For year-end frequent flier strategists, here are some steps to make sure that flights to ensure elite level status are flown perfectly. Plus, for those not chasing elite, make sure miles don’t disappear.
“Please be at the gate for boarding prior to the original scheduled departure time of 6:45 a.m., as the departure time could be revised again.” What?
I have two clients going to China from the San Francisco Bay Area for work, and their company covers business class tickets. But, leaving from a different city, not that far from their homes, can cost $1,000 less. Go figure.
Jason Landman’s stateroom on the Carnival Miracle vibrated from the moment his ship cast off in Long Beach, Calif., until it docked seven days later. “It shook and rattled literally from start to finish of the cruise,” he says. When he complained about the noise in Cabin 7243, he says a cruise line representative offered […]
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Yesterday, October the 1st, I opened my Washington Post newspaper and saw a full page letter from Oscar Munoz, the new CEO of United Airlines. In the first paragraph he says, “…we haven’t lived up to your expectations…” He goes on to say, “That’s going to change.” The grand finale: “My goal is for you to […]
Amtrak to start charging excess baggage fees Who saw this coming? There are no fuel costs that need to be accounted for. There are no expenses with manpower to handle baggage. What the heck?!@#%! Amtrak announced new baggage charges as of yesterday, Oct. 1, 2015. But don’t worry too much; the free luggage allowance is […]
How do you turn sour grapes into a rare and expensive vintage? Ask your favorite airline — for over a decade they’ve been fermenting profits, ever since the fuel surcharges were no longer needed to cover oil price spikes. These surcharges aren’t subject to corporate discounts, travel agency commissions or government oversight. When oil prices […]
The right way to rent a car This article covers everything from the number of rental car companies (very few) to fighting for low rental car rates. My rule is to go to Orbitz and check out the rental car prices. Haven’t found a better matrix of prices anywhere. Orbitz includes the biggies like Hertz, […]
Airlines love to tout the benefits of code-share flights. But the truth is, the only people they really benefit are the airlines themselves. For those who might find the jargon confusing, a code-share is simply a flight that shows it’s operated by one airline, but is actually operated by another. In some cases, the code-share […]