When it comes time to trade in your frequent-flier reward points for seats on an airplane, low-cost airlines do the best job of getting you in the air. That was the conclusion of a study released last week by IdeaWorks, a Wisconsin consultant to the airline industry. In March, IdeaWorks submitted nearly 7,000 booking requests through the frequent-flier websites of 23 airlines. Seats were requested for the airline's most popular routes in June through October. The study had a 93.5 percent success rate of finding available seats on low-cost airlines around the world, including U.S. carriers such as Southwest Airlines, AirTran and JetBlue. By contrast, the study had a 62.9 percent success rate with larger carriers such as American, US Airways and Delta. Jay Sorensen, president of IdeaWorks, said he thinks larger airlines have not set aside enough seats to meet the demand from frequent fliers.
LOS ANGELES TIMESSolo cruisers can find others to share costs
Solo travelers, are you looking to find other travelers to share cruises with, to cut the cost? Many cruise lines have a singles program to match you with another solo traveler. Call your cruise line and ask. Also, try looking for a fellow traveler on the message boards on CruiseCritic.com.
WASHINGTON POSTFAA gets fewer reports of unruly passengers
Perhaps because flight crews and fellow passengers are fed up with bad behavior, the FAA reports that unruly passenger incidents have declined in recent years, with 131 reported in 2011 compared with 148 in 2010, 176 in 2009 and a high of 330 in 2004. There were 12 reported through April of this year (reporting by flight crews is voluntary).
COX NEWSPAPERS'Transformers' 3-D ride debuts at Universal
Universal Studios Hollywood has rolled out its latest attraction, "Transformers: The Ride -- 3D." Michael Bay, the director who brought the "Transformers" to the big screen, helped develop the thrill ride, which he says is designed to make visitors feel like they're in the middle of the battle between the giant robots. Details at www.Universal StudiosHollywood.com.
FRESNO (CALIF.) BEEOn this free app, chefs recommend fave dishes
Chef's Feed, a free app, is all you need in your pocket or purse to find a hot restaurant. It profiles award-winning chefs and their favorite dishes in several major U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. It's available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; Android coming soon.
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