Thursday, January 31, 2008
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Not valid at Starwood, Harrah's, MGM and Marriott properties. Apply Coupon Code: CPN0801C11 at checkout.
Monday, January 28, 2008
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Meanwhile, Anton Nikodemus (Pres and COO of Monte Carlo) stated on the casino website, "Starting today, Monte Carlo employees will receive pay, health and welfare benefits and toke and tip replacement for the lesser of 30 days or the re-opening of Monte Carlo. These payments will be offset if during that 30-day period a Monte Carlo employee accepts another position at another MGM MIRAGE property or company or accepts employment outside MGM MIRAGE. Also, if a Monte Carlo employee accepts a position with a non-MGM MIRAGE company and is subjected to a waiting period before receiving health benefits, then MGM MIRAGE will continue to provide the employee’s health benefits for the lesser of 30 days or the re-opening of Monte Carlo."
When it was built, the massive Monte Carlo was the world's seventh-largest hotel. It's now considerably overshadowed by its high-profile, more theme-intensive brethren. The property recently received AAA's Four Diamond rating and had nearly 3,000 employees.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
For example, users of tripadvisor.com rated the Hotel Carter in New York City as one of the dirtiest hotels in the United States. Here's a few excerpts from some mildly opinionated guest reviews:
"All of the reviews you read about hotel carter are accurate. Police in the lobby, blood stained sheets, filth, horrid staff. Our room looked as if it hadn't been cleaned in about 18 years. I have never in my life seen anything like this."
"On arrival I found that there were various small bugs in the room and paint crumbling off the walls in the bathroom and bedroom."
"When telling the cab driver at JFK where we were staying he instructed us not to leave anything in our rooms. (bad start!) On arrival at the hotel at about 7pm there were 3 prostitutes standing outside."
"Four of us stayed in this so called hotel over the new years eve weekend. Our room was disgusting, filthy carpet with ash, ash in the drawers and even cigarette butts left around. The bathroom had hairs all over the place, and let me tell you they weren't all head hairs."
"This hotel is good for one thing that is burning downit is the most discusting place i have ever stayed in i checked out after one3 hour stay as the smell of stale sweat and grease is un bearable the rooms are filthey cold unheathy"
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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Monday, January 21, 2008
Voters rate hotel, airline and credit card programs in nine categories: Program of the Year, Best Award, Best Bonus Promotion, Best Affinity Credit Card, Best Member Communications, Best Award Redemption, Best Elite-Level Program, Best Customer Service and Best Web Site.
The Freddie Awards are determined by value voting, a system in which voters rate the value of their program choices on a scale of one to 10. Programs with the highest average score and at least one percent of the popular vote in each category are awarded Freddies. In essence, Freddies are awarded for quality, not quantity.
The awards are named after the late Sir Freddie Laker (1922-2006) who attracted fame, and a knighthood in the United Kingdom, for his pioneering marketing ideas within the travel industry in the 1970s.
Vote Now! Freddie Award balloting is conducted entirely online at www.freddieawards.com. Voting concludes on February 29, 2008 at 11:59 p.m. MT.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
(CNN) A British Airways Boeing 777 flight en route from China crashed Thursday, just short of a runway at London Heathrow Airport. Passenger Paul Venter told the UK Press Association: "The wheels came out and went for touchdown, and the next moment we just dropped. I couldn't tell you how far."
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Spirit Airlines currently permits checked bags on their flights for a $5-$10 fee (the lower reflects bag payment made online versus the airport). Effective February 20th, that fee doubles; $10-$20 per bag. More than 3 bags will cost an additional $100 bucks each. You may haul a free carry-on and one personal item onboard the plane free of charge.
While other airlines charge excess baggage fees, Spirit takes it to a higher level. American and United for example charge $80 and $85 respectively, for a 3rd checked bag. Southwest, even with the introduction of charging a fee for the 3rd bag (effective January 29), it will set you back only 25 bucks. Spirit is truly leading the way in higher baggage fees.
Want to bring a LapChild along during your Spirit flight? (They don't count as the free carry-on). Children under the age of 2 are not required to purchase their own seat, but come May 1st if they're going to sit in your lap, those little people incur a LapChildren fee of $25 bucks each way on Spirit Airlines.To compare LapChild fees, SkyBus, often referred to as the lowest of low cost carriers operating in the U.S, charges $10 for each segment a child is parked on your lap, but they also charge as little as $10 bucks for a flight; the added fee seems reasonable there. Otherwise, this type of fee doesn't really exist with other airlines in the United States. So in sum, that infant of yours will soon pay for his/her share of onboard oxygen and fuel costs when flying Spirit Airlines.
In defense of these fees, the airlines are struggling to cut costs, and a few pounds of infancy do add a few bucks to operating costs. It's possible then, in the larger airline world, we might expect other airlines to follow Spirits move on similar LapChildren fees, and modify their existing ManyBag fees.
