Tag: Bahamas

paradiseIf you haven’t tracked airfare prices with Yapta.com this month, you had better do so soon.  There’s only 5 days left where you can become eligible to win a 5-night, 6-day stay at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in our 9 Months of Paradise by Marriott Sweepstakes.

Each month, we’re giving away a stay in the Caribbean or Mexico courtesy of Marriott.  Entering the sweepstakes is easy.  All you have to do is use Yapta.com in October to track the price of any flight.  For every flight you enter (up to 25), you’ll receive an additional chance at winning the Grand Prize.  We’re also giving away Bose on-ear headphones and Starbucks gift cards as secondary prizes.

Don’t think you have any chance of winning?  Either did these Grand Prize Winners:

Denise Underwood (Federal Way, WA)… Won a 5-night, 6-day stay at St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino

Laquitta Sobieski (Ocala, FL)…  Won a 5-night, 6-day stay at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino

Sharon Weinstein (Branford, CT)… Won a 5-night, 6-day stay at Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

Will Bentley (Hammonton, NJ)… Won a 5-night, 6-day stay at JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • Southwest and AirTran each launched broad fare sales this morning, with fares dropping to as low as $25 each way on some Southwest flights. Both airlines’ sales cover flights into February, though there are the usual blackout dates around the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.  (See the USA Today’s travel blog Today in the Sky for details.)
  • JetBlue began its new flights to Saint Lucia Monday with nonstop service to the island’s Hewanorra International Airport from the airline’s home at New York’s JFK International Airport. The airline now serves the island with nonstop flights every Monday, Thursday and Sunday, operated by its 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
  • Adventures by Disney is giving away a three-night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas when you purchase a vacation on select Adventures by Disney trips to Europe, China, Australia, Costa Rica and the American Southwest. (See the LA Times’ Daily Travel & Deals blog for details.)

Crazy Week of Cockpit Carelessness

Less than a week after a high-profile safety mix up where a Delta plane landed on the airport taxiway at the world’s busiest airport, rather than the parallel runway – there’s been another instance of cockpit carelessness reported by The Wall Street Journal:Flown off course

“Federal officials are working to sort out whether pilots of a Northwest Airlines flight dozed off or were simply distracted Wednesday night when they fell out of contact with air-traffic controllers for more than an hour and overshot their destination by 150 miles.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, among other things, whether the two pilots fell asleep at the controls. The pair told law-enforcement officials who interviewed them upon landing in Minneapolis — and apparently told fellow pilots later — that they had been engaged in a “heated discussion over airline policy and they lost situational awareness,” according to the NTSB.

Whatever the reason, the plane may have flown out of range of one air-traffic-control center and failed to take steps to get back on course and resume radio contact with controllers, according to industry and government officials close to the situation.

During the 78-minute radio silence, controllers became so concerned about the fate of the 149 people aboard that they asked pilots of other aircraft in the vicinity to see if they could rouse the Northwest crew, according to industry and government officials. When that failed, the Federal Aviation Administration and military official began to consider having fighter jets scrambled to intercept the twin-jet Airbus A320, these officials said.

When an aircraft fails to respond for such a long time, it is routine procedure to send fighters to try to determine the problem.”

Here’s some more travel news you can use:

  • The New York Times blog InTransit notes that Club Med is offering seven nights for the price of three. The Seven-Day Weekend deal starts at $799 a person and is available at any of Club Med’s all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida.
  • A Utah congressman upset he had to go through extra screening is shown in newly released video footage going through airport security.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says screeners at the Salt Lake City airport targeted him for an additional search because he refused to go through a whole-body imaging machine.  The union representing airport security workers says he was trying to kick start a confrontation.
  • Alaska Airlines began nonstop daily service today between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  Flights leave Seattle at 9:10 a.m. and arrive in Atlanta at 5:10 p.m. local time.  Return flights leave Atlanta at 6:10 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 8:30 p.m.