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How Five Airlines are Sharing Special Extras to Celebrate Christmas

December 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM | by | ()

Flying during the holiday season is frustrating at best, and you can better believe that the airlines and airports know travelers aren't exactly happy to be paying top dollar for packed flights, likely during winter weather. Thus, airlines attempt to create smiles for the season by introducing little festive touches to their inflight service.

The littlest things can go a long way to get passengers in a positive mood. Here is the list of those airlines going the extra mile, getting into the spirit, and giving back to their passengers with something special:

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The Ultimate Guide to Airfare Deals for Cyber Monday 2013

December 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM | by | ()

Happy Cyber Monday!

Hopefully you're not burnt out from turkey-eating and Black Friday shopping, because today really is quite the happy day for travelers looking for bargain, with at least nine airlines offering "book today" deals, and four other booking website joining the fun with their own promotions. Some require a code, others only book from a special Cyber Monday site, so pay attention if you're set on saving money.

Here's the current listing of travel Cyber Monday deals, and their fine print:

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Aeromexico, Lufthansa and Delta Lead This Week's New Routes News

November 8, 2013 at 8:14 AM | by | ()

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Aeromexico:
We certainly can’t complain about a new way to get to and from Los Cabos, Mexico, and thanks to Aeromexico there's now a new option in and out of New York City. The plan is to start flying back and forth beginning on January 18, as Aeromexico does the nonstop thing between New York-JFK and San Jose del Cabo. The new options will fly once per week, as planes and people will take to the skies on Saturdays around 7am and will arrive down in paradise around 11am—all times local. Sounds like the perfect timing for this kind of flight, as we’re pretty sure there are many in the area looking for a warm weather escape once January rolls around.

· Delta:
More news from Delta this week, as they continue to boost their options in and out of Seattle. The city is hardly a hub for the airline, but they certainly have been busy adding new options and destinations out of the area.

This week it was announced that they will be doing the nonstop thing down to San Diego four times each and every day beginning on June 2 of next year. After that—starting on September 2—they’ll also be heading to Portland with the same type of frequency. There will be some smaller planes doing their thing between these cities and states, as Delta Connection—thanks to SkyWest—will be operating some Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jets.

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We're Rolling Our Eyes at Lufthansa's Latest Marketing Campaign in Sweden

October 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM | by | ()

We're going to describe this contest in as straightforward and nonjudgmental a way as we can. Then we'll leave it up to you guys to decide whether it's a piece of clever travel advertising or whether it's... something else. There are certainly some arguments in favor of the notion that it's clever travel advertising, most obviously the facts that we're writing about the competition and you're about to read about it. But then on the other side of the argument is... just about everything else.

DDB Stockholm - which has been described among other things as the "world's most interactive agency" - seems to have been contracted by Lufthansa to promote the airline in Sweden. The agency creatives put their collective heads together and came up with a winner-take-all contest for Swedes of both sexes. Whoever gets past the finish line first gets a trip to Germany, an apartment in Berlin, transportation in the form of a bicycle, and - quote unquote - "a new life courtesy of Lufthansa."

To win, all one has to do is legally change their name to Klaus-Heidi, and then to prove it somehow. So if someone uploads a passport with a legal name of Klaus-Heidi on it, they win.

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Photo Gallery: Inside the Ginormous New Star Alliance Lounge at LAX

September 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | ()

You probably know by now that Los Angeles International Airport has lifted the veil off its billion-dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While that means improved facilities for all travelers, premium passengers on Star Alliance flights will also benefit from a gigantic new lounge complex, opening today—Wednesday, September 25.

We attended the ribbon cutting by Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab earlier this week to give you all the details on the 18,000-square-foot spread. Come in for the shower suites and the wine wall, stay for the outdoor terrace with fire pits and tarmac views.

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Tis the Season for Dirndls and Lederhosen on Lufthansa's Special Oktoberfest Crew

Where: Germany
September 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM | by | ()

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Oktoberfest season is one of the best seasons! There are so many reasons, least among them all the special beers and the crispness of fall in the air. On the travel end, it means Lufthansa flight crew dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.

2013 is the eighth consecutive year for the team of 14 known as the Lufthansa "Trachten Crew," but you'll only find them passing out pretzels and greeting you with a hearty "Grüß Gott" on specific flights into and out of Munich.

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Cathay Pacific, Delta and American Announce New Routes

August 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | ()

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Cathay Pacific:
There were some rumors that Cathay Pacific had their eyes on a new destination, and this week the big secret was revealed. They’ll be flying to the exotic and exciting location that is Newark, New Jersey. Let’s just say we’re looking forward to the other end of this new route. Cathay Pacific will be flying nonstop from Newark to Hong Kong beginning on March 1 assuming that they can get all of the necessary government paperwork in order. Boeing 777-300ERs will do all of the flying fun on this new option, and of course if you’re willing to pay for the pleasure—Cathay Pacific has a heck of a business class option for the journey.

