Friday, July 19, 2013

How to get FREE Live TV on FLIGHTS


clip_image002On my last flight with Southwest Airlines, two things got my attention. When I entered the plane, I noticed that there was a sticker, next to the entrance, it had the Wi-Fi symbol with the text “Wi-Fi onboard”. On opening the in-flight magazine there was an advertisement labeled: “Enjoy free live TV on this flight”. Normally I leave the Wi-Fi to others, because it’s slow and expensive. I can manage without email for a couple of hours. So as soon as the aircraft was above 10,000 feet there was the “ding” signal for the flight attendant to announce that the use of approved electronic devices is permitted.

I got my iPad and followed the instructions in the Southwest Magazine; first went to settings, clicked on Wi-Fi, the “Southwest WiFi” network showed up, so I selected that network. Within a few seconds, my iPad connected to this network. After that, I launched Safari and to my surprise, the portal website showed up quickly.

Choice of $8 Wi-Fi or Free Live TV?


I had the choice of $8 Wi-Fi or Free Live TV, I choose the Live TV powered by Dish. Then I was offered this selection of TV stations:

  • Bravo
  • CNBC
  • FOX 5 New York (WNYW)
  • FOX Business Network
  • FOX News Channel
  • Golf Channel
  • (Major League Baseball), when games are available
  • NBC 4 (WNBC)
  • NFL Network

In addition, there are lots of video on demand channels. I settled for Fox News, and clicked on the link for Fox news channel, within a few seconds the video streaming screen appeared on my iPad. I clicked on the Play Icon and Fox News started to stream to my iPad. The Quality was very good, in fact, it was as good as my home TV .

I also checked out the live flight tracker, which gives you a map with the aircraft, plotted at the location where you are presently flying. At the bottom, you can see the remaining distance, ground speed, altitude, weather conditions to arriving city and estimated arrival time.


I liked watching TV on Southwest Airlines, (on my own iPad), and it was the best flight tracker that I have seen onboard an airplane. I hope my next flight has a sticker with “Wi-Fi on Board”!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Hertz now rents cars like Porsche and Tesla

I usually like to take advantage of a Hertz President's Circle Plus Rewards ELITE upgrade, but in this bad economy, I go for the cheapest car to rent. The best way to do this is to go to Expedia, where you can get a quote from all the car rental places in one place.


There are many advantages to going to this link : You can BOOK NOW and pay later, NO FEES for cancellation before pick-up, the TOTAL price INCLUDES taxes and fees. I could see all the rental companies daily rates listed.. 84 Car Types Matched my Search For Economy Or Larger. Dollar Thrifty, was the cheapest then Enterprise and Alamo. All cars include automatic transmission, air conditioning and unlimited mileage. I must point out a tip that you should not expect cars to have air conditioning if you are renting out of the USA, and may even have to rent a stick shift car! So always CHECK if you are not renting in the USA.

Hertz Corporation

We rented a car at Baltimore, MD, AIRPORT (BWI-Baltimore Washington Intl. Thurgood Marshall) from Enterprise.


When I returned the car early in the morning at 5 a.m. There was nobody at the Enterprise desk but the National (sister company) person told me to leave the keys in the car. I did this, but did not get a receipt emailed to me . After a few days I sent an email to the manager and explained that I need a receipt for my records and my expense report. I got a reply to go to> at the bottom of the page you can print receipts but you have to put in your license information.

You can use your Preferred Corporate Loyalty Program At Enterprise and even enter your National Car Benefits Emerald Club ID on the EnterpriseRent-A-CarEnterprise website. There is really not much competition in the car rental business and I can understand why only the biggest companies survive. Most cities add on so many taxes that it is not a growth industry. The car companies are lucky that they have not been priced out because Amtrak and other Government run trains are still more expensive than renting a car.

Hertz and Dollar Thrifty Merged last year and now there are fewer car rental companies as there are now only four major Airlines in the USA controlling skies and that means prices go up when there is less competition.

Join Hertz Gold Plus Rewards to earn Points To Get Free Rentals and you don’t have to stop at any counters. Other advantages of membership are Speed rental and faster car return. They are the world's largest airport car rental brand, and have launched Hertz Dream Cars so if you want to rent an Aston Martin V8 or a Ferrari you are in luck!

Hertz operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands from approximately 10,400 corporate, licensee and franchisee locations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport car rental brand. They promote the Hertz name a glamorous flagship brand. Hertz has renewed their Title Sponsorship Of The British Grand Prix MotoGP™ At Silverstone.

The Hertz Corp. has launched Hertz Dream Cars, a line of high-end performance vehicles that redefine the premium car rental experience. Shares of HTZ are up on news of the line of ultra-high-end performance vehicles that redefine the premium car rental experience.

The Dream cars are available on a dedicated micro site, and via 888.296.9124 the Hertz Dream Car Collection includes the following luxury cars:

Aston Martin V8 Vantage , Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT,Cadillac CTS-V,Ferrari (California, F430) Lamborghini Gallardo, Land Rover Range Rover Sport,Mercedes-Benz AMG (SLS, C63, E63),Mercedes-Benz SL550, S550 and G550, Porsche (911, Cayenne, Boxster, Panamera), SRT Viper, Tesla Model S,

Hertz is offering Dream Cars in 35 markets, including Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas – expanding the availability for consumers around the country to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime luxury travel experience.

Hertz, recently earned top honors with three separate car rental industry influencers. For the second consecutive year, Hertz and its Gold Plus Rewards program swept the Flyer Awards and Trip Advisor’s garnering top honors for Best Rewards Program and Outstanding Benefits in the Americas, Europe/Africa and Middle East/Oceania; in Trip Advisor's first car rental survey, U.S.-based travelers chose Hertz as the favorite brand of car rental in the 2013 Travelers' Choice Awards for Travel Favorites. Hertz was also chosen as the number one best rental company in Elliott's list of six best rental companies of 2013 Zap Technology: Hertz's Gold enrollment and e-Return is the fastest way to get customers in their cars and when they return, back on their way home. Hertz will email the customer's receipt in a flash. .

Hertz has a Mobile App. to Book, modify and search car rental reservations, find locations, and browse special deals and offers all from the palm of your hand to on-the-go bookings to instant upgrades. Another app is Hertz NeverLost My Explore App: Users can plan their itinerary and navigate popular cities all on their smart phone and import it into a calendar or to the award-winning Hertz NeverLost® GPS.

Hertz on Demand is the Mobile App where Members have 24/7 access to a variety of vehicles when and where they need them with the ability to reserve a car or modify an existing reservation and view upcoming and previous reservations

American Airlines

Now through December 31, 2013, earn up to six times the American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles and save up to 35% on your Hertz car rental. Simply rent a Hertz vehicle for one or more consecutive days in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and Europe* use.CDP Number: 217692 to book with Hertz.