Friday, August 31, 2007
Horizon's special brand of inflight service includes snacks, Starbucks coffee, Wine and microbrews at no extra charge.
Schedule: November 4-April 6th 2008
10:50 am departure
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Southwest, JetBlue and Virgin America operating all brand new routes out of the Bay Area are fighting each other (and the larger airlines such as United & American) for market share. For example, once Southwest Airlines starts SFO-LAX service in November, there will be over 100 daily flights operating this route between all the airlines. This equates to sizzling hot deals for folks like us.
And here's the latest example (see previous posts for other deals)
Southwest Airlines is offering a free trip within the 48 states after you fly just 3 round trips within California August 27-December 31st and/or SFO-Las Vegas between November 4th and December 31st. This applies to newly booked tickets only.
Full details here!
For each course, read a short description of a product or service Northwest offers, answer 3 (simple) questions and earn 100 Northwest Airlines Worldperks miles.
WP101, WP102, WP200 have been available for a while now. WP201 and WP 202 were just added. That's up to 500 free Northwest miles! Plus, they have some extra credit opportunities if you do real well on your tests. Miles for "going to school" - sign me up! =P Here's the direct link
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
United is now offering $78+Tax ($99 all in) roundtrip Oakland to Los Angeles
American is offering $78+Tax ($99 all in) roundtrip San Francisco to Los Angeles
JetBlue is offering $78+Tax ($97 all in) roundtrip Oakland to Long Beach.
Southwest has said it plans to fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles starting in November...
this ought to ensure healthy competition continues for Bay Area flyers.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday ordered all U.S. airlines to check for loose hardware in panels which are extended on the wings to increase lift for take-off and landing.
The FAA said loose hardware appeared to have punctured the fuel tank of the China Airlines jet on August 20 in Okinawa, Japan. Leaking fuel caused a fire that engulfed and destroyed the airliner. All aboard escaped safely.
There are more than 780 affected planes registered to U.S. airlines. About 1,500 are in service with other airlines around the world.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Oakland to Ontario $36-$39/each way + tax
Monday-Saturday travel September 1 - October 31 only
Sacramento-Philadelphia $70/each way + tax
You must have the DING! fare program downloaded on your computer to qualify for these fares.
DING! is available at Southwest.com
Sunday, August 26, 2007
New York Times Sunday August 26, 2007
Delta seems to be getting more serious about the food it is serving to passengers - at least to those sitting in the high-priced seats and others willing to pay for it.
Starting Sept 13, the airline will feature entrees created by the Miami chef Michelle Bernstein for first class passengers on flights from Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. Choices include short ribs in a red wine sauce. Also, chocolates from Godiva's new line, Chocoiste, will be available.
Then in November, the celebrity chef Todd English will introduce creations on a for-sale menu for coach passengers on the same routes, as well as flights to destinations like Atlanta; Portland Ore; and Las Vegas. Items under consideration include a spinach salad with beets, walnuts and manchego; and hummus. Prices are expected to range from $3 to $10.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
United Airlines is offering double mileage plus miles for flights in/out of San Francisco to select California cities (and Las Vegas). Register here, read the t&c, then buy tickets between now and October 5th, travel through November 14th.
This promotion is a clear response to Southwest Airlines double Rapid Reward credits for flying in/out of SFO for nearly same time period (see a few posts down)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
By Mike Grasso
So sad. Delta Airlines has discontinued its online booking bonus of 500 miles.
Airlines which historically have offered online booking bonuses initially did so to lure people to book tickets through their computer, rather than a travel agent or on the phone. Back in the day, many reservations booked online at the airlines website scored you upwards of 1000 added frequent flyer miles.
Since then, airlines have initiated service fees for booking reservations with an agent - ranging from $10-$40 bucks. Some airlines have also trimmed, cut, and slashed travel agent commissions on booking air-only reservations. Finally, online travel sites such as Expedia and Travelocity often charge a service fee, albeit it minimal, for booking air tickets. All of this has worked to the airlines advantage, to the point where online booking bonuses are rarely necessary to get folks to travel with the mouse directly to the airlines website.
Delta joins Northwest in discontinuing online booking bonuses, while United, Continental and U.S Air only offer 500 miles, and American now down to 250 bonus miles.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Southwest Airlines is welcoming San Francisco flyers with a special Rapid Rewards promotion.
NEW Members of their frequent flyer program will earn 8 credits (that's half way to a free round-trip ticket within the U.S) and DOUBLE rewards for flying to/from San Francisco between August 26th and October 31, 2007 when booking at Southwest.com.
Southwest Airlines begins flying out of SFO this weekend after a several year "break" from the airport.
Visit this link for more information on the offer.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
You can fly San Francisco to Palm Springs, San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Las Vegas, Orange County, Salt Lake City, Redding or Sacramento by redeeming just 15,000 miles.
The offer of course is not limited to just the Bay Area. For a complete list of valid to/from cities click here.
The fine print: This offer is valid for the Fall only - September 1 - December 14th. Previously the airline permitted travel over the Christmas Holiday. Still, this is a great deal, especially for smaller markets that United Express serves and the typical airline ticket would set you back $300 or $400. Here is the link for the promotion.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Among others, Spirit and Delta Airlines have issued travel advisories and relaxed travel rules for passengers with travel plans into the Bahamas and Caribbean over the next few days.
As of 10am Saturday, Hurricane Dean, a Category 4 Hurricane was expected to rip through the island of Jamaica later Sunday, then head toward the Gulf of Mexico in the U.S.
Anyone planning travel into the Southeast U.S over the next several days should also monitor the storm track of Dean.
Sacramento - Puerto Vallarta
Departs 3:15 p.m. Arrvies 8:45 p.m.
