Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Fares for this route usually run over $200 round trip.
Monday, September 29, 2008
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“We’re working hard to revise the regulation, and it’s our goal to have it completed during this administration,” said Health and Human Services spokeswoman Holly Babin.
The United States, normally regarded as a country leading the fight for equality and fairness, instead finds itself on the sidelines with a dozen or so repressive countries such as Libya, Sudan, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, by banning travel and immigration for people with HIV. All other countries in the world have no such ban.
Several house Democrats submitted a letter to Bush demanding swift action to remove the HIV travel and immigration ban. “Congress has sent a clear signal that we can’t fight discrimination and stigma aboard until we end it at home,” said Victoria Neilson, legal director of Immigration Quality. “Congress has done its part – it’s time for HHS to act.”
Friday, September 26, 2008
- Time to put to your local commercial aviation knowledge to the test. Here are 15 trivia questions, all relating to airports and airlines familiar to the Bay Area. Answers can be found at the bottom of the post. Have fun!
- Which airline will begin flying nonstop between San Francisco and Long Beach starting in mid-October?
- Which airline used the popular slogans, "We know why you fly" and "Something special in the air?"
- Which two airlines, both of which fly from the Bay Area, utilize the "mile high city" as a hub or base?
- Which airline was the first to fly the Airbus A380 in regular commercial air service?
- If you want to fly non-stop to Amsterdam from the Bay Area, what airline would you be flying?
- In January 2000, a plane enroute to San Francisco from Puerto Vallarta was involved in a crash off the coast of Los Angeles. Which airline did the plane belong to?
- Which four airlines fly non-stop between San Francisco and Seoul?
- True or False: Cal-Train offers direct service to San Francisco Airport?
- What is the name of the AC Transit bus that shuttles passengers between Oakland airport and the Oakland Coliseum?
- Which airline currently operates regular commercial airline service from Santa Rosa (STS) airport?
- Who is San Jose's airport named after?
- Multiple choice: Which route is not currently operating for regular commercial flights? a. SFO-Sacramento b. SFO-Santa Rosa c. SFO-Monterey d. All these routes are available
- Multiple choice: As of August 15, 2008, how many cities does Southwest fly non-stop out of Oakland? a. 0-10 b. 11-20 c. 21-30 d. more than 3o cities.
- What is the name of the Airport Lounge for Alaska Airlines?
- Which airline, which operates from the Bay Area, announced plans to add a special class of service on flights called, "Main Cabin Select?"
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tokyo-based All Nippon Airlines is scheduled to be the first customer of the 787.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Travelers accustomed to being pampered at four and five star properties are familiar with the luxurious amenities and impeccable customer service often absent from two or three star hotels. But too many high-tech and high-cost ammenities are bound to leave some guests a little unhappy.
This past Sunday in the SF Chronicle, Executive editor John Flinn wrote about how the higher end hotels often confuse needless complexity with sophistication. In his article, "Even as your cash flows, luxury hotel's shower might not," He uses several in-room examples such as lighting and the shower head to explain how overengineered room technology can lead to an irritating and tiresome experience for the guest. He concludes the article by describing the back-to-the-basics, uncomplicated amenities budget hotels offer, such as free Internet and free local calls, as a sort of reality check for the big name hotels.
I personally believe that while luxury hotels are constantly finding ways to improve the guest experience, they risk alienating a segment of the population with the means to choose between budget and luxury hotels. The race to offer the latest and greatest in technological advancements, and their associated cost to the hotel, means elaborate restaurants - but no free breakfast, WiFi throughout the property, for a steep fee, and, my personal favorite, sensored "honor bars" where as soon as you remove a beverage from the small in-room refrigerator, you are automatically charged - regardless if you put the drink back.
So while the four and five star hotels overall offer a wonderful experience to guests, sometimes the quest to deliver that perfect experience can go a little overboard. Adding steep price tags to advanced and sometimes complicated technology are bound to turn away some guests who seek a property offering good amenities at fair prices. Even luxury travelers don't want to be ripped off.
