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Inside the New Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX

July 31, 2015 at 11:10 AM | by | ()

Back in May, there was much fanfare about the new Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at LAX’s Terminal 2. Special enough to mark 25 years of service between Heathrow and Los Angeles! Panoramic views! British art! Worthy of the new LAX, not the one all sane people despise! But finally, this month, we got a chance to look inside. Was it worthy of the Clubhouse (ie synonym for “insanely good”) name? Or was it a snazzier version of the basic little lounge in Vegas that both Virgin and BA, to their shame, use?

Fear not - it is a worthy addition to the Clubhouse fold.

The look:

It’s the light that hits you first - there are floor-to-ceiling windows along two sides of the Clubhouse (we didn't see the Hollywood sign, as Virgin promised in the bumph, but that may well have been because the sun had nearly set and we were staring at the planes right in front of us).

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5 Reasons Why SJC is Better Than SFO (At Least In The Summer)

Where: 1701 Airport Blvd. [map], San Jose, CA, United States, 95110
July 21, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Take it from this contributor: Flying out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) sucks, especially during the summer months. When I lived in the Bay Area, I endured countless flight delays at SFO. So many that I’d go out of my way to fly out of Oakland International Airport (OAK) or even Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) instead.

Oakland is close, of course, so it makes obvious sense as an alternative to SFO. But believe it or not, it really is worth going through SJC, an hour or so outside San Fran. Why?

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Getting Picked Up By Uber at LAX May Soon Be a Reality

July 20, 2015 at 10:37 AM | by | ()

Nearly two years ago, this editor was waiting to be picked up by a family member after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. I was standing near the curb at Terminal 1, which like most areas of LAX was a madhouse.

Some passengers (we suspected International fliers from nearby Terminal 2) had their luggage stacked up impossibly high on those SmartCarts, and were blindly pushing them through a crowded sidewalk filled with other passengers — mainly those from Southwest, who were simultaneously rolling their luggage while looking for rides from family, friends or the taxi line.

Suddenly, I noticed a small silver Prius pull-up. A young-ish man hopped out of the driver's side, went to the curb where another young-ish man was standing, and grabbed his luggage. The second young man then took a seat in the back while the driver was putting his luggage in the backseat.

But before the driver could return to the wheel, he was busted by LA Airport Police. The driver was an Uber driver; the young man was his passenger who had called up the ride via the Uber app, which was apparently illegal. Here's my tweet from that incident:

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Here's Where $25 Buys You Spa Bliss In San Francisco

Where: 1750 Geary Blvd/ [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94115
July 17, 2015 at 1:39 PM | by | ()

Okay, w're going to let you in on a little secret. If you’re in San Francisco and need a spa day, there’s no better place to get your Zen on than at Kabuki Springs & Spa. The Japantown retreat offers a slew of spa services, but it’s the communal baths that made it a Friday ritual when this contributor lived in S.F.; it's still a must-stop whenever I’m in town.

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3 Ways To Get A Free Ride at San Diego Comic-Con This Weekend

July 10, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

One of the many challenges of attending San Diego Comic-Con is getting around town. Parking can be hard to come by, the streets are overcrowded and there always seems to be an endless line for the shuttles.

Luckily, this year's SDCC attendees have a few, free options.

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POW!: Five Fun, Free Things To Do At San Diego Comic-Con This Week

July 8, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

As thousands of pop culture fans descend on Comic-Con this week, the networks and movie studios are going above and beyond to get their attention — which means there are plenty of fun, free experiences to take part in throughout San Diego. And the best part? You don't even need a Comic-Con badge to enjoy many of them.

Play Mini-Golf

This weekend Comedy Central hits the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center with 9-hole mini-golf, “Drunk History” 360 Photo Booth Experience, celeb appearances and giveaways. The event is completely free and open to the public on Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10 from 11 AM to 8 PM.

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Delta Air Lines Unveils New 'Anti-Paparazzi' Terminal at LAX

June 11, 2015 at 9:42 AM | by | ()

Yesterday, we hinted that Delta Air Lines had something special "happening" at LAX this week and here it is---a VIP Anti-Paparazzi service at Terminal 5 called, Delta One.

Officially opening today, Delta One will allow celebrities to check-in for their flight at LAX as well as land at LAX without being seen, or snapped by the paparazzi. Celebs can roll up to Delta One premium check-in entrance, where a personal attendant will check them in from the comfort of a private lounge before they are escorted down a private corridor to security.

Delta One guests landing at LAX will get a Porsche service right off the tarmac which will drive them and their luggage to an undisclosed location on Century Boulevard, away from prying eyes. As one paparrazo told The Hollywood Reporter, "If they're going off the tarmac, there's no way around it."

