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Monday, August 23, 2010

SAS Launches Sale for Fall-Winter Travel to Europe


SAS is offering fares as low as $279* each way for Economy travel to Scandinavia from October to March 2011 from more than 60 U.S. cities to select cities in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.


U.S. originating cities include New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and many others, for travel to Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and others, with fares from $279.


To Paris, Milan, Brussels, Zurich and many other cities throughout Europe, fares begin at $299* from the three SAS US gateways: New York (Newark), Chicago and Washington, D.C.


The offer is for travel originating from October 1 to December 15, and from January 11-March 31, 2011.The sale period ends August 30, and seats are limited. Prices are each way based on required roundtrip purchase. Taxes and fees are additional, restrictions apply. To book travel and for more information visit: www.flysas.com/us


SAS operates daily non-stop service from New York (Newark), Chicago and Washington, D.C. to Copenhagen, and nonstop to Stockholm from New York (Newark) and Chicago. From its hubs at Copenhagen and Stockholm, SAS serves cities throughout Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.


On transatlantic flights, SAS offers modern wide-body Airbus aircraft, entertainment at every seat, baby and child meals and EuroBonus frequent flyer points.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

American Airlines New Express Seats


Don’t you just love American Airlines PR spin on their "newest product under its Your ChoiceSM line”? What a joke. They try and make their new Express Seats is actually a plus to customers. What do they think we are idiots? With Express Seats travelers can now purchase seats in the first few rows of Coach including bulkhead seats which used to be free. Those who spend the money which begins at $19 per flight, with pricing based on distance also get to board with Group 1 of General Boarding.

Express Seats are available to be purchased only via airport Self-Service Check-In machines anytime from 24 hours to 50 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure for travel wholly within the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Here are some examples of introductory prices for Express Seats on popular American Airlines routes:

· $19 for St. Louis to Chicago O’Hare

· $29 for San Francisco to Dallas/Fort Worth

· $29 for Boston to Chicago O’Hare

· $39 for New York JFK to Los Angeles

· $39 for Chicago O’Hare to Honolulu

For more information about the Your Choice program and Express Seats, visit www.aa.com/yourchoice.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pop-Tarts World in NYC

Yesterday I visited the new Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts World (http://www.poptartsworld.com/), which is literally a pop-up retail experience near New York's Times Square (located on 42nd, between Sixth and Broadway). The 3,200 square-foot store was packed with visitors who enjoyed hourly light shows in which they were "virtually" frosted, sprinkled and wrapped in foil. However, most (including me) were there to build their own Pop-Tarts by telling the servers which frostings (lemon, cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla), toppings and drizzle to add and if they wanted it frozen, toasted, microwaved or uncooked. I went with one of their premade concoctions -- the Fluffer Butter, which consisted of two halves of a single frosted fudge Pop-Tart with marshmallow cream and peanut butter spread in between. It was small but tasty. The guy behind me ordered Pop-Tarts sushi, three kinds of Pop-Tarts (frosted raspberry, blueberry and wild-berry) minced and then wrapped in a tangy fruit roll-up ($2.29 for four pieces). The biggest bummer: they only had two cashiers working and they were painfully slow so it took 20 minutes to pay the $3.24 for my treat. FYI: The store is only open until January unless it does really well and Kellogg's extends their lease.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Emirates to Reinstate the A380 to JFK

Emirates, the Dubai based airline, announced today the launch of second daily flights to/from Los Angeles and Houston. Starting October 31st for Los Angeles and November 1st for Houston, Emirates will fly non-stop to both cities twice a day on Boeing 777 aircraft.

Emirates currently flies nonstop to four U.S. cities: New York, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The airline will reinstate its flagship A380 aircraft on one of its double-daily JFK services from October 31st.

Did you know: Over 750 US firms have set up offices in Dubai and 400,000 American business and leisure travelers visited the Emirate last year, a 23 percent increase from 2007-08.
For more: http://www.emirates.com/us/english/index.aspx

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

NEW VISUAL BRAND IDENTITY FOR THE NEW UNITED AIRLINES

United Airlines and Continental Airlines today revealed refinements to the logo of their new airline when they merge. The logo displays the combined company’s brand name in capital letters (UNITED) in a custom sans-serif font, joined with the global mark which has represented Continental’s brand image since 1991. Do you like it? For more visit UnitedContinentalMerger.com

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Virgin America Launches New Service to Dallas-Fort Worth


Virgin America announced today it will service Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) with daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to DFW as of December 1, 2010, and daily flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to DFW as of December 6, 2010. Dallas-Fort Worth will be the twelfth destination in the airline’s expanding network. To kick off a big new route in a big way, the airline today also launches a “Texas Sized” three-day fare sale for travel across Virgin America’s network. http://www.virginamerica.com/

Monday, August 09, 2010

How To Avoid Bank of America's International ATM Fees

No matter who you bank with it’s always smart to check to see if your bank has any international partners so you can get the withdrawal fee waived (usually $5). Bank of America’s partners are: Barclays (United Kingdom), BNP Paribas (France), China Construction Bank (China), Deutsche Bank (Germany), Santander Serfin (Mexico), Scotiabank (Canada) and Westpac (Australia & New Zealand). Here's the link to their ATM finder http://locators.bankofamerica.com/locator/locator/jsp/LocatorPage.jsp#

05:06:07 08/09/10

I just learned on Twitter that at 6 minutes & 7seconds after 5am today, it was 05:06:07 08/09/10. This won't happen again until 3010. But for those of us in the U.S. we get to enjoy the binary phenomenon this afternoon since we are on a 12-hour clock. Woo hoo!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

ANSWERS ON THE GO


I decided to add a new feature - video replies on the go. QUESTION: What's the temperature right now on the balcony of Seabourn Sojourn?

ANSWER: http://johnnyjet.com/videos/Seabourn-Sojourn-Video-Answer-1-Aug-3-2010.html