United and U.S Airways who also eliminated the 500 mile minimum recently, have yet to react to Continental's move.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
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Thursday, September 18, 2008
To maximize your savings, be sure to check out other JetBlue news and promotions here.
With an interior designed by Giorgio Armani, the Burj Dubai will also have the first of four Armani Hotels which will occupy 37 floors of the structure.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Not the case with EV Rental Cars. Established in 1998, EV Rental Cars was the first company to offer a fleet of all-environmental hybrid-electric vehicles. These cars often get more than 55 miles per gallon, compared to traditional rental cars which average 15-25 mpg. Now drivers have the ability to reduce air pollution while saving money at the pump. As an added bonus, Hybrid vehicles are permitted to drive in the Carpool lane throughout California.
Visit www.evrental.com for more information and to book your next car rental.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
But what makes this promotion so unique though is the variety of rewards you can choose from; bonus Starpoints, free night stays, double stay credits, gift certificates and more, depending on the number of visits to Starwood hotels you anticipate staying at during the promotion period.
Click here to read more and register for this exciting promotion.
Monday, September 15, 2008
It seems much of the travel news lately has been dominated by service cutbacks and added fees. We've heard everything from airlines slashing routes, cutting out in-flight entertainment, utilizing fewer flight attendants, and now even an increase in the cost to purchase alcohol; so much for drinking away the aches of air travel. But there are steps you can take to improve your next flight experience, even in the wake of industry changes negatively impacting travelers.
-Bring your own _____ (fill in the blank). Pillow, food, toiletries, hand sanitizer, baby wipes (for those foul tray tables). Do not let the poor quality or lack of these items on your flight be the cause of a bad experience. Bring your own goodies. Chances are, the food you bring on the plane will be an improvement over anything the airline is serving up.-Carry water on board. TSA permits empty water bottles to be carried through security check points. You can fill these up at water fountains, or at food vendors inside the airport terminal before boarding your plane. We all know staying hydrated is important for health, but it is particularly necessary during flight when the air is quite dry.
-Create your own entertainment. As fun as watching passengers try to cram oversize luggage into the small overhead compartments is, at some point the plane must leave and you will be forced to find other forms of entertainment. Consider bringing along a variety of books, magazines, digital music player, laptop, diary or camera. Conversation with a fellow traveler can be pleasing, at times, too. The idea is to have a reserve of options available to you.-Pick your seat in advance, then again at check-in. That is, pick your seat once you buy your ticket, then look again during check-in. Sometimes a better seat opens up, or an aircraft swap (for a larger or smaller one) means your original seat assignment changed.
The carrier had stated that flying this coast-to-coast route, one of its longest flights, is not profitable due to the high costs of fuel and existing competition.
Earlier in the month, JetBlue cancelled San Francisco to Boston route, citing similar reasons.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Nothing like taking a trip to the great South and munching away on gool ol' BBQ. But not all BBQ's are created equal. So help educate us on the finer points in BBQ, Rhett and Link came up with this catchy, but not spicy, BBQ Song. Sing along!
(This video is suitable for work)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Nonstop service between Sacramento and Santa Barbara returns beginning November 9th - thanks to Horizon Airlines. The route was recently discontinued by regional airline ExpressJet.
Two daily flights, one in the morning, one in the evening, operated by a 70-seat Bombardier region jet will be available during the week, and one daily flight on weekends. 14-day advance tickets are available for just $79 each way. Click here for more information.
Santa Barbara airport (pictured above) is one of my favorite airports to fly through. The charming little airport resting near the mighty Pacific is a preferred alternative to the hustle and bustle of LAX to the south. For example, upstairs at the Overlook Cafe, there is an observation deck to watch the small commercial planes come and go. Downstairs, the inviting back patio, complete with lawn and wooden benches, provides the perfect opportunity for waiting passengers a last minute chance to soak up the warm Southern California Sun.
The 10am CDT advisory from the National Hurricane Center brings Ike onshore, west of Houston somewhere between a category 2 and category 4 Hurricane. Strong winds, heavy rainfall and isolated tornadoes are expected. Ike has a particularly large wind field, and regardless the actual landfall, areas up to 275 miles from the eye of the Hurricane may experience sustained tropical storm force winds.
