Monday, June 30, 2008

Delta Airlines to Charge Fees for Reward Tickets

Delta Air Lines said Monday it will begin charging fees for customers cashing in their frequent flier miles. Starting Aug. 15, Delta will add a $25 fuel surcharge for flights to domestic destinations and Canada. It will charge $50 for international flights.

The fees will not apply to passengers who have ticketed itineraries already or have tickets issued prior to August 15, regardless of the date of travel.

"The price of fuel has nearly doubled in the last year, causing considerable financial stress to Delta's business. As a result, Delta is implementing initiatives across all areas of the business to mitigate the extraordinary run up in fuel expense," said Jeff Robertson, managing director of Delta's SkyMiles program, in a statement.

The carrier also said it will launch other key initiatives for the SkyMiles program in the next 60 days. This would include charging $1.00 for every mile earned on your SkyMiles card, a $50 charge for the little extra plastic add on tag that you stick on your suitcase and of course the $10 smile fee when demanding the SkyMiles associate be nice to you.

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Larger Cities Being Effected by Flight Cuts

Larger city airports are going to be feeling the effect of the flight cuts by major airlines.

Among the airports losing 10% or more of their seats in October vs. a year ago: Cincinnati, a Delta hub; Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, a Continental hub; Cleveland, another Continental hub; Pittsburgh; and Phoenix, a US Airways hub.

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Air Sick Question of the Day

Hello everyone. Not to pick on a specific group of people but since my return flight from Texas this week prompted this questions,

"should overweight people have to buy two seats if they cant fit in one."

Now I am not the perfect model of healthy living by any stretch of the imagination but I can fit in my seat without bleeding over into my neighbors. I have had many flights seating next to someone who was XXL and ended up pressed against the bulkhead of the airplane because giaganto couldnt fit in his/her seat and I think it is definitely unfair.

I will be sitting in my seat at boarding time on the plane looking down the aisle and secretly praying to the airline god for the bohemouths walking towards me not to be in my aisle. I cant even begin to tell you how uncomfortable it is to have a 400 pound big mac monster interloping into your seat for 4 hours.

While I understand that there are some overweight people who cannot help it, still in the name of fairness and sanity if you cant fit the seatbelt around you, you should have to pay for the seat next to you.

The airlines could put a seat right next to the gate, just like they do with the luggage, that says "if your ass cant fit in this chair, buy another seat"

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The 10 Best Improvement in Travel Over the Past 10 Years

10. Online maps
MapQuest provides "such detailed turn-by-turn directions" that even people who "don't know how to read a map" are able to find their way. Google Earth has also revolutionized maps by letting you "zoom in and take a closer look" at a location and "see exactly where you're going and what's around you." This online mapping tool "makes any first-time visitor a seasoned traveler" before he or she even arrives in a place.

9. Digital photography
You can "take hundreds of photos" with a digital camera and "see right away whether you got the right shot"—so you don't have to "pay heaps of money to develop a ton of photos that didn't turn out." Moreover, photo-sharing websites like Snapfish and Flickr allow you to upload all your photos and "send them to your family and friends while you're still having your adventure." Without these sites, you'd have to "put your photos on a CD and mail it or send e-mails with large attachments."

8. Online flight check-in
Nothing has helped "shorten wait times at airports" like the ability to "bypass lines at the ticket counter" by checking in for your flight on the Internet and "printing your boarding pass at home." You still have to deal with security lines, but at least "you can get ahead of everyone who didn't go online before leaving for the airport." Another plus: You can go on the airline's website to select or change your seat "right when the exit-row and bulkhead seats open up."

7. GPS navigation
Driving is so much easier with a global positioning system to show you the way, whether you're in a "dangerous city at night" or you want to "take the back roads and not worry about getting lost." With a "comforting voice" to guide you, there's no need to look up directions—"GPS devices have made paper maps a thing of the past."

6. Worldwide ATM access
Being able to withdraw money from your bank account anytime "on almost every street corner in the world" alleviates the stress of "running out of cash" after "the banks have long since closed for the day." You also don't have to deal with the "hassles of cashing traveler's checks" or agonize over finding the best "exchange rate at the banks or the money changers," because ATMs "make it a breeze to get money in the local currency" when you arrive in a foreign country.

5. Cell phones
Having the option of "checking the hours of a tourist attraction," reserving a table at a restaurant, or "making a hotel booking from the road" is a "huge travel blessing." Cell phones are also handy in an emergency, such as when you run into "serious problems with your rental car."

4. Global Internet access
A "cheap and convenient" way to keep in touch when you're traveling, the Internet is available today even "in the most remote parts of the world." Plus, with the proliferation of Internet cafés in tourist destinations, you can search for flight and hotel deals and "plan your itinerary on the spot."

3. TripAdvisor
With "real people" sharing their "unbiased opinions" about hotels, restaurants, and tourist sights, TripAdvisor offers travelers the kind of "detailed information that guidebooks never have the space to include." The hotel rating system "takes the guesswork out of deciding where to stay" and "empowers travelers to make smart choices"—no more "booking a hotel on blind faith alone."

2. Online travel booking
Before the Internet, travelers were "limited to brochures, a few books, and travel agents" to help them plan and book their trips. Now, with websites like Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, and Priceline, "anyone can be their own travel agent." The "best prices on flights, hotels, and car rentals are right at your fingertips"—and the best part is, you "don't even have to pick up the phone once."

1. Roller bags
Unlike "the old suitcases with four wheels and a strap," today's roller bags have retractable handles and two wheels—"a simple concept" that keeps them from tipping over easily. "People of all ages and physical abilities" can now "move quickly through busy airports without having to carry heavy luggage." These bags have "changed absolutely everything" about travel.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Funny Airline Story

An award should go to the United Airlines gate agent in Denver for being smart and funny, and making her point when confronted with a passenger who probably deserved to fly as cargo. During the final days at Denver's old Stapleton airport, a crowded United fight was canceled. A single agent was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travelers. Suddenly, and angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket down on the counter and said, " I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS!" The agent replied, " I'm sorry sir, I'll be happy to try to help you, but I've got to help these folks first, and I'm sure we'll be able to work something out." The passenger was unimpressed. He asked loudly, so that the passengers behind him could hear. "Do you have any idea who I am?" Without hesitating, the gate agent smiled and grabbed her public address microphone. " May I have your attention please?" she began, her voice bellowing through the terminal. " We have a passenger here at the gate WHO DOES NOT KNOW WHO HE IS. If anyone can help him find his identity, please come to gate 17." With the folks behind him laughing in line hysterically, the man glared at the United agent, gritted his teeth and swore "F--- you." Without flinching, she smiled and said, " I'm sorry sir, but you will have to stand in line for that too."

