I know, it’s probably a bit silly not to comment on the Continental/United merger today, but:
a) I mentioned it Friday;
b) Everyone else in the universe has put in their 2 cents;
c) Frequent flyers of both airlines will eventually find small things to complain about as some of the little things they liked about either carrier disappear;
d) US Airways has to merge with someone now;
e) Although everyone is now suggesting US Airways & American tie up, wouldn’t American & Alaska be more interesting? Alaska has a strong west coast presence and, more importantly, a history of implementing new and interesting technologies (online checkin, e-tickets, etc). American is looking to dump its reservation system and could use Alaska’s smarts to help build something to replace its ancient backbone. In that case US Airways is in deep trouble long-term.
Anyway, it’s been a while since I mentioned a really cheap package to China, but here ya go: 5 nights in Beijing, airfare from San Francisco and daily breakfast for $555 (plus about $229 in taxes) with tour operator China Spree. That is ludicrously inexpensive. Travel is good November through March. My in-laws did a tour with that company last year and were thrilled.