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August 2014 archive

Aug 30

Customers can make a difference; Out of office notice

I’m going to be out for the Labor Day long weekend, but there was a piece of news that caught my eye based on a customer perspective.  Dublin-based Ryan Air, Europe’s largest Ultra Low-cost carrier (Think Spirit Air in the US.) announced a business class product and a focus on customer service.  The business class …

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Aug 29

If you want to learn a little about airline stocks…

Cowen and Company is holding its annual transportation conference in Boston next week.  Just about every major airline is presenting on September 3.  Presentations tend to be about 30 minutes and are led by a senior executive at the airline. If you want to hear what the airlines have to say, most of them will …

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Aug 29

Finding an Award Ticket: Part 2

So now what happens?  You’ve scoured the internet.  You’ve kept the agent on the phone for half an hour.  You’ve changed your dates and lather, rinsed and repeated. Before we go to the nuclear option, I’m going to suggest one service which offers a “free-mium” model, i.e., you can join and get basic services for …

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Aug 27

Finding an award ticket: Part I

When it comes to finding an award ticket, there are a number of ways to get results.  The quality (and quantity) of those results, however, will depend on a number of factors, including when you are going to travel, where you are going, the class of service, etc. I was recently tasked with finding two …

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Aug 26

American Airlines pulls fares from Orbitz

Claiming a dispute with Orbitz over pricing, American Airlines pulled its fares from Orbitz this morning as of today for travel after September 1. Fear not if you have already booked with Orbitz; your ticket is still good. If you need to make changes, however, you need to call American. Okay, here’s the fun part. …

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Aug 26

20% off code for JetBlue

JetBlue has been kind enough to offer a 20% off promo code for flights within the US between 9/3 and 12/18. There are some restrictions on it, with certain holiday dates blacked out and travel limited to Monday-Thursday, but other than that, it looks good. Flights must be booked by tomorrow (8/27) evening and use …

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Aug 25

Et tu, Iberia? Then fall, British Airways?

I always try to provide attribution when I get information from another source, but this one hit blogs and spread like wildfire and I have no idea where it originated. My source was an email from a friend, who got it from somewhere else, who got it from somewhere else, etc. In any case, Iberia …

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Aug 24

Important: A note on contacting me through the contact form

Hi guys, First, thank you for the emails, even the spammers who are trying to offer me SEO services (Thanks, but no thanks.). I reply to all the legit emails I get (Sorry, SEO guys.), but there’s a catch: the contact form is anonymous, meaning that, if you don’t put your email in the body …

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Aug 23

Weekend update: United meals, Cathay in Boston, JetBlue silliness

United Meals: In a rare enhancement (the good kind) of in-flight services, United announced that it is replacing its snack box meals in First with food that you may actually want to eat, including wraps, entree salads and hot sandwiches.  And while they were, in fact, designed by airline chefs, they look pretty good, anyway. …

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Aug 22

How to get United lounge access for free (with one small caveat)

Ah, another Friday.  Of course, for those of us with kids, the weekends are often more tiring than the week.  What I discovered early is that kids don’t get quiet time on the weekend for the kids to rest, they get it to give parents a bit of a respite. Speaking of respite, how about …

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