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Hotel Contessa One of the Best in San Antonio

While I wasn't all that thrilled with the hotel I stayed at in San Antonio, while I was walking along the riverwalk I definitely found the hotel that I am going to stay in the next time I come to town. Along the river was Hotel Contessa, it was absolutely beautiful.

It is well rated in trip advisor and I was walking around in the lobby and got some picture of it. It is a real San Antonio hotel, down to the decor. It is in a perfect location along the river and seems very relaxing.

If you make it to San Antonio drop by and check this hotel out, I think you will be just as amazed as I was.

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Back After A Long Week In San Antonio

Hello All,

I am back home after a long week in San Antonio Texas. I really enjoyed the city, especially the riverwalk which is allot of fun. The riverwalk goes for miles through the city, all along there are restaurants and clubs that you can stop in. The river has tour boats that can take you through the entire city, I didn't get a chance to take one on this trip but perhaps the next trip.

After having a two hour delay on my flight it was nice to get back home for the weekend. I hope everyone had a great week and hope you have a wonderful weekend

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

United Airlines Pimp My Plane

I was at Dulles International Airport the other day and spotted a United Plane with two different color schemes. Obviously United Airlines has run out of replacement parts and started robbing them from other planes. The first thing I thought about is that this plane kind of looks my first car in high school, a 72 VW bug with two different color doors. Pimping your airplane really doesn't inspire much confidence in United Airlines maintenance.

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Hilton Palacio del Rio San Antonio TX

I recently stayed at the Hilton Palacio del Rio for four nights on business.

On arrival, you notice that the hotel and lobby is very nice with a San Antonio original feel to it. The hotel itself is very beautiful for an older hotel. The hotel is right on the riverwalk downtown and you really couldn't ask for a better location. There are lots of things to do within walking distance. You can choose between self and valet parking, both of which are pricey so be prepared.

The rooms are very nice, larger then normal with a sofa and patio for all rooms. My room had a patio that overlooked the riverwalk and I love hotels that have balcony where you can get some fresh air and sit outside. The beds are very comfortable and they have some of the softest sheets and towels I have ever seen in a hotel. The rooms are well cleaned and maintained. The only downside to the rooms is the A/C which never really got the room very cold, something that is important to me

The fitness facility and pool are very nice with modern and clean equipment and plenty of it.

Ok here is where the wheels come off the wagon at this hotel, like it's stated in other reviews, the staff at this hotel really are horrible.

There are only two exceptions, housekeeping and the gift shop staff are top notch and wonderful.

The rest of the staff and management are absolutely some of the worst anywhere. No one smiles or says hello to you and you really get the feeling that you are an inconvenience to them. It started with my reservation which as a Diamond member at Hilton I dont expect much of a benefit but at least read my room preferences.

On check in the had me in a room that the opposite of everything I requested, low floor, double bed handicapped room, so apparently the reservation staff doesn't pay any attention to frequent travelers at all. The valet staff are just plain rude and hate people in general to the point it is almost funny. This is probably a reflection of really bad management here.

The second warning is stay away from the restaurant, it is hands down, the worst I have ever been in. The servers are horrible and the food isn't that much better. I ended up walking out before I was done because they were getting on my nerves so much. Fortunately there are plenty of restaurants around the hotel so you have lots of choices, keep away from the hotel ones.

It is a real shame about the staff because its the only thing keeping this hotel from being really nice. They are so bad that I probably wouldn't return to the hotel next time I am in town so I can't really recommend this hotel when there are several hotels nearby which are as nice as the Hilton with much better staff.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Continental Airlines to Charge for Standby

Continental has just implemented a $50 stand-by fee to help the airline offset rising fuel costs. The change went into effect starting with tickets issued June 17, a representative for the airline says. If you purchased a ticket before that date, Continental will still let you fly stand-by for free.

It’s not the first time that Continental has passed costs on to its passengers (and some other U.S. airlines are even more guilty of the practice). In April, Continental raised its fee to change a ticket reservation on a domestic flight from $100 to $150, following United’s move to raise its change fee from $100 to $150. US Airways followed suit within days.

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Top 10 Excuses Why Business Travelers Need Upgrades

A West Coast-based travel manager for a manufacturing services provider submitted the top excuse: "I upgraded to First Class because I can't afford the drinks in Coach."

The other nine of the top ten travel excuses submitted by corporate travel managers:

2. "Do you know who I am? If you did you would not ask me why I Travel First Class."

3. "I had to rent a full size car in order to carry my golf clubs."

4. "I am allergic to peanuts and that is all they serve in Coach, so I had to upgrade to First where they have almonds."

5. "I had to stay an extra day because I can't fly with a hangover."

6. "My dog is booked in the climate control hold on the flight and I need to sit in First Class so I can hear him bark so I know he's OK."

7. "Isn't Boston on the way to LAX?" (Passenger lives in Las Vegas and wanted extra mileage points.)

8. "I have a doctor's note that states I have to fly First Class."

9. "I'm claustrophobic, so I need to fly First Class in order to get off the plane first."

10. "I accidentally booked a flight to Paris, France instead of Paris, Texas."

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Business Hotel Must Haves

It's important to be able to work comfortably in my hotel. Here's my short list of Business Traveler's Hotel Must-Haves:

  • Free WIFI access, in my room. Solid bandwidth that doesn't drop me every few minutes is key.
  • Plenty of outlets. I have a lot to plug in: my laptop, my phone recharger, rechargers for other electronics, my personal radio alarm clock...and anything my wife may also have brought along (like HER laptop, phone charger, etc). I could bring along my own extra power strip, but should I HAVE to? Oh, if you do forget to bring a power strip, here are tips to finding the outlets your hotel does have.
  • A desk and chair. I prefer a chair on wheels and a desk, aside from the obligatory eating table, but I am happy to get any sort of desk/table/flat surface to spread out on.
  • A task light. It's very hard to get work done using the room overhead, or from the bedside lamp. I need to start bringing my own portable task lamp for true comfort.
  • In-room coffee. I love a hotel with either a coffee pot in my room, with those little bags of free coffee, or at least a lobby that offers fresh, free coffee throughout the day. Many hotels offer both. What a wonderful gesture. :-)
  • A hotel where local calls, and 800-number access, are free. It's just miserly to charge outrageous rates to place calls. I hate being nickled and dimed for my money and time. Granted, I usually use my cell phone everywhere, but it's the philosophy of the charges I object to.
  • Business Centers or Lobby Services are a nice touch. Many hotels offer a unique room, or at least let you use lobby copy machines, fax machines and printers for free. Business travelers are busy, but we remember such generosity when it comes time to book the next trip. Time is money and the value of no hassles are, well...priceless.
  • Frequent Flyer programs. I know it's silly, but all things being equal, if two hotels please me, I will use the ones I get "mileage points" for first.
  • Lastly, I like a hotel to have a Fitness Center. Even a small room with a treadmill and pull-down bench are enough. Staying fit on the go is a challenge and a fitness center is a thoughtful perk. It may not be a safe area for jogging outside, or it may be raining or cold. I like to get in a 20 minute workout and head back up to to my laptop. It makes me a better worker and a saner person. :-)

