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While we do occasionally love to tease the word's most contentious low-cost airline, we must give props to Ryanair for its efforts to catch up with the world of social media following many years of avoiding it altogether. Its latest campaign, focused on Facebook, isn't one to be ignored — especially if one of your bucketlist items is having your face on the side of an airplane.
As the airline celebrates its 30th birthday, 30 Ryanair planes are due to add the names and faces of 30 Facebook fans to their livery. Though the winners won't be announced until September, you'll have to enter the contest now.
How to enter:
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Norwegian already has a rep for those affordable flights across the Atlantic, but now the carrier is looking for fame and recognition elsewhere. Step one: Shuttling passengers away from cold and cruel winters and toward some warmer destinations.
The airline just announced that, beginning in December, it will launch flights from Boston, Baltimore, and New York-JFK to the Guadeloupe Islands and Martinique — so now’s the time to start checking out TripAdvisor for ideas on what to do and where to stay. (Christmas getaway, anyone?)
USA Today has the full rundown on the schedules so that you can successfully plan a long winter weekend. Fares start at juts $79 each way depending on your airport of choice and final destination, and you'll hauling to warmer climes on some Boeing 737-800s — complete with leather seats and free WiFi.
Is it too early to start our wish list, Santa?
[Photo: Norwegian / Facebook]
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What's worse than decreasing legroom? What sucks more than have a short flight delay? The answer: paying extra for luggage.
Most U.S. airlines now charge for checked luggage, and at least four airlines already charge for carry-ons-- three of those are U.S. airlines: Spirit, Allegiant, and Frontier. The fourth is Iceland's Wow Air, that of the unbelievable $99 airfares to Europe.
Low-cost airlines highly fond of extra fees in other regions of the world are understandably jealous of all the extra revenue streaming in from baggage charges. Most recently, Southeast Asian airlines considered beginning their own carry-on fees. For now, at least, one country is putting its foot down and saying no: India.
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Drones: What are they good for? Spying on neighbors, mostly. Also for maiming Enrique Iglesias.
But now it looks like drones may have a new purpose: helping to maintain airplanes. And their accomplice in this task? The 3D printer.
Per Bloomberg, low cost carrier easyJet just announced they'll embrace some innovative technological approaches to help keep passengers and planes safe. The plan is for drones to check out planes on the ground as part of regular inspections and maintenance. If you think about it, it makes good sense—another eye on things from above certainly can’t hurt.
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We know, we know. $99 for a flight from the U.S. to Europe is simply too good to be true. Obviously, with a fare as low as that, something must be wrong, right? Well, wrong. Not only is Icelandic ultra-low-cost airline Wow Air offering such deals, but there's nothing suspicious at hand here.
To prove it, and to test the airline's transatlantic service (we've flown them from Iceland to London previously), we purchased said $99 fare and flew it ourselves. Here's what happened.
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BTW - he's sitting in a "L" seat
We've spilled a lot of ink (virtual ink?) when it comes to talking about the ultra-low-cost carrier Wow Air. Wow, based in Iceland, has been flying since 2012 between Reykjavik and Europe, but only recently extended their insanely cheap flights to the U.S., with flights to Boston and, coming soon, Baltimore-BWI.
Some of their promotional fares, like $99 from Boston to Europe via Reykjavik, do seem unbelievable, but having flown Wow before, we bought, and recently flew, one of their new U.S. routes. The full review will follow, but for now we'd like to address one of the most confusing aspects of the booking experience: which Wow seat to choose?
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Let's talk about Ryanair for a moment. Hold your groans, as this news from the Irish low-cost airline is actually kind of fun...albeit extraordinarily overdue.
Ryanair has officially joined Instagram.
As part of the airline's campaign to talk with instead of just at customers, they've slowly but surely tested the waters of social media, joining Twitter in late 2013 and ramping up promotion of their low fares via this channel over the couple years since. That must have proved successful enough to pay an employee to post a few photos here on there on Instagram. Welcome, @ryanair.
One day in, it's obvious Ryanair is embracing the channel, making all the newbie mistakes of one enthralled by the app (horizontal cropping, over-filtering, and posting blurry photos of old photos).
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A $15 for a flight from Europe to the United States sounds too good to be true. But that's what notoriously cheap Ryanair is hoping to do.
News came out yesterday that the Irish airline got approval to offer such low fares on one-way transcontinental flights from smaller European airports like London Stansted to key cities in the U.S. like New York, Boston and Miami.. Of course, this being Ryanair, an airline that really sticks it to you with baggage fees and onboard fees, will probably charge passengers other ridiculous fees to makeup for the low fare.
We're thinking boarding pass printing fees, carry-on fees (small fees for small carry-ons, big fees for big carry-ons), in-flight entertainment fees, lavatory fees and maybe even fees to recline your seat and take off your shoes. In addition to the existing food and drink fees and fees for different kinds of seats.
But if you're the kind of person who abstains from buying food and drink on a flight and can wear all of your trip outfits on the plane, then this fare might be just what your strained bank account was hoping for.
In the meantime, here are 5 tips to prepare yourself for the next great airfare deal.
Would you fly a $15 flight from Europe to the U.S., knowing that you'll be nickel-and-dimed the all the way through? Sound off in comments below!
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If you were to ask us what commercial airplane we'd want as our own private jet and the Concorde wasn't an option, we'd have to go with a swingin' 747 with a groovy livery much like that of Austin Powers'. Something about an airplane forgoing the safe, corporate color of a white fuselage to rock a rainbow speaks to us, but sadly that 747 is fictional and only a computer-generated graphic.
It seems the closest the average traveler will get to a funkadelic airplane is on the groovy Bombardier CSeries airliners of Malaysia's new low-coast airline, flymojo.
The announcement of the new airline was made this week in Langkawi, as flymojo will not only be the first airline to fly the new single-aisle CSeries planes (of 100-149 seats onboard) in Southeast Asia, but it will also be the only airline based out of both Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu, with routes planned to other ASEAN countries.
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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Newport News-based budget airline PEOPLExpress flew for only three months in the middle of 2014, and was itself a re-launch of a 1980s airline. They abruptly ceased operations on September 26, and were finally evicted from Newport News Airport in late November. We booked a ticket and flew with them from Boston to Newport News and back before that untimely end, and this is the flight review we wrote at that time.
PEOPLExpress. What it sounds like: A new social media network for Adderall fans. What it is: An ‘80s-born, revived low-cost airline brand that launched direct flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, where the company is based. In September we scored a sale fare of $39 (inclusive tax and fees) each way; the standard fee was $79.
There’s certain poignancy to connecting Boston and Williamsburg, Virginia. Boston is, after all, where the American Revolution began. (Shot heard ‘round the world, and all.) And it’s down in the so-dubbed “Historic Triangle” of Virginia, which is anchored by Williamsburg, where the war wrapped up: Specifically at neighboring Yorktown Battlefield, where we kicked British booty and finally got them to surrender. #MURRICA.
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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: