Airfares From The Bay Area To Hawaii Increase By 50%

I wasn’t actually looking for his story or even one similar, but when I read this article in the San Jose Mercury News, it sparked another issue that may be happening sooner than we think. For those of you like myself, who use air miles, this article should raise your brow because I wonder how long it will be before Hawaii is taken off the air miles list.

The article from SJMN states that:

Hawaii, which depends heavily on California visitors, has seen a huge plunge in tourism fueled by sharp fare increases since the bankruptcies two months ago of its two key links to the Bay Area, Aloha and ATA airlines. Air travel to the islands from California dropped about 25 percent in April, compared to a year earlier, according to data made public this week by Hawaiian tourism officials. It fell nearly 8 percent from all other destinations.

The price of tickets to Hawaii from the Bay Area has shot up about 50 percent, while fares to Hawaii from all U.S. destinations have increased 25 percent, according to All U.S. air fares generally are up 20 percent from a year ago.

But it was this line that caught my attention:

Some experts said airlines see little economic benefit in adding flights to Hawaii because many vacationers, instead of paying to get there, use their accumulated frequent-flier miles.

I am one of those fliers. Last year when my wife and I went to Kona, we used our freebie miles to make the trip. I’m sure not going to use those precious miles to fly to Detroit! No offense to my Michigan friends. But it doesn’t make sense to use your air miles for short flights in the 48 states.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t start seeing restrictions on air miles and how we use them.

Lucky me. I got United air miles who seems reluctant to add flights because of the current economic situation. :-(

Comments welcome.


Research Before You Buy VoIP

There has been a lot of discussion lately about VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone service. VoIP is, indeed, becoming the alternative to traditional telephone service. But like any consumer product, it pays to shop around for the best price and service on VoIP Internet phone service before you buy.

Virtually all VoIP service packages will surpass the minimal call waiting and voice mail bundles of traditional phone services. If you have commercials for a phone service provider that is advertising that their unlimited local and long distance call packages can be had for as low as $20 a month, then they are selling a VoIP phone system. And some of the packages include free long distance to other countries. No matter which Internet phone service provider you choose, as long as you stick with a highly rated VoIP association that has a reputation for good voice quality of calls, you can’t go wrong.

One of the accomplished things about any Internet phone service is all the free calling features that comes with it. Free local and long distance is just the start. Another is that some of the features of the normal telephone line are free of charge in the VOIP phone service. But what are you getting for your hard-earned cash? If you pick out the hardware solution you’ll be using a converter box called an ATA that will be attached to your high-speed Internet connection. And you can expect to spend some time on the phone with customer support in order to get your system up and running correctly The good news is that from then on you’ll most likely be able to experience uninterrupted service.

There are some familiar issues that you need to be aware of before making the switch to VoIP Internet phone service. Because VOIP is new, your will see smaller and crucial differences between the broadband phone service providers. But Internet telephony is the future technology, and even some traditional telephone service providers have conceded this by initiating VoIP packages of their own. Several telephone companies are realizing the potential for VoIP services and so companies like Sprint, Verizon, AOL and others are now offering VoIP plans to consumers. While the new VoIP can save you money, it does have its limitations. For the most part, VoIP telephone service is still only practical for home use and small commercial users, since the stability that is required by enormous commercial ventures isn’t there. But it will be. After all, were you aware that most of the primary telephone companies use the Internet to route their long distance calls already and have been for years?

Remember, too that if your ISP suffers an outage in your home or place of business, you not only have no Internet service, but you will have no phone service either.

Both types of phone service, VoIP and Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS), rely on switching the telephone call through the fastest connection. Like all new technical skills, VoIP continues to improve and the result is better call quality and service levels. For years standard telephone lines have used a circuit switching network to transfer telephone calls, but VoIP technical knowledge uses something called packet switching instead where audio is converted into packets of data that are sent over the Internet and reassembled on the other end by the character’s computer or telephone. Since there are still some bugs in the system, switching without researching may not be the best idea. As we discussed above, do your homework before making the switch.

About the Author
Yvonne Volante is a big fan of technology and VoIP and writes for, which is the premier phone resource on the Internet.

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SATA Drives Or RAID Arrays In XP

Some computers contain motherboards that support Serial ATA (SATA) hard drivers. The motherboards may have a separate dedicated SATA controller. You can determine if your computer has a dedicated chipset during the POST because a second screen may appear identifying the SATA hard drives.

When you install Windows XP, you may need to inform setup that your SATA hard drives are on a separate controller. You can do this during the text mode phase of setup by pressing F6 when prompted to install additional drivers. Then insert the floppy disk containing the SATA controller drivers. If you don’t supply the drivers, Windows setup may stop indicating that it cannot locate any hard drives.
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