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New Routes from Spirit, Emirates and Delta, Plus Rumors fom Virgin America

November 12, 2010 at 9:48 AM | by | ()

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Delta:
We heard that Delta was looking to expand their options into London’s Heathrow airport, and it looks like the airline has now gotten the necessary signatures from both the US and UK. Delta will start up brand new daily flights from both Boston and Miami to London beginning on March 27 of next year. They haven’t announced specifics regarding the flight schedules, but the plans should be released in the next week or so. We’re not expecting a crazy sale to correspond with the announcement, but another way to cross the pond is always welcome.

· Japan Airlines:
Despite battling against that pesky bankruptcy stuff, Japan Airlines is moving forward. The airline just started new flights to and from Tokyo’s more convenient airport—Haneda—and San Francisco at the end of last month. Things might be a little slow, as they’re offering up a discount for those looking to sit up front. JAL is offering 15,000 mile upgrades—a 10,000 miles savings—for those looking for a little more legroom. You’ll have to fly before the end of the year and buy a certain class of ticket, so check out the full rules here.

· Emirates:
We knew another A380 would be coming back to New York City, and this was the week that it happened. A year after demand slowed down and the super jumbo was pulled from the JFK to Dubai route, the world’s biggest commercial plane is back heading back and forth from the two cities twice per day thanks to Emirates. If you’ve got extra cash to burn, just remember that Emirates is the one with the in-flight shower.

· Spirit Airlines:
Fee-happy Spirit Airlines announced a whole bunch of new options for next year a few weeks ago, but there’s also a brand new option that started just this week. New nonstop service between Las Vegas and Chicago-O’Hare is now available for passengers looking to save money on airfare so they can blow their extra cash in Sin City. The new flight is a daily option that leaves Chicago around 10pm, and the return flight is a red-eye that departs just before 1am Vegas time. There’s $49 fares still available, but just remember that the deal is just for a one-way ticket and that’s before taxes, fees, and everything else.

· Virgin America:
Just file this one as a new routes rumor at this point, but the head honcho over at Virgin America—David Cush—commented that things are “moving forward” when it comes to gaining access to Chicago. The O’Hare routes have been a long time coming, so fans of the Virgin brand will be happy to see them if they become a reality. Besides Chicago, it appears that Houston, Philadelphia, and Atlanta will also become new options as 2011 rolls around. These other cities are still unknown at this point, but Chicago could become an option as soon as April. We’ll be sure to let you know when you can book!

[Photos: Andrei Dimofte & briYYZ]

Archived Comments:


it appears Vancouver has dropped off the Virgin America rumor list. I need them there by May!

VX to Vancouv

@Phamer55 HA! Well, the cities listed above are "new options." So maybe Vancouver is an older option...that maybe they are still working on...hmmmmm.