Background on Spirit Airlines:
Spirit Airlines inaugurated flights from San Francisco Airport in 2006, but does not currently offer routes from the Bay Area; it's unknown whether the airline pulled out completely, or seasonally. Spirit offers a huge network of routes throughout the East Coast and the Caribbean.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
This special care includes:
1. Deplane passengers into the International Terminal where additional restroom facilities will be available. 2. Allow people to walk around a bit, not feel cramped sitting and waiting on the plane. 3. Provide sleeping pads, pillows and sheets during instances when passengers must remain in the terminal overnight.
The plan is voluntary for the airlines, and they must contact the airport directly in order for the plan to kick-in.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Jet Airways, which currently offers flights from India to the East Coast, has begun hiring at SFO as it moves its regional headquarters from New York. The airline has said it will commence Delhi to "West Coast" U.S operations next month. Meanwhile Kingfisher, ranked a 5-star airline by SkyTrax, announced flights from Bangalore to San Francisco will commence in August 2008. Flights from the Bay Area to India currently require at least a 22 hour time commitment, often with 2 connections. New service from S.F to India would likely reduce flight takes, and at least for now, be free of competition from U.S-based carriers.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
United Airlines said Friday it more than doubled its fuel surcharge price to $25 each way to offset higher fuel costs.
In an email, a United spokesperson said it raised its surcharge price from the previous range of $0 to $10, depending on the market. "Every penny increase in a gallon of jet fuel costs our industry $195 million annually, and while we operate more efficiently, we must be able to pass commodity costs on to customers, as other industries do." According to Rick Seany of FareCompare, Delta Airlines has matched this unprecedented increase as well.
Oakland - San Diego, Las Vegas, Ontario, Los Angeles, Burbank; 2 daily flights being axed on each route.
Friday, January 11, 2008
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Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Price is $191+tax and surcharges, total cost $417 roundtrip. Valid thru mid-March 2008.
Weekend travel may cost slightly more, and minimum stay requirements apply. Example valid dates: March 6-March 11th. Visit http://www.farecompare.com/ to see other available dates.
This website application lets you select your city to determine mileage earning opportunities within your neighborhood. Could be useful when traveling as well, since it shows you restaurants and other businesses that offer AAdvantage miles for services. No new opportunities here, just a different way of displaying mileage opportunities.
Check out MileFinder
Monday, January 7, 2008
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Saturday, January 5, 2008
The technology is intended to stop a missile attack by detecting heat given off from the rocket, then firing a laser beam that jams the missile's guidance system. Read more
Friday, January 4, 2008
SFO reported peak wind of 67mph at 8:47am
Sacramento Airport 52mph at 8:52am
San Jose Airport 58 mph at 6:53am
Golden Gate Bridge 70mph at 9:19am
Angel Island 78mph at 9:00am
Kregor Peak 107mph (elevation 1900 feet) at 9:41am
Nearly 500,000 people in Bay Area without power.
San Rafael Bridge closed, BART service temporarily stopped from 24th Street Station Outbound.
-San Francisco International has cancelled 30% of flights (67 total) so far today. Most are departing, just quite delayed.
-Oakland, San Jose & Sacramento Airports report 6-25% of flights cancelled thus far.
Weather conditions expected to gradually improve later today.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Related: Virgin America announced today a fee waiver policy for flights to/from San Francisco and other VX cities due to winter weather conditions. Passengers holding confirmed reservations between January 3-7th may qualify for waiver of change fees and/or fare differences for switching flights. Details here.
Exciting changes are on deck for inFLIGHTout readers in 2008. Two years ago inFLIGHTout was a simple weekly newsletter to friends and families offering good deals on flights. Then after encouragement from friends, the newsletter advanced to the travel blog you read now, with travel related stories and deals dispatched on a daily basis. This website remains a hobby and an outlet for me to help others find that perfect airfare, best use of frequent flier miles, and generally to ensure people get the most out of their next trip.
Therefore, in order to provide readers with a complete analysis of travel related deals, Thomas Wang will join the inFLIGHTout team, offering informative hospitality-focused content to readers. As an avid traveler with a keen interest in hotels, Thomas hopes to bring you sporadic tidbits and stories of interest as they pertain to the hotel/lodging industry.
By adding this new dimension to the inFLIGHTout blog, Thomas and I hope to keep you readers informed on not only your air travel, but where to stay once you arrive. Thanks for your continued support.
*San Diego service is from San Jose Airport only.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
BART has approved a systemwide fare hike and added service effective January 1st. Highlights include:
-Earlier service from Downtown San Francisco to SFO airport.
(First train will arrive SFO 5:15am, instead of current 5:31am)
-Added service after 7pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday
-Fare increases of .10-.30 cents a ride
(Example: Embarcadero Station to SFO was $5.15, now increases to $5.35 each way)
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