Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the airport
Not a flyer was stirring, not even a rat around D36.
The airplanes were parked by the jetbridge with care,
In hopes that the economy rebound would soon be there.
The Captain and FO were nestled in the cockpit,
While visions of pay cuts and long hours gave them a fit.
And the Gate Lice in his wrinkled suit, and I in my "Glenn's Gotta Go" cap,
Had just settled into ...
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the airport
Following on from Josh's post about old school airlines failing at new media customer service, Continental really dropped the ball. TV's Craig Ferguson had a funny monologue this week regarding "volunteering" for a bump. Let's just say he doesn't get as excited about bumps as Matthew does.
As I am flying to DFW I've got a few minutes to write a review of "Up In The Air" the recent Jason Reitman and George Clooney movie about a very frequent traveler.
Ummmm, what can I say? The movie was so hyped in upgrd-land that I had exceptionally high hopes for ... well I don't know what for. Technically there was lots of flying geekiness that fit the bill: Concierge Key, Elite benefits, airplanes inside and out, but somehow the movie missed the mark for me. From the bland ...
Jason Reitman, director of the "Up In The Air" movie, got bumped back to coach by some turkey. Errr...I mean...by a turkey.
Today, on "Turkey 1" a United Airlines flight from IAD to LAX, first class was occupied by the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate who had just received a presidential pardon. And, I am assuming, their entourage.
I hear that the inflight meal consisted of turkey meatloaf with a side of seat 2D. See them in this quick video: http://qik.com/video/3687471
It's no secret that every frequent flyer now thinks they are George Clooney due to the impending release of "Up In The Air" this Christmas. This movie chronicles the fictitious Ryan Bingham (Clooney) as he chases millions of frequent flyer miles - a theme that pulls all our upgrd heart strings. In conjunction with Entertainment magazine there is a pre-screening next Wednesday in certain major markets. Look for my review on Thursday.
Also, there is a new Up In The Air website which seems like a big miss to me. The previous site simply had links to the great trailers. The new site takes a long time to load, loops the theme music, and provides little more than...links to the trailers. Note to Jason Reitman - next time save the bucks on the flash website and just stick to something simple.
Looking forward to seeing it! Anyone else attending next week?
Ah...the joys of traveling. Traffic, check in agents making up their own rules, and our tax dollars hard at work at the TSA security check point. I am not sure what is more frustrating, the incompetent TSA staff standing around talking while passengers are waiting or the infrequent traveler that takes the last six...yes that's right six plastic bins for use on the conveyor belt.
First, as an homage to the upcoming Up In The Air movie, pick any line that you have access to that looks ...
After sending a distressed tweet on Twitter that I thought the Admirals Club was crazy for only serving cookies until 3pm on Sundays, I exchanged a few messages with @AdmiralsClub about the club offerings. I replied something to the effect that the recent improvements in inflight service were not reflected in the Admirals Club product and only heavily discounting membership (by giving $70 off – which is upwards of 25% for some membership levels) made me (and some others) decide to ...
Google, in partnership with Boingo Wireless, Advanced Wireless Group and others is providing free internet access at 47 airports now through January 15, 2010. This is in addition to the free wifi that Google is offering on Virgin America flights.
From their FAQ:
Q. How do I sign up for complimentary WiFi?
No login or email is required, simply select the option for the complimentary WiFi and accept the terms of service.
Find out more, including which airports this service is available from at: http://www.freeholidaywifi.com/
If you are looking for a simple cost effective way to get from Manhattan to JFK airport, I'd suggest taking the subway or Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to the JFK Airtrain. Since a taxi will generally cost you $55 ($45 fare, $5 tolls, $5 tip) and a variable amount of time, depending upon traffic, the train or subway can be much cheaper and get you there in almost the same time.LIRR and JFK Airtrain
The recommended mode of transportation depends upon your location in Manhattan and the ...
After spending time in New York with clients my plans called for a quick trip to Syracuse to see family and clients in upstate New York. Normally I take Amtrak as business class upgrades are cheap, and the ability to walk around, buy food, and power at your seat makes the trip very productive. However, as I was walking on 23rd street the other night I noticed a Megabus with signs indicating cheap fares to Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto from New York City.
Megabus is an ...
Although I can't beat Matthew's $105 fare on UA, this one way fare on American comes close. Purchased only a few days in advance with the upgrade clearing immediately, is always nice for me, but seems counter productive to AA's bottom line. Now if only Business class passengers weren't second class citizens. Where is my pre-departure drink!!! ;)
This article about a United Airlines executive building a replica of a Pan Am 747 in his garage got me thinking. We must have some equally dedicated and creative listeners and readers that have something to show.
What is in your garage?
What airline memorabilia do you own?
What nostalgic photos do you have to share?
After having several discussions about what makes an airline club membership worthwhile, I thought we should ask you, the frequent traveler. It seems everyone has different wants and needs, so please take the anonymous survey and I will post the results in a few weeks.
Please leave any other comments below. Thank you!
Last week I attended United Airlines' fleet week at SFO which included a plane pulling competition. An Airbus A320, recently saved from TED hell, was on the apron with a long rope attached to the pull bar.
Along with 19 (26?) other FlyerTalk readers we lined up for a quick photo:
Somehow we finished second.
Special thanks to Joe Jusai (flyforsmiles.com) for taking the photos.
I ordered a Northwest luggage tag after reading Gary's post as a memento before the airline disappears. As I have no particular affiliation to NW and I foolishly printed my own name (instead of something generic I could sell on ebay!) what should I do with it? Should I keep it pristine in the drawer or use it today on my flight since my (also defunct) Ansett bag tag is wearing thin?
With the current Double Elite Qualifying Mile promotion there is some confusion regarding earned miles for redeeming awards (RDM) versus the miles used to qualify for elite status (EQM). From a listener:
"I was planning on going for Executive Platinum (EXP) this year. Question: I have just completed the challenge, and am now a Platinum (PLT), there's a 100% bonus on all miles flown, correct? Does that mean that I have to fly
50,000 miles * 100% bonus = ...
A reader wrote in to ask:
"Do you have to use 500 mile coupons for every upgrade?"
As an American Airlines Aadvantage Gold (GLD) or Platinum (PLT) member you need 500 mile upgrade coupons (more affectionately known as "stickers" from the days when they were actually stickers applied to your paper ticket) for most domestic upgrades. The exception being full fare tickets booked into Y or B class. International upgrades require miles and are subject of ...
On the occasion that my upgrade does not clear (gasp!) I have the treat of purchasing some in flight deliciousness including the current Boston Market (BM) sandwiches and salads. A few months ago I bought the pre-BM turkey sandwiches for $6 which were dry and bready, but I didn't realize how good it was until I had the option of purchasing a $10 salad with slivers of meat or a $10 (mostly bread) BM sandwich.
I know American famously saved tens of thousands of dollars by removing ...
So you've decided to take the American Airlines challenge and need to book your flights. Remember the challenge is based on points not miles. So we need to search for specific fare classes - unless you are indepentently wealthy, of course.
American is one of the few airlines that still let's you hold an itinerary online. This makes planning somewhat simpler in that you can find a good fare, put it on hold for 24 hours, and continue searching.
You only need to ...