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Should FAs get a tip just for securing the overhead compartments?
Airfare Watchdog recently conducted a survey of 900 fliers and found that 27% of them have tipped flight attendants for their service. Obviously this is a small sample size, but the site followed up the survey by saying that tipping in the skies was something to get on board with, since we tend to tip so many other people in the travel industry (think hotel staff, sky caps, drivers, etc.)
This contributor has a pretty firm and direct response to their call for action: Over my dead body. And, luckily, 73% of the people surveyed felt the same, citing "no, they get paid for their job" as the number one reason for not handing out singles.
Tonight’s Powerball lottery jackpot is expected to climb to roughly $400 million, and you know we’re already dreaming of where we can go and where we can visit. Obviously things like the world’s longest flight—in business class of course—would become a regular option for us, but with that kind of coin we’re thinking we can take the spending to another level.
There’s a new travel company on the block, as Intrav is looking to woo those travelers who measure their wealth in millions rather than in twenties. Things are very much still in the planning stage, but eventually Intrav hopes to start offering up ridiculous itineraries in 2014 and 2015.
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We know the recent lottery craze has come and gone, but the next time you are busy wasting away an afternoon spending your imaginary millions—we’ve got an idea for you. There’s an airport up for sale over in Spain, and if you’ve got the cash then it’s yours for the taking.
Of course we would love to score our own airplane, but why not take it to the next level with the whole darn airport? Ciudad Real Central Airport—about a couple hours south of Madrid by car—was built a few years ago for around a billion bucks, but now it can be yours for just around $133 million. The airport was previously known as Don Quijote Airport and South Madrid Airport, but of course with the right amount of cash you can name it anything you want.
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We’ve seen our share of expensive rental cars, yet unfortunately we’re never the ones behind the wheel of anything zippier than a Sentra. Recent offerings from Hertz have been pretty intriguing, but deep down we know we’re limited to the compact—or maybe an intermediate—level of rental car for the time being.
That’s not the case over at Jalopnik where the car-focused site is doing their best to try and determine the world’s most expensive rental car. Over there a quick search yielded a solid option from Gotham Dream Cars, as they have a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe for just shy of $5,000 per day. We’ll assume that’s before you prepay for the gas, and add a bunch of those extra insurance charges and damage waivers—ha.
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Just last week we detailed 21 countries that use the "dollar" other than the United States. Although they share the name of the US' money, almost all were far more colorful and richly illustrated. Indeed, travelers will be delighted to find that airports take pride of place on two currencies.
First, there's the $500 Hong Kong Dollar bill from the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. You may know them better as HSBC. This note depicts a view of HK's Chek Lap Kok Airport (plus the control tower and tail of a 747) with such detail that terminal and maintenance buildings, and even aircraft taxiing to the runways, are clearly visible. Too bad they didn't throw in an easter egg, like a "Where's Waldo?"
24 hours of travel time can make your head spin or, in our case, cause you to explore the deepest, darkest reaches of smartphone memory. Last week, while onboard the infamously lengthy Singapore Airlines flight 25 (New York to Frankfurt to Singapore), we rediscovered a basic currency translator app and sought to see exactly how many countries call their cash by the name of "Dollars."
As it turns out, it's a lot.
Dollars and the use of the $ sign are hardly limited to the United States. Perhaps you're already even familiar with Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars (pictured above) and New Zealand Dollars, but let's venture down that rabbit hole to see where else the $ leads us...
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It's happening. A Google airline terminal is happening.
Two months ago we hinted that Google was looking to drop some dough on some tarmac to call their very own. And, according to Airport World, that plan for a Google Terminal at San Jose International is moving full speed ahead after the San José City Council gave the green light for Signature Flight Support to sign a 50-year lease for land at the airport.
It's on that 29-acre piece of land that Signature (a fixed-base operator, or FBO) plans to put $82 million into the construction of 270,000 square feet of LEED Gold facilities (inclusive of the 17,000 square foot terminal) exclusively for "private jets belonging to Google chiefs and other Silicon Valley businesses." So, in other words, not your average travelers or even the highest tier frequent flyers will be welcome.
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It's the end of the flight. The movie you're watching is interrupted by a video depicting children living in slums and fetching pails of dirty water. This is the UNICEF "Change for Good" charity campaign, and it means that in a moment, a flight attendant will walk down the airplane aisle asking for any spare change donations.
We make a point of always handing over our leftover foreign coins at the end of a trip, but the latest move by UNICEF aims to get your donations before you ever step onboard a flight.
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We’re all about the latest and greatest when it comes to airports. From new restaurants, lounges, and even yoga rooms, if it’s taking place in the airport we want to know about it. That’s why we were a little saddened to learn about one airport terminal in California that we probably won’t be able to check out anytime soon. That’s because we don’t have loads of cash, and we don’t have a corner office over at Google.
Apparently there’s such an influx of private business jets in and out of San Jose International Airport that Google is on the cusp of building their own terminal.
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Your flight attendants, pilots, and even the guy handing you your boarding pass are going to be a little bit friendlier this season if you’re flying with United. It’s not because they’re getting into the holiday spirit—although that is certainly possibly. We’re thinking that it just has to do with cold hard cash, as it looks like United employees are scoring a nice little Christmas bonus.
Sure it’s not thousands of bucks, but it sounds like United is handing out $100 to each and every eligible employee just in time for the holidays. It’s to recognize all the hard work and effort that they’ve put in during 2012, but especially thanks for achieving a pretty darn decent average arrivals and departures time. The best on-time performance actually came last month, so who knows if a better average in 2013 could bring even more cash.
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While it's true that traveling around the world is keeping us pretty content for now, at some point we may want to settle down and stay grounded. That’s why we’d probably look into buying an airport, and there just happens to be a pretty decent one up for sale.
You and your friends won’t need the Hampton Jitney as proud new owners of the airport over on Montauk out on Long Island. The airport features a 3,200-feet runway, so you probably won’t be able to land your Boeing Business Jet here. It’s also got a hangar and a small office, and it can all be yours for just $18 million. Now consider that it'll be worth nearly every cent once you the private planes start pouring in during the summer season.
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Mo money, mo problems. Sounds like a problem we all wish to have, if at least for a minute.
Even millionaires, billionaires, and trillionairs have cash problems and Christo Wiese is no exception. Back in 2009, South Africa's third wealthiest man ran into some issues with border officials in the UK when he tried to fly from the London to Luxemburg with 3 suitcases full of cash. We're talking full of cash to the tune of the equivalent to $1 million US dollars.