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We have some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: hell hath officially frozen over. This week Ryanair debuted their newest service feature, andhere's the good newsit's not another fee! The addition is actually just an official blog (named "Into the Blue") from the notoriously ultra low-cost airlines based in Ireland.
Why do we say hell's frozen over? Well, for years Ryanair maintained positions of not engaging with their customers, eschewing everything from social media to a website with even a shred of consideration for the user experience. But things have changed, beginning with Ryanair's joining Twitter in late 2013, which was quickly followed by a clean redesign of their site. The airline then ditched their annual calendar of bikini-clad flight attendants, and promised a more family-friendly approach in the future.
The statistical sensation—Nate Silver—has covered things like baseball and elections, but now he is turning his attention and the FiveThirtyEight blog toward the timing of flights.
The blog—now part of the ESPN empire—has run the numbers on millions of routes and options, as their goal is to provide you with the fastest way to get from here to there. They take a number of factors into consideration thanks to numbers from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, as they search to discover the flights that will avoid the most delays.
Before everyone began to break for the holidays, Italian authorities fined TripAdvisor $610,000 for what it calls a failure to properly vet and monitor its user reviews. TripAdvisor and consumer-review websites are no strangers to these criticisms in general, but this is the first time a country or destination has done something about it and levied a fine.
While most are genuine in their reviews, still others log on with a motive that doesn't include making an honest review. How can you tell? And how can you get the most out of TripAdvisor, without being led on by a phony review? Below, we provide a few tips when evaluating reviews:
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Last year we reviewed a handful of flight tracking tools, and hopefully helped you clean out that folder/drawer/bag pocket where you keep old boarding passes. Tracking sites are a great way to keep your flight history in one place, not to mention easy to reference (for those dinner parties that escalate into stats oneupmanship between frequent flyers).
This time around we're talking about Jet It Up, the newest flight diary to the scene, as it might be the easiest we've seen yet. First off, you have to be organizing your itineraries with the TripIt app. Jet It Up then imports directly from TripIt, and fills in the details you might not have remembered. Otherwise, you can do it the hard way and manually enter the incidentals, which include date, flight number, aircraft and airline from each journey.
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There’s plenty of budget bus lines running routes across the globe, and now there’s one group looking to connect them in hopes of helping us all out. BusBud is the movement behind this idea, and they’re doing their thing to connect and link up the loads of different options and connections.
BusBud does the searching for you, so that means you can connect between two cities that usually aren’t an option when only searching one line or one operator. Results are consolidated in a neat and shiny package—their website—and the fares are offered up in the local currency. That’s especially handy as BusBud searches in North America as well as Europe, Africa, and Asia.
FurthestCity is a simple site with the function of sharing exactly which cities, large or small, are most distant from each other. Enter a location, and view a small list of such places categorized by population size. We recommend trying it with your current location, then your hometown, and then your dream vacation destination.
Don't be shocked when Australia or New Zealand frequently show up in the results; they're far from just about everywhere but themselves.
We're currently in Reykjavik, Iceland, so we thought it'd be cool to use the site to calculate the farthest city away from our position. The results (below), which pinpoint Dunedin, NZ and Hobart, AU as most distant, are particularly funny because we were just in that region. It's not even half-way through 2014 and already here's proof that we've gone from one end of the world to the other.
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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get 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.
It's hard to imagine, we know...but a whole 14 years ago the internet did exist. It not only existed, but it was hot enough at the time for airlines to take notice, and begin shifting focus to things like online bookings, flight status, web specials andwe laugh nowpager alerts.
Today we're rewinding to 2000, the good old days before smartphones, before the TSA, and before airlines understood that flash-heavy welcome pages made for horrible user experience. Let's take a look:
Kayak's newest 30 second spot is designed to highlight how it's much faster to search the aggregator site than to search multiple individual sites. This message in no way distinguishes the new ad from any other Kayak ad. The joke in the commercial is kind of wacky and surreal and designed to make minimal sense. These characteristics, again, are hallmark of Kayak's travel advertising.
So naturally people are outraged because, if you kind of tilt your head sideways and squint, you can take the video seriously and then it becomes a knock on old people who have trouble climbing up stairs. We'll spare you our usual "when did this happen; when did we collectively become such annoying whiny obnoxious little babies" rant, and instead go right into describing the video. We've also embedded it below if you want to take a look yourself.
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How many miles did you fly last year? What about different airlines? Total number of hours spent in the air? If you can't answer any of these questions, listen up because there's a slew of ways to easily track all these fun travel statistics with only a few clicks of the mouse.
Right now is the ideal time to begin logging your flights for this fresh year so that, come December, you'll have all sorts of fun stats to share at holiday parties and on social networks. "I flew 70,000 miles and visited 32 different airports in 9 countries this year" sure beats, "Yeah, I traveled a lot."
With this is mind, we put flight tracking websites to the test:
Coffee break! Need a distraction to send your mind wandering to distant lands? Type "airporting.me" in that browser and enjoy what is a stupidly simple, but stupidly great, little website.
The premise of Airporting.me is straightforward: you tell it your name, and it tells you what airport codes around the world can combine to form your name. It's free and the results aren't always perfect, but it's entertaining regardless.
For example, inputting "Sherlock Holmes" returns with this routing: SHE (Shenyang, China), RLO (Merlo, Argentina), CKH (Chokurdah, Russia), OLM (Olympia, WA), ESS (Essen, Germany). Good luck ever trying to fly your name-route, but one can always dream!
*Shout-out to Jaunted reader @henriquemartin for the tip
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BREAKING: the tickets will be honored! See update below
For a very brief period early this afternoon, a glitch on United's website priced airfare at a mere $5 each way, $10 roundtrip. Users of the popular frequent flyer forum FlyerTalk reported booking routes such as New York to Austin, TX and Houston to San Francisco for the unbelievably low prices.
Alas, the saying "if it's too good to be true, it probably is" sums up the situation. The fares were indeed mistakes and not some special United flash sale, but purchase activity was so high that the airline not only pulled down United.com (it now back up, as of 4pm EST), and the United reservation phone lines did not accept new bookings while the glitch was corrected.
We are notoriously torn over travel technology that purports to show off destinations (see here, here, here, and especially here). On one hand, it's awesome to get to see videosand even virtual reality renderingsof places we've never been. On the other, it allows douchebags to say things like "now you can travel the world without ever leaving the comfort of your own home." Of all the combinations of words in the world, that is among the ones which make us most stabby.
So when the press release for a new travel videos website landed in our inboxes, we were wary. The tagline for the site, creatively titled "Travel Videos," is "travel the world with videos." Danger Will Robinson, danger.