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Will Saudia Separate Men and Women on its Flights?

January 5, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

Last week, several news outlets reported that Saudi's national airline, Saudia, would implement gender-segregated seating on-board all its flights. As you might imagine, it prompted backlash from those in Western cultures, and a spokesperson from the airline has since pulled back, saying that segregation is not inevitable.

Regardless of what turns out to be the final decision, the situation provides an opportunity to peek into the cultural motivations behind it. Saudi Arabia is one of the most segregated countries in the world, with women often needing permission to work outside the home. Highlighting this is the fact that the idea of segregated seating was prompted by complaints from male passengers who did not want their wives sitting next to other random male passengers.

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Sydney Airport Doubles Your Pleasure with a Double Debut of Airline Lounges

December 15, 2014 at 2:04 PM | by | ()

Flying through Sydney Kingsford-Smith's International terminal isn't always a pleasant departure, seeing as you're probably looking at 8-13 hours on a plane. Thus, those pre-departure hours are key for both relaxation and business, and the airport is finally upping its game in those areas with the debut of two completely new lounges.

Open as of yesterday, SYD welcomes its own American Express Centurion Lounge—which we recently called "the best $50 we've ever spent at an airport"—and a SkyTeam lounge.

Here's what you need to know about accessing and enjoying either:

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Photos: Inside the Reopened Delta Flight Museum at Atlanta Airport

October 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM | by | ()

Above: the Delta DC-3

2014 has been a huge, huuuuuge year for airline anniversaries, and at the top of the list is Delta's 85th Anniversary of passenger service, which they celebrated with a reopening of their aviation museum at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Why a re-opening? Well, as it goes with museums, sometimes exhibits need polishing and the Delta Flight Museum had originally opened back in 1995. It's so much more than spit-shining some cases, however; an entire new aircraft was waiting to be added to the permanent collection.

Now visitors can finally get up close with the Boeing 767 "Spirit of Delta," which was actually purchased by donations totaling $30 million from Delta employees. This plane almost single-handedly allowed Delta to weather the tough economic times of the early 1980s and begin modernizing their fleet. She flew for 23 years and is now half time capsule, half museum-within-in-a-museum, and completely open for visitors to tour.

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Buy Flights to Europe for $400-$800 Right Now. Seriously, Right Now.

October 14, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | ()

Not tomorrow. Not even later tonight. Right now is prime time for purchasing flights from the US to Europe, across all three airline alliances.

A fare sale initiated by American Airlines/US Airways this morning quickly erupted into a full-scale fare war, and now economy roundtrips from cities around the US to cities around Europe and the UK are totaling between $400-$800, with the average fare around $680.

Our friends at TheFlightDeal, FareDealAlert, and airfarewatchdog have been on it from the start, tweeting a stream of tempting deals all day long, like $467 SFO - Dublin on US Airways and $664 DFW - Madrid on Delta.

Travelers in cities other than the usual cheap fare favorites of New York, LA and SF will be shocked to see some serious deals closer to home, flyable for travel dates throughout winter 2014 and into late spring 2015.

Here's a few of our favorites:

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Breaking: Airlines Cancel Israel Flights 'Until Further Notice'

July 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | ()


Update: 12:30pm EST, July 23: Although yesterday's FAA ban on flights to Israel was originally only for 24 hours, it has been extended to last another 24 at the least. This only applies to US airlines, so flights to Israel on El Al out of JFK are still operating normally.

Update: 1pm EST: FAA has issued a notice (NOTAM) prohibiting US airlines from flying to or from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Int’l Airport for up to 24 hours.

Update: 12pm EST: US Airways, United and American Airlines now join Delta in temporarily suspending Tel Aviv flights.

At approximately 11am EST today, Delta updated their Israel travel adivsory from a warning that flights may be disrupted, to the fact that their flights from New York-JFK to Tel Aviv will not be operating at all "until further notice."

The stoppage is a temporary hiatus necessitated by escalating violence in Israel; the final straw comes with the report of a rocket attack in the vicinity of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. Naturally the danger calls to mind last week's Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy, caused by a ground-to-air missile. While airlines continue to divert their flight paths clear of Ukrainian air space, there are other war zones to consider.

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What 2014 Means for the SkyTeam Alliance

January 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

The opening of a new year brings new opportunity to the world's three largest airline alliances. Some movement, along with a few new entrants in the major alliances will not only strengthen networks, but open up new destinations for using those hard-earned miles. Finally, we'll have a look at what's happening with SkyTeam for 2014.

