,000 base miles between Jan. 1 and Mar 31,
2002. (Was 15,000 miles last year.)
Delta has increased the number of miles needed to requalify this
year, which is less attractive than in previous years. However, we've heard
rumblings that in January, Delta will extend its "double base miles" promo
that was in place until Dec 15, which should help. (Stay tuned to THE TICKET
for that announcement.)
There are a few more things that distinguish this program from the one
Delta has offered in previous years. First, it has widened the pool of
people eligible to qualify. Previously, you had to be within 5000
miles; this year, you can be within 10,000 miles. Second, this year Delta
will allow you to maintain your current level, or step up a level if you
fly enough within the extended qualification period. And, if your
travel dropped off dramatically this year, you can still maintain
medallion status, but at a notch or two lower.
Due to unusual circumstances this year, American, United and America
West announced earlier that they would simply extend current elite level
member status through the end of 2002.
Delta's offer will be sent via direct mail in late January to medallion
level members who were within 10,000 miles or 10 segments (5 for platinum)
of re-qualifying for medallion status on Dec 31, but were unable
to do so by the end of the year. Delta says that only those members
who receive the offer in the mail can participate. So keep an eye on your
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In my recent articles about the debate between using paper and electronic
tickets, I mentioned that several airlines charge fees for issuing paper
tickets. Continental has now joined that list, charging a $10-per-passenger
fee for issuing paper tickets along routes where electronic ticketing is
available. The fee does not apply to tickets issued by travel agencies
or for group travel.
Things are getting more expensive on-line, too. Orbitz.com began charging
a $5-per-ticket fee as of December 1. This is not out of line with other
on-line ticketing services (Priceline.com charges $5.95 per ticket; Trip.com
charges $10 per ticket, plus a $5 processing fee; and Travelocity.com charges
a $10 service fee for tickets booked on Northwest, which stopped paying
on-line commissions last spring), but it is discouraging nonetheless to
see the airlines' own ticketing service start to add on such fees. Orbitz.com
users will be allowed a one-time free transaction until mid-January.
Just for the record, Expedia.com isn't charging any such service fees.
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