Several flights have already been cancelled. As a result, airlines are offering alternative arrangements for passengers flying in or through the risk areas. Even if you are not traveling through Ike's path, your particular plane might have been scheduled to earlier in the day, thereby resulting in your flight to be delayed or cancelled. It is highly recommended that you check the flight status of your departing flight before heading for the airport.
Major airline hubs in the affected area:
Houston - Continental Airlines
Dallas/FW - American Airlines
(Image courtesy of National Weather Service Fort Worth)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
From Solarek studios comes Air Wear travel bags and accessories. Whether it be San Francisco - SFO, Sydney - SYD, or Paris - CDG, you can now tote those airport codes with you around town with your very own airport travel bag.
Airport-coded coffee mugs, journals and clothing items are also available. Choose a design from popular airports around the globe.
Visit Air Wear to take an airport home with you.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Prices valid as of 9:00 AM Tuesday, include taxes and fees, and valid for at least the early winter months unless specified otherwise.
-San Francisco to....
Puerto Vallarta $319 (Mexicana)
Cancun $298 (Mexicana)
San Juan $291 (US Air)
Jacksonville $195 (United)
Palm Springs $140 (Alaska) October 6-19th only
Long Beach $119* (JetBlue)
*Before $50 travel credit promo - see earlier post
Ft.Lauderdale $210 (American)
Jacksonville $210 (United)
Visit Travelocity to search availability and combine these great airfares with discounted hotels.
If you are searching for airfare only, use the "flexible dates" option for the best results.
Monday, September 8, 2008
25 other winning entries will receive gifts from Kiehl's and Godiva. Sweeps close October 1, 2008. Click here to enter and read t&c's.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
In addition to Mexicana, both Alaska and United (Ted) currently serve this route.
Online check-in (OLCI) has advantages for both you and the airline. In the past of course, you had to haul yourself to the airport, wait in those dreaded lines, and introduce yourself as a passenger ready to fly. You were then asked those generic security questions, "did you pack your own bags?" and "have you been in possession of your bags since you packed them?" Only then were then granted boarding passes to fly.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Also, Northwest is offering double WorldPerks bonus miles for each Super Shuttle reservation through the end of September. The promotion is also valid for ExecuCar reservations, should you need a private ride to/from the airport.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Starwood Hotels and Resorts and its award winning hotel loyalty program Starwood Preferred Guest launched yet another enhancement to an already generous program.
Since 1999, SPG members have been able to redeem Starpoints with a no blackout date policy, and not subjected to a policy that limits the number of rooms set aside for redemption. Now, you can use Starpoints for flights, with any carrier, and still no blackout dates. Therefore, you can utilize Starpoints for both your airline reservation and hotel stay. And best of all, in most cases you can still collect frequent flier miles with the airline.
Examples of Starpoints to airline ticket conversion:
10,000 Starpoints allows up to a $150 airline ticket
15,000 Starpoints allows up to a $215 airline ticket
20,000 Starpoints allows up to a $280 airline ticket
25,000 Starpoints allows up to a $345 airline ticket
(there are several higher tiers available as well)
Starwood continues to offer a points-to-miles deal which allows members to convert 20,000 Starpoints to 25,000 frequent flier miles with many airlines (Starwood chips in the extra 5,000). But with capacity controls in place, the airlines have tightened up the number of seats released for award redemption, and simply having enough miles to redeem doesn't guarantee a "free" seat will be offered by the airline. Plus, unlike this new Star Flights program, you don't earn miles when you redeem airline miles.
Therefore, using this new SPG Flights program with Starwood Hotels and Resorts receives 2 thumbs up from inFLIGHTout. This is truly one of the best loyalty programs in the travel industry.
How do you earn some quick Starpoints? The Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express earns you 10,000 Starpoints after your first purchase, with an option to earn an additional 15,000 points for spending $15,000 during the first six months. Plus you earn 1 point for each dollar purchased on the card.
Monday, September 1, 2008
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