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The past few years have absolutely been high times for full-service airlines to stretch their legs and enter the low-cost carrier market. Singapore Airlines has Scoot, ANA has Peach and Vanilla Air, Thai Airways has Nok Air, Air Canada has Air Canada Rouge, and these are only a few examples. Now, El Al is getting in on the fun with their own little brother of an airline, UP by El Al.
The new airline will fly from Tel Aviv to five cities in Europe, giving cost-conscious travelers a new option between Israel and Berlin, Budapest, Kiev, Prague and Larnaca. Offering the typical à la carte service model we've come to expect from budget airlines, Up will save passengers some cash with tickets to Prague and Budapest starting at $69, and the other destinations from $99 one-way.
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Your European holiday is about to get a little bit faster, as some new high speed train service is arriving on the continent. Now budget travel isn’t just an option aboard a low cost carrier, as the train might be able to zip you over to where you want to be.
Tickets are now on sale for the TGV train between Paris and Barcelona, and the speedy service should start up on December 15. Travelers can now visit Girona—that's just outside Barcelona in Spain—in just under six hours after departing Paris. Those looking to complete the whole journey between Paris and Barcelona can now do so in around six and a half hours. Connections are even available for those departing from London, as one can get from the UK to Spain in just over ten hours.
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So it’s not quite the same as jetting off to Europe this weekend, but the latest advertisements from British Airways are an excellent waste of time.
The new YouTube videos are called Discover Yourope with British Airways, as the carrier encourages you to click through several options in a choose your own adventure kind of thing.
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When we think of budget carriers, low cost carriers, and other cheap ways to travel the friendly skies amenities don’t usually come to mind. However, that’s not the case with Vueling, as they’re about to add something pretty darn awesome to the in-flight cabin.
Some of Vueling’s planes are heading into the hangar for an upgrade, as the carrier has plans to add in-flight WiFi to their fleet. Details are pretty limited at this point, as it sounds like even the company doing the wiring and whatnot is unknown. However, things could launch as soon as next month, so keep your WiFi settings updated and search for a signal.
Now that passengers on domestic US flights are keeping their power on during takeoff and landing (and everything in between), the question becomes when will other countries make the same ruling? Well, we have one answer: the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will make gate-to-gate gadget use on European flights possible beginning the end of this month.
The news comes this morning from the EASA in Cologne, Germany. The exact wording is quite plain:
Add another carrier to your menu of airline options over in Europe, as Air Serbia is the newest airline to take to the skies. Technically they’re kind of like a reborn version of the former carrier known as Jat Airways, as the government of Serbia and Etihad Airways kind of joined forces to start something new from something old.
Anyway, Air Serbia has a new look, new logo, and some new planes. The carrier just got its first new Airbus A319, and it sounds like more of them are on the way. That’s a good thing too, as they’re eager to boost their existing options over the next few months. All in all they’re hoping to double their network within the next six months while adding some new routes and destinations.
Those looking to take an international journey through the Channel Tunnel will soon get a new option, as connections between the United Kingdom and the European mainland expand.
It looks like train officials at the Eurostar Group have made friends with those over at Dutch Railways, and the plan is to connect London with Amsterdam beginning in 2016. That’s quite a bit of time to wait, but worth it if we don't have to wake up, gather up our stuff, and switch trains in Belgium or France to reach the Dutch capital.
Do you ever get sad because it seems like New York and Los Angeles get all the best airfare deals?
Well, we're about to turn that frown upside-down, as United has dropped their airfares from the US to Europefrom and to a variety of cities on both endsand an average economy roundtrip is ringing up around $680.
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So-called "hallelujah moments" often serve as inspiration to travelers, whether it's hearing a language for the first time and deciding to study it, or meeting someone on the other side who you know will be a friend for life. For Jaunted Editor Cynthia, one such moment was something as simple as her first bump up to a better seat on a flight.
I didn't pay for the upgrade.
There were no frequent flyer miles exchanged, as I had none.
It wasn't even a result of airline status, because I didn't have that either.
Instead, my first-ever upgradefrom "World Traveller" to "World Traveller Plus" on British Airwayscame about after I shed some honest-to-goodness tears in full view of the check-in desk at Detroit-Metro Airport.
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For those looking to making a transatlantic hop—good news—as there’s a new option for affordable flights across the pond. Jet2 usually does their thing to and from spots over in Europe, but now it looks like they’re getting ready to spread their wings across the Atlantic towards the United States and Canada.
Spots like Toronto, New York, and Boston are all on the menu for spring 2014. Flights are somewhat restrictive, as it looks like they’re trying to encourage booking tickets as part of a package deal, and the schedule is somewhat limited.
The summer season is sailing right along, so if you’re still on the fence about where to go we’ve got an idea for you—Spain. Specifically Madrid, as this week’s video distraction comes to us from the tourism folks from that fine city.
We dare you to spend a couple of minutes watching the embedded video above, and to not start at least looking at flights and thinking about how to swing a late summer or early fall getaway.
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Talking about what Ryanair charges for—and might charge for—gets kind of old, but their latest advertising initiative is a little more unique. They’re taking things outside of the cabin and away from the airport, as Ryanair is offering up the opportunity to slap your slogan, logo, or name right along the outside of one of their planes.
We’re not totally sold that this is going to happen, because after all this is the carrier that is constantly promising—or threatening—to add a pay-to-pee in-flight lavatory.