Archive for July, 2010

Honolulu Airport HNL, Honolulu Hawaii

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Honolulu Airport HNL, Honolulu Hawaii

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

It’s hard to beat HNL – Honolulu Airport in Hawaii on the Island of Oahu – for calm surroundings and a casual feel in a large Airport, though even *more* casual is Kona, the Airport on the big Island of Hawaii.

One thing that struck me in Hawaii is how small the islands are compared to what I had expected. Hawaii’s tourism footprint is one of the largest in the world in terms of visitors and reputation, yet you can drive around the “Big Island” of Hawaii in less than a single day, and drive entirely around Oahu – the most populated and visited of the Hawaiian Islands, in just a few hours.

In Flight Insider Blog

Monday, July 26th, 2010

As a traveler you should always be looking for better ways and cooler places, and this is a lot easier now that you can read and interact with literally tens of thousands of travel enthusiasts around the world.   For example check out the excellent Air Travel blog called “In Flight Insider” by C. Paddock who is also on Twitter as @InFlightInsider

Samui Airport, Thailand

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Samui Airport, Thailand.   Official Website Click Here

It’s hard to argue that Samui Airport in Thailand isn’t one of the prettiest in the world, with elegance and open air that help make travel a lot friendlier.

Samui is a private airport run and mostly created for  Bangkok Airlines flights.

Photo Credit: Samui Airport

Airline Frequent Flyer / Mileage Program Pitfalls and Problems

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Mileage programs update:

As Airlines reel from the global economic recession as well as troubles that have plagued them well before that, we find most Airlines have tightened and changed  some of their frequent flyer program rules.   Historically these have been pretty generous and in my experience it’s been easy in the past to get miles credited back when they expired, but this no longer seems to be the case.

If you travel on many airlines or infrequently, you’ll want to keep track of miles expirations.  In some cases these were changed without much warning from “never expire” to “36 months of inactivity” to “18 months of inactivity”.    It’s pretty easy to go 18 months without a flight on a particular airline so consider looking for ways to sign up for programs that will add small numbers of miles to your accounts, keeping them in good standing.

ALSO use caution -in fact generally you should AVOID buying or even gifting and transferring miles from the programs unless there are very small or no extra charges.   This will take a bit of math on your part.     For example this (United Airlines Mileage Plus) transfer fee to give miles to another frequent flyer does not look too intimidating at first glance but if you do the math you see it’s probably only rarely worth the cost:

How much does the transfer of Mileage Plus miles cost?
There is a cost of US $0.015 per mile, plus a US $35 transaction fee. The order can be charged to a valid participating credit card. A member may transfer miles to a maximum of three people in one transaction.

Let’s say you (generously – aren’t you NICE! )  decide to transfer 25,000 miles to your relative / friend to buy a ticket out to see you.   This will cost  you $.015 x 25,000 + $35, or a whopping   $410 !      In many cases you’d not only lose a free ticket, but you’ve paid about what they’d need for a ticket to many US locations!

As with everything …. always watch your wallet!

Frequent Flyer Program list from

Paris CDG Airport. CDG stands for Charles de Gaulle

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris
Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

Paris Airport. “CDG” which stands for Charles De Gaulle, one of France’s most prominent and influential Presidents.

CDG Airport is the main France Airport, an international thoroughfare for the entire world.

Paris Airport is a main hub for inbound and outbound tourism as well as a key hub for Air France, Delta Airlines, Easyjet, and Federal Express.

Wikipedia on Paris Airport CDG


A notable event at Paris CDG was the collapse of Terminal 2E, though it’s always critical to note that Air travel remains *spectacularly safe* compared to other forms of transportation.   You are often at much greater risk *driving to and from* your airport than you are from the flight, and these photos are just for your prurient interest – CDG is a very safe place! Photos of Terminal 2E Collapse and rebuilding

Duty Free from China BCIA. Duty Free Shops at Beijing Airport

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Beijing Airport BCIA. Duty Free Shops. 843

Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

The actual value of Duty Free remains something of a mystery to me and we’ll try to do a study here at QuickAid Airport Directory that helps you determine whether you should fuss with buying, carrying, and custom-izing duty free items during your international trips.

On international flights you’ll find most Airlines are working the duty free angle – allowing folks to shop via the inflight magazine and order duty free items for pickup at landing.

However you’ll find your largest – in the case of Beijing *massive* duty free shopping opportunities outbound from your foreign airport to bring home.

Although I’m not a regular buyer of spirits or high end merchandise, I found both in China and last month in Europe that the alcohol prices seemed unimpressive – offering little or no savings over local purchases and probably greater cost than online deals you can find for your favorite high end whiskey, etc. However I need to research a bit more on this topic – we’ll try to do a comparison of several duty free items soon.


Sunday, July 18th, 2010

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Oslo Airport at Gardermoen, Norway

Sunday, July 18th, 2010
Oslo Airport at Gardermoen, Norway

Oslo Airport at Gardermoen, Norway

The Oslo Airport is one of the key gateways to Scandinavia, offering regular flights around the world.   Oslo Gardermoen is located about 30 kilometers from the Oslo city center but there are very regular trains running about every 15 minutes.   Note that the “FlyToGet” service is fastest but also more expensive than regional or local trains which are free for Eurail Pass holders and cost less than the FlyToGet trains.   However these are less frequent than FlyToGet.

Conveniently the train station is at the Airport so the trains to “Oslo Central”, usually written as “Oslo S”  are the only extra transportation you’ll need to get into the city.     Oslo Central is a large and modern station with trains that head off in all directions – West to Bergen and Fjordlands, North to the Arctic Circle, South to Sweden and Europe, and East to Stockholm Sweden.

TSA Tips for Travelers

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The TSA Website regularly offers features and tips on travel, and you’ll be better prepared if you check in before trips.     Rules are starting to stabilize after the dramatic security changes created by the 9/11 terror attacks on the USA, but unless you fly regularly you may be unpleasantly surprised by some of the rules.

The most important change since 9/11 has been the liquids rules, which restrict the amount of liquid you can bring through security.    I think the simplest approach if you check bags is to place your gels and liquids there, but if you need to carry them be sure they conform to the rules or you may loose that expensive new shampoo you just bought for the trip.

Liquids rules from TSA – remember it’s 3-1-1 3 ounce or LESS container in a SINGLE ONE QUART clear bag.    You may place several containers in the same quart clear bag.

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

A new three billion dollar (USD) terminal has been dedicated at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.  Terminal 3 , also called ” T3″  took 37 months to build and opens for international travel July 14, 2010.

Domestic travel shifts to Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi Airport on July 30, 2010.

Another massive modern terminal is scheduled at India’s massive city Mumbai.

More from AP via NPR