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Tips for Hotel Room Security

When you are staying at a hotel there are some simple things that you can do to keep your belongings and yourself safe. Taking just a few extra steps can keep your things safe:

When You Leave the Hotel Room

  • Leave on your TV or radio. You want it to be just barely audible from outside the room if you lean in close to the door. It does sound like someone is at home.
  • Leave your lights on with the curtains pulled shut. This way a sliver of light shines through. It appears that people are inside, but you can't just look right in to tell otherwise.
  • Hang your Do Not Disturb door tags. Leave them on throughout your stay. If you must, grab extra towels and other things from the Front Desk, but don't allow strangers access to your room and your things. The tags also give the impression you are busy inside, working or having a nice romantic vacation.
  • Hanging a Maid, Clean This Room tag is just advertising your absence. And not that maids will steal from you, but if they prop open your door while cleaning, and someone else strolls right on in, they won't assume the person ISN'T the proper hotel guest. How could they possibly know? Thieves count on stuff like this. If you've been flashing your cash, Rolex or Dell Inspiron 9300 about, you could well be marked for such a con.
  • The jury is out on safety of using hotel room safes. On the one hand it only tells people: "Valuables Inside." But on the other hand, where else are you going to put your traveler's checks, expensive watches and jewelry? Between the mattresses? In the toilet tank? I really don't have a satisfying conclusion on this one.

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Where is Andrew This Week

Hello Everyone,

Its time for another week of "Where is Andrew". Andrew will be traveling to San Antonio Texas this week to work with a customer. This is a week long trip, leaving Monday afternoon and returning Friday. Although this is a long trip I am looking forward to it because I have never been to San Antonio and everyone says its a wonderful city to visit.

I am staying at the Hilton on the riverwalk downtown which everyone says is lots of fun. I am hoping I have some time to check the city and the riverwalk out. I will be taking my camera and keep everyone updated on my travels through the week. I hope everyone has a great week and keep in touch !

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Today is Air Sick's Birthday

Hello Everyone,

Today is the editor and chief of Air Sick birthday and my wife's and I anniversary. I didn't want to admit it but I got married on my birthday so I would never forget my anniversary. I had a wonderful birthday with my family who got me a new bracelet to replace the one I lost at the office a couple of months ago. Tonight we went out to eat to celebrate both events and took my little Emelda out shoe shopping for our anniversary.

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Video of Delta Passengers Stuck Sitting on a Plane

Recently on a Delta flight from New York's JFK airport going to Dallas Ft Worth, passengers were forced to sit on the plane for six hours while the crew got on and off to change out due to rest restrictions. The passengers got no beverages, water or food the entire time but the entire crew switched out twice. Watch the video of this 6 hour ordeal at JFK, one of the worst airport in the U.S.

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Person Writes an Entire Book While Stranded at O'hare Airport

Today I was reading the paper about a man who, while stranded at O'hare airport in Chicago IL, writes an entire book called "Dear American Airlines" basically outlining the justification for a refund. Information on the book can be found at

Having been stranded at O'Hare, it realize that writing an entire book about your experience while waiting for a flight at the world most dysfunctional airport is entirely possible. I am going to pick up a copy myself and will let you know how it is.

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Another Editorial About Who is at Fault for US Airline Failure

Today in the Washington Post I was reading yet another editorial, this one written by the CEO of American Airlines, who was trying to figure out whom is to blame for the failure of the US Airline Industry.

Surveying the decline of the airline industry, retired American Airlines CEO Bob Crandall said something this month that both presidential candidates should take to heart: "The United States used to be good at solving problems. These days, we don't seem up to the job."

So according to Bob Crandall, it is the fault of the U.S. Government for de-regulating the airline industry. This is why carriers go bankrupt, customer service is lousy and flights are cut back.

Crandall was talking specifically about our national failure, in the 30 years since deregulation, to build an air transport system that works. What we have now is a complete mess -- a system that bankrupts carriers, embitters workers and infuriates the traveling public. But hold off on airlines for a moment and ponder his larger point.

Crandall argues that the critics' worst fears have been realized. "Our airlines, once world leaders, are now laggards in every category, including fleet age, service quality and international reputation. Fewer and fewer flights are on time. Airport congestion has become a staple of late-night comedy shows. . . . Airline service, by any standard, has become unacceptable," he said in a speech on June 10 to the Wings Club in New York.

Sharply rising jet fuel costs, the airlines' latest catastrophe, have prompted new desperation measures, such as charging for checked luggage. That's a stunningly bad idea because it will encourage customers to bring ever-larger carry-on bags, making flight attendants even crankier and travel more unpleasant. But that's where this industry is -- in a perpetual downward spiral.

For me, this is where the argument doesnt hold water. I am not sure how raising gas prices, airline de-regulation and government oversight is the failure of government to act.

No one can explain to me why the airline industry is incapable of providing anything close to customer service. You would be amazed with what people will put up with if they are given quality customer service. Mr. Crandall is a symptom of why airlines fail, CEO's of American air carriers have failed to do their job, provide their customers will value for the ticket they buy. He is also symptomatic of the majority of airline workers who feel that it is someone else's fault of their own problems. How does raising gas prices explain why airline employees cant be nice to people.

Passengers understand weather delays, traffic delays, ticket prices and fees better then anyone gives them credit for. If you surveyed everyone in my office if they would pay more to fly on an airlines that provided great customer service, all of them would say yes.

I am part of a business, if I provided the same service to my customers that the airline provide to me I would be fired, no question about it. My company would fail, people would quit doing business with me and I would go out of business or be fired. Is their any particular reason why the airline CEO's don't hold their own employees to the same standard. If you want to cure the airline industry, start with something that doesn't cost you anything, customer service. If your employees aren't capable of providing that, well there are plenty of jobs elsewhere for them and plenty of people who love a shot at doing the job right.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Contact Information for All Airlines Customer Service

Travler's friend site has these great customer service "cheat sheets" to help you if you have a dispute with your airline. CEO contact info, how to hack their phone trees, email addresses, phone numbers, mailing addresses, it's all there.

