29 Aug 2014

Why Airlines Will Regret The Transparent Airfares Act – Forbes.com

At the end of last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, but let’s be blunt: the bill does the opposite of what the name implies, at least from the passenger point of view. If enacted, it would allow airlines to quote airfares excluding taxes and fees, which in some cases can come to nearly 50 percent of the ticket cost. Where’s the transparency in that?

The airline industry has been pushing the bill for a while now, and I get why: When tickets cost more, airlines sell fewer of them. And the airlines don’t want to look like the bad guys raising fares, when all they’re doing is passing along government-imposed taxes and fees.

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08 Mar 2014

5 Great Escapes from Orlando’s Theme Parks – Forbes

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I love Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando and Legoland Florida as much as the next 10 million guys, but it’s kind of the way I love chocolate fountains, dirty martinis and the Pharrell Williams song “Happy.” There’s a fine line between “Awesome!” and “Please Lord, make it stop!”

Take heart. There’s a whole other World, an alternative Universe, a different Land, in and around Orlando. Step away from the parks, hop into the rental car, and you’ll find a very genuine central Florida, worth a visit in its own right at prices a fraction of the theme parks’.

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12 Dec 2013

The Real ‘Christmas Miracle’ Of WestJet’s Viral Video: Millions In Free Advertising – Forbes

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If the unbridled emotion of 250 unsuspecting passengers receiving their Christmas wishes doesn’t warm your heart, you may want to consider a Scrooge-ectomy.

It’s the airline, though, that may have received the biggest Christmas surprise. Richard Bartrem, WestJet’s vice president of communications and community relations, told me that the company had expected perhaps 800,000 views from the video. But in the few short days since Christmas Miracle went live, it had topped 13 million views, been seen in more than 200 countries and made the news in the U.K., Australia, Japan, Poland and Malaysia. “We’re pretty thrilled,” he said, with typically Canadian understatement.

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