December 17, 2012 |
Do airlines deliberately withhold seats until the last minute to get you to splurge on pricier options? Along the same lines, do airlines create a false impression that a flight is rapidly selling out so you'll jump on any seat available, no matter the cost? The answers, according to the airline industry, are no and no. Travelers might have another opinion. The topic arises as airlines fiddle yet again with prices and fees. Southwest Airlines said Friday that it will start charging a fee next year for customers who miss a flight but fail to cancel their reservation.
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May 9, 2001
It seems that the Bush administration promises a new era of decline in U.S. global power. By apparently abandoning the Korean negotiations, the Kyoto treaty and the ABM treaty; by keeping a low profile with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian and other global conflicts; by shunning China at every turn, President Bush is demonstrating our arrogance and sending isolationist and unilateralist signals to our allies. The president has it all wrong. In today's world, we do not gain power by standing alone in strength.
January 4, 1986
It's about time someone commented on the idiotic National Football League rule that the game must be sold out by the Thursday preceding the scheduled Sunday game or it cannot be shown on local television. The Raiders, by playing in the Coliseum, must sell 92,516 seats to be considered sold out. The irony of the situation is that almost all of the other NFL stadiums average about 65,000 seats to be considered sold out. Most of the true competitive teams have been sold out year after year, but, because the Raiders have end zone seats that are unwanted because of distance from the field, the true L.A. sports fan is excluded from viewing the game at home.
November 5, 2008 |
Turn off all cellphones and pagers -- and for heaven's sake, don't sing. Center Theatre Group -- which oversees the Ahmanson and Kirk Douglas theaters and the Mark Taper Forum -- recently announced its recession-minded Entertainment Stimulus Package, making available 100,000 tickets at $20 for all performances at the three venues for the 2008-09 season, with no limitations. For the Ahmanson's current offering, the musical "Spring Awakening" -- which opened Thursday and continues through Dec. 7 -- there's another bargain option that is not quite as inexpensive, but definitely higher-profile: There are 26 tickets available for each show at $30 a pop for onstage seats that put audience members in the middle -- or at least, on the sides -- of the action.
June 9, 1989 |
The Solidarity and Communist brain trust that has guided Poland's political fortunes for much of the past year met Thursday, trying to work out a graceful way to give seats in the nation's Parliament to 33 Communist potentates who were defeated in Sunday's elections. Following the pattern that has become standard for such gatherings, Lech Walesa arrived by train from Gdansk and, along with a handful of key strategists, joined Interior Minister Czeslaw Kiszczak--one of those rejected by the voters--and his aides to negotiate the shape of a government for Poland.
May 17, 1989 |
Like many freeway travelers today, David Rees is noticing more and more drivers who are doing business on the move, cellular phones cradled under their chins, one hand on the steering wheel, while awkwardly trying to scribble notes with the other. This sight not only makes Rees uncomfortable, he takes it as a mandate. "I see two messages there," says Rees, who is director of interior design for the Ford Motor Co. "The first is that (automobile) customers want and need a phone in these days of business.
July 28, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Cambodia's longtime strongman, Prime Minister Hun Sen, extended his 28-year rule Sunday when his party was returned to power, according to preliminary election results, even as concern over corruption and illegal land appropriation fueled strong gains for the opposition. Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party won 68 of 123 seats in the legislature, compared with 55 seats for the main opposition party, Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said, citing unofficial results.
April 2, 2010 |
UAL Corp.'s United Airlines is giving a long-overdue makeover to the Boeing 777 aircraft used on some of its longest overseas flights, adding perks such as video on demand for passengers flying in the cheap seats. It's part of a broader customer-service push at United, which for much of the last decade neglected investing in its infrastructure as it restructured under Chapter 11 bankruptcy and dealt with other financial crises. The Chicago-based carrier, which derives much of its profit from international flights, is aiming to improve passengers' on-board experience and bring its service closer to that of overseas carriers including Emirates and Singapore Airlines.
February 15, 2012 |
One of Jeanne Torres' first purchases after she graduated from college was Kings season tickets, and she has remained loyal through nine years of good and bad. But the San Pedro graphic designer's fanaticism and finances were tested this week when she learned the two seats that each cost her $33.50 per game this season could cost $40 next season following a sweeping price rescaling at Staples Center. "There's a big difference between what your heart wants to do and your brain wants to do," Torres said Tuesday.
October 3, 2010 |
In a matter of weeks, Americans will head to the polls, and they are likely to send many congressional Democrats into retirement. Politicians and pundits across the country will loudly declare this to be a repudiation of Democratic leadership in general and of Barack Obama's presidency in particular. Some may even assert that he's a "lame duck," rendered impotent until his inevitable defeat in 2012. Actually, though, "losing" a midterm election is the rule, rather than the exception, for the party that controls the White House.