Delta Air Lines
United Airlines
Northwest Airlines
American Airlines
US Airways
Continental Airlines
Skybus Airlines
British Airways

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Friday, June 20, 2008

From The Inspiration Shop .... Failure

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United Airlines Flight Canceled Because of Upset Pilot

United canceled a flight from Salt Lake City Thursday afternoon after the pilot announced to passengers that he was too upset to fly, according to one passenger on board.

The pilot, who may have been involved in a labor-related dispute with colleagues, said that he didn't feel he could fly safely, said Paul Jacobson, an energy company executive who was aboard United Flight 416 to Denver.

United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said in an e-mailed statement that the flight was canceled according to company procedures designed to ensure flight crews are prepared to fly. The airline re-accommodated its customers on other flights and will give them "goodwill gestures," which may include miles and travel certificates, she said.

Urbanski declined to identify the pilot or provide details of the incident, but she did not dispute the passenger's account.

"We will conduct a full investigation of the events leading up to the cancellation and take appropriate, necessary action," she wrote in the e-mail.

David Kelly, a spokesman for the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents United pilots, said the union won't comment on the incident.

Jacobson said he saw the pilot in a heated cellphone conversation at the gate before he boarded, and overheard the pilot saying that "he was going to complain to the union."

After the passengers were seated, the pilot made his announcement.

"I'm roughly paraphrasing here, but the pilot came on the PA and said, 'some of you may have witnessed an incident I was involved in at the gate. I'm not going to go into the details, but it was an interpersonal confrontation that upset me significantly to the point where I'm not focused enough to fly you to Denver. I feel like I may not be calmed and focused enough to fly to Denver for another hour,' " Jacobson said.

The passengers reacted to the pilot's announcement with a collective groan. "I'm going to give him credit for standing in front of people and saying that," Jacobson added. "Still it was a very unusual situation."

Jacobson said another passenger questioned the crew and that passenger told him the incident stemmed from crewmembers from another United flight observing the pilot wearing his hat. United's pilots union has been urging pilots to remove their hats when they "are likely to be viewed by management," as a form of protest, according to a notice on ALPA's website.

"In the concourse, on the jetway, wherever. Show solidarity with your fellow pilots, show management our solidarity. Don't wear your hat," it says.

In a statement dated Jan. 15, the union instructed members to adopt the practice because "now is the time to show management that this pilot group is serious about regaining what was stripped from us during bankruptcy."

Two things to think about here; 1. if the airplane couldn't take off if the passengers wern't upset there would be no planes flying anywhere because by the time you get to the gate, United has upset you much more then this pilot will ever know... and 2. put your hat away and grow up !!!

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United Airlines Requiring Minimum Stay for Every Ticket

United Airlines said Friday it will start requiring minimum stays for nearly all domestic flights beginning in October. It is also raising its cheapest fares by as much as $90 one-way.

The second-largest U.S. carrier said the moves are among a number of changes it is making to combat record high fuel prices. The Chicago-based airline has been among the most aggressive in the industry in pushing fares and fuel surcharges higher in recent months, and its latest policy could prompt other carriers to consider following suit.

Starting Oct. 6, most United fares will require a one- to three-night or weekend-night minimum stay, spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said.

The new rules, which apply to nearly every ticket, are bound to be unpopular with business travelers who prefer to catch a flight out early in the morning so they can make it back home in time for dinner.

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Newest Funniest Street Signs

Here are a couple of new funny street signs for your enjoyment

This one is true enought !!

Who cant resist this one

And you thought your town had traffic problems !

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Is the Airline Bag Fee Going to Go Away?

A firestorm of protest erupted from many fliers last month after American announced it would begin charging non-elite customers $15 to check their first bag for most coach-class tickets within North America. Quickly, industry observers began wondering out loud if other airlines would match the fee. Finally, about three weeks after AA, United and US Airways both matched the fee. With that, three legacy carriers and one low-cost carrier -– Spirit, which was the first to add such a fee –- had moved to charge a fee for even one checked bag. But, conversely, that also left most discount airlines and three legacy carriers –- Continental, Delta and Northwest -– still allowing fliers to check their first bag for free.

That's unusual says's Ted Reed, who writes airlines "typically … act in concert when imposing new charges or higher ticket prices, fearing the competitive impact if one carrier charges more than another." And, he adds that "with the industry so clearly split, it remains questionable whether the charge will stick." Aviation consultant Robert Mann tells Reed: "Some of the carriers may have decided this is the one thing that drives customers over the edge, towards choosing someone else."

Personally I think that all the fees that are being heaped on customers are making flight attendants and airline employees look like hookers, holding out their hand every time you ask for something, waiting for $5 here and $10 here. For business travelers it is a real pain, I have to make sure I carry a wad of $10 bills with me every time I take a flight for all the charges, just put it on my ticket.

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Continental Airlines Joining Star Alliance

As a frequent flyer of United Airlines and a past frequent flyer of Continental I was so glad to hear that Continental was joining the Star Alliance with United. Before moving to Virginia where I had to switch to United from Continental, I have to say I have missed the service of Continental quite a bit.

I fly routinely to Asia where Continental is my airline of choice over United or the other Star Alliance airlines that fly there. Now I will be able to codeshare on both airlines and get frequent flyer points and elite qualifications for my U.S. to Malaysia and Philippine trips which is very exciting.

Continental and United Airlines, which failed to complete consolidation talks this spring, said Thursday they would work together in an alliance they hope will boost revenue to offset rising fuel costs.

In striking a deal with United, Continental ended alliance negotiations with American Airlines, the nation's biggest carrier, and British Airways.

Under alliances, airlines typically work together to sell tickets on each other's flights, which can result in increased revenue.

Alliances have their limits. Without antitrust immunity from regulators, airlines are barred from working together on prices and schedules.

Continental said it would seek antitrust immunity from the Transportation Department to form joint ventures on trans-Atlantic flying with United and Lufthansa, and eventually on flights to Latin America and Asia.

But in the U.S., the Continental-United deal will be limited to code-sharing — selling tickets on each other's flights and reciprocal frequent-flier programs.

Continental and United said they also hope to reduce costs by working together. Airlines have reduced capacity and raised fares and fees as fuel costs surged.

Continental Airlines and UAL's United Airlines said they will link their networks and join the Star Alliance, one of three competing teams of airlines around the world.

Continental will leave the SkyTeam alliance, which includes Delta Air Lines and the carrier Delta plans to buy, Northwest Airlines.

American, a unit of AMR, and British Airways tried to lure Continental to its team, called oneworld. But a three-way deal grew less likely as Continental resumed its flirtation with United.

Earlier this year, Continental and United were in advanced talks to become a single carrier. But Continental walked away from the deal after UAL reported a huge loss for the first quarter. Continental Chief Executive Lawrence Kellner said the Houston-based carrier preferred to remain independent.

