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Why Did The Internet Unload on a Writer for Explaining How the Airline Industry Works?

January 13, 2015 at 5:13 PM | by | Comment (1)

There are certain travel topics that are guaranteed to rile up the Internet. Overweight passengers and children on planes are always reliable, but so is anything that has to do with airport fashion choices (pajamas, travel pillows, flip flops, and so on).

It turns out that blaming people for things they don't like is also not very popular. Go figure.

Last week Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View's veteran economics columnist, posted an article making a very basic point about how the airline industry works. She explained that, since airline customers purchase their tickets based on cost, airlines will be driven to cut costs.

The headline was a little provocative: "Hate Flying? It's Your Fault." But the argument shouldn't have been very controversial. As we've explained before, the profit per passenger really is wafer thin.

The Internet disagreed and its culture of outrage went into overdrive.

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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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Alaska Airlines Will Check Your First Bag Free All This Month

January 5, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alaska Airlines, fresh off a Jaunty win in 2014, is starting the year off with quite the promotion. For the month of January, Alaska Airlines will check your first bag for free.

There’s a couple of asterisks on the terms and conditions page, but for the most part it seems pretty straightforward. It’s all to show off their love to their Mileage Plan members, so be sure to sign up and enter your digits prior to checking in for your flight.

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New Routes from ANA, LAN, and United to Start 2015

January 2, 2015 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· ANA:
There’s still some government stamps and seals to be had, but it does sound like we’re well on our way to a new option from All Nippon Airways. The plan is for ANA to do the nonstop thing beginning on June 12 between Tokyo-Narita and Houston. The daily service will operate thanks to some Boeing 777-300ERs, and if you’re looking to book things or cash in some miles—expect eight seats in First, 52 in Business, and 190 in Economy.

· LAN:
New Boeing birds are on the move beginning next year, as LAN Airlines is sending their 787-9 between New York-JFK and Santiago, Chile. The new route will start doing its thing on July 20, so start planning your vacation now. Utilizing this stretched version of the 787, LAN will be the first carrier to offer up international service down to South America from JFK using a plane such as this. There are 313 seats in total, so we’re sure you can find one that fits you well.

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The Naughtiest Flight Attendants of 2014

December 31, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comment (1)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

“Sexy” Halloween costumes aside (groan), here are some flight attendants who actually made tongues wag in 2014.

Lap dancers, pinup models, drug mules — oh my!

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The Best In-Flight Amenity of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 9:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2014 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Now we take a brief look back at the best and worst of 2014 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

Sure legroom is reduced, seats are slim, and checking your bag might just cost you a few extra bucks; however, in some ways flying has never been better. 2014 proved this fact through the proliferation onboard of one of our favorite in-flight amenities—craft beer.

No offense to the big boy bottlers, but we have had our fill of the most common domestic options. Thankfully carriers from Alaska Airlines to Virgin America have gotten with the craft beer movement, and that’s why an improved onboard beer selection is our pick for the in-flight amenity of the year.

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The Most Heartwarming Travel Moments of 2014

December 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

Looking back, 2014's travel news ran the gamut from excellent to tragic. On the whole, it stands out as one when travel truly tugged at our heart-strings.

We've rounded up the tenderest moments of the year, ranging from magic planes to romantic proposals. Grab a box of Kleenex.

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Now That AirTran Has Flown Their Final Flight, Here are 7 Things We'll Miss Most

December 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

When AirTran flight 1 landed at Tampa International Airport last night, passengers disembarked with tears in their eyes. It was the last AirTran flight ever, a bittersweet occasion as it marked the full integration of AirTran into Southwest.

So while AirTran as a brand is gone, their memory lives on through what they did right as an airline.

Here's what we will miss...

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The New Eastern Air Lines Welcomes Its First Plane to Miami

December 26, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember Eastern Air Lines? Well they’re back, and they’re getting ready to take to the skies once again. They’re not exactly the airline you remember from the 1980s, as technically they’re a whole new carrier and operation—they just scooped up the old name and associated intellectual property.

As with most new airline operations there’s always a little risk, but so far so good for the planes and people over at the new Eastern. They are looking to get 20 new planes into the hangar, and just the other day they received the very first one of them—a Boeing 737-800 complete with a nice looking livery with a nod to the past.

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These 7 Airline Gift Cards Offer Instant Delivery

December 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's 5 o'clock on the day before Christmas Eve. Do you know what you're getting everyone on your list?

If not, we've got the answer: airline gift cards. Whether your gift is $50 or $500, you'll have helped make a trip possible for someone in your life, and giving experiences always trumps giving...things.

7 of the gift cards we've listed below are available for instant delivery via email, while 1 is not (Virgin Atlantic). Instant delivery may mean there's no physical card to exchange, but that leaves you free to be creative with how you tell the recipient to look extra close at their inbox this week.

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Video Interlude: How 23 Airlines are Wishing You 'Happy Holidays' for 2014

December 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

Oh, the weather outside is frightful...

...but the airline-produced holiday greetings are soooo delightful.

'Tis the season for a little heartstring tugging as travel brands send out their holiday wishes, and the airlines are always good for a little creativity when it comes to their greetings. Whether it's a simple "ho ho ho" from high in the sky or a grand gesture captured on camera, holiday videos from the airlines are usually worth the watch.

Below we've gathered up all the videos we could find for 2014. Which is your favorite?

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The Most 'Liked' Airline on Facebook is...

December 22, 2014 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

8,237,691. As of 9:30am EST today, that impressive number is the total number of Facebook "likes" for just one airline, Qatar Airways. Facebook may see almost 1.4 billion active users every month, but that 8+ million number for Qatar officially makes them the world's most "liked" airline on Facebook.

Qatar's alliance buddy, American Airlines, only counts 1.8 million likes, and competitor Emirates is at least half-way there with 4.4 million likes (maybe you've seen their recent big push in sponsored Facebook ads?).

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