Flight Tracking Advice

With almost 10,000 flights having been cancelled due to Frankenstorm, passengers check FlightAware for updates.

Here are some additional suggestions quoted from the New York Times International Traveler section (paper format) to help your disrupted travel:

* If your flight is canceled because of the storm, do not go to the airport.

* To avoid getting stranded, check your flight’s status early the day you are flying, and again before you head to the airport.

* If you are already at the airport when your flight is canceled, put your legs and fingers to work. Walk over to customer service. While there, dial the customer service number. Odds are you will get help over the phone before reaching the front of the line.

* You can try asking for assistance via Twitter. Most airlines assign employees to monitor their Twitter feeds.

* Although airlines in the United States have waived change fees – typically $US 150 – for flights delayed or canceled because of the storm, keep in mind that airlines usually waive this fee only once. Be certain you want to change your itinerary before you lock it in. Otherwise, you will be out of $US 150 if you have to make a second change. You might also pay more if there is a difference in the flight’s price.

Booking Korean Air Flights on Facebook

From today’s issue (15 May 2012) of the Global Edition of the New York Times:

Yesterday, Korean Air stated that passengers could book tickets now through its Facebook fan page. In addition, starting May 31, the airline counts baggage by piece, instead of by weight, which would allow for more weight in most cases.

I flew Korean Air on my last trip to Asia four weeks ago. I had the best customer service experience with the airline – both on ground and board.

Visit Korean Air on Facebook for more information.


Notes from Germany

A free morning ahead of me – what bliss. During this free time, I usually get a lot done. Unless I while it away reading my friends’ facebook updates.

Earlier this morning, 6:15 to be precise, I took my morning coffee out onto the balcony.

This is my routine – I love to start each morning with frische Luft (fresh air: a very German trade, by the way). The coffee’s steam soon evaporated, I could feel the frost in the air, and heard windshields being scraped from all kinds of directions.

Foggy morning in Germany

Around 9 a.m., the fog moved in and it seems it’s here to stay. It is dense enough to halt most traffic in our area.

On a different note, there are a few things I have learnt recently.

One, raw chestnuts are not only edible, but also delicious. Source: A nine-year-old Korean boy told me.

Two, the idea of youth hostels started in Germany. Founded by Richard Schirrmann in 1912, Burg Altena opened the doors to its first youth hostel guests in 1914. The oldest youth hostel in the world sits right here in Germany. Source: German study book PING PONG 2

Three, an Irish friend let me borrow Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Amazon.de)  The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (Amazon.com) from her shelf. Since then, I have learnt that the Nazis also occupied the channel islands during WW II, got the recipe for making a potato peel pie, and realized once more what an impact letter writing can have. What a delightful book! It also reminded me of my own intention of sending a handwritten note to one of my off-line friends once a week…

As of now, the fog is lifting. The sky is pulling up its veil again. Oh well, it was very pretty while it lasted.


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