Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Looking for a discount on your next 2+ night hotel stay? Here are some great coupons you can use on your next Orbitz hotel purchase. Valid for stays through December 31, 2008, unless otherwise noted. Here are the discount codes:
2night stay - $35 off: 35ORBDOT
3night stay - $50 off: 50AFFORB
4night stay - $75 off: 4ODWR75 (travel through 2/1/09)
5night stay - $100 off: EQUALITY100 (travel through 11/15/08)
(partial thanks to iceui2 at fatwallet for finding some of these codes)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Some areas she touches on are using technology appropriately; Be self-reliant - be self prepared; Master the art of small talk; Appearance matters. In using technology appropriately for example, Post offers solutions on how to accept phone calls during meetings, without necessarily upsetting other meeting attendees.
Click here to visit The Etiquette Effect.
Hyatt Place Hotels partnered with Etiquette effect as they continue to roll out their new hotel brand throughout the U.S. The brand, primarily targeted toward the business traveler, includes 24-hour made-to-order fresh food, complimentary continental breakfast, 42" plasma TV's, office desks, complimentary wireless internet, and an over sized sofa-sleeper that is separated from the main sleeping area.
Locally, there are two Hyatt Place locations in the East Bay, and one near Sacramento.
Click here to visit Hyatt Place Hotels.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The National Hurricane Center predicts the storm to eventually move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, possibly as a category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph.
Persons planning travel into the Caribbean over the next couple days, or into the Gulf regions of the United States next week, should monitor the latest information on Gustav's progress.
Although the airlines do a wonderful job accommodating passengers in advance who might be impacted by inclement weather, it is wise to monitor changes yourself, particularly if your travel includes a cruise, or hotel accommodations.
Click here for information on registering for the promotion.
Midwest Airlines operates flights between San Francisco and Kansas City, with connecting service to other cities throughout the U.S. The current S.F to Milwaukee route ends September 8th.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
San Francisco Airline Memorabilia Show & Sale
Saturday September 27, 2008
9am - 3pm
Best Western Grosvenor Airport Inn, South San Francisco
$5 admission (Children under 5 are free)
For more information visit www.sfoairlineshow.com
Monday, August 25, 2008
Click here for more information.
American Airlines ends flights effective September 2nd.
Continental Airlines ends flights effective September 3rd.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Fees are up, and services are down at airlines throughout the U.S. This parody from Parody & Son makes light of the troubling airline industry, and the impacts on passengers. Enjoy!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Visit lifetakesvisa.com/united to receive your discount.
Holiday Inn is relaunching their brand, shining a new logo, freshening up their guest rooms, redesigning their welcome experience and committing to a new service promise.
Highlights of the changes:
Redesigned Brand Signage – Holiday Inn is making dramatic changes to its signage (see photo), including energizing the signature green color and eliminating the current shield shape. The new brand signage will also be incorporated into design elements in each of the more than 3,100 hotel lobbies and more than 400,000 guest rooms worldwide.
Refreshed Guest Room – Guests will be able to enjoy a new bedding experience with fresh, white duvets and pillows that come in two comfort levels: soft and firm. Bathrooms will feature a showerhead that offers superior pressure while conserving water as well as enhanced amenities, to deliver an invigorating and up-to-date bath experience.
Warm Welcome – A new signature arrival, including new lighting, landscaping and design features will create an energised and a sense of welcome that is universally recognisable and unique to the brand. Guests can expect a more interactive and efficient check-in process, while customised music and scent selections will also engage them in a complete sensory experience.
New Service Promise – Holiday Inn is committing to provide the best-in-class service. As part of the relaunch, the brand will initiate a new service culture – “Stay Real”. The service culture will enhance staff behaviour and skills to best serve guests, treating them as real people and consistently delivering the real, genuine service for which Holiday Inn is known.
The relaunch is currently rolling out to hotels around the world at the rate of 150 properties a month. Holiday Inn expects the new branding to be completed by 2010.
The original Holiday Inn was founded in 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee. Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express are part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG).
Thursday, August 21, 2008
In a press release today, Denver-based Frontier airlines announced they will institute a $25 non-refundable redemption fee for travelers booking a free flight using Frontier EarlyReturns miles. Previously, members of their frequent flier program could redeem miles without being subjected to this fee.
Frontier also announced a 5,000-15,000 across the board increase in miles needed for a free ticket. Previously known as one of the best redemption options in the industry, 15,000 miles for a free, capacity controlled domestic ticket will now climb to 20,000 miles; still a relative bargain.
