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Jan 6th 2011 5:27PM Good luck with that advice. On the international flights I live on with American, even top level Exec Platinum FF program members live myself don't always get an upgrade. There just aren't enough seats up front.
Dec 16th 2010 3:36PM What nonsense! I use either a hard shell Samsonite ($100 at Macy's) or whatever cheapo fabric roll-on I find at Marshall's or similar store. Both are over 10 years old and I fly 100K plus year in and year out. Don't pay more.
Dec 16th 2010 1:31PM Ever been to Switzerland? Not a fun place or people
Aug 4th 2010 4:45PM Wanna lose weight? NO soft drinks, minimal sugar and salt, NO butter and much smaller portions. And NEVER go to a fast food dump. Once I left the USA, I did all these things and lost 20 lbs, blood presure/choloestorol dropped to youth standards (and I'm 68) Quit rationalizing and do it. If not, you'll most likely never see 60.
May 29th 2010 2:45PM I too am a top level frequent flyer, but at American. I have yet to be turned down for an international upgrade (I fly 6-8 round trips annually) and the domestics usually come through. Even when I was a lower level, about 90% of the time I was able to use miles and co-payments for international upgrades.
Delta has NEVER given out freebies without a fight, even back when their program still started. At least back then (1980-87) when I flew with them frequently, everyone was really nice, both on the ground and in the air. Now, they're right down there with some of the worst airlines in the world. And...the merger with Northwest....a match made in $%#&^##$!
Apr 7th 2010 8:00PM I love guys like rob....Mr. First Class flyer. If he's paying his own fares then I'll listen, but if he's flying on the company dime, LOL. I always fly Southwest because they provide great service with employees who like what they do. And....last time I looked their the highest paid in the industry and SW has made a profit every year since their founding. Most of my travel today is international and I'm the top FF level on my chosen carrier (a USA outfit), so I'm usually upgraded at no cost but if not I can easily buy a bizz. class ticket at my personal cost and do if it's an all-nighter. I think most airline employees try to to their best.
As for re-regulation, you want higher fares, that's the way to go. When the airlines were regulated the FAA or whatever government agency it was, would just raise the fares as requested to cover whatever stupid mistakes the airlines made. Considering inflation, airfares are low and more affordable today than ever. Re-regulate and you'll be back to the days when only the upper income folks flew (but we had a lot of rail service back then).
As for airline management, most seem to not have a clue these days, Southwest excepted, but they're not paid that much either, at least as compared to other industries.
Nov 20th 2009 9:08AM I have a simple rule depending on when something has to get to its destination: FedEx by air; UPS by land; USPS the cheapest
Oct 8th 2009 3:29PM Good for her, why should the Phillies/Mr. Howard take away something of great value that she acquired fair and square? She should put it on Ebay and see how much the P/Mr.H really want it.
And, kudos to Norm Kent. Hey Norm, I remember playin' with you at the Dodger camps, even the year ('85 or '86?)you had the world's biggest knee brace.
Feb 28th 2009 3:22PM There's an easy way to combat pay toilets on Ryanair. Just use the barf bag and smile when you hand it to the flight attendant.
Feb 28th 2009 9:34AM Protestor named Paula Furbush.....with that name she should be a waitress at a bottomless coffee shop.