Archive for May 2010

United Fare Sale to Australia

Getting to Australia is not cheap at all, so when fares appear for under $1000 r/t, it’s almost as if you need to jump on them immediately. So in the month of August on United Airlines, I found $872 r/t to Sydney and $907 r/t to Melbourne. Those are excellent prices, and if you’re in... Read more »

Sex in the City 2: The real Abu Dhabi

This morning I caught the RedEye’s cover about the Sex in the City 2 crew going to Abu Dhabi as part of their movie. I didn’t know who to feel bad for, the poor Emiratis or the SATC crew. The film was actually filmed at Morocco, but I figured that it gave me a good... Read more »

10% off American Airlines

Feel like escaping Chicago and need to save some cash? Never fear: American Airlines is offering up 10% coupons. Go to and pick your top moments in Texas football history. Or, if you’re like me, just click on 5 random things and get your coupon emailed to you. All I ask is that if... Read more »

Frequent Flier Miles and What They're Good For.

In Up in the Air, George Clooney’s character got to drink champagne with the pilot of the plane when he hit 10 million miles. Naturally, that never happens in real life. But the pursuit of miles are important because we’re all trained to chase after something that’s “free.” Nothing ever is free. After reading travel... Read more »

Escaping to Puerto Rico and more Escape Fares

I was in serious need of Vitamin D and took my own advice and took a $220 airfare down to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a long weekend. As a result, I’m sunburnt but happy that I got out of this dreary weather. Mental note: when you’re pasty white, use copious amounts of sunscreen. The... Read more »

Under $500 from California to New Zealand

A 48 hour sale on Air New Zealand is $400 r/t + taxes (around $500). Click here. BODY { MARGIN: 8px } .LW-yrriRe { FONT: x-small arial } Travel must commence 21 May – 30 May 10 return 28 May – 06 Jun 10. Of course, then you have to find a flight out to... Read more »

Epic Road Trips: Driving from Chicago to France

I’m a sucker for road trips. I always have been, ever since I was a little kid and my mom always thought it would be more fun to drive from Chicago to Florida instead of flying. It’s fun – it’s a great bonding experience with friends and there’s nice and amazing places along the way.... Read more »

Full Body Scanners Show Who's "First Class"

Last week I refrained from making a comment about the TSA agent who attacked another agent for mocking his, well, shortcomings.Mainly I wanted to refrain from making a cheap joke about it, but I wanted to talk about the TSA themselves. Always an object of derision, I believe the TSA tries to do the best... Read more »

Thoughts on the United-Continental Merger

Since United’s the 800 lb gorilla at O’Hare, it’s a little weird to think that they’d have a merger with anyone, let alone Continental. I’ve been reading the press releases and the pundit analysis about it, and I’m a little concerned. Combined they go from 140 destinations out of O’Hare to 143 (adding Aruba, St.... Read more »