Friday, November 22, 2002
I'm off to the airport to (among other things) test out my new free membership in the Red Carpet Club. That's a tip we might save for another day... But I'll be on the road for a week, and may not be posting until December 1. Miss me!
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
for train trips and train sets.
Sunday, November 17, 2002
. Three men carrying strange-looking documents took turns locking themselves in the lavatory. It turns out that all they had was porn
Saturday, November 16, 2002
Win 1,000,000 American Airlines miles from Cooking.com
Thursday, November 14, 2002
The TSA complaint line number: (866) 289-9673. Store it in your cell phone just in case you need it at an airport.
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Web panhandler pays off $20,000 debt.
After an 18-month bacchanal buying Manolo Blahnik, Gucci and Prada, Karyn Bosnak found herself unemployed and more than $20,000 in credit card debt.
Here's her website
When the 29-year-old spotted a sign in a supermarket with an odd request -- "Wanted: $7,000 To Pay Off Debt" -- it made perfect sense. The television producer launched a similar appeal to a much larger audience: the World Wide Web.
Internet panhandling was born.
and a spoof website making fun of her
Sunday, November 10, 2002
All of these TSA employees eat up parking spaces, creating a problem for travelers
. You'd think they could use off airport parking and take shuttles...
Saturday, November 09, 2002
2,000 bonus Alaska miles for passing through Portland
Orbitz is offering free parking
when you book a flight or hotel.
Thursday, November 07, 2002
I've previously noted a loophole that lets you transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to United Mileageplus miles, even though United does not participate in Membership Rewards. The gist was transferring Membership Rewards points into Continental miles, transferring the Continental miles into Amtrak points, and then transferring the Amtrak points into United miles. (This method also allowed you to move miles out of Continental and into United.) The loophole has been tightened somewhat:
Amtrak limits the number of Points that a Member can redeem for Program Partners or Merchants frequent traveler points and/or miles in a calendar year (including but not limited to United MileagePlus, Continental OnePass, Midwest Express Frequent Flyer and Hilton HHonors). The yearly limit for Amtrak Guest Rewards Select Members is 50,000 Points. The yearly limit for standard Amtrak Guest Rewards Members is 25,000 Points.
You've heard of man bites dog
. How about dog eats owner
. A visitor just came to this site by searching "free little kidds porn"
. What's even more frightening is that this site comes up number one on the list.
United First Class Giveaway!
: a sweepstakes for 2 first class tickets anywhere that United flies.
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
Bradford University is being criticised for offering a 'beer drinking' course
. My own criticism is that there must be something wrong at a university where its students don't know how to drink beer and have to take a course.
An update on Amtrak
. Some of the old discount codes that I've posted are no longer valid, so I figured it was time to update my tips.
First, make sure that you sign up for Amtrak Guest Rewards
. You'll get 500 bonus points with your first trip, plus points for the ride. These points can be used for free train travel or converted into miles with United, Continental, and Midwest Express. Furthermore, frequent travel while a Guest Rewards members has additional dividends. Amtrak has an elite level that offers upgrades to first class if space is available, and passes to their first class lounge. 5 roundtrips on the Acela Express or Metroliner in a year is all it takes to qualify.
Second, you should be sure to get the best price for your tickets. When booking your train, you can enter a discount or promotion code -- "V529" is good for about 20% off but may not work with Acela express trains. "H234" is good for 35% off on many trains. "H233" is good for 30% off on other trains. In addition, consider booking your return train to a city past your final destination in order to get a better price. For instance, on a Washington DC to New York trip, you might return to North Carolina (stopping in DC, where you get off the train) and find that the price is lower.
Sunday, November 03, 2002
The Transportation Security Administration succeeds.. on the golf course
While screeners aren't getting paid in Philadelphia, they can take comfort knowing that the former TSA head lavished $400K on his office, including mahogany-stained doors, a necessary perk for warriors against terrorism...
In Dallas, it was reported that the TSA set up shop at the ritzy Anatole Hotel to handle job applicants. A couple of floors were rented, we're told. When interviewing screeners, the ambiance of the venue is important. The Wall Street Journal reports that 20 TSA staff charged with hiring just 50 screeners for southwest Colorado (probably double the number needed) spent seven weeks at a posh mountain golf resort an hour or more away from any population center, holding court while candidates drove up to apply for jobs - and sometimes just one or two a day showed up..
More Room Throughout Coach
loves all of the fare glitches which make for cheap travel and cheap hotel stays. Sometimes it works out against us, though. A Holiday Inn computer error caused guests to be charged 100 times their actual bills
. I bet nobody ever purchased this $14,000,000 Seattle-London fare in coach
I just booked two nights in a Deluxe Ocean View Room at the Westin Regina
in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. No cash -- just 6,000 points (3,000 points per night). How good a deal is that? Signing up for the no-fee in the first year Starwood American Express
gets you 4,000 of those points immediately. Just put your next $2,000 of spending on that card and you've paid for the stay. No bad, eh?
Saturday, November 02, 2002
Receive up to 3,000 bonus miles when you use Delta partners between November 1, 2002, and January 31, 2003. For every three times you use a partner or partners, you'll get 1,000 bonus miles in addition to the partner miles you normally earn. Register here
10,000 bonus miles and no fee the first year
for the Delta American Express
. Get the card, pocket the miles, and cancel the card if you wish...
I've been getting a whole bunch of hits from people searching for Paul Wellstone and Assassination. So I looked it up. Apparently someone does posit this irresponsible claim
This article on how to fly first class
gets it all wrong. The author clearly didn't read this post
Friday, November 01, 2002
Register for 500 free Northwest miles and double miles on all sorts of transactions.
Only certain Northwest accounts are eligible. Type in your Northwest Worldperks number to see if yours is.