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Can we have some rules please? It just gets worse and worse and worse.

Posted by George Hobica on Monday, August 10, 2009

If you don't know what we're talking about, read Ben Mutzabaugh's account of how bad it can get when an airline imprisons you.

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Categories: Airline Industry News

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Frontier's Hop Around America Sale

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, August 10, 2009

The latest sale from Frontier is good for travel through February 10, 2010, on off-peak travel days, Mondays through Thursdays & Saturdays. All fares must be booked by August 24 and require a 10 day advance purchase.

Blackout dates are September 3, 4, and 7; November 24, 25, and 28-30; December 18, 19, 22- 24, 27, 31; and January 2 - 3.

Fares include:

Albuquerque to Rapid City $178 round-trip

Billings to Austin $198 round-trip

Bozeman to Albuquerque $178 round-trip

Colorado Springs to Chicago $178 round-trip

Denver to Las Vegas $158 round-trip

Dallas to Rapid City $174 round-trip

Houston to Billings $218 round-trip

Las Vegas to Durango $178 round-trip

New York to Aspen $258 round-trip

Minneapolis to Aspen $178 round-trip

San Diego to Colorado Springs $178 round-trip

Seattle to Albuquerque $198 round-trip

Tulsa to Durango $178 round-trip

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

1-day only: 20% Off Promo Code on JetBlue

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Other Twitter-obsessed folks can surely relate to the thrill of reaching a milestone number of followers. First you hit 100. Maybe 200! Yes, it's all very thrilling. Unless you don't do Twitter, in which case the cause for JetBlue's latest sale might be totally lost on you (but hey, you can still get a decent fare out of it) Anyhoo, they've reached 100,000 followers, and to celebrate this epic event, they're offering 20% off on all flights through October 31.

Just use promo code MLNTH09 and use the link on this page to book. This offer ends today, so go!!!

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

JetBlue's new improved frequent flyer program

Posted by George Hobica on Monday, August 3, 2009

Already one pundit has pooh poohed this new program, calling it a "shame" they didn't improve it even more, but what's unclear, since we can't find an award chart, is how many points we'll need for what kind of flights. It's all pretty loosey goosey at this point.

In this new program, you'll earn 3 points for every dollar spent.

The highlights:

No blackout dates for Award Flights--get any seat, any time. As long as there is an available seat and you have the points, that seat is all yours.

Points don't expire. Just fly JetBlue or use your JetBlue Card from American Express® at least once a year.

Oneway Award Flights will be available starting at just 5,000 points. The number of points you need to book a flight varies, depending on the flight you choose.

We find this part interesting and we're not sure what it means: Some flights may require more than 5,000 points depending on such factors as your choice of destination, the day of the week and the time of year you are traveling, and how far in advance you are booking your flight.

Digging into the rules further we found this:  "The Points required to earn an Award Flight on JetBlue will be available on a seat-and-flight-specific basis (through the flight booking process at www.jetblue.com). The number of Points required to earn Award Travel may change at any time until the booking is confirmed and Points are applied as payment for the Award Flight. Any change to your booking may result in a change in the number of Points required and may also have associated fees. If you do not board your Award Flight and fail to cancel prior to departure, all Points used in connection with the Award Flight will be forfeited."

Earn up to six (6) points for every eligible dollar you spend when you purchase a flight at jetblue.com

Bonus points: In addition to the online booking bonus and the JetBlue Card from American Express® bonus, you can earn even more with two other types of bonuses:

Go Big Bonus:

Reach* Receive a bonus of
3,000 points 500 points
6,000 points 1,000 points
9,000 points 2,000 points
12,000 points 4,000 points
For every 3,000 points above 12,000 points 4,000 points

Go Long Bonus: Members who take ten one-way flights, each 2,000 miles or more, in a 12 month period will get 10,000 bonus points -- enough for a roundtrip award flight.

More info.

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Categories: Airline Industry News

Frontier Airlines sale is a good one

Posted by George Hobica on Monday, August 3, 2009


You have until 9.59 pm Mountain Time, Aug 5 to purchase these fares, which are valid for travel through Jan 5 2010. Fares range from $34 to $84 each way, and can be bought one way or round-trip. Travel Mon-Thu and Sat at the lowest fares, with the following blackout dates (when fares will be higher): September 3-4; and 7; Nover 24-25 and 28-30; Dec 18-19, 22-24, 27-29 and 31; and Jan 2-3.  Fares are listed below.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

10 reasons to visit New Orleans right now

Posted by George Hobica on Sunday, August 2, 2009

by DAVID LANDSEL
 

Besides the very low fares we find every day to the Crescent City, here are New York Post Travel Editor David Landsel's ten reasons to go.


1 Because it's cocktail weather. It's hot and humid in a lot of cities right now, but none make do as well as New Orleans, where a cold beverage is the must-have accessory of the season. For instance, a Pimm's Cup from Napoleon House (500 Chartres St.). Or, if you're feeling adventurous, a magical, mind-bending monsoon, served in large plastic cups over at Port Of Call, out on the fringe of the French Quarter (838 Esplanade Ave.). As evening sets in, dress up nice and dive into the local cocktail scene -- right now, the buzz is on Cure, a smart Uptown lounge. Ask your bartender for a sazerac -- it's the official cocktail of New Orleans (4905 Freret St.).  

