With George Froehlich
Monday, May 7, 2018
With George Froehlich
Monday, May 7, 2018
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NEW BOLD CHEAPER AIRFARES – A SYSTEM HOTELS HAVE BEEN USING FOR YEARS
Airlines like hotels for the most part always have unsold seats on flights as hotels often have unsold rooms.
So they want to sell those seats on these flights.
And hotels do the same by selling rooms at lower prices, something they have been doing for years.
Airlines often have unsold seats so they offer them at special low prices to big travel agents, special customers and so on. And remember this – these seats are not available to the general public.
But now a travel booking site, Hopper, is offering these special low prices through its Hopper app and calling them ‘secret fares’.
And calling them that caused Air Canada and WestJet to pull out of the Hopper plan.
But Hopper has other airlines signed up for its program and given that it is still new there will be other airlines coming aboard and it is highly likely that WestJet and Air Canada will come back.
They pulled out given the backlash they faced from those who were getting these special low prices before.
Here is how it works.
Hotels do it this way and airlines are starting to copy it.
You can go on some hotel booking sites and look for a room in New York for three days, for example.
These sites will offer you various available hotels. They will give you the cost, describe the hotel, how many stars it is rated at and give you the general location.
But they won’t reveal the name of the hotel until you book it. But booking this way can save you – and it varies – of up to 40 per cent.
And now the airlines are getting into the act, but in a slightly different way, although the principles are basically the same and you can save up to 35 per cent.
But you need that Hopper app to take advantage of these deals. Hopper – will notify you once a cheap flight becomes available.
And of course they will tell you the destination and the name of the airline.
All you need to do is enter when you want to leave, where you want to go and when you are coming back.
And once that flight is available you will get a message with all the details.
Want to know more which other airlines are already in the program and get more details?
WHAT IT MEANS
The reasons the airlines are doing this is to save money, sell more seats because they pay a fortune to companies that post all airline flights on hundreds and hundreds of websites.
And there is no doubt that this this latest program will change the way you fly.
Every Monday and Thursday George Froehlich brings you interesting, unique and fascinating people that share their stories and perspectives.
Sam Hauck – Mind Of A Wine Teacher
Sam, aka The Wine Teacher, has been an educator, a home winemaker, a wine judge for too many years to remember.
And it all started off with making homemade beer with a friend.
And then it progressed to wine with the same friend.
Wine that won awards for both Sam and his friend.
Today Sam is super busy.
Even his friends remark how he often is not available – given that the world wine is a whirlwind of endless activity.
Sam has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano University, Eden West Fine Foods, Coquitlam and Richmond School Districts Continuing Education departments, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. In addition, he trains staff and offers cellar evaluations.
In this edition of Cool Conversations Sam talks to George Froehlich about:
What is his number one piece of advice to people who like to drink wine.
The time he did a blind taste test with a top French wine and several B.C. wines and what the outcome was.
Why is B.C. wine higher priced than those wines from the U.S. and elsewhere.
Why is red wine more expensive than white wine.
Where wine is treated like a cocktail.
Why wines taste different when drinking them by themselves, compared when drinking them with food.
Why one world expert said B.C. wines are close and will catch up to some of the best French wines in the world.
Why today some $40 B.C. wines could end up costing anywhere from $150 to $200 a bottle.
B.C. producing the most variety of grapes in the world.
Why can’t we get decent B.C. wines for $9 to $10.
The time the wine world was shocked about B.C. wines.
A fabulous B.C. wine that men did not want to drink, but once they did they were amazed.
How he and his friend made a port wine by accident and it turned out to be fabulous.
B.C.’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines are awesome.
He has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano University, Eden West Fine Foods, Coquitlam and Richmond School Districts Continuing Education departments, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. In addition, he trains staff and offers cellar evaluations. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter. He also blogs for My VanCity, an online magazine devoted to dining, wine tasting and lifestyle events in Vancouver.
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He breeds horses and divides his time between Langley and Kentucky.
And he bred the winner of the Kentucky derby – Justify.
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