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To start the week off we figured we’d share a little bit of a distraction the form of a new airplane paint job, and this one comes to us from the fun folks over at Southwest Airlines. We know that Southwest is a big fan of animals—from puppies to ponies—but they also have a well-documented spot in their hearts for penguins.
Austin is already known for its film and music festivals and now the Texas city can add a successful TV fest to its roster, too.
For the second consecutive year, the people behind TV's most beloved shows (past and present) came together to celebrate the medium at the ATX Television Festival. And, once again, Southwest Airlines flew most of them to Texas on the ATX Party Plane.
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At some point during your travels, you may actually think about making travel your job. It's a good idea, really, if you don't end up stuck behind a desk with the exception of the usual ten days of annual vacation leave.
Luckily Forbes and Glassdoor.com are here to help with a head-start towards that dream job in travel. They've recently ranked "well-known airlines, hotels, online travel agencies" with the goal of finding out exactly how satisfied employees are with their employer, and "how well (or poorly) their CEOs have fared in the past year."
Ten companies ranked higher than all the others, the ten companies you'd should probably be applying to first:
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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.
· Austrian Airlines:
We try not to pick favorites when it comes to the week’s new routes, but we just might be most excited about the new option that’s heading to Chicago-O’Hare. This week Austrian Airlines filled up the tanks for the first time, as they started flying between Chicago and Vienna.
In case you’re interested in what they’re using to head across the Atlantic, it will be Boeing 767-300ERs doing all of the heavy lifting. With their hub at Vienna International Airport the fun just doesn’t stop in Austria, as connections will get you to here and there over in Europe as well.
It’s been about a week since the first planes started heading back and forth, as Lufthansa is now flying from Vancouver all the way over to Munich. It’s Airbus A330s that are doing all the flying, as the carrier adds another option to go alongside their service between Vancouver and Frankfurt.
According to the press release this is the only international long-haul route Lufthansa is adding to the scheduled this year, so you might as well go ahead and enjoy this one. We’re not really sure if this is the best flight for a long weekend, so go ahead and ask for that time away from the office—you’ll need it.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
1972. Oh man, oh man how things have changed since the ladies of Southwest Airlines pulled on hotpants and went to work in the skies.
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Now that the weather is starting to get warmer everyone is getting in on the fun—even the airlines. Southwest Airlines loves to spend time outdoors during the spring and summer, and once again they’re prepping their mini-chain of Southwest Porches for the season.
In New York City, you'll find the Porch in midtown over at Bryant Park, and it’s a quick walk from Grand Central if you’re arriving into the city on the train. They’ve got plenty of drinks on tap (including their own beer), a few bits and bites from which to choose, and even some fire pits for when the weather is less than ideal. Free board games, trivia on Tuesdays, and plenty of adirondack chairs round out the scene. They've been doing their thing here for a few years now, so at this point the place is just part of the neighborhood.
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Just because you're on the move to a new destination or vacation doesn't mean your pet has to stay at home. Flying with a small dog or cat is actually pretty easy if all rules are observed and fees paid, as we recently discovered while flying with our new kitten.
Traveling with a pet means paying attention to many restrictions, such as on destinations, aircraft type, travel class, pet weight and size, breed, and how many other pets are already booked for your desired flight. Always check with the airline for the latest rules before purchasing and traveling. Just remember to have veterinarian paperwork detailing the pet's vaccination record, and have yours and your pet's travel booked in advance.
Now, for the details on pet fees on major US airlines:*
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Someday, someone will explain to us the mirth to be found in having the Internet become useless every year on April 1st. It's not that we harbor any hostility toward people who write things that are false but plausible, and who then giggle when people belieactually, no. Those people are ridiculous and they make the world a worse place to live.
There was maybe a marginal justification for their existence when the Internet was younger. Back then April Fools' Day pranks were the web advertising equivalent of Superbowl commercials. But now that the White House is posting pranks the whole thing is just grating.
Southwest seems to be one of those airlines people have a lot of preconceptions about, mostly due to the fact that they don't assign seats and that they are perceived to be a "budget" airline. And that they are, in terms of price, but as we see a lot in this world, it's the ones who ask the least that give the most.
Southwest allows you two free checked bags, the flight attendants come through the cabin with a complimentary snack basket, and they don't charge change fees if you need to rebook. All are things that some other airlines in the States don't/won't/can't offer. The generosity goes a bit further as, when it comes to sky-high boozing, they aren't shy about giving you the keys to a good time.
Southwest hands out one free drink per passenger (of legal drinking age) on certain holidays, such as New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, and St. Patrick's Day, among others, and they also offer drink specials. Drink specials? Yes, you read that right.
We’ve got to say that Tuesday is the worst day of the week. Sure, Monday isn’t all that great, but at least the weekend was just yesterday and there’s time to reminisce. That being said we thought we’d pass along a little bit of a time waster to help get you through the day.
We know that airline maintenance is pretty serious business, and that it takes plenty of time to get the planes ready to fly to here and there. Now it looks like Southwest Airlines is giving us a front row seat into some of the usual this and that needed to keep their planes moving about the country.
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Southwest Airlines hasn’t exactly been at the forefront of in-air technology, but slowly but surely they’ve been adding to their in-flight WiFi abilities. In-flight connectivity won’t be available on each and every one of your Southwest flights just yet, but they are boosting some of their offerings in hopes of keep passengers entertained at 35,000-feet.
The airline’s video-on-demand service just finishing rolling out to each and every one of the tech-enabled planes, so now you’re free to check out this and that from the comfort of your seat. It’s $5 per movie or $5 for television, and it sounds like that rate is the price regardless of whether or not you’re signing up for the full WiFi. Obviously you’ll need your own device, so please don’t ask the flight attendants where you can get an iPad with the TV on it like the guy seated in 18A.
At this point we have pretty much accepted that airlines are going to charge us extra for anything we could possibly want. Snacks, space, and suitcases all come at a premium when it’s finally time to get yourself to the airport, but of course once it’s time to hop aboard things like early boarding and extra legroom are also available—for a price. Southwest Airlines is the latest carrier to throw their
hat fees into the ring, as they’re eager to help you get on board one of their blue-bellied planes earlier than the other passengers. However, it’s going to cost you.
They might hate baggage fees, but they don’t hate early boarding fees. As this week Southwest Airlines made it known that $40 will get you one of the top 15 spots in their boarding system. Just in case you don’t recall how it works over at Southwest, everyone gets a number—and a letter—and then you board in that order. The trick is to check-in right at the 24-hour mark before your flight, as that kind of increases your odds of winning the boarding lottery.