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Ask Nicely and Alaska Airlines Will Pay It Forward...to First Class

January 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the spirit of New Years' Resolutions, we're choosing to be filled with love and light when it comes to airlines. So instead of focusing on the terrible TSA theater, the crappy meals served in-flight, the nickel-and-diming onboard, the exasperated attitudes at the gate or the rampant idiocy in the baggage claim, we're focusing on airlines and flight attendants doing it right. Below, Charyn Pfeuffer, rejoins the Jaunted crew with a seating snafu on Alaska Airlines that went terribly...right.

As a frequent traveler who has often logged 100 flights per year, I've jaunted far and wide and have seen the world’s best sights and attended once-in-a-lifetime events. No matter where I’ve stayed, how I traveled or whom I’ve met, I’ve learned the secret to travel success is to be gracious. In other words, don’t be a jerk.

A simple “please” and “thank you” goes a long way – in every culture I’ve encountered. Such deference served me well last week when I found myself in a bit of a travel snag.

A few of my girlfriends and I made plans to take a dear friend with cancer to Los Angeles for an extra special getaway. We booked flights on Alaska Airlines. Two first class tickets – one for our friend Mary, one for her mother; the rest of us booked tickets in coach.

Due to an emergency, Mary’s mother couldn’t make it. We didn’t want Mary to fly by herself in first class, but a quick call to Alaska Airlines told us it would cost $450 to transfer one of the coach tickets to the paid-for first class seat. FOUR-HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS! Nearly double the cost of the initial ticket. Stunned by sticker shock, we didn’t know what to do.

So, I decided to reach out to Alaska Airlines via Twitter.

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Go for The Lounge, Stay for The Pain Killers and Winter Margs at Fletcher's Park City

Where: 526 Main Street [map], Park City, UT, United States
January 23, 2015 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've told you how to ski Park City, Utah but when you’re done on all the slopes, there’s a new way unwind on Main Street—with a stop in at Fletcher’s Park City.

The rustic restaurant, bar and lounge opened in late December, making it one of the newest watering holes in Park City. But the bar actually has quite a bit of history. The owners cleared out the original structure that stood there, but were required by the city to rebuild in the exact same footprint as the old building, with a lot of the same architectural touches. So while it’s completely brand new from top to the bottom, it fits in seamlessly with the rest of the old town architecture on Main Street. It's also right next to the popular photo opp that is the Franz the Bear sculpture.

On the restaurant menu at Fletcher's is comfort food done in a clean way, using grass-fed beef for the hefty steak entrees and local produce for the interesting side dishes. (We've got our eye on the Cauliflower bomb, fritters served with smoked paprika yogurt, mint and pomegranate.) A gluten-free menu served as well.

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Super Bowl's Super Week Actually Kicks Off Tomorrow in Phoenix

January 23, 2015 at 11:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

No matter how you prefer your footballs—that’s the only comment, we had to—the NFL is on the move this weekend as they begin to take over the desert. The Super Bowl is set to do its thing in Phoenix (actually, neighboring Glendale) on February 1, but there’s also a lot for fans to do before the main event and kickoff.

All the goodies are part of the NFL Experience, and things will run over at the Phoenix Convention Center starting tomorrow and running through February 1. The league is promising an interactive theme park of football this and that. Think interactive games, displays, football clinics for the little ones, and autograph sessions from your favorite players. Head right here for the schedule and the hours of operation.

Within the NFL Experience you’ll also find the Bridgestone Fan Gallery, and here you’ll be able to check out all the media madness—from Radio Row to all the other broadcasts.

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Dry January? Whatever. Here are 4 Spots to Get Sauced in Seattle

January 22, 2015 at 4:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

New Year’s resolutions are BS. For a few days, maybe weeks, each January, well-intentioned folks buy into wishful “new year, new me” thinking. And who doesn’t like the promise of a clean slate full of possibility?

But making goals should be a year-round endeavor, because your job may suck, jeans not fit or you want to save money – at any given time. Besides, a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology reports that only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions by the end of the year.

So what exactly do the temporary teetotalers of Dry January, or Drynuary, hope to accomplish? Create new habits, like drinking less? Atone for excesses committed during the holidays? The season is already riddled with enough guilt and stress. It hardly seems fair to reward those who survive with a month of alcohol abstinence.

And FWIW, a recent article in New Scientist cites, “Many people who drink alcohol choose to give up for short periods, but there is no scientific evidence that this has any health benefits.”

So in the, er, spirit of moderation, we've got a round-up of favorite places to get sauced at in Seattle.

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Why You Should Appreciate the Hell Out of Fort Worth's Stockyards

January 22, 2015 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

The main entrance to the Stockyards.

Simply put, the Stockyards is a Fort Worth neighborhood that has been restored to its early 20th century form. There are cattle pens, saloons, and the world's largest honky tonk (and I'm not kidding about that last part). But it’s so much more than a tourist trap. Within the Stockyards still lives Fort Worth’s past as a town of cowboys and cattle drives, the blocks upon which the city was built.

It all revolves around its role on the Chisholm Trail, a 200-plus mile long cattle drive from Texas to Kansas. What’s a cattle drive? It’s the movement of cattle by cowboys from one place to another. In this case, the Chisholm Trail saw herds of cattle, most with a couple thousand heads in total, transported from Texas and sold to packing plants in Kansas, where they were worth more.

Fort Worth – specifically the Stockyards and a section of downtown called Hell’s half acre – was the last stop on the Chisholm Trail where the cowboys could buy supplies and find entertainment before embarking on the 90-day journey north. What sort of entertainment? The cowboy variety, of course. Saloons, gambling houses, honky tonks, and brothels were the main attractions to go along with general stores and the like. It would be months before they rejoined civilization, so whatever fun was had needed to provide ample memories and stories for nights around the campfire.