Other changes announced in the press release include adding a $75 fee for close-in redemption's - whereby travelers book award travel within 14 days of travel, and $75 bucks for redepositing miles for an unused award travel booking.
"We have always been incredibly proud of our EarlyReturns program, which offers one of the lowest redemption levels in the industry," said Frontier Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Distribution, Jim Young. "Unfortunately, with oil still nearly 50% higher than just six months ago, we had to review the current structure and revise elements that will afford our ability to remain both customer friendly and cost conscious. Even with the new fees and redemption levels, we still offer one of the most competitive programs in the industry."
The changes are effective September 15th. Some fees are waived for Frontier elite members.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Video: How in-flight internet works
An airliner departing Madrid's Barajas International airport caught fire Wednesday and reportedly crashed after a take-off attempt.
The Spanair flight carrying 172 passengers and crew was en route to Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands - a popular vacation destination.
Latest government numbers report 90 fatalities, but CNN+ is reporting nearly 150 deaths. "It is certain catastrophe," one emergency official said.
Madrid newspaper El Mundo stated the aircraft broke into two as it crashed off the runway. Another report stated the accident occurred after a second attempt at take-off.
Spanair is Spain's second largest commercial airliner.
(Photo from Sky News)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
- American Airlines will cease Oakland operations on September 2nd. The airline has daily non-stops to its Dallas hub.
- Continental Airlines will also end operations the next day, September 3rd. It operates flights to its Houston hub.
- United Airlines, which operates daily flights to Los Angeles will end on November 2nd.
- Southwest will drop its daily non-stop to Tucson, effective November 3rd.
- Taca Airlines, operating a daily flight to San Salvador will end on September 1st.
- ExpressJet will end flights to Salt Lake City on September 1st.
Monday, August 18, 2008
San Francisco's Union Square this week. Bring your friends and family, a blanket and snacks, and enjoy complimentary movies in the square. Movies start at sundown.
Friday, August 15, 2008
The airline also operates daily flights between Sacramento, Oakland, and San Jose to Long Beach.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Book between August 12 and August 15 for travel September 3 through October 31.
Save 10% when traveling with 1 other person. Promo code: JETTWO10
Save 15% when traveling with 2 other people Promo code: JET15THREE
Save 20% when traveling with 3 other people Promo code: JET20FOUR
Using the 10% code above, I was able to book a ticket for (2) from San Jose to Long Beach for $91.20 per person, tax inclusive.
Click here to read full terms and conditions and book your flight.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The site, www.bigbuild.org, includes information about the project including a fly-through animation, employment opportunities for the build, and construction information that may cause traffic issues around the airport.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Even those traveling without laptops are affected, as the special laptop screening results in longer security security lines.
Changes are in the works.
After receiving responses from over 60 manufacturers of laptop computer bags, TSA has decided on particular "checkpoint friendly" laptop bags, which provide a clear, unobstructed view of the laptop computer as it passes through the X-ray machine.
"Checkpoint friendly" bags must have a dedicated laptop-only section (see illustration above)which unfolds to lie flat on the X-ray machine belt, contains no metal snaps, zippers, buckles or pockets.
The new rules go into effect on August 16th are expected to streamline the security checkpoint process.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friends have asked, "is it worth flying the plane if you are not flying in luxury class?"My response is, while the luxuries are more prominent upstairs, there are plenty of enhancements and offerings for those riding downstairs, in economy, that do make riding the big bird an exciting experience, even in coach.
- Economy seating (see below) is configured 3-4-3. Seat pitch is 33" which is about 1"-2" larger than economy seating offered by most U.S.-based airlines.
- A 10.6" seat-back mounted display screen is offered at each seat. Over 1000 channels of programming, including on-demand TV shows and movies, music and more is available using Emirates ICE entertainment system.
- A USB port works with the entertainment system, allowing you to bring personal music, video or PDF files from home. Power
- A seat-back mounted hook was added enabling passengers to hang a coat or sweater without the need of stowing it in the overhead bins, and providing easy access in the event the cabin cools during flight.
- Tray tables, as expected, are included at each seat. In addition, a drop-down cup/drink holder can be used, making it unnecessary lower the entire tray table just to lay your drink down.
- Exceptionally quiet in-flight experience. Conversations can take place in a normal tone and volume, without competing against excessive engine noise found on older aircraft models.
- Three separate jetways (pictured below) allow concurrent loading/unloading of passengers on both the upper and lower decks.
- Rows 85-88; the numbers basically say it all. It's pretty far back on the plane. There is a general feeling of being cutoff from everyone else on the plane, in part because a center wall, which replaces where 4 seats would be located (3-4-3 configuration) causes an obstructed view to the opposite side of the plane. This areas of the plane is not for the claustrophobic! That said, these rows are sometimes reserved for flight crew, and would therefore be an infrequent problem for regular passengers.
