Rick Seaney, co-founder of FareCompare.com - is a world-class air travel expert.
FareCompare.com presides over a kingdom of sophisticated software that searches out fares and destinations at a billion combinations per query - while keeping track of 500 airlines serving more than 270,000 markets around the globe.
And all of Rick's data is updated continuously - in real-time.
No wonder he's the media's go-to guy for all things air travel. He's got the answers. And he loves to share his knowledge.
That's why Rick and the team created FareCompare.com - to help everyone become an air travel expert, and get the best deals first -- every time they fly.
“We need to take seriously the challenge of reforming our entry process to ensure there is a welcome mat to our friends around the world, even as we ensure a secure system.”-Roger Dow, Pres. and CEO, U.S. Travel Association
Something else: the U.S. Senate has now approved legislation to lure foreign tourist by creating a “Corporation for Travel Promotion” – but as I noted a few months back, it would penalize the very people we want to lure here:
“In a stupefying display of absurdity, the corporation would be funded in part by a $10 fee collected from – yes – foreign tourists!”- Rick Seaney, June 19, 2009
Now the bill gets referred to a House committee – let’s see what happens…
At least that’s how it worked for a young couple I know, flying from Jamaica to Dallas this week on American Airlines.
These folks were in economy class, and decided to forgo the $7 “for purchase” sandwiches as a further measure of frugality. Then, toward the end of the flight, they were delighted when the flight attendants started giving them away. Overheard: “Might as well, since we’d just have to dump them.”
My friends enjoyed a ham sandwich and an Italian grinder. One man – who’d earlier paid for his sandwich – was seen grimacing, but that was it for drama.
UPDATE: It’s possible that when the flight attendants said, “dump them”, they meant returning the unused subs to the caterers; an American spokesman told us, “We are very mindful of the amount of time that food may be safely stored aboard an aircraft.”
Anyway, next time you hear, “there’s no free lunch” – well, here’s your answer.
Conan O’Brien made a crack about Newark last week, and here it is:
“The mayor of Newark, New Jersey wants to set up a citywide program to improve residents’ health. The health care program would consist of a bus ticket out of Newark.” –Conan O’Brien
Newark Mayor Cory Booker responded via YouTube. He personally placed Conan on his own “No Fly List” for Newark and the deadpan mayor revealed a few flashes of humor himself (watch at the end, where Booker tells the late night host to, “Try JFK, buddy”).