Kellner said Thursday that as the industry faces "some of the most challenging conditions airlines have ever faced," linking with another carrier gives Continental a larger network with expanded global reach and new ways of cost reductions.

United CEO Glenn Tilton said Continental, which has a valuable hub in Newark, N.J., serving New York, "would bring significant new assets to our global alliance."

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New Company Travel Policy

New Company Travel Policy
To: All Employees
From: CEO (Chief Executive Officer)

Due to budget constraints, all company travel is subject to the
following changes in policy, effective immediately:

Employees are to utilize all friends and relatives who live
in the area you are visiting; if none are available, consider the
shelters for the homeless which are available in all major cities.
If weather permits, bridges and overpasses provide very good
protection from the elements and you have the opportunity to meet
new friends. Solar blankets are provided in the new travel packages
issued to all traveling employees.

Salad bars are the most effective as one plate will serve
four persons if no one is watching. Many grocery stores offer free
samples, and with creative disguises, you may be able to obtain a
full meal. Knowledge of indigenous roots, berries and other food
sources are encouraged. Remember to place unknown berries under
your lip for five minutes to determine if toxic. If you are
attending meetings at convention centers or hotels, then visiting
other meetings at meal times is certainly encouraged. A selection
of name badges is available in the new travel package so that you
will be able to get by any security.

Bus schedules are available in the Corporate Travel offices.
Hitchhiking is a viable consideration and you will find your safety
vest and sign board in your travel package. Airline tickets will
only be issued in extreme circumstances, and then to the most
economical destination.

The handbook "How Not to Pick Up the Cheque", is included in
your package. Memorize this information......never pick up a cheque
regardless of the embarrassment to yourself or others.


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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Guidlines for Airline Pilots to Follow

* Takeoff's are optional. Landings are mandatory.

* If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger, if you pull the stick back they get smaller. Unless you keep pulling the stick back...then they get bigger again.

* Flying is not dangerous; crashing is dangerous.

* The propeller is just a big fan in the front of the plane to keep the pilot cool. Want proof? Make it stop; then watch the pilot break out into a sweat.

* The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

* Every one already knows the definition of a 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. But very few know the definition of a 'great landing.' It's one after which you can use the airplane another time.

* The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.

* A helicopter is a collection of rotating parts going round and round and reciprocating parts going up and down -- all of them trying to become random in motion. Helicopters can't really fly -- they're just so ugly that the earth immediately repels them.

* Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

* There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing: Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Another Funny Video About Airport Security

Hello All,

This is another funny video from Chop about airline security. Once again, not for the kiddies or those easily offended, a little R rated

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Virgin America Cutting Back on Flights

Virgin America, the low-cost U.S. airline partly owned by Britain's Virgin Group, said Tuesday it would cut flying capacity about 10% in the fourth quarter from previously estimated levels, as it deals with high oil prices.

The carrier, which began operating last summer, is the latest U.S. airline to announce plans to cut back on flights in the fourth quarter as jet fuel costs hover around all-time highs.

Most of the country's major airlines, led by AMR's American Airlines and UAL's United Airlines, have said they will cut flights drastically this fall, after the peak summer travel season ends, in a bid to keep costs under control.

Virgin, which has its biggest base in San Francisco, said it would reduce capacity on mid-week, off-peak flights beginning this fall, but will also add some flights on high-demand routes.

The effect will be a 10% capacity cut from its previously projected fourth-quarter capacity. Unlike other airlines, it said there would be no job cuts or changes to the number of planes it operates.

Virgin America, which operates 19 single-aisle Airbus A320 planes, said it will add daily flights between San Francisco and Las Vegas, and will launch daily flights between New York and Las Vegas in September. It is also waiting for government approval for flights to Chicago from San Francisco and Los Angeles.

I was watching an interview with the owner of Virgin to pointed out the mess American airlines were in so it appears it's not only limited to the U.S. owned carriers.

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Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive

I recently stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club in Orlando Florida on business for 1 night, although I wish it could have been more days.

The hotel is absolutely amazing, the grounds, pool and facilities are first rate. The rooms are HUGE with a separate dining room, living room, bed room, bathroom, kitchen and yes, its own washer and dryer. The bathroom has a whirlpool tub and stand up shower. The bed is fantastic. The living room has a large flat screen TV with a bose surround sound system. The dining room has a full size dining table for 6 with a full kitchen. The room is immaculate and very well maintained. It is like staying in a condo vs a hotel room, I could easily stay here for a long trip and will definitely return next time I am in town.

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A Bit of Irony From a United Pilot

Today I was flying to Orlando Florida and was at the "clear flyer" line at Dulles Airport. This line shares a checkpoint with airline employees at the airport, one of whom, a United Pilot, was very upset that people from the clear line had priority over him.

As I was standing in line, someone from the clear line was placed in front of him at which point he started on a diatribe about how it was discourteous for the clear passenger to go before him, that it was rude and so on.

I thought that was so funny, an airline person complaining about service at the airport then it started getting me a little mad because the passenger was simply following directions from the employees. It was at that point that the irony of the situation took a hold of me and decided that it was worth getting into a fight with this pilot to make my point.

As the United pilot was rambling on about how discourteous the clear passenger was being I spoke up and said "It could be worse, you could be a passenger on your airline, if you think this is discourteous you haven't seen anything until you have to be a passenger here".

I was waiting for a retort from the pilot but he wisely shut up and didn't say anything after that. On the other side of the screening checkpoint, the United pilot decided to complain to the TSA guy about cleared passengers getting priority in front of him. The TSA person said he has nothing to do with the process, its airport policy. The pilot then said "so you can't do anything about it? that stinks".

Once again I couldn't control myself and spoke up saying "imagine, having a service problem at the aiport and no one does that feel?".

After I left the screening area and I was walking to the gate I started going over in my mind all the things that I wished I would have said if I could could go back in time and I realized that missed out on allot of opportunity to vent. Some of the highlights that I was running through in my mind included:

" If you think that one person getting in front of you at the security line is a big deal, you wouldnt survive five minutes as a passenger because this is just the tip of the iceburg for us"

" Dealing with airline employees when your a passenger is week in week out pride swollowing seige that you will never understand"

" Airline employees should not be allowed to utter the words 'customer service' because it's a subject none of you understand"

" Before you go ranting about a customer service at the security line, clean up your own back yard because it makes you look like an idiot"

" Oh, and by the way, the guy who got in front of you is the reason you have a job so shut up"

Anyhow, next time this happens I will be prepaired. I thought I would share a little bit of airline employee irony with you.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Where is Andrew This Week

Hello All,

This week I will be heading to Orlando Florida on Tuesday to attend a conference. The upside to this trip is the hotel, one of my favorites, the Hilton Vacation Club on International Drive. This is going to be a short trip and I will be heading back on Thursday.

