June 6, 1999
Thanks for your timely comments on redeeming frequent-flier points ("Frequent-Flier Deals Not Always the Wisest Choice," Travel Insider, May 23). As a consultant to the travel and tourism industry, this is an issue that comes up frequently. In many cases, it's just not worth the time, trouble and cost to use those points. That can lead to a challenge to travelers when code-share partners are involved. Code-share partners often have far greater restrictions, as those points are an out-of-pocket cost to them.
January 27, 2011 |
Airplane aficionados, you’re clear to land. At the LAX Observation Deck, that is. On Sunday, LAX is holding its first “Sunday Morning Coffee” for aviation enthusiasts and the general public, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. atop the Observation Deck at the airport’s landmark Theme Building. Admission, coffee, cookies – all free. But not the parking, which will be at the usual rates. Scanners will allow visitors to listen in on transmissions between pilots and air controllers, and free telescopes will allow close-up peeks at three aircraft that will be arriving that morning -- a sort of a celebrity lineup of arriving flights: -- Air New Zealand "All Blacks" A320 : Estimated arrival time 9:25 a.m.; departure time 11 a.m. -- Qantas A380: ETA 9:45 a.m. (for evening departure)
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May 16, 2006 |
A 54-year-old man died Monday after being pulled from a machine in a facility leased by Qantas at Los Angeles International Airport, city fire officials said. Paramedics tried to revive the man, whose name was not released, after finding him upside down at the bottom of a large conveyance machine used to store and move baggage trailers. He was not breathing, his chin pressed to his chest. It was unclear how he had been injured.
June 21, 2011 |
Virgin Australia , JetStar and Qantas airlines Tuesday canceled hundreds of flights in and out of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra due to the volcanic ash cloud from Chile, which has circled the globe and swirled into airspace in southeastern Australia. Thousands of passengers were stranded. But airlines planned to resume service Wednesday as the plume appears to be heading toward the Tasman Sea and away from Australian air space. Carriers were shooting for 2 p.m. Wednesday for resuming domestic and international flights in and out of Sydney.
August 23, 2011
The ninth annual “Tour de Tahoe - Bike Big Blue” (a fun ride, not a race) might be America's most scenic fundraising event . Click here for details of the Sept. 11 ride, with options for expert and recreational cyclists . . . . San Diego's new “Christmas Tabernacle,” a family friendly event with food, concerts, a living nativity scene and a fun zone with real snow , will be held Dec. 16-18. Daily admission $12 - $18 . . . . The Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a $200 beach fire and smores package for up to 10 guests - in addition to a room, that is . . . . Qantas is downplaying talk of a takeover bid , though execs admit that private equity firms are circling the airline . . . . FYI, a special TSA program has bred more than 500 puppies to be trained in explosives detection . . . . San Francisco's EPIC Roasthouse is holding its third annual High on the Hog pig roast and Pinot Noir tasting Sept.
November 29, 2009 |
THE BEST WAY TO AUCKLAND From LAX, Air New Zealand and Qantas offer nonstop service. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,538. TELEPHONES To call these numbers from the U.S., dial 011 (international dialing code) 64 (New Zealand's country code), the regional code (9) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Boat Shed, P.O. Box 560, Oneroa, Waiheke Island; 372-3242, www.boatshed. Chic, nautically themed, luxury boutique hotel is centrally located to explore the wineries of Waiheke Island.