After a few years of some massive expansion in Asia, the Middle East and South America, the SkyTeam has cooled down a little to take time to ensure that all of its members can get along happily. Last year, we thought perhaps Garuda Indonesia would be a full-fledged member of "Sky" by now. Alas, the Southeast Asian airline needed a bit more time and will finally enter the alliance this year, in 2014.

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Hot Weather Travel: Delta Announces Seasonal Summer Routes for 2014

December 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM | by | ()

Not everyone can handle the stress of last-minute travel, which is why airline are only too happy to get you booking their flights as soon as seats go on sale.

In anticipation of a busy 2014 summer season at their newly expanded New York-JFK Terminal 4 home, Delta has announced details of nonstop seasonal routes:

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One Million Delta SkyMiles are Up for Grabs, if You're Game

June 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM | by | ()

One million miles. What a magical number, and one which can possibly earn you lifetime status, depending on the airline and a few other details. It's a definite goal for many frequent flyers, and we even recently daydreamed about how we'd spend 1,000,000 Delta SkyMiles.

Thanks to a new contest from Delta, however, all that daydreaming may become reality. The airline has partnered up with Tourism Queensland to give away one grand prize of one million miles, plus 14 second prizes of 250,000 miles each, awarded over the weeks leading up to the grand prize announcement. The idea is that you'll hopefully use some of those miles to fly yourself to Australia and enjoy the delights of Queensland, like the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands and more.

How to enter:

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All Around the Largest, Newest Delta Sky Club (and Sky Deck!)

May 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM | by | ()

Part 1: The gates and restaurants
Part 2: Up in the SkyClub and on the SkyDeck

24,000 square feet. Yes, that number is correct. The newest Delta Sky Club is also the largest of all, taking that title from Atlanta as part of Delta's campaign to become "New York's airline."

In that 24,000 square feet at New York-JFK's Terminal 4 Delta has placed a variety of seating areas, a long bar, a spacious dining room, a hall of private showers, a TV room, a business center, a VIP room, and even an outdoor terrace. Now, we've been in some big SkyClubs before—like the sweet one at Tokyo-Narita—but this one will definitely make frequent Delta flyers very very happy. Our favorite details include power outlets and USB ports simply everywhere, artwork like panels of aircraft fuselage, and the best views of the tarmac one could hope for at JFK.

Plus, those flying in economy, other airlines, or without high enough SkyTeam status will still be able to buy daily passes for $50 a pop; no snobbery up here.

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What a $1.4 Billion Airport Upgrade Looks Like: Inside Delta's New Terminal 4 at JFK

May 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | ()

10:30am and already Shake Shack has a line.

That's far from surprising for the many locations of the popular burger & fries joint around New York City, but this is Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport, which, up until Friday, May 24, didn't have a Shake Shack. It also didn't have the Funfetti cupcakes of the new Cake Tin bakery, the gift-perfect candles in the Jo Malone shop, the fried yardbird and cornbread of Marcus Samuelsson's Uptown Brasserie or the sweeping views of a busy tarmac from the first outdoor deck at a Delta SkyClub.

Now it's a challenge to imagine JFK without it all.

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What's Up with SkyTeam in 2013

March 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM | by | ()

Last week we highlighted what the world of travel can expect from all of the major airline changes occurring around the globe and how that affects the big airline alliances of Oneworld and Star Alliance. Now, it's SkyTeam's turn as we have a look what's in store for the Delta-led airline partnership that has had some big growth in the past few years.

The Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda, is gearing up to be a strong South East Asian presence for the alliance. Although not technically joining until 2014, travelers will see the beginnings of the buddy-up to ease the long-haul travel woes. If this means it's easier to head to the beaches of Bali while accruing frequent flyer miles, then we're all for it.

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KLM is Gonna Get You Laid All the Way to Amsterdam

March 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | ()

We’ve been squished, squeezed, and smooshed into all kinds of economy seats during our long haul travels, so when a new business class product comes along we get pretty darn excited. It’s not just because it makes flying for long periods of time that much better, but it gives us something to dream about when we’re crammed into the coach cabin.

This week it’s KLM revealing some big news, as they’re planning a revamp of their World Business Class seating options. These days it seems like everybody and their moms want lie-flat seats, so KLM has decided to get in on the fun as well.

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