Monday, June 29, 2009

Higher Car Rental Prices From Artificial Shortage

Click above to read more information from the Consumerist:

Car rental firms have cut their fleets by almost 15% in the last year, creating an artificial shortage that has helped to raise prices. Inside, a few tips that can help lower the cost of your next car rental...

We noticed the increase when we rented a car in Las Vegas last month. Traditionally Las Vegas had the most competitive rental car rates in the nation. Not any more. And despite the tip to check out Priceline or Hotwire, we found both sites prices to be the same as renting from any major car rental site. The lesson learned is to shop and shop earlier rather than later.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Las Vegas Downton Hotel Room Rates Under $20.00

Doing a little search on room rates for the week of July 5th we found hotel room rates at several downtown properties for as little as $20.00 a night.

The El Cortez is posting $17 a night rates that week.

Binons $18.00 a night.

The Golden Gate is $20.00.

Even the Golden Nugget, a four star property is getting in the low room rate action with $49.00 a night. That is really a deal.

All rates are available from Orbitz . Click on the package links at our site.

Think flight times are being padded? They are

From the USA Today:

The Earth hasn't expanded significantly. The seismic plates under North America haven't shifted dramatically. And quite a few commercial aircraft are faster than ever. But it's still taking longer to fly on many domestic routes — and flight times are growing longer, not shorter.

Don't believe it? Check out the chart below and see just how much scheduled flight times have been stretched since 1995. For airline executives facing chronic delays on certain routes, the answer has been to pad those flights' "block times" by lengthening the total number of minutes the aircraft is expected to operate, all the way from the gate at Airport A to the gate at Airport B.

As one airline operations manager said to me a few years ago: "The airlines are no more on-time than they used to be, but they're better at covering it up."

Click above link to read the entire article

Thursday, June 18, 2009

When Blogs Fall In an Empty Forrest

Yes we did disappear for a while. We have been traveling a bit and bit busy. Not paying attention to our blog knitting. This New York Times piece did catch our attention. We have not been posting regularly and we are not alone.

According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled.

We just hit the magic 120 days and promise to do better. Watch this space.