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This may sound weird, but our New Years resolution for 2014 was to fly WOW Air, a low-cost airline based in Iceland. Its awesome name aside, WOW intrigued us for its fleet of pink A320s, humor on Twitter, and promise of cheap flights to the notoriously expensive Reykjavik.
To complete that resolution, we booked Flight WW 201, departing Reykjavik-Keflavik at 6.45am and arriving London-Gatwick at 10.50am. That early flight and mid-morning arrival into Gatwick was ideal to then catch the train into town in time for lunch with a friend, followed by an afternoon napthe best way to ease back into London.
So here’s how it went...
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Have you always wanted to live in Rio? What if you could live there rent free?
The Discovery Hostel in Rio de Janeiro is now giving travelers the chance to live for free in exchange for working the front desk. This is a common practice at hostels around the world, but Rio presents the unique opportunity of getting in and becoming familiar with the vibrant city ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
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It seems like quite some time since all those cheap bus routes hit the scene, but operators like Megabus are still pretty darn busy going from there to there. Thing must be going well, as it looks like they’re adding some new options down in the Sunshine State.
Just last week Megabus started up some new routes in and out of Fort Lauderdale. There are now options to head out to both Tampa and Orlando. For those looking to take advantage of things you’ll need to make your way over to Sheridan Street Station, 2900 Sheridan Street—that’s in Hollywood.
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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.
The budget carrier of Air Canada—known as Air Canada Rouge—seems to already be rethinking their original plan, as now there are rumors that they won’t just be sending planes and people outside of the country.
Money wise the carrier seems to be doing well, as Air Canada just recently announced some of their biggest quarterly numbers ever. Apparently Air Canada Rouge is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to strong earnings.
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You’re probably pretty familiar with Spirit Airlines at this point. The ultra low cost carrier charges for this, that, and the other thing, and they’re not exactly known for their customer service or putting flyers first. Now things are about to get even worse—or better—as the airline is kind of setting their Twitter presence on autopilot.
Spirit recognizes that keeping up with social media takes some time, and that time is money. That’s why they just announced that they are planning to just rely on automatic responses to feed into their Twitter account. That means that if you’re complaining to them through Twitter or just looking for a little bit of help all you can expect is an automatic reply.
For backpackers traveling on a budget, hostels are always an easy solution, especially when proper planning takes a backseat to spontaneity. But if you do have your sights set on a destination, don't forget about Couchsurfing, the poor man's AirBnb. For those unfamiliar, it's a system where you arrange, typically for free, to stay on someone's couch.
Couchsurfing recently releases its newest app, which allows you to search for places to stay on the go. Some hosts simply offer a place to crash, and others note that they're willing to go grab dinner or drinks. There's a bit of work to do upfront, though, in that you have to create a reasonable profile on the site and reach out to hosts in advance. Basically, between your profile and correspondence, you have to convince the host that you're not a total psycho.
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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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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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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."
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.
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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.