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About heartofamerica

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  1. Thanks for the info. I was hoping for a nonstop..but after that, the next flight isn't until 6:00 p.m. Actually, I guess factoring in changing planes and all that, the 6 o'clock flight might not be that bad. Thanks again.
  2. I am looking at a Bermuda cruise on the Dawn out of NYC in July and comparing flights - I see an 11:25 flight out of LGA...is this too early to make it?
  3. Here is what worked for me 1. Only eat at mealtimes. 2. Use the stairs instead of the elevator 3. Walk the promenade deck or jogging track 4. Use the gym once a day on sea days The biggest thing for me I think was using the stairs. For breakfast I had Bacon, eggs, and a bagel. Lunch was usually a sandwich, and for dinner I would eat whatever I wanted on the menu (I always ate in the dining room for dinner) - that included appetizer and desserts. I'd usually take a walk around the promenade deck after dinner. I lost a couple of pounds doing that.
  4. On our cruise on the Crown out of San Juan, there was a liquor store in the boarding area...we were told that you could take any alcohol purchased there on board...as long as it was in your carry-on. We did, and had no problems at all. I kept the bottle on my desk in the cabin and the room steward made sure I always had ice available.
  5. Because it's a Spring Break cruise, there will be plenty of kids his age. The Club HAL program was also very good - my (then) 12 year old really enjoyed it and met several new friends on board.
  6. When it comes to airfares, the advice I usually give is this - if you think fares might drop, then identify the HIGHEST price you would be willing to pay before is impacted your trip. If the fares rise rather than drop, buy your ticket when it it's your "stop limit"...and quit looking. Since airfares can change several times a day, I usually book, and quit looking.
  7. It shouldn't be a problem. I go by a shortened version of my middle name, and when travelling I go by my full given name. For a recent trip, a new gal in accounting made my reservations, using my "usual" name at the office. The only problem is, I don't have any government ID with that name on it. We called the airline and had them put my "real" first name in front of the nickname - I had no problems.
  8. And the "credit card" miles are what makes the FF programs the "cash cows" that so many claim they are. If the cardholders complain to the credit card company about it, and the credit card companies realize that the reward is not worth the cost to them, might they negotiate drastically reduced rates for the future miles that they buy? ANd might that hurt the cash cow just a bit?
  9. I'll buck the trend and say USAir. They are charging for bags, coffee, cokes, water - they may have a 'stronger cash position' today, but when you run off your customers, how long will it last. And...considering that USAir (between themselves and their "savior" airline, America West) have THREE bankruptcies between them...I kind of think that no airline should have had a "do-over"...much less THREE of them.
  10. So the airlines will do with the sale of their frequent flyer miles what they have done with the sales of their seats...something is better than nothing? Because when a "loyal customer" of United or American tries to use his miles, but he is bumped because a person using their credit card for airline miles took the seat that was available, isn't that loyal customer going to be a bit peeved? With flight cuts, thus fewer available seats, won't the competition for those seats get a little tighter? Wouldn't greatam be a little ticked if AA told him "we have no seats to Brussels but we've got quite a few to Boise? USAir is taking heat because those lowly credit card users are getting preferred status without ever setting foot on board the aircraft. What's a person to do if that "non-flying preferred" passenger bumps them out of a business class seat to Europe? If the airline tries to favor the "loyal customer" in redeeming awards, then the "loyal customers" that had been buying those miles might start refusing to pay the asking price - reducing the revenue generated by the FF program. But...some money is better than none I guess. Do you know what Continental carries on their balance sheet for potenial FF reward redemtions? Almost $2 billion dollars. That ain't chump change either.
  11. NHO...nice stuff...but interesting things you might have missed in that - I am American Express. I pay Delta or American to "buy miles" for my members, and I reward them for using MY product. They might not fly much, but they have shown a willingness to buy lots of stuff using my card. But with flight cutbacks and shrinkage, the airline is finding their customers who fly all the time (often at a loss to the airline) competing with MY customers, who may fly rarely, but are racking up the miles you "sold" me. Who does the airline prefer in that case? If it's not the AMEX customer - if the "value" of the "product" (miles) is diminished for my customers, shouldn't I demand a reduced rate for future miles since they are "not the same miles" as those accrued by an airline customer? And if the revenues from selling those miles dips because the folks redeeming those miles gave little if any business (remember, my customer gets credit on YOUR airline for buying a ticket on a competitors airline because he used my card), but your airline still has to honor my clients flight to Singapore on your airline, how profitable will it be?
  12. If SWA were to abolish the RR program, I would give Delta, American, Continental and all the others about 1 week before they did the same thing. IMHO, the FF programs are nearing the end of their life...if the one financially strong airline eliminates their program, then IMHO, the rest will follow...fast. The "elites" like to claim that the FF programs are "moneymakers" for the airlines, but they apparently aren't enough of a moneymaker to show them a profit. Price and convenience will rule. I am sure that there are a few diehards who will sit at the airport and watch 5 Southwest flights depart to their destination before their one flight on the airline giving them "miles", but for most...and more importantly, the BOSSES of those road warriors, they won't find hanging at the airports to be a good use of the money they are paying their employees.
  13. I can only wish I could get a noon flight of San Juan. My last two cruises, the flights were at 4:30 and 5...I can't tell you how much fun the San Juan airport is for 5 hours...we had no trouble getting to the airport in time to have caught a noon flight.
  14. Tampa Airport is fairly close to the port. If your ship gets in on time, you shouldn't have a problem making an 11:50 flight.
  15. heartofamerica


    It's my understanding that if you miss the ship and have cruise air booked, they will get you to the next port. If you book on your own...then you're on your own. I usually fly down the day before, so I usually book my own air, but I have used cruise air twice, exactly because of this - It's also my understanding that you'll get to the next port whether you have trip insurance or not - that's the biggest benefit to booking the air thru the cruiseline.
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