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Some Free Transportation in Las Vegas from The Travel Doctor

Posted by thetraveldoctor on July 30, 2008


 

Looking North From The MGM

Looking North From The MGM

There is all types of ways to get around the City of Las Vegas and the Strip. But did you know that there are numerous ways to get around for free.  The following are just a few ways.

The Barbary Coast Casino offers a free shuttle between the Orleans Hotel, Gold Coast Hotel and the Barbary Coast. The shuttles run every 20 to 30 minutes from 9AM to Midnight. 

If you love trams like I do, then you will enjoy the two free trams on the Strip. The first one runs between Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. There is a local tram that makes all three stops and there is also an express tram that runs nonstop from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur. The trams run every 3 to 7 minutes 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The second free tram runs between the Mirage and Treasure Island. The shuttle runs every 10 min and starts at 9AM and ends at Midnight.

The Rio Suites has free shuttle service between Caesar’s Palace, Bally’s, Paris and Harrah’s. The shuttles run every 30 minutes. The Shuttle’s start at 10AM and run to 1AM Monday thru Wednesday and to 4AM on Thursday and Sunday.

I hope you try these free ways to get around Las Vegas. I have and I really had fun! Let me know if you try it by leaving a comment.

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Delta goes to $50 on Second Checked Bag!!

Posted by thetraveldoctor on July 29, 2008


 

Delta aircraft taking off

Delta aircraft taking off

Delta Airlines announced today that they are increasing the fee from $25 to $50 for a second checked bag. 

I have to give credit to Delta for not charging for the first bag. American, United and US Airways are charging $15 for the first checked bag.

Delta states that the fee increase is essential to generate the necessary revenues to offset record fuel prices. What they don’t get is that people will just stop flying or cut back on how much they fly. This is not the answer, it is just a ban-aid.

I don’t know when all of this airline fee nonsence will end, but it has to end soon or soon there will only be 2 or 3 airlines left. Until then, hold on to your wallets….it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

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Update on “Open Letter to United Airlines CEO”

Posted by thetraveldoctor on July 28, 2008


 

Vancouver Airport beginning another day

Vancouver Airport beginning another day

I wanted to update everyone regarding my Open Letter to United Airlines CEO Mr. Tilton. I received a reply from a Customer Relations person at the United Corporate Office. I am printing the letter exactly the way it was written including the mistake. I can’t believe that they would send out  a letter like this. The following the reply.

Dear Mr. Gerstner :

I am responding to your communication addressed to Mr. Tilton.

I understand that you the fee for checked baggage. Even though one piece of carry-on baggage and one (small) personal item are free, we understand your dissatisfaction with the fee for checking a bag.  Most airlines base fees on the cost of doing business at a realistic profit.  Since our customers need specific services for a variety of reasons, we consider such factors as customer demand, type of service needed, as well as the fees charged by our competitors.  While your carry-on bag is free of charge, fees for specific services allow us to tailor our products and services around what our customers value most and are willing to pay for. Other products we have customized include Economy Plus seating and Buy on Board products. Still, your comments are important to us and I will share your views with our baggage management team responsible for policies. Your feedback will help us evaluate our decisions that impact your choice of airline.

Please allow us the privlege to continue serving your travel needs.

Sincerely,

Umashankar Kar

Customer Relations

 

As I said in my earlier posts, These airlines just don’t have a clue how to run their airlines. It’s all about the Customer Stupid!

I welcome your comments!

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US Air…Charging for Drinks Won’t Help

Posted by thetraveldoctor on July 28, 2008


 

These airlines just don’t get it. US Air has now taken the entertainment units off all of their planes. What a great way to attract new customers. Then they decide to charge for soft drinks. What will they think of next? Maybe they will charge a dollar to use the rest room.

As I have said before, these airlines do not know how to run their business. The don’t understand that it’s all about the customer. Make your product uncomfortable and hard to use and people will stop using it. And that is where these airlines are going. 

The only airline out there that “Gets it” is Southwest. They don’t promise the world and they deliver a consistently good product that their passengers love. The rest of the industry could learn a lesson from Southwest. Thanks Herb Kelleher for showing the world how to run an airline.

A morning flight over Seattle WA

A morning flight over Seattle WA

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Gas, A Pain in The Wallet

Posted by thetraveldoctor on July 6, 2008


With Gas prices approaching $5 a gallon in The City of Chicago, I wanted to see what gas was going for in Dubai in the Middle East. Currently, one gallon of regular gasoline will set you back $1.42 a gallon in Dubai and in Saudi Arabia they are paying $0.99 a gallon.

I find it amazing that the price of oil on the world market is going through the roof and it’s all speculation. The oil ministers have told the world that they have plenty of oil and there is NO OIL SHORTAGE!

The good news is that people are driving less, as they cannot afford to fill their gas tanks. And the higher oil goes, the less people will use and the faster we in the US will find alternative fuels. Mark my words, if oil keeps rising at this record pace, slowly but surely, we will build vehicles that don’t use oil and then the oil producing nations will have no place to sell their oil.

Americans are very resourceful, and when they get kicked in the head one to many times, they find another way to do the same thing, but cheaper and better. Look for electric cars, more hydroelectric plants and more nuclear power plants by 2015.

Energy independence, that’s what the American People will achieve!

 

 

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