Wednesday, March 31, 2010

HOT! San Francisco to Orlando for $145 RT "all in"

San Francisco to Orlando for just $145 roundtrip, including all taxes and fees. Click here to book, using the "flexible dates" option. Flights are being sold by U.S. Airways, and operated by U.S. Airways and/or United Airlines, depending on your routing preference. Valid for travel April 7 through the end of May 2010, with availability generally limited to off-peak travel days, including Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Air Traffic Control Recording From Recent SFO incident

Check out this summary of the March 27th near-miss aircraft incident near San Francisco International. Following the summary there is an audio recording link of air traffic control (with normal moments of silents between communications), and comments from aviation experts which question how serious the incident actually was and speculation as to who was at fault. Hats off to the flyertalk forums for providing this information.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Trip cancellation, emergency medical, and flight!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Earn Up To Triple Points for Amtrak Travel Systemwide

Amtrak just released their newest promotion: Up to triple Amtrak Guest Rewards points for travel between now and May 29, 2010. Here's how it works:

1. Register for the promotion here
2. Travel between now and May 7 for a double points bonus.
3. Travel between May 8 and May 29 for a triple points bonus.
4. Points earn with the promotion will post concurrently with regular point earnings.

As always, travel along the Capitol Corridor - between the Bay Area and Sacramento, is eligible under this promotion.

If you do not currently have a Amtrak Guest Rewards account, click here to sign up.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Enter to Win a Trip for Two to Paris

Enter the Wall Street Journal's, "Paris for Two" sweepstakes, for your chance to win a trip for two to Paris, including airfare (from NYC) and five-nights accommodations. ARV $4,200. Enter by April 30, 2010.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

British Airways Strike Begins, 1100 Flights Cancelled

Cabin crews of British Airways began a three-day strike today, forcing the airline to cancel 1100 flights worldwide. Talks between the Unite trade union and British Airways broke down Friday, which resulted in the strike. Among the issues being argued is the plan by British Airways for a two-year pay freeze and to cut the number of staff onboard long-haul flights. Another three-day strike is planned March 27th. Each strike is expected to cost the airline millions of dollars in lost revenue and brand damage.
To check the status of any worldwide flight, click here.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Virgin America to Launch San Francisco to Orlando, Toronto

Hot off the press is word Virgin America plans to launch daily service between San Francisco and Orlando, Florida beginning August 19th. In a statement, the airline also announced plans to start a Los Angeles to Orlando flight as well. The new service effectively allows passengers from other Virgin America west coast cities (San Diego and Seattle) to connect in SFO enroute to Orlando.

The airline also said service planned between SFO and Toronto is pending government approval, but is tentatively set for launch in June 2010.

In a bit of unfortunate news, the airline reports it will end service to Orange County airport effective May 26th.

Monday, March 15, 2010

San Francisco to Florida Airfares from $177 RT "all in"

Just in time for the summer travel season...

San Francisco to Fort Myers (RSW) $177 through much of 2010
San Francisco to Tampa (TPA) $184 through May 2010
San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) $177 through much of 2010

Flights are operated by Delta or Continental and availability may be limited, particularly over peak travel days. Click here and search using the "my dates are flexible" option.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Delta Reinstates San Francisco to Los Angeles Flights

Delta and SkyTeam members will appreciate reinstated service between San Francisco and Los Angeles beginning June 10th. Delta had offered this highly competitive route in the past, but was not particularly successful at the time. Now, they are relaunching with five daily flights, staggered throughout the day, in hopes of shuttling passengers between the west coast's two busiest airports. A mix of Boeing 737's and regional jets will operate between the two cities.
Here is the schedule: (thanks to airline route updates blog for this information)

  • DL4877 SFO0650 – 0815LAX CR9 D
  • DL4867 SFO1045 – 1210LAX CR9 D
  • DL2990 SFO1500 – 1625LAX 73H D
  • DL4857 SFO1700 – 1825LAX CR9 D
  • DL2976 SFO1905 – 2030LAX 73H D
  • DL2989 LAX0700 – 0820SFO 73H D
  • DL4877 LAX0900 – 1020SFO CR9 D
  • DL4867 LAX1240 – 1400SFO CR9 D
  • DL2987 LAX1705 – 1825SFO 73H D
  • DL4857 LAX1855 – 2015SFO CR9 D

Friday, March 12, 2010

Excellent Airline Credit Card Offers Currently Available

By Mike Grasso
One of the most frequent questions I receive is, "which airline credit card should I apply for?" My response is simple: "It depends." Coming from a financial background, I always recommend you consider your unique situation before applying for a credit card. No single card is perfect; low interest rate, free balance transfer, no annual fee, bonus points/miles offers for first use, etc. It is hard to find one card alone that offers all this.

