November 28, 1999
"Thanksgiving Travel: Gravy Train for Agents" [Nov. 20] is completely inaccurately titled. The simple reality is that travel agents make very little money selling airplane tickets. As a travel agent, when I sell a ticket on United, America, Continental or any other major scheduled carrier, the maximum amount of money made on the transaction is $50--whether the passenger flies economy or first class, whether the ticket is $500 or $5,000. When I sell an international ticket on United, Air France, TWA or most any other major scheduled carrier, the maximum amount of money made on the transaction is $100--whether the ticket costs $500 or $15,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1991 |
Republican Assemblyman John R. Lewis said during a debate for his state Senate campaign Friday that California's welfare system is a "gravy train" that is so lucrative for its recipients that it attracts a migration of indigents from around the country. Lewis, of Orange, the heavy favorite to win former Anaheim state Sen. John Seymour's seat in a special election May 14, added that the immigration of poor people to California is driving out state businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2008 |
As I drove past the Los Angeles Fire Department's Elysian Park training center Tuesday, a young man in firefighting duds was hanging a recruitment sign on the fence outside. "Now Hiring," it read. "LA's Hottest Job." Down the block, another sign flapping in the wind seemed to plead: "Be a firefighter. Positions Now Open. Inquire within." I envision a rush of applicants soon . . .
July 4, 1985 |
Once a month, sportswear executive Elliot M. Lavigne balances his checking account. Next, he reconciles his Pan American WorldPass statement. After all, a mistake on his Pan Am frequent flier account could cost him more than a bank error. Lavigne, like a lot of executives whose business requires frequent travel, has become a free mileage junkie, accruing "bonus" miles toward flights each time he flies, rents a car or stays in a hotel.
October 24, 1992 |
Are the oft-stated fears of baseball owners that the next national television contracts will provide significantly less revenue justified? Apparently so. During meetings in Toronto this week, ESPN executives officially notified members of the major league television committee that it will not pick up the 1994 and 1995 option years at the figures specified in the current contract.
December 11, 1985 |
The racketeering trial of Gov. Edwin W. Edwards and four other men went to the jury Tuesday after U.S. Atty. John Volz accused the governor of lying and called for an end to "the gravy train." After two days of closing arguments, U.S. District Judge Marcel Livaudais read his instructions to the jury, outlining the complex legal aspects of the 12-week trial. The jury is to begin deliberations this morning.