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Crab Soup & Flat Seats: The Way to Business Traveler’s Wallet?

February 26, 2010 | Posted in: Airfare News,Airline News,Delta | 0 comments

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Enjoyed this article in Bloomberg which suggests airlines are pouncing on “the return of the business traveler” – and why not?

The reporters note that while the recession hit global first-class and business-class bookings hard, and those passengers made up less than 8% of last year’s overseas total, “they produced 26% of the revenue on those flights.”

Now as signs point to an easing in the slump, airlines are redoubling efforts to lure the big spenders back.

On Delta, for example, that means (among other things) pouring more money into lie-flat seats “and quilted duvet comforters” while American flights to Tokyo will offer menus that include “Tahitian Crab Soup” and gingered scallops with lobster sauce. Sounds good, huh?

JetBlue’s “Technical Issues” – Where to Check Flight Status

February 26, 2010 | Posted in: Airline News,Delays | 0 comments

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UPDATE - You can now check your flights on JetBlue, all snafus seem to be done.

EARLIER: If you blinked, you might have missed it: JetBlue issued a brief “ground stop” as they worked to solve “technical issues” on their website, JetBlue.com.

We learned of this via Twitter. The all-clear message was, “The gremlins in the data have been vanquished” and we were told that flights were departing (well, where they weren’t stopped by snow).

However, as of this writing, travelers are still being directed to check the status of their flights at FlightAware.com.

 

It’s Snowing, Your Flight’s Been Canceled. How to Fill the Time?

February 26, 2010 | Posted in: Multimedia,Storms,Weather | 0 comments

Your plans are all messed up, thanks to the snow.

So what are you supposed to do with all this extra time on your hands?

Easy. Get on out there – and play.

Men and Women Travelers get Different Illnesses – How to Cope

February 26, 2010 | Posted in: Passengers,Tips and Tricks,Travel Tips | 0 comments

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I don’t usually peruse the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal (I was tipped off to this by the Daily News) – but I’m glad I read the latest issue as it has some interesting research – with the bottom line being:

Male and female travelers get sick in different ways.

Okay, maybe not earth-shattering news – but – it could help you prepare for a big trip by bringing along some preventative medications.

Here’s what you might need, according to the study:

Women: More likely to suffer stomach problems, colds and urinary tract infections 

  • Pack: Anti-diarrhea medications, cold and flu symptom relievers

Men: More likely to suffer from infections and diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks 

  • Pack: Insect repellent

Oh, and you guys out there? Dress warmly – you are much more likely to get frostbite.

See the complete study for more information.

Expect Flight Delays Today: Snow, Ice, Even Wind Hits Airports

February 26, 2010 | Posted in: Delays,Storms,Weather | 0 comments

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Depending where you live, all you may have to do is step outside to know this is not going to be a stellar day for flying.

Just take a look at FlightStats’ U.S. airport map: as I write this, massive delays are being reported in Boston, Cleveland, New York, Raleigh/Durham, Toronto and more.

Continental Airlines, for one, is reporting delays in Philadelphia of nearly 1 hour and 20 minutes; but it’s even worse in San Francisco where delays of up to 2 hours are being reported due to gusty winds.

And remember, delays in snow-country can mean delays in warm-weather airports due to the domino effect – if there’s the slightest doubt in your mind, go to your airline’s website or call your carrier. And drive carefully on your way to the airport.

Flight Canceled after Flight Attendants Fight on Plane

February 26, 2010 | Posted in: Delta,Flight Attendants,Passengers,Travel Safety | 4 comments

KEY WORDS

Can you believe this? Maybe I should have titled this post, “Smackdown!”

Two female flight attendants got into “a fistfight” on the plane (according to WLFI TV in Rochester).

The brawl took place yesterday aboard a Delta Connection flight operated by Pinnacle Airlines, as the plane was at the airport in Rochester. The passengers had expected to take off for Atlanta, but once the fists began to fly, that was the end of that.

Said one of those passengers, “The pilot decided to kick everybody off the plane – they told us we had to get off the plane because stewardesses were fighting.”

A pinnacle spokesman is quoted by the TV station as saying, the flight attendants will be “off duty” while an investigation continues, adding, the acts reported were “not acceptable”. I’ll say!

And what of those poor, inconvenienced passengers? They were eventually put on other flights but – some of them were really inconvenienced. Again, we turn to a quote from the Rochester station:

“You had someone who was getting married and was supposed to be in Cancun. There was a couple that was supposed to be on a cruise ship. Non-refundable. They left crying.” – Passenger aboard the “fighting flight attendant” flight, 2-25-10

Disgraceful. And no, we don’t know what the fight was about.

Alaska, Sponsor of Apolo Ohno, to Sponsor WiFi on Planes

February 25, 2010 | Posted in: Airline News,Sports | 0 comments

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Alaska Airlines, still up in the air over the feats of its Olympic favorite, speed skater Apolo Ohno, now proudly announces its partnership with WiFi.

In other words, Alaska plans to offer Aircell’s Gogo on all its aircraft – so you can get online as you fly. They’ll charge $4.95 and up, depending on the length of the flight (no info on when it’ll start, just “soon”).

Meanwhile, the athlete that Alaska sponsors – the fleet-of-skate Mr. Ohno – can be seen lunging across the ice again in Vancouver, tomorrow night.

Tips for Tired Travelers: Sleeping on Planes, in Hotels and More

February 25, 2010 | Posted in: Tips and Tricks,Travel Tips | 4 comments

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Did you know March 7 – 13 is National Sleep Awareness Week?

No, I didn’t either. But I do know traveling can be tiring – the hassles of security, the jet lag, and more.

So I’ve got some tips that may help – I haven’t tried them all, though; some are courtesy of the experts at the Cleveland Clinic Sleep Disorders Center and WebMD

Tips: Preventing Jet Lag

- Before traveling, try to move your sleep times and meals closer to your destination time zone

- On planes, noise-canceling headphones make sleeping easier

- If it’ll be morning when you arrive at your destination, try to sleep on the plane; if night, try to stay awake

- Once you arrive, if you must sleep, limit yourself to two hours

- Avoid social isolation – be around people

- Avoid too much caffeine and alcohol

Keep reading for tips on adjusting to new surroundings – plus a New York City hotel that wants you to get a very good rest

Tips for Tired Travelers: Sleeping on Planes, in Hotels and More

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