Monday, Thursday, and Saturday
Departs 7:00 a.m. Arrives 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday
Thursday, August 16, 2007
First though, Singapore Airlines will auction off their inaugural flight to some lucky folks through eBay. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to charity organizations.
More information can be found here.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Book by August 23 for travel August 28 through January 11, 2008. Fares are each way.
14 Day advance purchase on these tickets, valid most days (including peak travel days Friday & Sunday!)
Oakland, CA $49 to/from
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Sacramento, CA $49 to/from
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA $49 to/from
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA$49 to/from
San Diego, CA(Service beginsAugust 26, 2007.)
Monday, August 13, 2007
The flight departs Oakland at 610pm and arrives Tucson at 925pm.
Several other departure times are available, but require a connection in Las Vegas, Los Angeles or San Diego.
The following day I hopped aboard a short-hop Virgin America flight from SFO-Los Angeles to marinate myself in all the fancy shmancy features the airline has been hyping itself with.
At the Airport:
VX flies out of the International Terminal at SFO. Two thumbs up to begin with!
The international terminal is spacious, clean and fun; unlike traditional domestic terminals where passengers are packed into gates likes herds of cattle, the international terminal at SFO with its high ceilings, dimmed lighting, and massive walkways allow travelers more space and freedom.
Inside the terminal looking out, giant planes representing countries from Europe and Asia prepare load the masses. Flying out of this terminal invokes an excitement, a thrill that you are about to embark on a great journey somewhere soon. Virgin America flying out of this terminal seemed appropriate.
On the Plane:
Stepping aboard the plane it immediately feels unlike any other domestic plane. The cool & hip interior lighting gives way to brand new leather seats throughout the cabin and in-seat personal entertainment systems. Passengers can watch live TV, listen to music, play games or purchase movies. You can also order food and drinks from your seat. Order your favorite drink(s) and then press the "checkout" button and the order in theory will be delivered to you. It's a neat little service, in particular when snacks and foods are offered on long-haul flights. There are some kinks to be worked out and some educating passengers on how to get drinks on a flight. For example, if you wait for the trolley and flight attendant to come by, you may go thirsty.
Overall Thoughts and Experience:
Virgin America has been successful in presenting a fresh and sexy image of their airliner. From check in, through the air, and back on the ground, Virgin America proved it is trying to make a difference in U.S. air travel. But, after much hype and publicity, it is now time for the company to really step up and make good on their promise of creating this new type of airline.
Although staff throughout the airports and on board were (super) friendly, a few lacked the ability to answer specific questions about the airlines frequent flyer program or on airline policy. Also, my outbound flight (and the return) were delayed, and incorrect information was initially dispatched to waiting passengers about the cause for delays. Virgin America must take ownership of delays and not fallback on second-class customer service seemingly comfortable with other mainline carriers.
The on-board entertainment system had a few problems, mostly with the satellite TV - to be expected sometimes. But every time the flight attendants made announcements, the games feature on the entertainment system kept resetting which meant players had to start from the beginning. 2 of the screens would later lock up entirely. The handheld remote failed to work in one of the seats as well.
I'm excited for Virgin America and hope to see announcements for new routes in the coming months. Before this however, I'd like to see the company properly train front-line staff and work out some of the initial problems encountered during their 1st week in operation.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
For those who just can't get enough Internet surfing and/or frequent flyer miles, here is a site that will offer the best of both. ZooMiles, a search engine powered by ask.com, will allow you to earn miles while surfing the web. The site is expected to fully launch next month, but folks can request an invitation now. Link
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Thanks, View from the Wing Blog
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250 free United Airlines miles
250 free American Airlines miles
250 free Amtrak points
1000 free Air Canada miles
These promotions are great because most airlines require some activity (air or partner) within a certain amount of time, otherwise they delete your frequent flyer account. Most airlines recognize these registrations as a qualifying partner activity therefore keeping your account active.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
American Airlines reported only 57.9% of its flights on time among the major carriers, while Southwest had the most on time flights at 75.3%.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
A cute Virgin Atlantic video promoting their Upper Class Suite.
Valid on Delta Airlines & Mexicana depending on airports you fly to/from
Through December 18th. Farecompare
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Complimentary Wi-Fi in the terminals & hand lotion and sanitizer in the restrooms are some of the extras one will find at the airport. J.D Power and Associates recently ranked Sacramento Airport #2 in the nation among mid-sized airports.
Above: One of the interesting walkways at SMF
Friday, August 3, 2007
India-based Jet Airways says it is rolling out aggressive plans to expand into the North American market. Currently Jet Air flies to 50 destinations across the globe, and with brand new Boeing 777 plans about to be delivered, the airline plans on adding Toronto, Newark, JFK and San Francisco to Mumbai.
Jet Airways is known internationally for their posh first class section; divided suites with shutterlike doors. Inside there is a seat that reclines into an 83-inch-long lie-flat bed, a 23-inch entertainment monitor and dual credenzas that eliminate the need for overhead-bin storage. Economy passengers aren't left out either, with the latest onboard video/audio entertainment systems.
Newark service begins this week, followed by Toronto next month. By January the airline expects service to commence from San Francisco and JFK, offering connecting service in Shanghai or Brussels.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
With the introduction of mobile phones services onboard some European-based airlines next year, the outdated "no smoking" signs above each seat will soon be replaced with "no mobile."
The illuminated "no smoking" signs have now become outdated since almost universal bans on lighting up on scheduled passenger planes were introduced in the late 1990s.
The "no mobile" sign will show a mobile phone crossed out and will be illuminated during takeoff until the plane has reached a certain altitude in order to ensure there is no interference with mobile networks on the ground.
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