I will be at home with my wonderful wife on Monday and Friday and we just returned from three days at the beach in Corolla North Carolina. I always look forward to short weeks away so I have more time to spend with my family.

I hope everyone has a great week and look forward to hearing from everyone !

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

How About an Airline Fee for Customer Service

Just you when you thought the airlines were going to run out of new things to charge for, how about this...a fee for good customer service.

It was bound to happen eventually: Air Canada now wants you to pay extra for better customer service.

In an era of continued cost-cutting, the country's largest airline yesterday rolled out a new service called "On My Way" that, for a fee, promises to help passengers cope with delays and cancellations beyond the airline's control, including bad weather or airport traffic.

"This is something that many airlines used to do in-house," said Rick Erickson, a Calgary-based airline consultant. "But since the advent of the low-cost carrier, everybody wants cheap fares."

Air Canada said passengers who opt to pay an additional $25 one-way on short-haul flights and an extra $35 one-way on long-haul routes within North America will receive "speedy" access to "specially-trained" customer service agents who will help rebook flights on Air Canada or other airlines, as well as pay for hotel stays and meals, if necessary.

Air Canada said the program, which applies to any flight cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled departure, goes beyond the industry practice of assisting customers affected by schedule changes deemed to be the airline's fault, such as mechanical problems with aircraft, scheduling glitches or crew members failing to show up for flights.

But while Air Canada is touting the program as an industry-first, at least one observer said it was once common for big North American carriers to go out of their way to help inconvenienced or stranded customers – free.

Erickson said Air Canada's latest effort could prove popular given Canada's unpredictable winter weather, particularly at the country's largest airport in Toronto, where thousands of flights can be disrupted by a snowstorm.

However, Erickson cautioned that Air Canada will need to ensure customers who pay extra get their money's worth.

"When there's a disruption, everyone's going to be calling at the same time," he said. "And if you can't deliver on this, there will be real hell to pay as far as public relations go.

"People are going to have heightened expectations."

I supose if you dont want to pay for "customer service package" you get the same ole regular crappy customer service that everyone has grown accustom to. And they say we don't need a passenger bill of rights.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

W Atlanta Midtown

There is a new W Hotel in Atlanta Georgia which I am really looking forward to staying at. The W Hotel chain used to be one of my favorites until they new W Hotels of the 2000 starting to get a little dated. Now they are back to building new hotels and they are getting great reviews. I always enjoy staying at a hotel that doesn't feel like every other hotel I stay at.

Based on the travel reviews in Trip Advisor, the new W in midtown Atlanta is rated pretty good and will be a welcome replacement to the W Hotel at Perimeter in Atlanta which is really run down and not well managed. The rooms at the new hotel look really great also.

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US Airways to Start Charging for Water and Softdrinks

More really good news from the air carriers in the United States. US Airways today announced that they will begin charging $2.00 for water and softdrinks on their flights...more good news, you can only pay cash because they don't have credit card readers. So lets recap the latest fees:

You pay for your ticket - $200.00 (example)
You pay to check your bag - $25.00 a bag x 2 = $50.00
You pay for a seat by the window, aisle or emergency exit = $20.00
You pay for your coke on the plane = $2.00
You pay to book your ticket with a human = $15.00
You pay to check in with a human at the airport = $15.00
You pay for your snack on the plane = $5.00

Total for your trip $307.00

My suggestion for the air carriers in the U.S., why not just raise the price of the ticket so we dont have to carry around a wad of $20's to throw at you like your were the doorman at the Waldorf. Lets just assume for a second that most passengers take flights with bags, need to book their ticket with the airlines, want peanuts, have luggage and dont want to sit in the rear of the plane by the bathroom, just make the ticket $307.00 because honestly its starting to make your flight attendants look like hookers running through the aisles taking money from everyone.

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Hello From the Outer Banks

Hello everyone and happy Friday. This is our first full day at the beach in Corolla North Carolina. The weather is awesome, its about 85 and the water is perfect. I hope everyone is having a great Friday and looking forward to the weekend.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Back at the Beach in Corolla North Carolina

We are back at the beach in Corolla North Carolina, the outer banks of NC for a long weekend. I had a client cancel this week and cut my week short so I took advantage of it and we came down to enjoy the beach one more time this month.

When I first learned that I was going to have a couple of extra days I called the Hilton Diamond Desk because the hotel was showing no rewards nights at Hampton Inn in Corolla. They really came through and the hotel got us a room for the long weekend. The front desk at the hotel was fantastic, finding up an ocean view room for our entire stay. Everyone at the hotel is wonderful and its one of the reasons its our favorite place to visit.

We will be here through the weekend and we will update everyone on our trip on the blog. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hyatt Regency Long Island

I recently stayed at the Hyatt Regency Long Island for 2 nights on business.
The hotel grounds and building are very nice. The rooms are very nice sized, fairly well maintained and the beds are comfortable. The climate control works very well and the windows open which I really enjoy, it makes you feel a little less claustrophobic to get some fresh air.

The bathrooms are a nice size and it has a good shower with good pressure. The gyms is nice with new equipment, however no A/C which nice when its 90 outside. They have starbucks in the lobby for breakfast which is nice.

I used room service during my stay and the food was very good and service was prompt and the food was pretty good.

Some of things that fell short during my visit, which is a real shame because this could be a really nice hotel were:

- Internet didn't work in the first room I was in and I had to be moved. Internet is WiFi and fairly dated and slowed. Hotels need to realize that WiFi no longer qualifies as ground breaking technology and is a necessity for business travelers.

- No paper in the morning both days

- Maid service was poor, doing little more then make up the bed, they didn't replace the coffee, empty the trash or vacuum.

- There is a bizarre lack of coffee mugs in the hotel. The cups in the room are paper and even when I ordered a pot of coffee from room service, the cups with the pot were paper. Honestly cut be a break you simply cant be that cheap.

Overall, compared with other hotels in the area I would probably return but for Hyatt this ranks as an average stay, nothing special. They do benefit from being the only 4 star hotel on Long Island New York.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Very Funny Austrailian Safety Announcement

This is probably one of the funniest airline safety lectures I have seen but be warned it's not for the kids its a bit R rated !! So if you are easy offended you might want to skip this one.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Delta to Install New Economy Seating for International Flights

Finally, what we have all been hoping and preying for, an airline has actually come up with a great idea. Delta Airlines has designed a new seat configuration that staggers the seats in economy on an angle allowing each passenger to have their own personal space without rubbing elbows with your neighbor and also providing more legroom. We can only hope every airlines puts these on every flight, what a great idea !

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Delta Air Lines' passengers may be doing double-takes when they step aboard their international flights in a few years.

