Adventures in Culture and Travel

20 December, 2011

American Airlines | Promotion Codes and Coupons

American Airlines promotion code
coupon for 10% off
One of the more popular questions I get is, "How do I fly cheaper?" I flew to Cairo this year for $600.00 using American Airline miles, and finding great discounts through American Airlines and their partner British Airways. I've tried to make list for my friends who fly American too, and make it as simple as possible. I try to keep it up to date, so I thought I'd share. So here's my latest guide to getting AA promo codes and coupons that I know of.

Option 1: Get a "Entertainment" book.
    This has moved up in the list as the easiest way to get a promo code. (instant gratification) American has done their best to eliminate many of the web opportunities out there, but this one remains. The book costs about $12-$25 dollars and has lots more coupons you can use elsewhere.. AA's discount is available immediately after purchase (on Entertainment's website) as either a 5% or 10% discount on their website based on your geographical location. For 2010, most are 5% which is really good considering whats out there. (I saved $300 on my last trip to Europe.)

    Here's the web address:
    http://www.entertainment.com

    then search for American Airlines... (under travel) it comes right up. 

    Here's some further details:
Save 5% off any fare worldwide for up to six (6) passengers.
 American Airlines is pleased to offer registered Entertainment® members a special discount of off your next trip to any destination we fly worldwide. This exclusive AA.com Discount Code may be used only once by, for up to six people 
 * Discount applies to any published fare of at least $150. * Discount may be used for up to six passengers on a single purchase. 
While American has done their best to counteract many web efforts for free discounts, if you have more time than money these options may yet still yield you some sort of discount:

Option 2: Student and Military Discounts. 

    Are you a student or in the Military? Last we heard they were giving away 10% off to both. Now they have removed it from the website, but I've been told it's still available via their 1-800 number if you can show proof.
Option 3: Google
    Here's a couple Google searches for any current American Airline's promotion which currently resides in their discount system for a better rate. I've been using a similar process for years at Avis, and have always ended up with a killer deals. You kind of have to sift through them:

    Google: American Airlines Promotion Code
Option 4: AA Vacations
    If you're willing to purchase your entire "vacation" with American Airlines, AAvacations.com will spit out 10% discounts all day long... Although their choice of Hotels seems a bit small compared with other sites I've seen. Students are currently being offered the code "GO2AA" for 5% on any destination as a vacation package.

    AA Vacations Discounts

Option 5: Contact American Airlines and ask for a 10% discount
    While it's unverified, and I've yet to hear success (if you do let me know,) a commenter has stated that if you email: 

    tamu@aa.com

    he or she will provide you with a 10% discount.

Option 6: Other Options for finding cheap airfares (American and others):

Cheapoair, seems to be one of the better airline consolidators. I'm adding this one because it's managing bookings I'm not finding elsewhere. It just came up with RDU to BRU for $650, while every other site is showing about $1000. Sure it involves transversing New York and three airlines... but it's cheap.
http://matrix.itasoftware.com/ITA Software is like Orbitz, & all the commercial cheap sites without all the B.S.
http://www.cheapflights.com/I like Cheap Flight's travel matrix, reminds me of the original "bestfares.com" site.
http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/Air Fare Watchdog has mainly domestic airfares, but sometimes good deals
http://last-minute.travelzoo.com/other/Travel Zoo's Last Minute deals. Never found much, but I keep looking
http://www.usairways.com/awa/faresale/eSaverIntl.aspxUS Air's E-savers... Pretty self explanatory
AA.comAmerican Airline's last minute international getaways.
http://www.1800flyeurope.comI had to add this one tonight... They were almost $200.00 cheaper then American Airlines website for the exact same flight.
This one has interesting multi-city package deals rather reasonably:http://europeandestinations.com
Found a great price on our flight to Europe. In fact the cheapest so far.http://www.travelpapa.com/
A really great search engine for airfare and travel. How I found Travel Papa.http://www.momondo.com/
Kayak Buzz: If you're flexible, enter a landmass and find a deal:http://www.kayak.com/buzz
 Don't forget the rental car: Rental Cars Discounts.

Enterprise:
This method is questionable, but offers deniable plausibility of accidentally clicking on a corporate account and gaining their discounted rate. Various choices will show up, but you have to hunt for the best discount, but by doing so It can often provide up to a 25-75% discount on car rentals:

Enterprise discount

Avis:
A similar method to the above Enterprise, but with Avis car rental is available here: Avis AWD Discounts

We've also been told the following on Avis:

Hello , D454000 = the BEST AVIS code , have used it for years and it saves me anywhere from 1/3 off to half off, really... even when I call it in, the operator jumps back and says "Whow, great code, where'd ya get it?" It was in a little promo letter they sent out yrs ago.....

Lauren C


If you have any further discounts, post them and we will add it too the list!

06 December, 2011

Tijuana Donkey Show

A typical Mexican donkey show.
What is the Tijuana Donkey Show you ask? You're thinking "Hey, I've been to Tijuana", I love their Papas & Beer, "It has got to involve cute little donkeys, happy little funny speaking Mexicans, and they put on a show right?" Sort of like the Mexican version of Shrek?

WRONG!

So what is it, you may be wondering? Unlike the Broadway musical of Les Mulerable where the lead sings "Don't Cry for Me, Donkey Penis", the "authentico" version usually is held in a dirt floor bar or "discoteca" (a dance floor) where patrons are taxi-cabbed in, (the cabbies get a cut)  and then are enticed to purchase large amounts of cerveza (beer) or gamble, while waiting for the "main event" of a beautiful, scantly clad Latina woman (not to mention handsomely paid) arousing a restrained donkey lying on its back. (Vegas has a similar scam with Celine Dion) It's not exactly Sesame Street on Ice, and is more along the lines of Debbie Does Dallas. Just replace the Dallas with a Donkey and you get the picture.

To be more precise, outside of "conservative" America, where people don't go walking around with Bibles up their return air supplies, there is a type of entertainment called burlesque. This Mexican version, called "burlesco", is perhaps some of the raunchiest, grotesque theatrical shows in the world. The "Donkey Show" makes Moulan Rouge, and the original "Hoochie Coochie" seem like Sunday sermons in comparison.

Apparently the concept has existed in many different forms for at least 25 years. Various other forms of animals have been used in lieu of a donkey, but none of them has captured the American tourist's drunk imagination like the original Donkey Show of Tijuana. In a town which has done so much to help America lose its virginity, what are a few chromosomes of difference between species, really?

Women's night is every night.
But apparently the "real" show isn't in Tijuana. Tijuana is merely a con, or a scam for wiley Mexicans making a quick buck off ignorant tourists . While the original show is still performed daily in prostitution legal, Boy's Town, (La Zona Rosa [The Red Light District] of Nuevo Laredo), Mexico which has far less stringent policia restrictions than the reputation protected Tijuana which attracts thousands of American tourists daily. Gullible tourists likely often believe that "true" donkey shows are performed in Tijuana, because of the pop culture references in movies and TV which lead to the popularity of the phrase.  You may just be strolling around T.J. with ten tequila shots to the wind, taco con carnitas in hand, when a  cab driver entices you and your friends to a real life Donkey Show. Your first thought is... "Hey I remember something about that in a movie", "sure". So you pile into the cab, and not knowing exactly where you're being taken, and it's too late when the cabbie pulls down a narrow alley and you're robbed by a band of Mexican muggers. Worse yet, there are stories of unwilling American tourists who go in search of the Donkey Show in Boy's Town, and end up becoming part of the show itself in the fashion of 'Girls gone Wild".
Gaps in the Zona Rosa Perimeter.

Patron's of the bar started cheering burro, burro, burro as they dragged me to the stage, stripped, and bound to the dance pole with rope in a fashion so the donkey could perform its show unhindered.

The argument has been made that the Tijuana version of the Donkey Show is but a metaphor for the dumb-"donkey like" Americans who come to Mexico in search of the elusive pop-culture entertainment phenomenon.

Due to the popularity, as a tourist attraction, many legit, and clean bars and discotecas now feature variety shows, or contests by the same name and may be suggestive in nature, (like simulating arousal using a beer bottle as a prop) but do not contain the graphic nature of the more perverse kind.

The Tijuana Donkey Show Video:

I assume this is one of the cantina operator attempting to wrangle in his unit:




Urban Legend or Truth? You decide...

If you really want to see it... the real thing... Google "zoofilia con burro" which I highly recommend against if you wish to retain your eyesight.