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Travel Book Suggestion: Cockpit Confidential

August 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

The last book we recommended to you shed some light onto the dark side of the travel industry, showing that, for all the good it can bring, tourism has the capacity to become a virus that diminishes the cultures of destinations around the globe. This time, we're suggesting something a little more uplifting. And, believe it or not, it's about the airline industry.

Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections, written by commercial pilot Patrick Smith, attempts to unblur the line between fact and fiction when it comes to all things air travel.

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Six Islands in a Single-Engine, Part 1: Planning to Fly the South Pacific

Where: Australia
August 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's the stuff of headlines, when a pilot ventures away from familiar runways to embark on an epic aviation adventure in a single-engine aircraft, and it's exactly what Jaunted contributor Joe Corrigan is doing. Follow along over the next several days, as Joe shares trials, triumphs, and terrific images from flying to remote corners of the South Pacific.

Island Hopping in a Single-Engine, The Series:

1. Flight Planning
2. The Point of No Return
3. On Island Time
4. Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

It is often a dream of private aviators to not only slip the surly bonds of gravity, but also those of their home country and try flying abroad. As my good friend/flight instructor Nick Pech and I readied my Cirrus SR20 for what we simply dubbed "The Pacific Trip," the complex preparations smoothed the way for what would be pure bliss, under our own power over the clouds.

Passports? Affirm. Over two weeks, our routing would take us from Bankstown Airport in Sydney, to Australia's Gold Coast, and then out over open water over to Lord Howe Island, continuing on to Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and then back to Australia, entering at Cairns.

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You Won't Believe What Showed Up on This In-Flight Map

August 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Twitter user @nycsouthpaw was onboard the notoriously lengthy Hawaiian Airlines nonstop flight from New York-JFK to Honolulu yesterday, when he noticed a little something special within the seatback entertainment moving map:

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Book Those $1 Seats, as Megabus Once Again Adds New Routes

August 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like quite some time since all those cheap bus routes hit the scene, but operators like Megabus are still pretty darn busy going from there to there. Thing must be going well, as it looks like they’re adding some new options down in the Sunshine State.

Just last week Megabus started up some new routes in and out of Fort Lauderdale. There are now options to head out to both Tampa and Orlando. For those looking to take advantage of things you’ll need to make your way over to Sheridan Street Station, 2900 Sheridan Street—that’s in Hollywood.

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Malaysia Airlines Will Reportedly Cut Routes While It Restructures

August 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few weeks ago, we gave you the scoop on how Malaysia Airlines might rebrand itself given the two unfortunate and unlucky incidents it had this past year. There's no new livery to speak of yet, but the dirty work is about to begin. The airline is reportedly about to launch the first phase of its rival plan, which aims to move it from government/public ownership to one that is privately operated. Unfortunately, it's going to mean the cancellation of routes and the loss of jobs.

The Wall Street Journal wrote yesterday that, according to its sources, "Malaysia Airlines will stop flying to some unprofitable routes in China and other places such as Frankfurt," Australia, and Dubai.

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American Airlines Raises the Fee for Unaccompanied Minors

August 27, 2014 at 6:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Air travel is going to cost a little more to send the little ones all on their own, as American Airlines is making some changes to their unaccompanied minor policy.

Previously the fee covered minors between ages five and eleven, but now it looks like they’re going to charge you for tweens as well—up to age fourteen. This is on top of regular fares, so you’ll be looking at $150 extra—and that’s each way—to send the kiddos without supervision.

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Plan Far Ahead for This Awesome Airfare Deal to Hong Kong

August 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (2)

Hong Kong may be clear on the other side of the world from New York, but Cathay Pacific's 777-300ER airplanes can make the journey in one swift hop over the North Pole. Come next spring, they'll even be doing so often with a new nonstop route from Boston-Logan International Airport.

This will be the airline's 6th US destination (following JFK, EWR, SFO, LAX, and ORD). To celebrate, and to fill up their first month of flights with smiling faces, they've launched a deep discount airfare sale on the new route, with roundtrip tickets going for a total of $753.88. That's a whole $4 cheaper than last year's similar launch sale to Newark.

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How to Get Tickets to the Austin City Limits Music Festival

August 26, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Surprisingly, with less than two months until the gates open there are still tickets available for this fall's Austin City Limits Music Festival.

ACL returns to Zilker Park on Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10 -12 with a lineup that includes Pearl Jam, Lorde, Chvrches, Eminem, The Head And The Heart, Lana Del Rey, Spoon and dozens more.

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More International Airlines Join the Gate-to-Gate Gadget Club

August 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)


A photo from onboard last year's first US flight with gate-to-gate gadgets, on JetBlue

Living the "airplane mode" life is so nice and so smooth, that it's incredible to think that the FAA only allowed gate-to-gate electronic use less than one year ago, on November 1, 2013. Since then, flight attendants on airlines in the United States have been able to eliminate the "turn off and stow all electronics" part from their pre-flight talk, replacing it with a less severe direction to simply switch those electronics to airplane mode.

The relaxation of the in-flight electronics rule spread from the US to the UK, with British Airways becoming the first non-US airline to keep gadgets on, after the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) gave the okays in late 2013.

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Before You Go: Five Words to Know in Chilean Slang

Where: Chile
August 26, 2014 at 11:39 AM | by | Comment (1)

When you visit Chile for the first time, you'll notice very quickly that while the locals are technically speaking Spanish, their dialect is 1) very fast and 2) filled with slang words. You will be understood if you speak proper Spanish, but understanding a local will be much easier if you spend some time learning their lingo. Plus, you want to sound cool, right? Below, we've provided a few words that are simple to remember to help get you started:

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A Refresh for the Seatback Pocket as American Revamps In-Flight Magazine

August 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

Be sure to grab a copy of the in-flight magazine from your seatback pocket on your next American Airlines flight, as it soon might be a bit of a collector’s item. The airline isn’t ditching the in-flight magazine—don’t worry—but they are bringing in a new company to run, write, and produce the periodical through a revamp.

Ink Global will now be in charge of American Way. This isn’t the first in-flight magazine for the folks over at Ink Global; it's their specialty, as they're in charge of periodicals as wide-ranging as United's Hemispheres and EasyJet's Traveller to Eurostar's Metropolitan and Thomas Cook's travel.

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Last-Minute Labor Day Deals: Hilton Head Island Before It Gets Brisk

August 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

We hate to alarm you, but the summer is quickly coming to an end. Before you know it, the cooler weather will be trickling in, and those pumpkin-flavored lattes will be hitting the bar at your favorite coffee shop. That’s why it’s time to plan one last quick getaway, and Labor Day Weekend is the time to do it.

There’s plenty of sunshine and warmth to be had in South Carolina, so we say skip out of town and head to Hilton Head Island. It’s a nice spot for both those with families and those without, and if golf is your thing you won’t be short on courses from which to choose. They even have that snazzy red and white lighthouse—it’s actually only like 90-feet tall—for selfie opportunities.

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