Fortunately, you don't have to have a lengthy resume on IMDB to get this Delta One service. It's available with first class tickets, starting at an additional $350. Just note, this service may keep you out of sight from the paparazzi but it doesn't drive you to your final destination. You'll still need to coordinate that with your chauffeur.

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Big Things Are Already 'Happening' at LAX

June 10, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()



We've told you before how Los Angeles International Airport is "happening" — and we're not just talking about tasings.

Much of LAX is under construction, including the runways and (most noticeably) its terminals as the airport continues to modernize and update its offerings. But while the jackhammering and plywood will remain for a few more years, new things are already starting to be revealed.

Yesterday, American Airlines announced its new nonstop service to Sydney. The flights will begin on December 17 in a OneWorld partnership with Qantas, flying the flagship Boeing 777-300ER (pending regulatory approvals). Here's a bit more about what will be on board:

American’s new service between LAX and SYD will be operated by the state-of-the-art, three-class Boeing 777-300ER with best-in-class premium customer offerings. The aircraft’s products and services feature all-aisle access, fully lie-flat seats and a walk-up bar in the premium cabins; Main Cabin Extra seating provides more legroom; and all seats feature personal, in-seat entertainment screens with up to 250 movies, over 180 TV programs and more than 350 audio selections, international Wi-Fi capability, and universal AC power outlets and USB ports.

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The Must-Have Travel Accessory on Catalina Island: This Golf Cart

Where: Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
June 8, 2015 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

Typical Avalon road use

In many parts of Southern California, the must-have accessory is a convertible. On Catalina Island, an hour’s ferry ride off the coast of LA, your must-have accessory is an island answer to a convertible: a golf cart.

As you may know, Catalina is a privately owned island. As you may also know, most of the island's interior is closed to visitors, accessible either by Catalina Island Company-arranged tours, or with a hiking permit. Catalina feels a bit like the town in The Truman Show, in a way; there’s one road that loops around Avalon (the island's only official city) and it is one-way. The only way to drive it yourself is by renting a golf cart.

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Act Fast on Airbnb, and You Might Score an Overnight in Conan O'Brien's Burbank Studio

June 1, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

Conan O'Brien has recently listed the most coveted space in Burbank on airbnb.

Conan is giving one lucky fan and a friend the chance to spend the night of June 3 in the rafters of the Warner Brothers studio where he films his late night talk show. The cost? Just one killer essay explaining "why on earth you'd want to spend five minutes in our rafters, much less a whole night."

Not only will the lucky winner spend the night in the famous studio, they'll also appear on the show. "Conan will talk to you during a real show," the listing states. "So viewers will see you that night on their TVs, and millennials will see you the next day on their infernal devices."

Check out all of the rules and enter your essay here at airbnb.com. But hurry! Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CT on June 1. Yes, today. Get writing.

[Photo: airbnb.com]

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Man Buns of Disneyland is Our New Favorite Theme Park Instagram Feed

May 28, 2015 at 5:22 PM | by | ()

Two #manbuns spotted in front of the castle! #manbunsofdisneyland

A photo posted by @manbunsofdisneyland on

Whether you love 'em or want to cut them loose, man buns are here to stay. And this summer, we predict they will be in full effect at theme parks across America. After all, no one likes to let their hair down in the sticky hot sun. (Also, some of us still may be concerned about our hair catching on a roller coaster and leaving us not only bald but perhaps, headless. )

For those of you who still aren't sure what a man bun is, or for those of you men who are confounded as to how best display your man bun, youMUST follow Man Buns of Disneyland on Instagram.

This is an offshoot of DILFs of Disneyland and indeed, some earlier photos on the Man Buns stream were sourced by DILFs (Um, did I really just write that sentence?) But no matter, if you want to see man buns, you will get man buns here. There's a man bun eating at a Disneyland restaurant. Another man bun coming off a ride. Man buns in front of the castle. And so many more.

Below are a few of our favorites. Your welcome.

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Heading To San Diego Comic-Con? You Could Score Tickets For Conan O'Brien

May 13, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Conan O'Brien loves going where no late night talk show host has gone before. He's taken his TBS show, Conan, on the road each year since the series launched in 2010, traveling to Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, and, most recently, Cuba.

So, what's next for this traveling talk show? Conan recently announced his show will be the first to broadcast live from San Diego Comic-Con from July 8-12, 2015. Conan has booked the Spreckels Theater in downtown San Diego where, for the first time, the show will tape and air new episodes on Friday and Saturday.

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