2 Luxury may be so last year, but hey, it's on sale. Never stayed at a Ritz-Carlton before? Now's the time. The New Orleans hotel, located on the edge of the French Quarter, is currently offering rates starting at $149 a night. Across Canal Street is the Ritz-Carlton's worthy competitor, the Windsor Court Hotel (http://www.windsorcourthotel.com). They are, not surprisingly, starting at $149 as well. For best value, though, book a spacious full suite with a balcony. These are easily among the best rooms you can book in the city; right now, they start at just $209 a night.

3 You gotta try the erstas! Erstas, oysters, call 'em what you want. Just make sure to order them chargrilled at a New Orleans restaurant at least once in your life. Start at Drago's, a long-running suburban favorite founded in 1970 by a Croatian family. Post-Katrina, they've branched out to the downtown Hilton. While we won't hold it against you if you don't, you really should trek out to the original. There, it's all locals and the staff is consistent. Either way, there's nothing like a platter of their messy, sooty chargrilled Louisiana oysters, dripping butter and reeking of garlic and other various herbs to convince you that you are totally missing out by not living around here (3232 N. Arnoult Rd., Metairie).

4 Because you like to look. Magazine Street is one of the best commercial streets in North America, a seemingly-endless strip of unique stores, small cafes, plenty of bars, a gelato joint or two and the odd ramshackle house or run-down gas station, just to keep the mood casual. The action starts in the edgy Lower Garden District, where you've got everything from a high-end barber shop (Aiden Gill, at #2026) to a funky Jewish deli (Stein's at #2207); things keep going all the way up to Audubon Park. Up that way, you've got a whole series of boutiques that are a serious hit with the snazzy Uptown set -- Shoefty, for the latest in fabulous lady footwear, is a great stop (#6010).

5 Get up high. Did you know that New Orleanians actually enjoy the odd workout? Uptown, you can hook into the Levee Bike Path, a popular spot with cyclists and those who prefer to exercise on their own two legs. For a gentle ride with a nice view (with so little elevation around here, being on a levee here is like being on a mountain anywhere else), rent yourself a set of wheels at Bicycle Michael's on Frenchmen Street, then cycle through the French Quarter, up St. Charles Avenue and then hop on the Mississippi River Levee, once you hit Carrollton Avenue. Hey -- the more you exercise, the more you'll feel entitled to eat (622 Frenchmen St.).  

6 Discount dinners! It's time for the annual COOLinary New Orleans celebration, which offers diners a chance to get up close and personal with some of the city's most storied culinary addresses, from Arnaud's to Galatoire's. Order from special, prix-fixe menus that will run you just $20 at lunch, $34 at dinner. The program runs from August 1-September 30.   

7 Because po' boys love they po' boys. One of the best cheap meals ever invented takes on a whole new appeal in times like these -- what's more awesome than a mound of fried shrimp (or, if you're like us, piles of roast beef in gravy) on top of chewy, crispy french bread, all for a few bucks? We'll tell you what's more awesome: Having them drown your sandwich in mayonnaise and the like, without making you feel embarrassed for having no sense at all. (If that sounds good to you, ask for your sandwich "dressed." If not, don't.) Two essential stops: Skankalicious Parasol's in the Irish Channel for the roast beef (2533 Constance St.) and the more respectable Parkway Bakery on Bayou St. John for anything fried seafood-related (538 Hagan St.).

8 The streetcars are back. After what seemed like forever, you can now ride the streetcar everywhere you could ride it before Katrina. That includes the run up tree-lined St. Charles Avenue, past some of the city's most beautiful homes, not to mention the handsome Tulane University campus and gorgeous Audubon Park. The return of the 1920s-era cars has been a major boost to local spirits; at this point, it's strange to think that not long ago, folks were wondering if this new Orleans icon would ever come back.  

9 Because they they have Cream of Nectar snowballs. We can explain. First, you have the locally-revered, vanilla/almond-flavored pink soda known as Nectar; it's made by the Nectar Soda Co. (but of course!) in suburban Mandeville. Next, you have shaved ice, or snow cones, or, as they're known here, snowballs. Then you have Hansen's Sno-Bliz, a Tchopitoulas Avenue mom-and-pop dating back to the '30s, where the lines get longer as temperatures rise. At Hansen's, they take homemade, Nectar-flavored syrup, layer it with the finely-crushed ice and serve it up, snow cone-style. Two great local traditions, one perfect way to beat the heat (4801 Tchopitoulas St.).

10 Sunset drinks on the Gulf of Mexico. Just one hour's drive from the French Quarter, you can be dipping your toes into the white sands of Mississippi's windswept shoreline, basking in the gentle summer breezes that can be so elusive down in New Orleans. The region is going to be recovering from Katrina as long as many of us will be alive, but just because it isn't perfect doesn't mean it isn't excellent. Best bet: Watch the sun go down at the up-on-stilts Shaggy's in Pass Christian's pretty harbor. What to drink: Something from Mississippi's only microbrewery, the commendable Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company (120 S Hiern Ave.).

 

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