Overall, Economy class on Emirates Airlines' A380 transcends the competition. Although far short of the generous amenities afforded to business and first class fliers upstairs, as you would expect, there is still a general "wow" feeling as you walk through the cabin. The massive interior, the unsoiled carpets, the smell of newness, all contribute to the experience.Of course this same "wow" happened with the advent of the Boeing 747, and other grand additions to aviation history, but the A380 marks the latest and greatest in technological developments, and combined with the high standards of service Emirates has built its reputation on, flying the Airbus 380 on Emirates is simply an enjoyable journey not to be missed.
Click here for more pictures from Economy
Click here for more pictures from Business and First
Click here for pictures from the Emirates A380 arrival into SFO last week
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Affinia Hotels is offering $88 Sunday night rooms at their New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. properties through March 31, 2009. But you must make the reservation between 8am (EST) and 8pm (PST) on 08-08-08.
Click here for more information.
Related: Click here for details on the Super 8 Motels $8.88 Promotion announced last week.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Delta Airlines is offering a 1,000 mile SkyMiles Bonus when booking your next round-trip ticket at Delta.com, and pay with your American Express card.
The promotion runs now through December 31st, and you must register before booking travel in order to earn the bonus miles. Click here for more information and to register.
Click here for additional information & to register.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Get approved for the Southwest Airlines Visa card and earn 16 rapid rewards credits after your first purchase, enough for a free round-trip ticket. Just pay the $59 annual fee. Previously the promotion has been 8 rapid rewards credits for signing up and using the card. $59 bucks to fly to one of the many destinations Southwest serves in the U.S makes this a hot offer.
Click here to read the t&c or to apply for the card. (corrected link)
The fare is available on United ("L" class) and Northwest ("K" Class) with good availability through early January 2009. Visit Travelocity and search using the "flexible dates" option.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
August 1, 2008, Emirates Airlines made history by launching the first-ever, Airbus 380 commercial airliner service into the United States. The flight touched down at New York's JFK, and will continue to be operated 3 times a week JFK and the Emirates hub in Dubai.
During a little downtime in the flights, the airline shuttled the super-jumbo jet to San Francisco Airport, where media and other aviation VIP's got a sneak peak of the A380, and a taste of the world famous Emirates service.
First class passengers receive complimentary access to two full-service bathroom spa's (pictured above), including hot steamy showers, to freshen up after a long journey. Although showers are limited to 5-8 minutes in length due to water restrictions, guests are permitted to use the remainder of the bathroom for a longer duration. And who wouldn't, with heated flooring, premium grooming products, a hair dryer, and a 15.4" LCD monitor.
First and Business Class, both which cover the entire second level of the A380, share a lounge area near the rear of the aircraft. Two nearby leather couches invite friends, new and old, to truly enjoy the experience of flying - outside of the assigned seat. A few steps away, a full-service bar (pictured above), featuring warm and cold canapés, premium liquors, and service with a smile, are all available at your leisure.
The business class product itself appears to be of superior quality and will most certainly makes for a wonderful flying experience.
Another great element of the Emirates Airbus 380 are the three mounted cameras. The tail-mounted cam (pictured above) makes for hours of viewing pleasure, particularly during take-offs and landings.
Emirates has incorporated even these small details to ensure a premium travel experience for all passengers, regardless class of service.
U.S Airways, who recently began charging for on board soft drinks and coffee, responded to the JetBlue news by stating a charge for pillows is something they plan to institute in the future as well.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Even if you are not an elite flyer of U.S Airways, there is reason to be concerned. Such a drastic move to a frequent flyer program is undoubtedly being monitored by other airlines. If this change slides through without flyers voicing their disapproval, it's likely other airlines, perhaps your airline of choice, will follow in the footsteps of U.S Air.
Now a grassroots effort is underway to stop U.S Airways from implementing this significant reduction in elite benefits. The website www.savedividendmiles.com, provides an outlet for those concerned about the change to go on record. While at this site, you can learn more about the scheduled program change, read an outstanding editorial from Flyertalk founder Randy Peterson about why U.S Airways should rethink their decision, and finally sign a petition demanding the airline rescind their planned change.
On Monday, the A380 will fly to San Francisco to begin two days of familiarization flights along the West coast. The plane will be greeted with a water cannon ceremony upon landing at SFO. Shortly thereafter, media will have the opportunity to tour the interior of the aircraft and experience the service and comfort Emirates is famous for, during a two hour demo flight.
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