Subject: Do it yourself arrangements
HI Peter, We fly Delta and Swissair with the upgrades.I think that now Swissair is out of Amex unfortunately. We simply do it on the phone. It is true that we have been very flexible and I ask them what is available for an upgrade between such and such dates. Sometimes they put you on a waiting list , for instance they did put us on a waiting list to fly the Miami- NY part of the trip, but there is always room and we got it . was not a big deal anyway .But I know of friends that wish to fly on a certain date so they make the reservations several months ahead of time. Delta has been ok, with the upgrades. You know of course that the fare you have to pay is more expensive than those rock bottom offers , most likely we end up paying aprox. 700 more or less. Now it is me who is asking you, what do you mean by one and get one free, is this the platinum card you are talking about? How much you end up paying aprox. for two tickets to Europe? Are we talking of business tickets?

I shall appreciate your help. Thanks.

About the searching engine for $30 seems exciting. I might get it. The only thing I am a total ignorant regaarding computer matters, how do I get it? I go to a shop and buy it. Sorry for my ignorance. Tks.

I normally make the hotel reservations the old way, I speak the language in most cases and I like the feeling of bargaining a little...not always relating to money but as you said to the kind of rooms, hotel location, is the hotel up the hill or not, things like that. I like the tete a tete. I loved the suggestion someone made to first find a good rate in the net and then talk it over with the travel agent. I guess travel agents can really find good deals. My travel agent for latin america is very good.

Also deals in the net do not include taxes most of the time, taxes all together can be high.

My daughter is very good at dealing with upgrades she has done them for us sometimes , if I find more how she does them I shall let you know. Graziella Miami Beach.