Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Turkish Airlines new commercial featuring legendary pro athletes Kobe and Messi

Kobe Bryant, the best basketball player of the 21st century, and Lionel Messi, arguably the best soccer player of all time . . . it'd be the moment of a lifetime just to fly with one of them.  But both of them??  Turkish Airlines sure knows how to market by besting two of the best professional athletes in the world with their business class ice cream dessert.  Check out their new commercial:
Although incomparable against Asian heavyweights Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, etc., Turkish Airlines has been voted the best airline in Europe for two years straight.  Their premium class hard product and service excels as a Western carrier, and their mileage program easily trumps most U.S. and Asian carriers' programs.  Elite status is easy to earn, and they're currently offering a status match with other carriers with no challenge threshold requirement.  If you're a mid to top tier elite member with another airline, you can request a complimentary status match to their program, which Gary Leff has outlined.  Note: Kobe and Messi are not included in every flight.

Sunday, December 9, 2012 offering 200,000 free seats for travel from Jan. 9 to Feb. 28, 2013

Now adays, flying trumps ground transportation due to the significant speed factor which comes at a reasonable price.  For most travelers, it just doesn't make sense to pay $52 for a 9-hour Greyhound ride from SFO to LAX when a 1-hour flight can be attained for $70.  But what if you were to drop the bus price down to a couple of bucks and make it nonstop and doable in 7 hours?  That's exactly what has done in an effort to re-win all that ground transportation business that fell prey to the airline industry decades ago.
Megabus, which initiated service in 2006 for the East Coast and Canada, has officially launched hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  With 6 daily buses between SFO and LAX at an average price of $3 and a sitting time of 7 hours, they've officially made ground transportation a viable and cheap option again.  What's more?  They're currently offering 200,000 free seats for travel from Jan. 9 to Feb. 28, 2013!!  You really can't complain about a free city-to-city ride no matter how long it takes.  Since space is limited and capacity controlled, book your free seats now.  Even if you miss out on this deal, at least it'll only cost you 6 Washington's for a roundtrip bus ride from SFO to LAX.
It should be noted that Megabus does not allow changes or refunds for bookings.  They do, however, offer free WiFi, power outlets, and restrooms to pass the time at ease.  Free luggage allowance includes 1 large <50-pound bag and 1 carry-on personal bag.  This is a good opportunity to bypass long and tedious security lines with incompetent TSA agents and avoid United Airlines' crappy service.