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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2011 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics, encompassing everything from nudie scans to tarmac delays. Needless to say, we're ready for 2012, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2011 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
Plenty of new airport restaurants arrived in terminals and concourses this year, and some airports are even getting brand new television shows once 2012 rolls around. However, there’s one airport that stands above the rest as the most improved. It’s not Minneapolis-St. Paul—although we do love us some MSP—nor is it Reagan National Airport despite its addition of a nine-foot tall statue of its namesake.
We’re picking San Francisco International Airport as the most improved airport of 2011.
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[Note: we've only seen the ladies room]
The cleaning lady thought we were crazy taking pictures inside a restroom, but the public restrooms at Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport are actually something to write home about.
Flattering lighting, stools in the makeup room andboy oh boyDyson Airblade hand dryers? Be still our frequent flying hearts!
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Hello and welcome to our Liveblog! Your intrepid Jaunted Editor is reporting in real-time from 35,000 above...somewhere...as Virgin America launches into the sky with their very first flight direct from San Francisco International Airport to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport. Chicagocan you believe it?
Virgin has been trying to wedge their way into this notoriously tight airport since 2008, and their arrival means big things for the Windy City, most importantly choice. You want in-flight WiFi, seatback TVs and an absinthe cocktail onboard? Check, check, check. Chicago is also a personal favorite city of Jaunted, so stay tuned to the liveblog below as we wing our way there.
One last thing: Virgin America has brought back their Groupon deal today. Travelers may purchase a $25 Groupon good for $100 in air travel HERE, towards a roundtrip purchase on Virgin America’s ORD flights. When more than 25 people accept the offer, up to 3000 Chicagoans can score this unbeatable deal, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).
Now, for the fun...
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Want a cupcake? No problemjust head to San Francisco International's new Terminal 2, which officially opens to flights today (with free cupcakes at check-in). The airlines operating out of T2 are Virgin America and America Airlines, so double-check your flights from now on to see if you're getting to travel out of the cooler terminal.
In store for travelers at T2 is everything from interactive art (like tables that play like xylophones) to water fountains specifically designed for refilling your water bottles. And don't forget the food! Come early and come hungry, because T2 has a Pinkberry, a Vino Volo wine bar, a whole restaurant by Iron Chef Cat Cora, a burger joint, a fresh market and more.
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Virgin America is growing up, and today they are set to open their highly anticipated new home at San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 2. On April 14, T2 at SFO will debut for the public, but Jaunted is getting an exclusive sneak peak of the next generation terminal here in San Francisco today. We hear the new space will entice foodies, delight the techies, satisfy those with an eye for sustainable design, and...oh, there's something mysterious about a "recompose" zone.
So join us as we are set to bring you all of the Sir Richard-led opening festivities live and in technicolor, ready to digest in the minute by minute social "medeorite" bits you crave.
That's right, stay tuned to this story throughout the day as we embark on a little opening of our ownlive coverage straight from our smart phones to your office, living room, or whatever location your find yourself in this fine Wednesday morning.
We love Tuesdays. Why, you ask? Because the day brings many travel tips and quips as "Travel Tuesday" on Twitter, and we're going to share our favorite with you. Got an avid travel twitterer we should follow? Let us know.
We love a good terminal opening; don't you? Maybe it's the new airport smell or the promise of the latest technology in every nook and cranny, but we can't wait to fly into a place that's freshly cut the "Grand Opening" ribbon. Starting this week, when the press and public begin to get a first look at it, SFO's Terminal 2 will be the center of attention.
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How excited should you be for the projected Spring opening of the new Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport? So excited! It's actually renovation, but a $400 million dollar one, complete with unique new features like "hydration stations," mood lighting, SFO-focused slow food restaurants (as in the slow food movement, not slow service) and modern airport standards like free WiFi and outlets everywhere.
Virgin America and American Airlines will be taking over the majority of the 14 gates, and the terminal work is finally giving VX the chance to really make the space theirs. They're so thrilled, in fact, that they've been keeping their flyers aware of the coming upgrades via Facebook, and their most recent gallery proves that the place is nearing completion.
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Ever since liquids were banned through the TSA security line years ago, our airport spending budget has gone up by a few bucks. One of our first stops after putting our shoes back on is scoring a bottle of water—OK, and a gossip magazinewe just need to see who wore it best. Anyway, a little liquid refreshment is just a couple bucks, but it certainly adds up over time.
We try to bring our own empty bottles in order to steal some water out of the water fountain, but sometimes we forget to bring a bottle and sometimes it can seem a little weird. But at last an airport has heard out prayers; San Francisco Airport is installing tap water stations.
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As if the news about Lufthansa's long-haul in-flight WiFi wasn't enough to get you excited for the future of air travel today, then surely this will be: The renovated Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport is shaping up beautifully, with a goal to open in Spring 2011. That means the west coast will finally have an awesomly innovative terminal to rival JetBlue's east coast T5 at JFK (both coincidentally done by the same architecture firmGensler).
The main airlines moving into the renovated T2 will be Virgin America and American Airlines, each claiming half of T2's 14 gates. The $400 million+ renovation is being completed with Virgin's design sensibilities, so you can bet on a decidedly modern aesthetic coupled with start-of-the-art technology, dining and shopping.