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Airlines / LCCs / Miss America / Atlantic City Travel / ACY / PEOPLExpress / → All Tags
53 crowns were placed in the overhead bins on a flight yesterday, as the contestants holding state beauty pageant titles headed from Washington-Dulles Airport to the Miss America pageant destination of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The winner of the Miss America title won't be decided until September 14, but Atlantic City's Airport is already celebrating their arrival, which was onboard a PEOPLExpress Boeing 737.
Okay, so maybe we exaggerated a little in the title by saying no one's heard of the airline; perhaps a few thousand travelers have flown the ultra-low-cost PEOPLExpress since their launch at the end of June, but it's still quite the small sample. The carrier is a reboot of a 1980s airline by the same name, which was eventually absorbed into Continental. Alas, everyone had pretty much forgot about them until this summer.
Travel Tech / United / EWR / Passports / → All Tags
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to travelers who've shelled out for Global Entry, but a better option is quickly gaining popularity at major US airports...and it's free to use.
The automated passport kiosk allows travelers arriving from international lights to quickly enter their details, snap a photo, receive a stamp, and continue on their merry way into baggage claim; this is as opposed to waiting in a long line to see an agent for the usual passport review and stamp.
We first experienced the smooth and snappy process back in October, and fell in love with it. It seems that airports and fellow flyers echo our feelings, as over 10 airports have added the machines, with more to come:
Super Bowl Travel / Tickets / Events / Football Travel / Sports Travel / How To Get Tickets To / → All Tags
In case you didn’t hear—this year’s Super Bowl is going to be played outdoors in the cold weather and the elements. If you’re prepared to sit in the stadium all bundled up there’s good news, as apparently resale ticket prices for the big game continue to drop. We don’t know if it’s the weather, the teams, or that fact that people don’t to travel to New Jersey, but it’s clear that things are getting somewhat more affordable.
As soon as the conference championship games were over and the matchup was set, some seating experts were reporting that average tickets were going for around $3,000. But just a week into the hype and festivities, average prices are roughly 40 percent lower, and it sounds like tickets to this year’s game could be the lowest on average since 2002.
Flight Reviews / Frontier / TTN / DTW / Detroit Travel / LCCs / Trenton Travel / New York City / Airports / Photo Gallery / New Jersey Travel / Philadelphia Travel / → All Tags
In case you haven't flown to New York City lately, the metropolis' "big three" airports of JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are pretty hectic places, operating at capacity most hours of the day. Expansion isn't much of an option since, last time we checked, the Big Apple was pretty skint on available land. Thus, to find cheaper airfares and more flexibility, a traveler can look to airports further out, and perhaps even as far as the other side of New Jersey from Newark.
On Frontier's route map, Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) is touted as being an alternative to Newark Airport, and only "1 hour away." If it's an option for Newark, that means it could be yet another airport choice for travelers headed into or out of the NYC area as well.
Currently Frontier flies nonstop to 13 destinations from Trenton: Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, Chicago-Midway, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. That's quite a lot of activity for an airport which, up until very recently, didn't even offer restrooms after security. One flyer even joked, in a Foursquare tip, that the tiny airport is "easy to miss, with that bush in the way."
Undaunted, we booked a flight to see for ourselves if Trenton is the new Newark....
Theme Parks / Six Flags / Amusement Parks / New Jersey Travel / Summer Travel / Roller Coasters / → All Tags
Despite the fact that the calendar has shifted from August into September theme park season is still going strong for a few more weeks. However, many spots are already looking towards the future with a focus on new rides, attractions, and construction. One such place is Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, as they just announced plans to bring the world’s tallest drop ride to the park.
The new track will bring passengers way up into the sky, and then drop them quickly back towards the earth. In total, the coaster will rise 415' into the air, and the free-fall will accelerate riders to roughly 90 miles per hour—oof. The ride will be located right under the park’s Kingda Ka roller coaster and, to terrify further, both rides will launch their riders in the same direction.
Travel Mistakes / EWR / Taxis / Public Transportation / AirTrain / Newark Travel / New York City / → All Tags
The days of fretting over whether taxicabs take credit cards are practically over--as most taxis in major cities and at major airports have long ago installed credit card machines, freeing you up from having to take out cash at the ATM when you land. Except at Newark International Airport taking a taxi into Manhattan and paying by credit card is still a hassle.
