American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK

American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK   |  New York, United States  | Back in New York City after and amazing month an a half in Brazil and Argentina. The way back, well on board First Class non-stop American Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to New York City (approx. 10 hours and 30 minutes ). Yes everyone, after an exhausting week planning a Gay Wedding in Buenos Aires, I got on my almost flat bed seat, jump into my AA pijamas, enjoyed a few glasses of White Wine and Champagne, caught up with movies and slept the whole way through to wake up over a great breakfast at JFK. Continue reading American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK

Air Asia left me behind in Delhi

Air Asia left me behind in Delhi  |  India  |  Hey Bangkok, it seems that I won’t be arriving tomorrow as planned, same as many other passengers of flight FD 3797 from New Delhi to Bangkok. Air Asia arbitrarily decided to move their flight schedule without letting us know. Yes you read right they literally left us behind, but trust me…. not stranded. I mean what would be the point discussing this… I am not stupid and I think none of the other passengers are either, why would I show up to a flight, which was supposed to depart at 11.40PM, if I knew that the flight was being moved to a new earlier departure time at 08.20PM. These are the moments in life when I truly appreciate being a travel agent, having a strong voice into the international travel media, and most important knowing my rights as a full paid passenger, regardless the airline being a low cost or  premium. Of course Air Asia immediately tried to blame it on me, but I told them differently straight out. Left behind maybe, but stranded NO WAY Air Asia. Big disruption into my itinerary, and I was really looking forward waking up tomorrow at my beloved Bangkok, but instead I have to stay one extra night in New Delhi. Lucky enough and due to my demands, my flight was modified and I was given a complimentary stay at a five-stars hotel, late check out, transfers in/out, free WiFi access and breakfast. My dear followers, please learn your rights as a traveller and check all the conditions on your tickets upon purchase and before departure. Much better, use a trustworthy Travel Agent, that is what we travel experts are here for. Good Night everyone, once again and unexpectedly from New Delhi. Hopefully Air Asia tomorrow will decide to stick to their regular schedule. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Social Media VIP Status by Bangkok Airways

Social Media VIP Status by Bangkok Airways  |  Thailand  |  This morning from my hotel in Phuket, while packing, I tweeted …”04AM in the morning AWAKE packing. On my way to the airport to take my @bangkok_airways flight from #Phuket to #Krabi. GMorning #Thailand…”, as I normally do, to keep everyone up-to-date of my whereabouts and then headed off to Phuket International Airport. Innocently and unaware of the power of Social Media and the excellent CRM – Customer Relationship Management, that both airlines and hotels master in Asia. I was fully stunned by what happened next. Continue reading Social Media VIP Status by Bangkok Airways

Big Apple to Big Five Daily Nonstop by South African Airways

Big Apple to Big Five Daily Nonstop by South African Airways |   Press Release by SAA |  Hi daar my vriende (Hi there my friends in Afrikaans). Great news by South African Airways, now offering nonstop service, in both directions, between New York (JFK) Airport and Johannesburg, South Africa, offering some of the fastest and most convenient service from the Big Apple to the Big Five. ( SA #204 – JFK/Johannesburg – 11:15AM/08.40AM // SA #203 – Johannesburg/JFK – 08:35PM/06.40AM ). This competitive advantage in the market gives you the ability to spend less time transiting airports and more time conducting business or enjoying time or on safari.

Onboard their new nonstop flights, SAA’s Premium Business Class customers will enjoy the comfort of our fully-flat 180° seat, with extra large pillow and thick duvet for a good nights sleep, on-demand audio and visual entertainment with an extensive menu of programming, gourmet meals and award-winning South African wines. There no shortage of comfort for Economy Class customers either, with SAA’s industry-leading legroom of up to 34” inches at every seat. That is 2”-3” inches more legroom in Economy Class than most other carriers to Africa. In addition to more space, their Economy Class offers audio and video on demand programming at every seat, featuring an extensive selection of blockbuster movies, short subject programming, music and games. Economy Class customers enjoy a selection of freshly prepared meals, complimentary beverage & bar service, including some of South African’s finest wines, and an amenity kit to refresh with during flight. So great excuse to get your plans together and join one of the Gay Luxury Safaris we are planning for 2012. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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PAM ANN live in New York reloaded by Steven Slater’s presence

PAM ANN live in New York reloaded by Steven Slater’s presence |  SOHO, New York |  If you thought that PAM ANN was hilarious, her last show at Joe’s Pub in New York city went beyond surreal, with the presence in the audience of Steven Slater, the 38-year-old former JetBlue flight attendant, who allegedly cursed out an entire aircraft, grabbed a beer and then exited the plane by deploying the emergency slide. I mean to TITANS unite for only one cause, make fun of Airlines, Flight Attendants and their passengers.
For those of us who work in the Travel and Hospitality Business, and spend more hours that we can count on planes, we can related to every single impersonation and situation. My absolute favorites are Virgin Airways, British Airways, Japan Airlines and of course Alitalia.

On a separate note, Joe’s Pub is a great space that periodically presents very interesting show, performers and artists from all over the world. The room has tree sections, as PAM ANN defined it very well: Economy (where the bar is located), Business Class (a huge sofa where you can seat to enjoy a drink during the show) and First Class (right next to the stage, where they serve a full a la carte menu). My comments ? the show was great, funny, interactive… of course that having an audience of almost 90% gay guys cheering for her makes a huge difference, but the food was overpriced and the menu that night was not in full.

PAM ANN has become an icon over the years, with live television commercials like the video above that she did for British Airways. For more information on PAM ANN please check her website @ www.pamann.com

Book your flights in advance next time

Book in Advance next time • Follow your Travel Agent’s advice and next time you plan to fly Domestic of International, book in advance. This is a screen shot of a very interesting documental that CNBC did on the Airlines business and how this affects passengers and Travel Agents. Above is an example of what airlines call REVENUE MANAGEMENT and BUCKETS (same system applies for many hotels). Depending on the time, season and how in advance you book or purchase your ticket the final fare that you will end up paying. For the same AA flight 2412 passengers seating in the same cabin with exactly the same service paid from USD 50 up to over USD 700. So do not be shocked next time you ask the person seating next to you on the plane, how much they paid for their ticket. Book in advance, plan wisely and save money. For some of you this might sound OBVIOUS but most travelers still do not understand this basic principle of Supply and Demand, that also applies to airlines worldwide. We travel agents know how to do that so trust us. CM