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Cathay Pacific's new economy seats, which will likely figure in flight deals on Cyber Monday
Although the popular thing this week is to wish "Happy Thanksgiving," we're more interested in giving thanks for all the upcoming trip discounts about to make travelers very happy. It's never a good idea to join the Thanksgiving sales scrum, but some deals are too good to pass up. Thus, we've compiled a healthy list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday airfare and package deals for all you bargain hunters.
While most of the deals kick off at either midnight EST on either November 29 or December 2, many keep the deal rolling for a few days, so long as you travel by a certain date in 2014.
Have a look at what's up for grabs:
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If you’re already on your way to visit the family for Thanksgiving we understand if you forgot to bring a pie or some dessert. Unfortunately, your Great Aunt Mildred won’t understand, so you might as well pick something up at the airport. We can’t guarantee that you’ll find the world’s best pumpkin pie, but at least there’s a few options at the airport.
For those connecting through–or heading to—Minneapolis-St. Paul there’s a solid option within Terminal 1, as French Meadow Bakery Café calls Concourse F home in its location near Gate 3. They’ve got cookies, pastries, and other organic bakery goodies, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they had something special just for the Thanksgiving. If you’re only looking for yourself it appears that they’re cooking up a warm seasonal fruit crisp, so go for that if you’re looking to sneak in an early dessert before Thursday.
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While winter storm "Boreas" bears down on the east coast of the United States, travelers around the world are beginning to be touched by the flight delays and cancellations. Hundreds of flights already met the chopping block today, and with the worst of both the storm and the highest travel season of the year yet to come, you can expect it'll be a rough one for the airlines and airports clear through until next week.
Fortunately, several airlines have dropped ticket change fees to allow flyers with flexibility to attempt to fly later, on less hectic and less stormy days. Granted that may mean missing Thanksgiving at home, but if the alternative is an airport Sbarro's, then you know what to do.
American Airlines: Airports affected include New York-LGA, New York-JFK, Newark, Philadelphia, White Plains, Boston, Hartford, Washington DC-IAD, Washington DC-DCA, and Baltimore. Fee-free changes are so far only permitted if your original travel date falls on November 27.
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You're stuck. You're cranky. You're uncomfortable. If you're lucky, your home until you can fly out will be a hotel or the living room of a friend, but many will find themselves sleeping at the airport and that's just no fun. Here, however, are Five items you can buy at the airport to survive long flight delays:
· Beach Towel: Not only does it soften a sleep on the floor or hard chairs, but it's also effective as a dirt barrier between you and whatever is on that floor/soaked into the waiting area chairs. Spread it out on a blanket to curl up on, roll it up to use as a pillow or cover yourself with it like a blanket for privacy or warmth. There are many uses for something so simple, and luckily it should be cheap enough to throw out once your flight does board and depart.
· A carabiner clip: If you're planning on getting some good sleep, it's always an excellent idea to secure your belongings just in case. Buying a carabiner clip keychain or something similar may keep your purse strap/laptop bag handle/shoes/airport purchases bag next to you all night, instead of having it easily picked up and wandered off with while you're snoozing.
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With perfect timing, Mother Nature is rearing her head for Thanksgiving by dropping a Nor'easter storm named "Boreas" on the east coast. Airlines are already issuing change fee waivers for the major airports of the Northeast, and the rain is supposed to be heavy enough to cause massive delays and cancellations through Thursday and possibly even Friday.
While there's all of this focus on NYC, Boston, Washington DC and Philadelphia, let's not forget the scores of tired and cranky folks about to be delayed at other airports around the country, trying to make it to and not away from the East Coast just to eat some turkey with family.
Thanksgiving travel is never a treat. The roads and airports are always extra crowded, and the destinations - family dinner tables surrounded by people who have no place talking to each other, let alone about politics, like you know they're going to do - are even worse. But at least this year there's also going to be a "deadly winter storm system" laying waste to air, rail, and car travel. So everyone has that to look forward to.