For starters, there is an additional $5 charge to all points in the state of New York (except Staten Island.) Second, the taxi stand makes you pre-pay for your ride at one of these machines. You then give the slip to your driver, with your desired destination and he will process the full payment at the end. That does not include tolls (which are about $10 and up) and tips (whatever you feel is appropriate.)
United / Airline News / Airports / Airport News / EWR / → All Tags
Someone must be a little bit jealous of all the hard hats and bulldozers over on the other side of the New York City area, as United is now thinking about sprucing up its home at Newark Liberty International Airport. In case you missed it the New York City area is a pretty decent spot to battle for the wallets of the traveling public, and Delta has been putting in a lot of work to ensure that New York-JFK will look snazzy for years to come.
Now United is getting ready to do something similar over in New Jersey, as we guess they aren’t too cool with flyers heading to Queens in order to catch their flights. In total it looks like they’re planning to spend—or invest—a good chunk of change, as they’ll grab around $150 million out of the corporate piggy bank to get stuff done.
On Monday morning, the Atlantic City Alliance hosted a press conference announcing a brand new sculpture garden that will be going up in the Marina District. Located two and a half miles north of the main boardwalk (as in, the Boardwalk), the mile-long walkway has in fact existed for over a decade. The trouble is, no one really used it.
Launching this summer, AC Waterfront Sculpture Park plans to install 40 pieces of outdoor art along the walkway. 25 of those are scheduled to go up this summer, in early July, offering local and regional artists the chance to have their work seen by tens of thousands of tourists.
Though it can't really compete with the Boardwalk with a capital 'B,' the Marina District walkway is notable for two reasons: it winds along the bay, offering incredible waterfront views (see above), with plenty of greenery and public benches. And it connects three of the major casino hotels, Golden Nugget, Harrah's and Borgata. So even if you're not a fan of outdoor public art (shame on you), then you still have several practical reasons to be strolling down the new art walk this summer.
Dessert Travel / Cupcakes / Cory Booker / EWR / Airport Restaurants / Airports / Newark Travel / → All Tags
Newark Mayor Cory Booker is a bit of a social media celebrity. In addition to running a difficult city, starting a campaign run for a 2014 Senate seat and lending his support to the state after Hurricane Sandy, he manages to keep up with his followers on Twitter. Spotted a pothole in Newark? Tweet him and he'll take care of it. Witnessed a crime? Call 911 first, but tweeting at Cory to follow-up seems to yield results. It's also pretty clear he loves his airport, Newark-Liberty International.
Last night, Mayor Booker tweeted that though the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey run EWR and he has no say on what goes down there, he does know where to get a good cupcake. We asked for details, and this morning he answered:
Terminal C: Crumbs. RT @jetsetcd: omg Newark Airport cupcakes! Where exactly?!— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 16, 2013
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When it comes to delicious and nutritious the airport usually isn’t the place to look for food; however, we realize that sometimes the terminal is your only option. The good news is that one group has kind of gone through the options available in the concourse, and they’ve ranked the best—and worst—options available at airports throughout the nifty fifty.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is the group behind the latest list, as they crunched the numbers—and menus—at some of the busiest airports in the land. They’ve been doing this since 2001, and since then the average scores have jumped a good 19 points or so. That’s good for the airport restaurants and good for our waistlines—it’s win-win.
Photo Gallery / Airline Lounges / Virgin Atlantic / Design Travel / EWR / Virgin / Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses / First Class Travel / Instagram / → All Tags
"Oh man, ugh whatever." - the typical feeling upon discovering your flight is departing from Newark-Liberty International Airport
It's true. Newark isn't exactly the most convenient airport, nor will it be winning any airport beauty pageants, but airlines have ways of turning your frown upside-down real quick. A grand example is the newly revamped, just-debuted-this-week Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Clubhouse.
At 5,000 square feet, it's half the size of their also recently reopened JFK Clubhouse, but that's partly due to the fact this one doesn't have the Cowshed Spa. Going for a downtown feel (JFK's aims for uptown style), it instead focuses around the architectural central bar (most popular cocktail? Mojito!) and chill-out lounge nooks (see the "Passion Pit" in our gallery below).
When you think theme parks, Disney or Universal Studios probably comes to mind, but that might change sooner rather than later if one company gets their way. Six Flags is sick and tired of playing second fiddle to some of the amusement park big boys, so they’re going big. Like, REAL BIG.
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey is a big hit with locals within the region, and is a pretty decent theme park option if you ask us. However, it’s about to grow to an international title to attract more international guests; if things go according to plan, it soon could hold the title of world’s largest theme park.