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'Standing Seats' Idea Still Hanging Around as New Study is Released

July 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when Ryanair announced a few years ago that it was going to experiment with "standing seats" on its flights? The airline said it would be able to offer tickets at extremely low prices, but ultimately the idea got shot down by a regulator, mostly due to concerns over seat belts and safety.

Despite those questions, we found the idea peculiar yet intriguing, especially for commuter flights of an hour or less, say, from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, Philadelphia to New York, New York to Boston, etc. Would it be so bad to stand for 45 minutes if the cost was significantly less? A new study released this week has once again brought up the concept, finding that airlines that remove seats in favor of a "standing section" could fit 20% more passengers and offer significant discounts on tickets - as much as 44%.

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One More Airline Will Offer In-Flight WiFi for Free

June 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the world’s best airlines—based on livery appearance alone—is getting even better, as Nok Air is adding some switches, wires, and electronic doodads to improve the flying experience.

WiFi is scheduled to arrive is set to arrive at Nok Air sooner than later, and it sounds like Thaicom are the folks behind the in-flight Ku-band technology. Installations are moving quickly, and the system could be up and running as soon as this July or August. The plans are to start with six planes as soon as possible, and after that they’ll move into installations for 30 more.

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Say So Long to Tigerair Mandala of Indonesia

Where: Indonesia
June 26, 2014 at 6:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s many flavors of Tiger Airways from which to choose, as the low cost airline offers up a few different options while holding down headquarters over in Singapore. However, now there’s one less option, as over in Indonesia the carrier known as Tigerair Mandala will no longer be climbing to cruising altitude as of July 1.

Apparently the cash and fare funds weren’t exactly pouring in, and after thinking things over it was decided that it would be best to just shut things down. In a statement they provided the following reasoning and rationale, as to why things would no longer be heading up in the air. “Mandala wouldn't be able to sustain its operations and the airlines key shareholders decided to cease funding the carrier."

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NYC Announces Dates for Restaurant Week Summer 2014

June 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)


A restaurant week dessert at Ai Fiori

It's about that time of the year, as the dates for the Summer 2014 New York City Restaurant Week were just officially announced. Foodies, start your engines (and start looking into flights and hotels) to enjoy the $25 Lunch and $38 3-course Dinner menus at over 300 of the city's best restaurants. The dates are extra long this year, approaching more of a Restaurant Month than a Restaurant Week: July 21–August 15.

Reservations aren't open yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early to set up your short list. If you're curious about what to expect with a Restaurant Week meal, feel free to check out our photo galleries of our meals from the last couple seasons. These were Ai Fiori, The Modern, Park Avenue Summer, The Russian Tea Room and L'Ecole.

Reservations open July 9 at their official website. Don't worry; the second that the restaurant list becomes available, we'll be on it like gold leaf on a dark chocolate torte.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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PEOPLExpress' First Flight Deals Go Out on Facebook

June 13, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you missed the news, know that PEOPLExpress is heading into the skies above the nifty fifty once again, and tickets for the new low-cost carrier are definitely budget-friendly. If you don't completely trust a brand new airline enough to give them your vacation money, we understand, which is why following them and their deals on social media is a solid idea.

PEOPLExpress is already busy doing their thing over on Facebook, and you can head over there to see what they’re up to. Unfortunately, we don’t see any current promotions, contests, or other deals right now—but there is a good-looking picture of their plane in its white and green livery. The other day, however, their Facebook page teased a $40 discount, so long as those who wanted to book called into the 844-4FLYPEX number and mentioned it. No idea if they’ll do this again, but it might be worth it to keep an eye out.

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Throwback Thursday: A Look at the Former PEOPLExpress

June 12, 2014 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

For this edition of Throwback Thursday let’s go back to a time where there was no high definition, no streaming content, and definitely no in-flight WiFi—the 1980s. With PEOPLExpress back in the news we figured we’d take a look at what was going on decades ago, and the best part is that their fares haven't much increased in price.

Here’s a couple vintage advertisements that may or may not have first aired before we were teething. One touts the straightforward approach of the airline, and how they’re free from the “double-talk” of some other carriers. The other shows off some $59 and $79 fares to and from New York.

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When is the Swiss Train Pass Worth the Price Tag?