That said, there are some amazing airline credit card offers to be had right now! If you are driven by introductory bonus/miles offers, you need to have a look at some of these deals I've come across. Be sure to read all the terms and conditions before applying for any of these:

  • Continental Airlines World MasterCard (Chase). 25,000 miles after first spend - enough for a free domestic U.S. award ticket, free checked bag allowance, earn at least 1 mile per $1 spent and no annual fee the first year.
  • JetBlue American Express Card. 20,000 TrueBlue Points after first spend, no blackout dates on award redemption's, earn at least 1 mile per $1 spent, $40 annual fee. Award redemption's start at only 5,000 miles.
  • United Airlines Mileage Plus Visa (Chase). 30,000 miles - enough for a free domestic U.S. award ticket - after you spend $250 on the card, Visa signature benefits, earn minimum 1:$1. $60 annual fee.
  • Gold Delta SkyMiles Card (American Express). 20,000 miles, $50 cash back your first ticket purchase at or, earn minimum 1:$1 and no annual fee the first year.
  • Starwood American Express Card. 20,000 points after first purchase. This is a great hotel card, with a wonderful selection of properties. Points can be optionally redeemed for airline tickets or converted to airline miles (convert 20,000 points for 25,000 miles!). No annual fee the first year.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Double Southwest Rapid Reward Credits for Intra-California Flights

For a limited time, earn double Southwest Rapid Rewards credits for flights wholly within the State of California. That means you earn 2 credits for each one-way flight. You must register for this promotion, book travel between March 11 and April 6th and complete travel by May 26th to qualify. Click here for the details and to register.

California cities served by Southwest Airlines: Burbank, Los Angeles, Oakland, Ontario, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Priceline Big Deal Guarantee on Name Your Own Price® Hotels

Priceline is running a "Big Deal" limited time promotion that promises the Name Your Own Price® hotel room you book will be the best deal available. If you happen to find something cheaper after you book your room, they will refund 100% of the difference, give you an extra $25 bucks and a coupon for $50 off your next Priceline hotel or vacation package. That's a big deal! This is a limited time promotion.
"Big Deal" limited-time promotion! ends 3/31

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tough Choices Ahead for San Jose Airport Officials

Officials at San Jose-Mineta airport warn that painful choices will need to be made in order to prevent "failure," according to airport aviation director Bill Sherry. A significant drop in flights and passengers, combined with a hefty $1.3 billion renovation bill mean that airport will need to consider big changes - and soon. At a special City Council session this week, many suggestions, including lifting the overnight flight curfew, and suspending the current living wage for airport personnel were discussed. Read more from the SJ Mercury News.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Enter to Win a Vacation for Two to Austin, Texas

Enter to win a two day, three night vacation at the Live Music Capital of the World® , Austin, Texas. Package includes round-trip airfare for two, first-class hotel accommodations and a pair of tickets to explore one of Austin's exciting cultural or musical festivities. Sponsored in part by New Yorker magazine. Contest ends May 1, 2010. Click here to enter.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

San Francisco to Ft Lauderdale $177 RT "all in"

Continental Airlines has lowered the price from SFO to Ft Lauderdale to just $177 roundtrip, including all taxes and fees, with easy connections via Houston (IAH). Great deal for folks planning a cruise departure from south Florida. Limited date availability extends through 2010; click here to search using the "flexible dates" option.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

San Jose to Sacramento Just $29 Each Way

Just $29 gets you from San Jose to Sacramento on Horizon Airlines. Sure, you could probably get there faster by driving, but then how many frequent flyer miles would you earn by doing that? =)
The fare is valid 7 days a week through 2010, and comes to about $79 roundtrip after all taxes and fees. Click here to book.

United Picks Up San Francisco to Missoula Route

United Express/SkyWest will again operate seasonal flights between San Francisco and Missoula, Montana. The flights operate once-daily between June 9 and November 3, 2010, utilizing a 50-seat Canadair regional jet.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A Video Tribute to Aloha Airlines (1946-2008)

Nearly two years have passed since Aloha Airlines made the sad and unfortunate announcement that after 61 years of service to the people of Hawai'i and the western mainland, all passenger flights would soon end. For the friends, 'ohana and passengers of Aloha, it was a day of sadness. Thankfully since then, many wonderful videos have been shared honoring an airline that is truly missed by many.