In a recent blog post, Jon Talton takes Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to task over an upcoming two-week junket to Germany. But he gets something wrong – the importance and scope of Germans who visit Arizona.
Phoenix Sky Harbor
If you’re flying out of Phoenix, your two biggest airline choices are Southwest Airlines or US Airways. You know Southwest: It’s a perky, courteous brand with few frills – but not a lot of hidden costs. US Airways gets unfairly demonized. I’ve flown it many times, and had only one hiccup over the years. It’s not great, but it’s not the flying snake pit it’s made out to be. Still, I didn’t want to fly either for a recent trip to Denver for skiing. Why? Air Miles – I’m starting to collect a good number on my Continental OnePass account. That’s also the one that has the most potential value for international flights. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal Four – T4 is the lunatic asylum from which Southwest and US Airways fly. Parking is awful, which drives us over to East Long-Term Parking, which requires a bus ride. It’s laid out awkwardly, and security lines are frequently a mixed martial arts cage fight. Continental, on the other hand, flies out of the sedate, compact Terminal 2. Is it old and outdated? Yes to the former, no to the latter. Unless you think it’s not cool to be able to walk from long-term parking to check-in within moments. My wife booked the flights through Continental.com (CO 6498, an Airbus A319, and CO6491, an A320), and soon discovered a surprise: The flight was a code share, and we’d actually fly on United Airlines (one of Continental’s partners in the Star Alliance, [...]
Note from Wandering Justin: Since I live in Phoenix, which is a US Airways hub, I plan to keep a closer eye on its activities. I won’t regurgitate press releases, but rather analyze what it means from a traveler’s perspective. I am also not an industry expert, just a curious flying enthusiast. Feel free to debate or tap me wit the clue bat! Back on May 26, US Airway announced that it would fly from Charlotte, NC, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On the surface, I have to wonder how much sense that flight makes. Obviously, the airline is going to do anything rash. It wants to make money, so it’s going to analyze the numbers to see if this makes sense for them. So I guess they found some sense in a BBQ Belt to Sunny Samba flight. The flights will start on Dec. 2. I’d love to read more than what’s in the press release (look for it here). I’m guessing US Airways is funneling passengers from other Eastern cities to this flight. Why Charlotte rather than Philadelphia, another nearby hub? I have no earthly idea. Still, seeing Charlotte snag a major international destination fills me with some hope – hope that it will deem its Phoenix hub worthy of some major international destinations. Right now, we have the most boring big airport on the planet. Great for getting to Cleveland, but useless for getting to Copenhagen. So if a small city like Charlotte can land a good [...]