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Airline Computer Crash Advisory: The recent Sabre glitch affecting hundreds of flights across the U.S. prompted this advice from travel expert Rick Seaney: “If you’re at the airport, get in line and get on the phone and get on Twitter. Your goal is to find someone who can help you get away from the mess.” He added, “If you’re stuck in New York and the only place you can fly to is Chicago, go – even if it’s not your final destination. You want to be where there are fewer people vying for the same empty seats you’re trying to snag to get home.” See the video below.
Airfare War in California: Beginning Sept. 14, Delta adds new shuttle service between Los Angeles and San Francisco. For those keeping score, there are already 50+ flights between the two cities every day, and prices reflect this. The latest Virgin America sale offers tickets on its LA-San Francisco route for just $59 each-way. Watch for more good prices especially to/from LAX and other Southern California airports.
Africa Hub Airport Ravaged: A huge fire swept through the international terminal at Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Airport, but beyond that reports are conflicting. BBC sources first indicated the eastern African airport – a main tourism gateway – would be closed indefinitely but Kenyan officials say cargo and domestic flights could resume this week. If you’re heading to or through Nairobi, check with your airline ASAP.
See Rick Seaney on the recent airline computer outage – and what you can do: