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Virgin Atlantic's 30th Birthday Brings the Boeing 787-9 to Boston

October 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

This isn't just any Tuesday. Today Virgin Atlantic becomes the 25th airline to fly a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, as they inaugurate their new arrival with flights between London-Heathrow and Boston-Logan.

This isn't just any 787, either. Virgin Atlantic is the first European airline to welcome the longer, cooler 787-9 to their fleet, and they do so on their own 30th birthday as an airline, hence the aircraft's name, "Birthday Girl" G-VNEW.

Inside are 198 Economy, 35 Premium Economy, and 31 Upper Class seats, plus a new "Wander Wall" concept in Premium Economy. This is essentially a snack-and-chat station, since the bar is reserved for Upper Class only. Speaking of that bar—it's been redesigned to fit within the 787-9, but you'll still be able to pop on a barstool and order a Virgin Redhead somewhere 38,000' above the Atlantic Ocean. Instagram it instantly, thanks to long-haul in-flight WiFi onboard.

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$99 to London?! What You Need to Know About Iceland's WOW Air

October 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (3)

Earlier this morning we breathlessly reported the news that low-cost Icelandic airline WOW Air will begin flying to the US beginning March 2015.

Around 5pm EST, their US website finally went live, advertising specials and bookable deals in US Dollars, with some flights as low as $99 and $125 one-way. Despite those unbelievable numbers, the airline is a reputable one. WOW has been flying between Iceland and Europe since 2011, and we didn't think twice to book them earlier this year for a trip to go waterfall-spotting and hot spring-soaking in Iceland.

Think fast and have your credit card ready, and here's what you need to know to score WOW Air's cheapest US deals:

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WOW Air, Iceland's Cute Airline, Announces Boston and Washington DC Flights from $125

Where: Iceland
October 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

We hope you are sitting down, because the long-awaited budget flights between the US and Iceland are finally happening and already on sale.

Icelandic low-cost airline WOW Air has been serving up spicy low fares from their home at Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport to Europe since 2011. This morning they announced their next destinations: Boston from March 2015 and Washington DC from June 2015, with flights from $125 each way.

Deep breaths. Notoriously expensive Iceland is indeed about to become a much more affordable hotspot for 2015 travel, but the deals don't stop there. WOW Air is also offering specials from their new US destinations to continue on to Europe and the UK, including £99 each way on over to London or Copenhagen.

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Plan Far Ahead for This Awesome Airfare Deal to Hong Kong

August 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (2)

Hong Kong may be clear on the other side of the world from New York, but Cathay Pacific's 777-300ER airplanes can make the journey in one swift hop over the North Pole. Come next spring, they'll even be doing so often with a new nonstop route from Boston-Logan International Airport.

This will be the airline's 6th US destination (following JFK, EWR, SFO, LAX, and ORD). To celebrate, and to fill up their first month of flights with smiling faces, they've launched a deep discount airfare sale on the new route, with roundtrip tickets going for a total of $753.88. That's a whole $4 cheaper than last year's similar launch sale to Newark.

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Hey Boston! Virgin Atlantic's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is Coming Your Way

June 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Virgin Atlantic used the occasion of its 30th birthday a few days ago (the airline flew its inaugural flight on June 22, 1984) to announce where it will be sending its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner when it joins the fleet this fall: Boston. Appropriately enough, the airplane will be called “Birthday Girl."

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FlightCar Targets Business Travelers with Higher Rental Rates

February 26, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve talked about FlightCar before, and in case you don’t remember—we will fill you in. Basically it’s a car sharing program over at the long-term rental car parking lot. When you drop your car off it’s paired up with someone looking for a car. The renter gets a better deal by borrowing your car, and you get a better deal because you make some money instead of paying for parking. It’s all licensed, insured, and what not, as they realize that there needs to be some guarantees and promises to get everyone comfortable with things.

Right now FlightCar is an option at airports in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, but what we wanted to share is how they’re changing things up for business travelers. The company isn’t just interested in the leisure market, as they’re now trying to get road warriors interested in their services.

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It's No All-You-Can-Jet, But JetBlue's 'GoPack' is Back for 2014

February 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

When you awoke this morning, you probably didn't think you'd spend today considering buying flights in bulk. Alas, that's what you're about to do, as JetBlue announces that they're bringing back the GoPack concept to offer travelers discounts on tickets through buying many flights, all at once.

Options begin at $739 and range from 6- or 10-trip GoPacks between as near as Boston to DC, or as far as New York to Fort Lauderdale. Don't worry, California; JetBlue has you more than covered with your own GoPacks as well!

The GoPacks go on sale starting today through March 31 ("while supplies last") and here's how they work:

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What Boston's Got That No Other US Airports Have

November 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re flying into Boston for the holidays your landing might be just a little bit safer, as the city’s airport has scored something that’s not available at any other airport in the country. It all has to do with the runway, as Boston-Logan can now tell if there’s stuff on the runway that shouldn’t be there.

It’s the first airport in the country to get one of these full runway system things, and it enables the place to automatically know if there’s debris, junk, or hunks of airplane stuff that could do bad stuff to planes taking off and landing.

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Boston Marathon Bombings Cause Deaths, Subway Suspension, No-Fly Zone

April 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

This afternoon, as the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon was under way with approximately 27,000 runners, two explosive devices detonated in the vicinity of the Finish Line, near the downtown Boston intersection of Boylston and Essex Streets. Initial reports state that the bombs were in trash cans within a block of each other (we've pinpointed the locations on a map below) and the explosions caused storefronts to explode as well as serious injuries for bystanders.

· 10pm: American Airlines is also offering a change waiver for flights to/from Boston. The Wall Street Journal tweets: "Officials found what they believe are 5 additional, undetonated explosive devices in Boston area."

· 8pm: One of the two confirmed dead is an 8-year-old boy.

· 7:15pm: The London Marathon is scheduled for this upcoming Sunday. Organizers are working with US authorities to review security and the potential for a copy-cat crime. The London Marathon is expected to have 37,000 runners. [Source: NBC News]

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New Airport Eats Arrive in Houston, Dallas and Boston

April 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

New restaurants seem to be popping up at airports across the country faster than we can keep track of them, so we took some time to check out some of the newest options. Here’s just a few of the latest establishments competing with Sbarro for your airport restaurant dollars:

Dallas Love Field

Southwest is the carrier that ‘LUVs’ to fly to and from the smaller airport down in Dallas, but that doesn’t mean that the airport isn’t a great place to relax between flights. New restaurants are all part of a new expansion at the airport, as October 2014 is when certain flight restrictions will become a thing of the past.

Whataburger—in its first airport appearance—brings burgers and fries into the terminal, but if you’re looking to sit down during your meal there’s always Cool River and Sky Canyon. National options include places like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, because you just need your coffee fix. However, if you’re looking for something local there’s Campisi’s Pizza, Cantina Laredo, and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Things opened up earlier this week, so swing by if you’re heading to or heading through.

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The East Coast Gets Colder as Punxsutawney Phil Gets Wronger

March 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

We learned something very important these last few weeks, as did US travelers hoping to head into or out of the east coast. That lesson learned: never trust a groundhog who magically predicts weather.

After Punxsutawney Phil "declared" an early arrival of spring weather, Mother Nature revolted and dumped even more snow and cold on travel plans. Headlines like the USA Today one above just keep on coming.

Even as we type this, we sit in Amsterdam as it experiences historic levels of cold for late March. It's not supposed to be 32 F with a wind chill of 25 F and 30mph winds. We didn't pack for that!

So when will winter finally take its leave for the year? Even the airline big wigs are wondering the same, as JetBlue's COO Rob Maruster tweeted this morning:

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Finally, Math Categorizes the Most Annoying TSA Checkpoints

December 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, the new Travel + Leisure survey of "Most Annoying Airport Security Checkpoints" is sort of kind of egregiously shameless link bait. Publishing top 10 lists on the Internet (or in this case top-14 lists) is basically cheating, up there with posting pictures of boobs and cats.

The only thing that's less subtle is putting in something that doesn't quite fit, so that people will argue about the list. Theoretically that's impossible to do on surveys, but that doesn't mean we can't still complain about the rankings. Can you believe they put Dulles TSA checkpoints as more annoying than the ones in Logan? Whoever thinks that's right has either never been to the airports or is an idiot or is a troll.

Also: well played, T+L.

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