June 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the biggest decisions that U.S. travelers to Europe have to make is whether to purchase a pre-planned rail pass or to wait and buy single-journey tickets on the go. On our recent trip to Switzerland with a focus on the greater Zurich area, we used a Swiss Pass to travel between the small towns and villages.

Below, we break down the cost versus the benefits of the pass.

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Breaking: PEOPLExpress Opens Booking for Cheapy $76 Flights

June 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's alive!!! PEOPLExpress, an airline which flew from 1981-1987 and was absorbed into Continental, has re-emerged with new planes and new plans which'll make budget travelers very happy.

Ticket booking went live this afternoon, and we immediately jumped on their website (FlyPEX.com) to view airfares from their base at Newport News/Williamsburg, VA.

There's good news and bad news. The good news is that all airfares start at $76 each way, with flights beginning June 30th. The bad news is that PEOPLExpress won't simply revive their historical routes, so there'll be no international destinations in a 747 (the 1980s version of the airline also flew to London, Montreal, and Brussels). Instead, PEOPLExpress will keep operations close to home, flying all-economy Boeing 737s up and down the Northeast and Southeast.

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Flight Review: $140 to Iceland on EasyJet is a Very Easy Decision

May 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Know what sounds nice? A long weekend in Iceland. While most Americans would chose to fly Icelandair or seasonal non stops from the US on other major carriers, we managed to fit an Iceland trip into a visit to London, all because of the availability of cheap one-ways on Easyjet. What proved to be most notable about the entire EasyJet travel experience is the time spent at the airport, and not actually on the flight.

For the 7.35am departure from London's Luton Airport (LTN), we reserved a £12 4.15am National Express coach bus from Victoria Station, which arrived to LTN at 5.25am. From there, we clutched our print-at-home boarding pass and, with no luggage to check, we headed straight through to airport security. Luton seems better equipped than Heathrow to handle crowds of passengers at security as, despite the morning rush, we were through security and handled (not manhandled!) in under 10 minutes. So far, so good.

Airside, Luton is a massive food court, with the boarding gates located down hallways. Passengers find seats only in the main central area, and then stand to rush and line up at the gate the minute info screens announce their flight. This early in the morning, when budget airlines love to sell their seats cheapest, the terminal resembled a safe house during an evacuation drill. Every available seat was taken, and passengers clutched their luggage on their laps as there simply wasn't room to spread out.

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New Site Helps Travelers Make Budget Bus Decisions

May 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (3)

There’s plenty of budget bus lines running routes across the globe, and now there’s one group looking to connect them in hopes of helping us all out. BusBud is the movement behind this idea, and they’re doing their thing to connect and link up the loads of different options and connections.

BusBud does the searching for you, so that means you can connect between two cities that usually aren’t an option when only searching one line or one operator. Results are consolidated in a neat and shiny package—their website—and the fares are offered up in the local currency. That’s especially handy as BusBud searches in North America as well as Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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More $1 Bus Rides to Florida with Megabus' New Routes

May 14, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fans of Florida now have more options for getting into and out of the state, and we’re not talking about bumming a ride from Grandma and Grandpa. Megabus, the budget bus company who've been driving around Florida and the rest of the country for a few years now, is expanding their Sunshine State routes.

Orlando is getting the bulk of the new options, with buses to Miami, Tallahassee, and Tampa. If those destinations aren’t where you need to be—no problem—as Orlando also does the Megabus thing to places like Gainesville and Jacksonville, as well as Atlanta.

As is usually the case with Megabus, there's cheap $1 fares can be had, but they do require a little bit of planning and advance reservations. So if you’re looking to head from Orlando to New Orleans—yet another new option—check things out and get to booking it sooner rather than later.

[Photo: holl7510]

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A Short History of the Worst Airline Website with the Cheapest Airfares

April 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, looky here. Ryanair is using 2014 to turn a new leaf, beginning with a refreshed website which surprisingly does not assault the eyes. In fact, the new look (above) is rather refreshing, employing cool blues and a touch of warm yellow, not unlike the shades you'd encounter on an ideal beach day.

Ryanair began flying way, way back in 1985. Their website didn't go live until 2000, and it took us until 2003 to book a flight on them (Roma-Ciampino to Barcelona-Girona for 19 Euro, if you're interested). Despite the long history, Ryanair maintained a policy of pairing the ugliest design with the least customer service possible; heck, they only joined Twitter last year, in 2013.

Let's take a quick look back at some of the earlier versions of their website, and the evolution of a sample airfare:

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