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Delta is Testing Out a New 20-Minute Baggage Guarantee

February 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

The planes and people over at Alaska Airlines have been doing something similar for years, but now Delta will give it a go as well. The airline is testing out some kind of baggage guarantee, as they look to "upgrade" the traveling process for their passengers.

Basically checked bags are supposed to arrive onto the baggage carrousel within twenty minutes—for domestic flights. If they don’t then the airline will hand out 2,500 miles for the inconvenience. So twenty minutes for your bag or 2,500 miles—it’s simple enough. The guarantee is in trial mode thought the end of March.

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$160 is the Price for One Month of Flights with AirAsia's New ASEAN Pass

February 23, 2015 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (4)

How does a month of flying around Southeast Asia for under $200 sound?

That's the question we asked back in December, when it was first announced AirAsia would introduce some sort of pass for unlimited flights. Well, that pass—the AirAsia ASEAN Pass, named for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations—is official and available for purchase, beginning today.

The ASEAN Pass' original promise of travel to 10 countries has been kept, and passengers may elect to fly to airports in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Burma, Laos and Brunei. The greatest variety of destinations is of course offered from AirAsia's base in Kuala Lumpur, although Bangkok also has a bunch.

Popular leisure destinations in the passes include Bali, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Langkawi, and Puerto Princesa. With just those it'd be very tempting to turn an ASEAN Pass into a "best exotic beaches of SE Asia" pass, but culture and business travelers will find plenty destinations of interest as well.

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Save That Boarding Pass and Ski For Free, Thanks to Alaska Airlines

February 20, 2015 at 4:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

For much of the nifty fifty it’s cold, cold, and more cold—along with a side of snow. So now is as good of a time as ever to embrace the winter weather and hit the slopes. Sure it’s costly between the lift tickets, transportation, and to rent all that gear; however, Alaska Airlines has a little bit of a program that might save you from cracking open that piggy bank in search of coins and cash.

It’s as simple as trading in your Alaska Airlines boarding pass in exchange for a lift ticket, and the airline has partnered with a number of mountains and resorts to allow travelers to ski for free. Some mountains just provide a discount while others offer up complimentary access to the slopes, but understandably you’re probably going to need to bring some funds to rent skis—assuming you didn’t bring yours with you.

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Icelandair's New Look Livery Guarantees a Northern Lights Sighting

Where: Iceland
February 18, 2015 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have been on the lookout for the northern lights for years, and thankfully we had a couple successful run-ins with the wonderful phenomenon. Now it might just be a little bit easier thanks to the folks over at Icelandair, as they’re pretty much guaranteeing a sighting on your next trip. That is—as long as you’re satisfied with an artificial airplane version.

Earlier this month Icelandair launched an airplane with a new aurora borealis-themed look that they’re calling the Hekla Aurora. The plane has special interior mood lighting to simulate things on the inside, and outside of the Boeing 757 there’s a new livery celebrating the beauty of the northern lights.

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There's a New Breed of 'Geeks' in the Air on JetBlue and Virgin America

February 13, 2015 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

We recognize that we’re probably a little bit greedy when it comes to our in-flight entertainment needs. First there were movies—maybe just on one screen—but soon we wanted more choices, our own screens, and maybe even some live television as well. We moved onto WiFi as well, but apparently the traveling public is looking for more and more when it comes to up in the air distractions.

Thankfully higher education has heard our complaints, as online courses are the latest option to be streaming at 35,000-feet. JetBlue was one of the first carriers to kick things off, as late last year they started offering excerpted streaming lectures and learning from the folks over at Coursera—think business classes, music lessons, and other academic awesomeness.

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How Much Longer Does US Airways Have Before It's No More?

February 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Way, way back in 2010, a Jaunted writer asked the question, as part of a rant, "US Airways, do they still even exist?"

Five years later and we can only answer that with "well, kinda."

The airline known as US Airways continues to merge with American Airlines and flew its final 767-200 revenue flight yesterday, from Philadelphia to Charlotte. This is but the first of many lasts for US Airways, and indeed we've already seen US Airways planes fully painted in the #newAmerican colors out on the tarmac.

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Delta is Now Exclusively Brewing Starbucks At 35,000 Feet

February 9, 2015 at 10:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those taking off on early morning flights, as Delta has signed up with Starbucks to provide the in-flight coffee. Earlier, the two companies had teamed up before to offer up caffeine concoctions on a limited basis—like certain cross-country and shuttle flights—but now they’re going all in.