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Looking for 'Classic Texas'? Head Out to Fort Worth

January 21, 2015 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth

Fort Worth has a well-developed, friendly rivalry with Dallas, one that pins the country feel of the former against the modern development of the latter. Compared to Dallas, the pace of life in Fort Worth is slow, and as one cab driver put it to me, "When my coworkers come back [to Fort Worth] from Dallas, they're going a mile a minute. I have to tell them to take a walk and chill out."

Overall, it's hard to think of two big cities that are that close and that different (Dallas is the 9th biggest city in the U.S., Fort Worth is number 17). That's a pretty cool platform for travel in its own right. But it gets more specific than that. After spending a few days in Fort Worth, I had a hard time thinking of a city where there was such a drastic contrast within itself. Sure, all cities have neighborhoods with different personalities, but Fort Worth has one of the strongest ying and yangs I've experienced in some time: The push towards modern times against the pull of its western past.

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Check Your Rental Car For Some Super Bowl Lost and Found

January 21, 2015 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

For those lucky enough to be heading out to Arizona for this year’s big game, be sure to keep an eye out for any goodies left behind in your rental car. We’re not just talking about your phone, wallet, and belongings—but other more Super possessions as well.

The rental car lot is often home to forgotten treasures, but none is more valuable than the recent discovery inside one vehicle from the folks over at Enterprise. It wasn’t the rental agent this time, but it was actually an NFL agent who discovered it—after he was checking under the seats for his own goodies.

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Short on Time (and Stomach Space?) Here are 4 Must-Eat Places in New Orleans

January 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

There are so many good places to eat in New Orleans. So, so, so many. That we are only telling you just four places to eat is almost laughable. Except that if you've got just two days in New Orleans--whether it be for a short work trip, a bachelor or bachelorette party or just a weekend getaway--you can't possibly eat everywhere. Please, don't even. We'd like to leave New Orleans with our stomach intact, if not our dignity.

So pack your best stretchy pants, here are 4 MUST-EAT Places:


1. Cochon Butcher: Located in the Warehouse District, this is the casual sandwich shop adjacent to Chef Donald Link's Cochon restaurant, a tour de pork in Cajun cooking. At Butcher, the pork-heavy sandwiches, like the Pastrami with Sauerkraut on Rye ($11) are the perfect hang-over cures. You can eat in or order take-out, which is what we did, taking our sandwich with us to the airport, making all the other travelers jealous. Don't forget to grab a bag of house-made chips too. ($2.)
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
www.CochonButcher.com

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Introducing Airpnp, Renting Pee Breaks Across The World

January 20, 2015 at 1:40 PM | by | Comment (1)

The sharing economy is on the verge of over-sharing.

Introducing Airpnp, a service that trades bed rentals for bowl rentals. Toilet bowls.

Wandering aimlessly through the streets of NYC, with a full bladder and nowhere to find – ahem, release? Problem solved, courtesy of this just-launched mobile app that lets you locate private homes and apartments that will let you use their bathroom — for a fee. According to an overview of Airpnp in the New York Post, hosts are charging rates that range from about $1 to $20 per loo visit; just check a toilet’s availability from your smartphone, and the host will receive a phone call to confirm your visit.

Of course, the amenities available vary. Perusing the limited listings available so far, we’ve found folks trumpeting everything from “scented soaps” to a “very friendly cat named Toby [who] might meow at you.”

Do we get a discount if we use the litter box?

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Lapchildren May No Longer Fly Free, If Brazilian Airlines Get Their Way

January 20, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Typically on airplanes, children under the age of two don't require their own seat and can sit on the lap of their parent, free of charge. However some airlines do charge up to 10 percent of the ticket price for such tiny passengers. But according to reports, a few airlines want to change this policy and up the fee for lapchildren.

Brazil's airlines are leading the charge, proposing that the cap on fees for children be waived, allowing each individual airline to decide what to charge customers. You know - $25 for the bag, $200 for the baby. Brazil's National Civil Aviation agency, Anac, is drawing up the "in virtue of tariff liberty" plan that will be decided on by the end of 2016.

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Wish We Were There: American Airlines Flagship Check-In

January 19, 2015 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Normally, our recurring travel snapshot series is called "Wish You Were Here" where we show off amazing travel destinations that we think you should go to. But today, we're reversing the roles and saying, "Wish We Were There".

That's because while flying out of Chicago O'Hare the other day, we noticed an exclusive zone amidst all the other lowly check-in desks-- The American Airlines Flagship Check-In . This writer had never seen an AA Flagship Check-in the wild but thanks to Jaunted's inside look at the AA Flagship lounge at JFK, I now know exactly all the luxury traveler shenanigans that are happening behind this walled-off entrance, such as: checking-in, changing seat assignments, and checking luggage. However, fancy pants Flagship travelers still have to go through TSA. Hah, suckers.

Think you can access the Flagship private check-in and the lounge once you're past security, check yourself. Do you meet the following requirements?

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JFK's Newest Terminal Is One You May Never See

January 19, 2015 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

The newest terminal at New York’s JFK is one you might never see, as it will be specifically designed to help out and handle all the animals traveling through the airport.

Cleverly named The ARK at JFK, the air cargo facility will take up around 178,000 square feet and will cost just shy of $50 million to construct.

According to The Horse—your guide to equine health care—ARK Development and Racebrook Capital are the folks behind the venture, as they promise a state-of-the-art animal handling facility right at the airport. In a way it’ll be the first of its kind, as the place will be the first privately own facility like this—responsible for providing 24-hour airport quarantine for the import and export of critters like horses, livestock, birds, and pets.

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