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Snap a Selfie Onboard a Virgin Atlantic 787, Then Facebook It for Free

April 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Selfie sticks may be increasingly banned at destinations, but the original handheld selfie is still very much alive, even in the air. Beginning this month, Virgin Atlantic is offering "#SkyhighSelfie spots" onboard the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Virgin Atlantic teased the #SkyhighSelfie spot as early as October 2014, when their 787 made its inaugural flight from London to Boston. Now, finally, the spots are up and available, which look to be located on walls near the galleys.

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Delta Keeps Their Baggage Guarantee, Sticks Around Indefinitely

April 8, 2015 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

So remember when Delta started offering up that baggage guarantee on a trial basis a while ago? Well apparently they like what they saw, and they are considering it a hit because it’s going to stick around.

This week Delta announced that things would continue permanently. As a refresher, the airline is guaranteeing that checked baggage will make it all the way from the belly of the plane to the baggage carrousel within 20 minutes. If not they’ll give you 2,500 miles for your troubles, but just remember that you need to fill out a form online and call them out on it.

There are some rules to follow and what not, but for the most part things are pretty straightforward. Your journey’s last leg must be a domestic one, you must be signed up for their frequent flyer program, and you can only score the miles once each way no matter how many checked bags you have.

Alaska Airlines has done a version of this for years and years, so we’ll just have to wait and see if other carriers offer something similar now that Delta has thrown themselves into the ring.

[Photo: Doug Waldron]

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Delta Now Monitoring Furry Friends Complete With GPS Technology

April 3, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pet travel is often a challenge, but now there’s one airline stepping in to make things a little bit easier. We’ve reviewed the rules and regulations before; however, there’s still a little bit of an unknown when checking your furry friend underneath the belly of the plane.

Thankfully Delta is taking steps to improve the whole process, as they’re now tracking your kitty or puppy with a little help from GPS technology.

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United Says 'Cheers' To More Beers

April 2, 2015 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for those who enjoy an in-flight happy hour, as once again United Airlines is reaching into the craft beer cellar and picking out a new selection.

The airline is continuing their partnership with Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company, as this time it’s the Goose IPA that is being loaded into the beverage cart. This is beverage option number two from United and Goose Island, as they have already been serving up 312 Urban Wheat Ale for a little bit of time. Eventually the Goose IPA will replace the former option, as United looks to rollout the new ale worldwide throughout April.

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Finnair Going All In With €30 Million WiFi Investment

Where: Finland
March 31, 2015 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Excited about going to Finland, but anxious about the social media disconnect during travel? Not a problem if you’re traveling aboard Finnair, as they are putting the pieces in place to ensure that WiFi is an option across their entire fleet.

Just don’t assume your next flight will have the up in the air connectivity, as initial reports sound like it’s going to take a little bit of time. Up first is the brandy new Airbus A350 which is scheduled to start doing its thing later this year. Eventually the A330s in the hangar will get the wires and transmitters, as well as some of the carrier’s short-haul airplanes—expect this at some point in 2016.

All in all we can expect the majority of Finnair’s planes to be doing the WiFi thing during 2018. When asked about the technology or provider behind the travel technology no real details were revealed, as apparently it’s still a little too early for that kind of info. We’ll keep you posted as to when they finally flip the switch, and of course when that first Finnair Airbus A350 takes to the skies.

[Photo: Finnair/Facebook]

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Très Chic: Air France Debuts Their New Airline Safety Video

Where: France
March 23, 2015 at 12:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen our share of airline safety videos, and from the silly to the sexy most are usually worth a watch even on the ground.

Now Air France has revealed a new look to their pre-flight entertainment, and it is definitely a good distraction worth your time on a Monday.

There’s plenty of blue, white, and red, as we learn from some fashionable French folks that the seatbelt will do more than just protect us from bumps and turbulence—it will also elegantly highlight our waistline.

The jokes are subtle and stylish along with the whole video, and we’re thinking that Air France has a hit on their hands with this one. They even remind us what is chic (not smoking) and what is trendy (turning your electronic devices to airplane mode).

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American and Delta Say Sayonara to Duty-Free, and That's a Good Thing

March 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

In-flight duty-free is nearly dunzo.

At some point last week, American Airlines unceremoniously ended in-flight sales of duty-free items, removing the sticky catalogs from seatback pockets, shutting down the duty-free website, and canceling that time when, in the calm middle of the flight, flight attendants ask if you'd like to spend $75 on a run-of-the-mill bottle of scotch.

While the reason for the cancellation isn't clear—frequent flyers around the internet have rumored that it's a contractual disagreement—we do know that American isn't the first to put the products back on the shelf. In August of last year, Delta did the exact same thing, quietly calling it quits on their in-flight duty-free.

We've gotten over the shock after the Delta news, and realize it's not such a huge issue since airports and other international airlines aren't giving up their own duty-free.

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ESPN's 'FiveThirtyEight' Runs The Numbers On The Fastest Flights

March 18, 2015 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

The statistical sensation—Nate Silver—has covered things like baseball and elections, but now he is turning his attention and the FiveThirtyEight blog toward the timing of flights.

The blog—now part of the ESPN empire—has run the numbers on millions of routes and options, as their goal is to provide you with the fastest way to get from here to there. They take a number of factors into consideration thanks to numbers from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, as they search to discover the flights that will avoid the most delays.

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New Airline Alert: Malaysia Turns Its Frown Upside-Down with 'flymojo'

Where: Malaysia
March 17, 2015 at 1:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you were to ask us what commercial airplane we'd want as our own private jet and the Concorde wasn't an option, we'd have to go with a swingin' 747 with a groovy livery much like that of Austin Powers'. Something about an airplane forgoing the safe, corporate color of a white fuselage to rock a rainbow speaks to us, but sadly that 747 is fictional and only a computer-generated graphic.

It seems the closest the average traveler will get to a funkadelic airplane is on the groovy Bombardier CSeries airliners of Malaysia's new low-coast airline, flymojo.

The announcement of the new airline was made this week in Langkawi, as flymojo will not only be the first airline to fly the new single-aisle CSeries planes (of 100-149 seats onboard) in Southeast Asia, but it will also be the only airline based out of both Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu, with routes planned to other ASEAN countries.

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What's That Smell? Oh, That's Just United's New 'Landing' Scent

March 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just the other day United was on our radar, as the airline was talking about the newest additions and what not to their United Club menu—like pita chips. Now they are back once again, as United is trying out some new ideas when it comes to the boarding area.

Over at Chicago-O’Hare the carrier is changing things up within Terminal 1, as gates B4, B8, and B10 are getting the new look. Stuff like new seating areas, mood lighting, more power outlets, and even gate agent podiums are all part of the new look. We’d imagine it’s been decades since any thought or design has been put into the boarding area over at United, so we’re thinking that change is a good thing.

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It's the Final Countdown for US Airways Frequent Flyer Miles

March 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

US Airways' Twitter is done.

US Airways' 767-200s have finished flying.

And planes painted in US Airways' flag livery are taking turns in the paint shop, emerging with AA's shiny #newAmerican stripes.

Next up on the laundry list of to-dos before the merger completes is to close up US Airways' frequent flyer program, Dividend Miles. Think of it as "spring cleaning" for AA, as the process is in full swing right now.

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American Airlines Refused to Refund Grieving Family's Tickets, Guess What Happened Next?

March 12, 2015 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

File this one under "what the hell were they thinking?"

American Airlines got a request from a an Illinois family whose young daughter had died. Understandably, they were too crushed to take the vacation they had all planned to take together, and they were hoping to get their airline tickets refunded. This matter should have been handled immediately, quietly, and in its entirety.

So of course that's not at all what happened. Instead, the airline sent an apologetic note, expressing their sorrow for the death of the girl but firmly explaining that the tickets were non-refundable. Mom shared her story on her Facebook page, and from there nature took its course.

An online rage mob formed (kind of appropriately, in this case) and on Tuesday American ended up providing the refunds.

Quote unquote "We fully refunded [her] ticket last night and apologized to [the family] for not doing so immediately when she first contacted us." No kidding.

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