· Lufthansa:
If you want to fly aboard one of the world’s newest airplanes just contact Lufthansa, as they’ve been enjoying the Boeing 747-8 for quite some time. One of the newest options is a nonstop flight between Frankfurt and Mexico City. The flights depart Germany around 2pm local time out of the airport’s terminal 1, and after plenty of time in the air, things touch down over in Mexico at around 7pm local time. Of course there could be aircraft swaps or scheduled changes, but look for flight numbers LH499 and LH498—that way you can enjoy the new airplane smell.

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Finalize Your Oktoberfest Plans Right Now. No, Seriously.

Where: Munich, Germany
August 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM | by | ()

Last night, while on a late run to the nearby 24-hour drugstore, we peeked in to the beer fridge and realized—holy smokes—that they're already stocking both pumpkin and Oktoberfest brews. You know what this means, right? Besides the fact that beer fans have a very limited time left to enjoy the summer varieties and shandies, it means travelers need to finalized Oktoberfest plans ASAP.

What to do:

· Book a flight/train
· Book a hotel, hostel, or Airbnb (yes, even the hostels fill up in advance, as we sadly discovered one year)
· Book a table in a beer tent (there's no bar and you need to be sitting at a table to get served)
· Pack shoes you don't mind throwing away at the end of everything, since the Wies'n often gets muddy and beer spilling during cheers is a part of the fun.

Hopefully you've checked off each item, but if the table reservations are proving particularly difficult there is a way to get around it provided you have some nerve.

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Lufthansa's #PilotDiary Instagram Series is a Revelation

Where: Germany
August 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM | by | ()

It's official—Lufthansa gets it. By it, we mean Instagram, as they've just completed a brilliant photo series named #pilotdiary which goes above and beyond (and into the cockpit) to share the Lufthansa experience, but through the eyes of an international commercial airline pilot.

To be specific, the 39 photos—posted from July 29 through August 2—chronicle the early mornings and long flights of Philipp, a Senior First Officer on Lufthansa's 747s. Jetting back and forth between Frankfurt and Los Angeles at the yoke of a new 747-8i, he snaps anything and everything—from a lunch over Greenland to a generic layover hotel room, and even a brief beach break—to essentially provide a full picture of life in the skies.

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Video Interlude: A Tilt-Shift, Time-Lapse Flurry of Activity at Frankfurt Airport

July 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM | by | ()

With nearly 60 million passengers in 2012 and over 1,000 takeoffs and landings every day, Frankfurt International Airport easily ranks in the top ten busiest airports in the world. To support all those travelers, they've got a pretty excellent Twitter—@Airport_FRA—and even an often updated YouTube.

On the latter, Frankfurt Airport has just uploaded a new time-lapse and tilt-shift look at the busy-as-a-beehive action on the tarmacs in a typical day, no doubt inspired by the similar video work of our buddy Ross, who's filmed three such videos around FRA in the past, but from a passenger's point of view.

Now, a dynamic 1 minute and 40 seconds from the operational end. Enjoy:

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Infographic Alert: RouteHappy's Guide to International In-Flight WiFi

June 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM | by | ()

It's funny. in-flight wifi has existed for several years now (anyone remember JetBlue's "BetaBlue" plane back in 2007), and yet we're still sending tweets from the sky like "hello down there--in-flight wifi is the future!"

As more and more airlines understand exactly that, more and more airplanes are coming online so that more and more passengers may update their Facebook status over Nebraska. In fact, the progress of in-flight WiFi installation has picked up with such a speed that it's difficult to keep track of who's got what going where. That's where RouteHappy.com steps in, as they've crunched the numbers and soothed the headaches needed to produce a complete guide to the current state of in-flight WiFI, both domestic and international.

You can download the full report from the RouteHappy website (click the box on the right that says "download report"), but we just have to share some of the more exciting facts:

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Travel Contest Alert: Name Lufthansa Cargo's New 777 for a VIP Trip to Frankfurt

May 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM | by | ()

In need of a fun project this weekend, perhaps one that'll win you a trip to Germany to name some airplanes? Say no more, because has Lufthansa got the contest for you.

Lufthansa Cargo, the airline's division of freighter aircraft which have likely brought all sorts of deliveries over oceans to your door, is about to get their own special delivery of their very first Boeing 777 Freighter and they need help naming it.

You see, the aircraft of Lufthansa's passenger fleet all have names, usually German cities and regions, but their cargo fleet has thus far been left out of the naming fun. Come October, this will change when Lufthansa Cargo names their first five new 777s along with their current fleet of MD-11s. That's quite a lot of airplanes needing your creativity, but your effort will be richly rewarded...

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