An engaged couple were about to end their long distance relationship — by getting married (she lives in Corpus Christi, he lives in Toledo).
The only question was, where to do it? They had the license, but no venue.
William Acosta, the groom-to-be suggested offhandedly that, since they spent so much time saying hello and goodbye in Ohio and Texas, why not just get married at the airport? If he meant it as a joke, too bad — his fiancee Robyn Moore decided to surprise him by doing just what he said.
So when the groom-to-be arrived at Corpus Christi International yesterday, he was greeted by Moore, wearing a fetching white gown; a justice of the peace; assorted friends and well wishers — and of course, a couple of cameras (you can see the video here).
Turns out Acosta was delighted with the set-up (despite being attired in jeans and a sweater), and they were promptly married. Best wishes!
I haven’t seen it yet, but the trailer for the film “Up in the Air” looks terrific.
This is the film I told you about earlier, co-starring George Clooney and American Airlines — and both look terrific in the little footage I’ve seen.
The movie has just been released – to “stunning” numbers – and goes into wide release Christmas Day. A lot of critics really like it.
And perhaps not surprisingly, writer/director Jason Reitman likes to fly – and often logs 100,000 miles or more a year. In fact, Reitman has lately been flying all over the world for various “Up in the Air” premieres, which is fine by him. As he told the Hollywood Reporter, “There’s a reason why I made this movie: I actually enjoy it.”
Want to start racking up your own miles for elite status – or to keep it? Just head for our “Where-to-Go” Flight Finder for cheap deals from your airport, and – get up in the air.
Delta says, take a 30-day test run of our Sky Club – for just $90.
What do you get for that? All kinds of amenities, including – a putting green.
Oh, not at every Sky Club – but you will find these greens in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, JFK, Orlando, Los Angeles, Salt Lake, Washington-Reagan, and W. Palm Beach. They also loan you Nike Golf gear, so you’ll be all set.
Of course, Sky Club memberships are cheaper if you sign up for a year ($500) or three years ($1,265) – but $90 seems quite doable – and quite worth it, if you fly a lot in a month.
You say you need a gift for the traveler in the family? Say no more.
After doing some serious surfing, I’ve come up with 12 gifts fit for a frequent flyer. And, since I didn’t want this to be boring, some gifts are terrific while others might be considered, uh, terrible.
I’ll leave it to you to decide which is which.
The best part: most of these gifts can be ordered online, so you don’t have to brave those Black Friday lines! Ready? Here we go…
Top 12 Best/Worst Christmas Gifts for Travelers
1. Bacon Curls: The perfect snack for hunger pangs on planes, and at just $2.95, it’s a lot cheaper than most airline food; brought to you by the Bacon of the Month Club (which also has gifts like “bacon soap” – 3 slices for $24.95).
2. Knee Defender: An old favorite; it prevents the person in front of you from reclining his/her seat (but careful – some flight attendants don’t approve of the Knee Defender and may confiscate it); just $14.95.
Keep reading – ten more gifts are coming your way… Black Friday: Top 12 Best/Worst Christmas Gifts for Travelers
I’ve heard of product placement in films before, but nothing compares to American Airlines constant presence in George Clooney’s new movie, “Up in the Air”.
Of course, flying – and American – does play a big part in this picture.
Clooney’s character is a “downsizing consultant” who flies all over the country to fire people, while at the same time, is trying to rack up ten million frequent flier miles – oh, and not just any frequent flier miles – these are miles in American’s AAdvantage program.
The Los Angeles Times explains:
“In Hollywood, this is called a ‘marketing partnership,’ which has already created dozens of movies with feature roles for soft drinks, fast-food chains and cars, like the racy Aston Martin that appeared in the James Bond thriller ‘Quantum of Solace’.” -LA Times, 11-14-09
I found this “Up in the Air” trailer on YouTube – notice all the Americana. In theaters next month.
Coming in early 2010 – United Airlines says all its elite Mileage Plus members will start receiving “unlimited domestic upgrades”, or as it says on the carrier’s website, “They’re complimentary. They’re unlimited. They’re yours.” That is, if these “special” seats are available.
How it works: Elite members will no longer have to request an upgrade – it will be an automatic process for the member (and one companion) for travel in the U.S., Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.
Again, you must be a member of the “elites” which means you must rack up at least 25,000 miles a year (ask a mileage runner for tips on making elite status).
There is some fine print – read up on it here, before the “Unlimited Domestic Upgrade” program goes into effect sometime after New Year’s.
You know what “elite” status as a frequent flier mileage club member gets you? A lot more than free flights.
How about no baggage fees, or priority boarding? Wouldn’t you like to be among the first to get at that overhead bin space? Plus, better seat selection, priority security lines, and more.
So check out the latest promotions from US Airways, American, Continental and United; they’re all offering short-cuts to elite status.
US Airways, for example, allows you to fly 15,000 miles or 20 flight segments from now til Dec. 25 and – bingo – you are Gold Preferred Status, which normally requires 50K miles.
Attention all business travelers — this post is especially for you.
It’s ba-a-a-a-a-a-ck! American Airlines is going to, once again, help you qualify for elite status faster than ever.
Fly between now and Dec. 15 and frequent fliers (AAdvantage members) will be able to earn “twice the elite status qualifying miles”.
That’s a mouthful – but all it means is, the airline is offering more miles, so you can get eligible for more perks, faster – like the Almighty Upgrade.
Click here for more details – then start flying, and amassing double miles. It is sweet to be elite.