The switch happened on February 1, and it will be Starbucks Pike Place Roast and Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast decaf on each and every flight across both the mainline Delta fleet as well as those Delta Connection flights. That’s around 1,270 aircraft in case you’re keeping count, and obviously a lot of little coffee cups balancing on the seatback tray.

To celebrate the new partnership and build some buzz—ha—Starbucks and Delta also commissioned a little coffee cup artwork. Over at New York-JFK within Terminal 4 you can check out sculptures showing off some iconic sights from places in London, Tokyo, and São Paulo.

There are also plans to hand out some sips and samples to celebrate the partnership, so if you see free coffee at the airport—it might just be thanks to Starbucks and Delta. Now if we could only get an in-flight Frappuccino…

[Photo of the São Paulo artwork: Starbucks/Delta]

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How Much Will It Cost to Fly in Singapore Airlines' New Premium Economy?

Where: Singapore
February 6, 2015 at 6:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

So you may have heard that Singapore Airlines is all set to finally introduce a Premium Economy Class to their planes, but did you know that airfare to travel in the new seats is already on sale?

Set to fly as soon as August 9, 2015 on the Singapore-Sydney A380 SQ route first, Premium Economy is an $80 million investment by the airline. It will be considerably less expensive than that for travelers to enjoy, of course. K

Kicking back in one of the fresh, leather seats situated between Economy and the premium classes on Singapore's A380s, 777-300ERs, and brand-spanking-new A350s begins at $2,100 roundtrip on the Los Angeles - Singapore direct flight, and $2,230 on the New York-JFK - Singapore direct.

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Southwest Airlines Adds a Pair of New Beers to The Beverage Cart

January 26, 2015 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 was a big year for ales and lagers--in the air--and it's only getting better in 2015 as Southwest Airlines has already added two new beers!

Now Southwest flights will stock Leinenkugel's seasonal craft selections, along with Dos Equis Lager Especial . We recognize that these aren’t necessarily the microbrews you might be looking for, but we’ve never frowned upon a more varied selection.

It’ll be $5 for either of these new options, or you can you use one of your Rapid Rewards drink coupons. The options from Leinenkugel will change with the seasons, so expect Snowdrift Vanilla Porter if you’re flying anytime soon. Other options will include Summer Shandy during warmer weather, and Oktoberfest in the fall.

Oh—and if you need something to go alongside your drink there’s always peanuts. Southwest is transitioning back to honey roasted peanuts—they’re free—throughout the rest of 2015.

[Photo: styloloco ]

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What's So Special About Today's American Airlines 787 Landing at DFW

January 23, 2015 at 4:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

TGIF! Not only is Friday the best of the week because it means the weekend is here, but this Friday in particular ranks highly as it marks the day American Airlines flies their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner (of the 42 they have on order) home to Dallas.

The aircraft—gleaming in the "New American" striped livery— flew earlier this morning from Boeing's factory in Everett, WA , slicing the skies with its raked, carbon fiber wings before a scheduled 4:21pm landing time at American's HQ at Dallas-Ft Worth DFW. The airline signed the final documents and symbolically took the key for the plane from Boeing just yesterday, but don't expect to be able to book a ticket on it until this spring at the earliest.

The details of the arrival, according to Dallas News:

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United Begins To Flip The Switch On Regional Jet WiFi

January 14, 2015 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Wow—it’s been years and years since United first put WiFi on a muthafunking plane, but now that it's 2015, United is finally set to offer WiFI on their regional jet fleet. The cramped legroom and claustrophobic conditions will feel less so, as you’ll be tweeting, streaming, and posting from here to there.

Aircraft like the E170, E175, and CRJ700 will be heading into the hangar, as Gogo InFlight’s ATG-4 advanced air-to-ground is to be installed, hopefully by summer. Not only can travelers expect the usual WiFi offerings, but these planes—thankfully—will also score a slice of what United calls their “Personal Device Entertainment” giving access to movies, television, and other goodies right from your own mobile screen.

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Five Extremely Unique Ways Airlines Train Their Flight Attendants

January 6, 2015 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flight attendants are pretty unique people. Not only can they expertly mix a cocktail at 35,000' with a little turbulence (shaken, not stirred), but they're also trained to snap into action during emergencies and still wave "buh-bye" with a smile at the end of every flight. They're not simply born with the ability; the skills are taught and reinforced through rigorous training, some of which is quite eye-opening.

Here are a few things you probably never would have guessed about flight crews from 5 airlines:

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