The Atlanta-based carrier is planning to install seats in economy class on international flights starting in 2010 that will look almost like office cubicles slanting across the cabin.

Delta, which has been banking much of its future on how it does in overseas flights, says the seats will offer the double advantage of more comfort and more revenues.

Delta hopes the staggered configuration will allow it to squeeze in one extra seat in each row. For instance, each row on its Boeing 767s will have eight seats instead of seven, said Delta spokesman Andy McDill.

However, he said the new design and layout means each passenger also will have more private space. The wrap-around backs are stationary, while the seat bottoms move back and forth and down, giving the passenger more knee room even though Delta doesn't plan to change the distance between rows.

"It certainly gives you a little more comfort, and a little more privacy," McDill said of the seats, manufactured by Thompson Solutions.

The Irish company announced its deal with Delta earlier this month at a trade show in Germany.

Delta hopes to get the Federal Aviation Administration's approval of the seat design this fall, and to begin installing the seats on its overseas-going Boeing 767s and 777s in 2010.

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Funny Airline Safety Announcement, But It's Almost True

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Most Number of Airline Complaints for 2008

Welcome everyone to the new ranking of airline complaints for 2008. The latest update from the Department of Transportation is not a huge surprise, here is the breakdown and happy flying !!

1. United Airlines*
2. US Airways
3. Delta Air Lines
4. American Airlines
5. American Eagle Airlines
6. Atlantic Southeast Airlines
7. Continental Airlines
8. Comair
9. Northwest Airlines
10. Airtran Airways
11. Pinnacle Airlines
12. JetBlue Airways
13. Alaska Airlines
14. Hawaiian Airlines
15. Frontier Airlines
16. Expressjet Airlines
17. Mesa Airlines
18. Skywest Airlines
19. Southwest Airlines

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The Funniest Airline Commercial I Have Ever Seen

This is one of the funniest airline commercials I have ever seen. A friend of mine from Colorado sent me this clip along with a story about how he was on a flight recently where the guy next to him fell asleep on his shoulder and he felt the same way.

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

More Funny Street Signs Part Deux

For everyone who enjoyed the last set here are some new ones for you:

For those hungry for McDonalds, they might be there

And you think your town has a funny name

See I told you going to church can be dangerious

What the hell are they doing in restrooms in Saudi Arabia?

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Funny 747 Remote Control Airplane in a Gym

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Woman squashed by plane passenger

LONDON, England -- A woman injured while squeezed next to an obese passenger on a trans-Atlantic flight has been given £13,000 ($20,000) by the airline.

Barbara Hewson, 63, was offered damages by Virgin Atlantic after suffering a blood clot, torn leg muscles and sciatica following a flight to Los Angeles in January 2005, the UK's Press Association reported.

She said the woman passenger was so large she had to sit with the arm rests up, but when she complained, the crew said there was nothing they could do as the plane was full.

Hewson, of Swansea, Wales, who still has medical treatment, was quoted by PA on Monday as saying: "It was never about the money. No money would pay for you having sleepless nights with the pain."

The freelance writer, who travelled with her husband Roy, 67, said she spent most of her holiday in bed. "It ruined the holiday. We went out very little."

Hewson added that half-way through the flight the woman asked if she was okay, saying to her: "I'm sitting on your lap."

"I had three sessions of sitting in the hostess seat and I stood for a little while," added Hewson.

Virgin Atlantic said in a statement: "This was an unprecedented set of extremely unfortunate circumstances.

"We have apologised to Mrs Hewson and offered her compensation,

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Where is Andrew This Week

Hello Everyone,

For this week Andrew is off to a rather uneventful trip to Long Island New York. Not quite as much fun as traveling to New York City, I will be in Long Island for 2 days returning Wednesday. The highlight of next week is Thursday we are GOING BACK TO THE BEACH !!! Because my Denver Co trip was canceled I decided to take advantage of being back early next week and took vacation so we could hit the beach again.

We are going back to the Outer Banks in NC and staying at our favorite hotel out there, the Hampton Inn at Corolla NC. We will be heading back Monday after three days on the ocean and I am sure we will be posting plenty of pictures for everyone.

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Name That Lousiana Street Sign / Round 1

Hello Everyone,

For my readers enjoyment I have put together a game called "Name the Louisiana Street Sign". Actually this game was invented by me and a friend while I was working in Louisiana and we were driving from Shreveport to New Orleans. He is from Louisiana and I am not, and while we were driving I kept asking him how do you pronounce the names on the signs which he thought was funny. On his next trip, he started taking pictures of the hardest to pronounce street signs in Louisiana. Each day I will post 2 and then post the answers the next day, if you get it right its 1 point, if you get it wrong its -1 point. The winner at the end with the most point wins....something.

Ok everyone ready for round 1.....

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No Matter How Long The Line, There is Always One Longer

I have seen long lines at airports before and I thought we were bad, but recently American Airlines at Heathrow Airport in London canceled almost 80% of their flights causing a delay where the line to the ticket counter actually started in the parking lot. So no matter how long your line is, there is always one longer in airplane world.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Hilton Boston Back Bay Reservation Agent is the Airsick Jerk of the Week

Every time you call a business, especially a location that has a call center you run a better then average chance of getting a nimrod on the phone who has no business dealing with people. This was my experience tonight as I tried to change my reservation at the Boston Back Bay Hilton.

The socially retarded phone reservation agent told me that if I moved my reservation up 1 day my rate would increase $200 and then kept asking me if I wanted to cancel my reservation. Hotels are like airlines, they think very short term and don't realize their policies end up driving people and in the long run they loose money. I stay at this hotel 12 times a year and have probably spent over $10,000 in the past 12 months staying there. Thanks to the moron they have answering the phones at their reservation desk, they made some money for the three days I was going to be there because they will charge someone else for that room more then I was going to pay, but they lost a long term customer.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Continental Airlines Cutting 3,000 Jobs

If flight attendant or pilot is on your list of dream jobs you might want to scratch that off your list, the airlines are shedding jobs faster then Paris Hilton sheds clothes.

Continental Airlines said Thursday it is cutting 3,000 jobs and reducing capacity by 11%, a response to the record-high fuel prices that are triggering the industry's worst crisis since 9/11.

"The airline industry is in a crisis," wrote Larry Kellner, Continental's chairman and CEO, in a letter to employees. "Its business model doesn't work with the current price of fuel and the existing level of capacity in the marketplace."

So now you just know customer service is going to be wonderful. Not that they didn't have crappy attitudes before, this should kick it into high gear although frankly there are a good portion of airline employees who aren't even K-Mart material.

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The USA's Most Delayed Flights

Air travel is bad enough now, but to avoid making your trip even worse you might want to watch out for the 15 most delayed flights in the USA, the majority from American Airlines.

