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The travel detective flight crew confidential : people who fly for a living reveal insider secrets and hidden values in cities and airports around the world
Greenberg, Peter.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Villard, [2002]

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xv, 398 pages ; 21 cm
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Includes index.
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G151 .G74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The author of theNew York TimesbestsellerThe Travel Detectivebrings you insider travel secrets only pilots and flight attendants know. Pilots are notoriously frugal, and flight attendants are underpaid and on a budget. They may hit one city four to six times a month, but they are there for only twenty-four hours (or even less) each time, so they always know where to go to get the best value for their money. InThe Travel Detective Flight Crew Confidentialyou'll find: • great shopping (furniture in Atlanta, silk in Bangkok, leather in São Paolo) • great services (medical care in Paris and inexpensive manicures in Tokyo) • great food and drink (hidden ethnic restaurants in London, and the bars with the best attitude and cheapest drinks in Key West) • secrets to navigating the world's airports during layovers • what to do and what never to do, what to seek and what to avoid You get tips in crew members' own words--good, bad, or ugly--that you won't find anywhere else. Opinionated, often controversial, but always helpful,The Travel Detective Flight Crew Confidentialis a resource no one who flies can afford to be without.

Author Notes

Peter Greenberg in the travel editor for NBC's Today show, the chief correspondent for the Dicover Network's Travel Channel, and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler magazine.

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Library Journal Review

NBC's Today show travel editor Greenberg revealed insider secrets on how to save money without sacrificing the quality of service while traveling in his The Travel Detective: How To Get the Best Service and the Best Deal from Airlines, Hotels, Cruise Ships, and Rental Car Agencies. He now writes for the traveler who must spend time in an airport or city during a layover. And who better to offer insider secrets than those who fly for a living and must spend hours in airports and cities during flight changes? This book is actually a compilation of interviews that Greenberg and his assistants conducted with flight crews, both domestic and foreign. It is laden with airport and city tips, lists of favorite restaurants, book stores, and souvenir shops, and suggestions for things to do. Addresses and phone numbers are provided where necessary. Of real use only to those who routinely have long layovers, but you might want to check out a city you know you'll be passing through.-George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



From the introduction Layover   A stop or stay in a place, esp. overnight; a halt, rest, delay. N. Amer. I have been flying constantly-since I was an infant. How do I know this? It says so on the special certificate that hung on my bedroom wall, given to my parents after my first flight. The document still hangs in my house, now in California: At the age of five months and six days, Peter Greenberg became a member of the Sky Cradle Club . . . aboard the American Airlines flagship, flying from New York to Los Angeles. My mother still has the photo of me, wrapped in an airline blanket, being carried by a flight attendant down the steps of the DC-6 at the old Los Angeles terminal. So it is not an exaggeration when I tell you that I've been in the capable hands-literally-of flight crews since a very early age. They have helped me understand the process of travel, from both a passenger and an operational perspective. Air crews and airlines have allowed me, as a journalist, to train as a flight attendant, first with Continental in 1973 and later with United. I've learned the process with airlines ranging from Singapore Airlines to Western Airlines to PSA to Qantas. I've trained in flight simulators with pilots from Western Airlines on Boeing 720s, and with Royal Jordanian on the old L-1011s. I've jump-seated during the landing of a fully loaded 747 on the old runway 13 at Hong Kong's Kaitak Airport on Northwest Airlines, and flew the landing myself in the simulator and later with Cathay Pacific. I've logged, by a rough estimate, thirty million real air miles since. A few years ago, a friend at one airline even had special luggage tags made for me that say "Flight Crew." "You're on the plane more than we are," she said by way of explanation. But I'm first and foremost a passenger. Last year, there were more than twenty-two million flights in the world. That translates into something like twenty-four thousand takeoffs and landings every day in the United States. In an average year, I log close to 450,000 miles. And for as long as I can remember, I've had the utmost respect for the cockpit and cabin crews, who have a very tough job to do-lately, tougher than most people imagine. Every time I board a flight-more than two hundred times last year-I place my trust in these people. We all do. In travel, the real bonus isn't getting a first-class seat-the ultimate upgrade is information. That's where flight crews come in. They have the best, and the most updated, information on where to go, what to do, whom to speak to, and whom to ignore. Flight crews are the real travel experts when it comes to individual cities. They fly to the same cities often four to five times a month, and have only about twenty-four hours on the ground before their return flight. As a result, who knows better where to find the best deals? The best service? The best prices? Whether it's where to find a cheeseburger at three in the morning in Istanbul or an extra shoelace in São Paolo, flight crews know. Need a great massage in Phoenix? Ask the flight crew. How about skin care? Flight attendants are excellent sources because dehydration from the cabin air is something they fight on a daily basis. Flight crews have saved me money and, perhaps most important, time. They have taught me that it's not just getting a good deal that makes travel enjoyable, but the finesse with which you do so. An important note: this book is, in its intention, design, and execution, incomplete. After all, there are 145,000 commercial pilots and 313,000 cabin crew members around the world. This book includes information from more than 300 of them, representing more than thirty different U.S. and world airlines. As you will discover, they provide excellent and detailed suggestions and practical tips. Excerpted from The Travel Detective Flight Crew Confidential: People Who Fly for a Living Reveal Insider Secrets and Hidden Values in Cities and Airports Around the World by Peter Greenberg All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
U.S. and Canadap. 1
Anchoragep. 3
Atlantap. 8
Bostonp. 16
Chicagop. 24
Dallasp. 36
Denverp. 43
Fort Lauderdalep. 51
Hawaiip. 56
Houstonp. 69
Las Vegasp. 77
Los Angelesp. 83
Miamip. 94
New Orleansp. 101
New Yorkp. 109
Orange Countyp. 124
Orlando and Tampap. 133
Phoenixp. 139
Portlandp. 147
San Franciscop. 151
San Juanp. 160
Seattlep. 165
Torontop. 171
Vancouverp. 176
Washington, D.C.p. 182
Overseasp. 191
Amsterdamp. 193
Aucklandp. 200
Bangkok and Chiang Maip. 208
Barcelonap. 219
Beijingp. 222
Berlinp. 228
Cairop. 231
Cape Town and Johannesburgp. 239
Florencep. 245
Frankfurtp. 250
Hong Kongp. 256
Istanbulp. 264
Londonp. 271
Madridp. 281
Milanp. 286
Munichp. 290
Parisp. 294
Romep. 306
Seoulp. 312
Shanghaip. 315
Singaporep. 320
South Americap. 326
Sydney and Melbournep. 336
Tokyop. 346
Venicep. 353
Honorable Mentionsp. 357
The Contributorsp. 371
Indexp. 385