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Flight Delay Compensation

Friends and family all know that I am not a big fan of  airplane flying. I do it out of necessity and I always say that it serves to always catch me up on my prayer life. As the old pulpit humor goes, there’s a reason that the Bible verse of Matthew 28:20 says, “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”, and that’s a good reason why we shouldn’t fly so high!

The other night at dinner, a lady was telling me that she had just retired as a flight attendant. I told her that I sure wished that I could become as “flying courageous” as flight attendants, and could she give me any tips. She looked at me and smiled and said, “what do you mean? I don’t enjoy flying either”. That didn’t give me much to go on.

With the obligatory discussion of my fear of flying all behind us, I move to some flying advice for those who enjoy flying and have some upcoming vacation flights scheduled. Writer Krystal Steinmetz tells us that we don’t have to settle for a food voucher if we get bumped on our next flight.

According to TechCrunch, you could be owed up to $1300 if you get bumped because of an overbooked flight. So, the next time that you hear the P.A. offering a $20 food court voucher or a free flight because you are getting bumped; you might want to put the brakes on a quick acceptance of that offer, because you may be waiving a money claim.

There are businesses that specialize in helping travelers get their money damages, and they usually charge a percentage of the recovery. Apparently, they describe it as a “mountain of paperwork” to make you feel as though going at it alone is like filing for a patent.

According to Reuters, you are eligible for up to $825 if you are delayed up to three hours, or your flight is canceled. If you are bumped from a flight or you can’t reach your scheduled destination within two hours, you can potentially collect up to 400 percent of the cost of a one-way ticket. The link above gives more details on making claims. Just sending to think about when they try to send you for an Orange Julius.

DID YOU KNOW that Janis Joplin bequeathed $2500 in her will for her friends to “have a ball after I’m gone”.

And for pic o’ day, this seemed a bit on theme:

boarding pass

Salaries and Stuff

     Friday is National Donate Life Day. To show our support, our office staff is wearing various outfits in blue and green. You can check out pictures on (Facebook) of some of the staff! That’s the “stuff” part of the blog. Here is the salary part: reminds us that not everyone receives equal pay for equal work. That is especially true for salaries on the show “Dancing With the Stars”.

     Neither the producers of the show nor anyone that works corporately with ABC  has ever confirmed the pay scale for the competitors and dancers in the competition. However, two cases involving contestants did give us a look behind the salary curtain.

     When Shawn Johnson (season 8) was dancing as a minor, her contract had to be approved by a Judge. In that court approval, court documents showed that Johnson was guaranteed $125,000 for appearing on the show. In return, contractually she was required to train a minimum of at least 20 hours  per week for the show.

     While Heather Mills was on the show, coincidentally she was  going through a divorce with Paul McCartney. That also brought her contractual terms from the show,  into the courtroom.

     It confirmed the salary and also indicated that celebrities receive an additional $10,000 if they make it to weeks three and four. If they make it to weeks five through seven, an additional $20,000 per week is also added. Then, the dollars for dancing continues to grow.

     For weeks eight and nine, the celebrities receive an additional $50,000. That brings the sum total to $365,000 for those making it to the finale, if you are keeping salary score at home. Those numbers could be even a little greater now. Mills’ contract was in 2007. Incidentally, she apparently could not get enough dancing because she ended up on “Dancing on Ice” in 2009.

     And now the final note to wrap up the salary blogging thought. The celebrity dancing pay is definitely in contrast to the “regulars”. The professional dancers who return for each season were originally paid $1600 per episode. Supposedly, they have received a bit of a raise that may have resulted from the celebrity pay documentation. Now, they can earn as much as $5200 per episode.

     In all of the documentation, there still is no answer on how ABC chooses the celebrities. To me, it seems that maybe some have only become celebrities by actually being on the show.

     And for pic o’ day, here are two unusual “partners”:

Unusual friends

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