1. AA Flight 1555 (Miami to San Juan, late 96.7% of the time by an average of 84 minutes)
2. Delta partner SkyWest Flight 3678 (Salt Lake City to Hailey/Sun Valley, Idaho; 95%; NA)
3. Delta partner SkyWest Flight (Hailey/Sun Valley to Salt Lake City; 95%; NA)
4. AA Flight 1212 (Dallas/Fort Worth to Seattle; late 90%; 55 minutes)
5. AA Flight 1147 (Seattle to Dallas/Fort Worth; late 87.5%; 37 minutes)
6. AA Flight 1212 (New York JFK to San Juan; late 83.3%; 106 minutes)
7. AA Flight 1148 (Miami to New York JFK; late 83.3%; 41 minutes)
8. AA Flight 1236 (Miami to Orlando; late 83.3%; 39 minutes)
9. AA Flight 350 (Chicago O’Hare to LaGuardia; late 83.3%; 36 minutes)
10. AA Flight 1551 (LaGuardia to Nashville; late 80.8%; 56 minutes)
11. AA Flight 791 (LaGuardia to Dallas/Fort Worth; late 80.8%; 47 minutes)
12. AA Flight 742 (Dallas/Fort Worth to LaGuardia; late 80.8%; 42 minutes)
13. AA Flight 618 (Dallas/Fort Worth to LaGuardia; late 80%; 61 minutes)
14. Continental partner ExpressJet Flight 2465 (Newark to Norfolk; late 80%; 38 minutes)
15. AA affiliate Flight 4649 (Newark to Raleigh/Durham; late 80%; 33 minutes)

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Everyone Say Bye Bye to Ted

In Memoriam for today in the airline industry we should all take a moment of silence for Ted Airlines, the latest effort by the U.S. Carriers retarded CEO's to make a show of discount flying. So long are the days for a family of three to fly anywhere unless daddy is a hedge fund manager. So long are the days of fairly modern planes with nicer amenities then the POS the legacy carriers stuff us in. Lets all take a moment of silence to bid our good friend Ted bye bye.

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And The Hits Just Keep on Coming !!

Today in travel news, and boy was there allot today, the inept U.S. Airline industry treated us to the newest cost cutting new for this week:

- United Airlines is laying of 1,600 more people and getting rid of Ted Airlines, United's low cost airlines. With any luck they will get rid of that socially retarded woman who stands in front of the priority ticketing line at Dulles Airport. Also, Ted was one of the most comfortable airlines around, nice they got rid of it.

- The airlines are considering charging people based on their weight. The airline industry says that due to high fuel costs, heavier passengers are costing more in fuel. " Flight attendants walk down the isles handing out belt extensions on U.S. flights like they were handing out headphones". I guess they have a point there and frankly I was all for making people who can't fit in 1 seat pay for 2, especially since I usually end up seated next to them. My questions is, are they going to tax the fat flight attendants, because I don't know if you have noticed lately, but most of the flight attendants on U.S. carriers weigh more then a Shetland Pony. Fair is fair

- In what could be the ultimate cost-cutting move by airlines buffeted by sky-high fuel prices, US Airways Group says it will eliminate free snacks in coach class on all its domestic flights starting June 1. The airline's largest hub is in Charlotte, North Carolina.

US Airways also says it has matched last week's fare hikes by United Airlines, AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and Delta Air Lines Inc. The increases are from $10 to $60 per round trip and vary based on the length of the flight.

US Airways spokesman Morgan Durrant says the move to cut free snacks was needed to save money in a time of extremely high fuel costs. The price of jet fuel has soared this year with crude oil prices in the $130-per-barrel range.

The airline is still providing complimentary soft drinks.

I know how you could kill 2 birds with 1 stone here, get rid of flight attendants to save weight on airplanes and give us back our damn peanuts. Ever since they changed their name from Stewardess to Flight Attendant they quit doing anything for anyone anyhow.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More Funny Street Signs

To continue with the funniest street signs that I have seen in my travels I have the following new submission to the club

Nothing against women drivers for me, but apparently in this County they felt the speed limit should reflect reality.

This was a funny one I saw in a residential neighborhood, I want one of those for mine !

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Funnies Street Signs Ever

Hello Everyone,

Driving around the U.S. on work in a rental car affords the opportunity to see some of the funniest street signs ever. I have a couple of my favorites below, let me know what you think !

This one here should probably be in Midtown Manhattan or Washington D.C. although it was elsewhere.

It's always good to have a sense of humor when your putting a sign up !

I will have more to follow soon, including my collection of road signs from Louisiana which I dare you to pronounce.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Now It's Time for Funny Air Traffic Control Conversations

A military pilot called for a priority landing because his single-engine jet fighter was running "a bit peaked." Air Traffic Control told the fighter pilot that he was number two, behind a B-52 that had one engine shut down. "Ah," the fighter pilot remarked, "The dreaded seven-engine approach."


Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!" Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"


One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said, "What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?" The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger: "I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I'll have enough parts for another one."


It was a really nice day, right about dusk, and a Piper Malibu
was being vectored into a long line of airliners in order to land at Kansas

KC Approach: "Malibu three two-Charlie, you're following a 727,
one o'clock and three miles."

Three-two-Charlie: "We've got him. We'll follow him."

KC Approach: "Delta 105, your traffic to follow is a Malibu, eleven o'clock and three miles. Do you have that traffic?"

Delta 105 (long pause and then in a thick southern drawl): "Well...I've got something down there. Can't quite tell if it's a Malibu or a Chevelle, though."


Beech Baron: Uh, ATC, verify you want me to taxi in front of the 747.
ATC: Yeah, it's OK. He's not hungry.


LH741: "Tower, give me a rough time-check!"
Tower: "It's Tuesday, Sir."

Tower: "Height and position?"
Pilot: "I am 1,80 m and I'm sitting.

A young and stupid pilot wanted to sound cool on the aviation frequencies.
So, this one time he was approaching a field during the night time.
Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: "Guess who?"
The controller switched the field lights off and replied: "Guess where!"

Lady Radar Controller: "Can I turn you on at 7 miles?"
Airline Captain: "Madam, you can try."

O'Hare Approach Control: "United 329 Heavy, your traffic is a Fokker F-27, one o'clock,3 miles, eastbound."

United 329: "Approach, I've always wanted to say this... I've got that Fokker in sight."

A United Airlines 747 captain tries to make light banter with Sydney, Australia, Approach Control ...

Captain: "Good morning, Sydney, this is United XXX, we're 50 miles out and have your island in sight ..."

Approach: "Roger, United ... you're cleared to circle the island twice, then it's okay to land."

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