There's one storm that's been making across the Midwest for a week, and should slam into the Northeast on Tuesday and Wednesday. There's another storm that's been dropping ice across the South and should push north past the Carolinas overnight Monday. Those two storms will then combine, and that's when things take a turn.
This upcoming holiday season, the facts of traveling with food are more important than ever, as TSA agents never seem to have a solid grasp on what is and is not allowed in your carry-on luggage.
Luckily for us, the TSA does have official positions on certain holiday foods, like cranberry sauce and pies. Hint: cranberry sauce is not allowed. Pies and cakes are allowed, but may be "subject to additional screening" (taste test?). We highly recommend bookmarking the TSA's webpage in case your pie is turned away, but here's the Cliffs Notes:
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Whether you're prepared or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This mean's it's high season for crowded airports, full flights, and flaring tempers. Still, let's take a moment and think about what happened at the end of the ultimate journey that resulted in the original Thanksgiving.
Before the fourth Thursday of November was known for copious amounts of turkey and fixins, football, and the Macy's parade, it was a peace-offering meal between the Native Americans and Pilgrims who traveled from Europe and landed at Plymouth Rock (allegedly) in what's better known today as Plymouth, Massachusetts.
If you're planning a little trip to pay homage in Plymouth this year, here's what to see and do:
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The commercials for sales have started, Starbucks has their seasonal selections, and of course the local Target is already stocking Christmas trees, lights, and decorations—it may be November but it’s time to celebrate the season. Even beer festivals are getting in the mood well in advance, so here’s a couple holiday and winter brew fests where you can toast to the season a little bit early.
BevMo! Holiday Beer Fest - San Francisco
Free that ugly holiday sweater from the plastic bin under your bed, as it’s time to celebrate the season at the BevMo! Holiday Beer Fest in San Francisco. This year’s events take place on November 21—the Thursday before Thanksgiving—between 6pm and 10pm at the Fort Mason Center. Organizers are promising over 200 different seasonal and specialty beers, brews, sips, and ciders from over 100 different breweries. Tickets will set you back $45 in advance, and don’t forget your ID—it’s 21 and older only.
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While you were out shopping on Black Friday about a week ago, airports around the country were plenty busy shuttling passengers to here and there—despite the sales. One such airport was San Diego International where rush hour for air traffic fell between 10:30am and 3pmsignificantly more than an hour. It was busy business as usual, but what sets SAN apart is that one photographer decided to get a little creative while planespotting.
Check out the resulting video above, which is a pretty unique look at the comings and goings of traffic at the airport, all condensed into about 30 seconds. Definitely worth a second—or third—look as you're trying to warm up to the workweek.
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Gravy boat, gravy train, gravy...PLANE!
Happy Thanksgiving or, if you're not in the US, happy Thursday! We're celebrating not with a full family-style meal around a table, but with a buy-on-board roast beef sandwich on an airplane, flying nonstop from SFO to JFK. Thanks to the magic of Gogo in-flight internet, we can tell you it's a beautiful day up here, somewhere over Utah.
As we'll all inevitably be thinking, talking, and dreaming about food this weekend, take an opportunity to plan some travel...or even just openly fantasize about a trip in the "you know where we should go?" style. For inspiration, here's a variety of Food Travel stories from our recent wanderings:
While many of you are making plans to head out of town for a long holiday weekend, filling up on turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie, there are some who will try to recreate the feast on the shores of a different country, thousands of miles away from home. Sometimes it's not much different than previous Thanksgivings in the US, but some things just have to change due to location and availability of traditional fare.
I am American expat living in Australia and, for the past 2 years I have tried to recreate the Thanksgivings I remember. The flavors and feelings are based on holidays I spent growing up just outside Chicago, with a great chill in the air and the smell of leaf decay wafting inside every time the door opened. As you can imagine, Australia is a long way off from the frozen tundra of the Midwest.