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Travel 101: Knowing the Difference Between 'Non-stop' and 'Direct' Flights

October 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Direct" and "non-stop" mean the same thing, right? Wrong—which is why we're taking today to do some travel 101 with a refresher on these terms. Why is knowing the difference so important? Well, you can clearly state your flight preferences to airline reservations and gate staff when making bookings or changing plans, and you'll also just generally sound like the clued-in traveler you are.

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Air China, Emirates, and Alitalia Work It Out with New Routes

September 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Emirates:
Some of the biggest new routes this week comes from the folks over at Emirates, as once again they’re looking to expand their reach across the globe. This week news arrives that they will be starting service between Boston and Dubai as of March 10. Emirates will go between the two spots on a daily basis, as they will rely on Boeing 777-200LR jets to get things done. Overall this is destination number eight for Emirates in and out of the nifty fifty, as they also do the nonstop thing over to Dubai from places like New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

· Air China:
There’s few people that wouldn’t be interested in a new option over to Hawaii, so that’s why we’re excited to pass along the news regarding a new flight in and out of Honolulu. Air China is thinking about starting nonstop service between Beijing and Honolulu beginning in January of 2014, so pack those snorkels and swimsuits. It looks like this new option will be competing with some new service between the two cities from Hawaiian Airlines, so be on the lookout for the possibility of some competitive fares.

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How Crying at an Airport Got Me an Upgrade and More

September 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (3)

So-called "hallelujah moments" often serve as inspiration to travelers, whether it's hearing a language for the first time and deciding to study it, or meeting someone on the other side who you know will be a friend for life. For Jaunted Editor Cynthia, one such moment was something as simple as her first bump up to a better seat on a flight.

I didn't pay for the upgrade.

There were no frequent flyer miles exchanged, as I had none.

It wasn't even a result of airline status, because I didn't have that either.

Instead, my first-ever upgrade—from "World Traveller" to "World Traveller Plus" on British Airways—came about after I shed some honest-to-goodness tears in full view of the check-in desk at Detroit-Metro Airport.

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Pope Francis Lugged His Own Carry-on to Rio for World Youth Day

July 29, 2013 at 8:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week Pope Francis made his first international trip as the pontiff to trek from Italy over to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day on Copacabana Beach. While we think it's great the head of the Catholic Church has decided to return to the continent where he got his start in the organization, we also found the details of his travels most intriguing.

First off, Pope Francis flies commercial; well, kind of. His ride is a chartered Alitalia A330 officially named Volo Papale (papal flight in Italian) and unofficially, Shepherd One. The crew is made up of Alitalia's very own pilots and cabin crew, ensuring all aboard are safe and comfy. This particular flight took the pontiff from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport non-stop to Rio's Galeão International Airport and clocked in at just over 12 hours.

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JetBlue, Alitalia and Delta Get In On This Week's New Route Fun

December 14, 2012 at 7:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· Alitalia:
We don’t usually hear too much about Alitalia, but that’s not the case this week as they’re busy planning celebrating their latest move. It sounds like the new flights are now up and running, as Alitalia is now flying back and forth between Rome and Abu Dhabi.

It’s Airbus A330s doing the heavy lifting between the new city pairs, but just watch the schedule as things shift a little bit depending on when you plan to depart. Rome flights head out of town on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The flights out of Abu Dhabi do their thing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

· Finnair:
Thanks to Finnair it’s going to be a little bit easier to get to Vietnam, as the carrier is planning to move some people and planes across the globe. Things aren’t flying as of yet, but the plan is for Finnair to do the nonstop thing from Helsinki, Finland all the way over to Hanoi, Vietnam.

The flights will start on June 14 of next year, and they’ll be the only carrier over in Europe to provide a nonstop option directly in and out of Hanoi. This might not be the best option for a long weekend out of Helsinki, but if you’re doing an around-the-world itinerary this is probably a pretty good connection option from Europe over to Asia.

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Duty-Free Shopping Must-Haves: Souvenirs and Keepsakes

September 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.

When browsing an in-flight shopping magazine and flipping past all of the pages of meh watches and perfumes, you may be missing plenty of amazing finds that make for great souvenirs (if only to show that you were actually thinking of your friends and family while away). Many catalogs actually have some items that rival what can be found in typical tourist shops, so let's explore a few:

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'Molto Bene' for Alitalia's Upgrades

Where: Italy
July 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of new changes coming to Alitalia over the next few months. From a full fleet renewal, more transparent fares on their most popular flights, and even a very generous offering for their passengers from young to older. In true Italian fashion, they have named their newest classes of services super romantic names.

In the past 3 years, the Italian airline has spent a considerable amount of time, not to mention, euros, on creating a more pleasurable experience for all of their passengers. In a quest to fly the youngest fleet in the world, they have bought new planes and refreshed existing planes. By the beginning of next year, the entire fleet will be an average of about 6 years old.

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New Routes from United, Etihad and Hawaiian Airlines to Get You Planning Vacation

November 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

· United:
While United isn’t spilling the beans—or potatoes—just yet it sounds like the carrier is planning to link Washington-Dulles with Dublin beginning next May. Sure it might not bring the same kind of sprit that Aer Lingus does—with their green, Shamrocked planes and all—but a new international option out of our nation’s capital is always a good thing. Don’t expect crazy airfare deals to celebrate the new route, but a little healthy competition might help everyone out a bit.

· Frontier Airlines:
Along with in-flight cookies, Frontier Airlines should be known for sending plenty of folks from Kansas City around the nifty fifty, as this week they’re boosting their domestic network out of KC. The furry-animal-tailed airline is linking Kansas City with Houston as of this week everyday of the week. That’s not all either, as Frontier is also doing Kansas City to Las Vegas each day of the week except for Saturdays. We guess there’s just too much going on in Sin City to come home on a Saturday.

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Times Square Grave-Robs Pompeii of Its Vesuvius Victims for New Exhibit

March 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

I see dead people...in Times Square! Leave it to one of the world's biggest tourist meccas to attract one of the world's biggest thanatourist (thanatourism = death tourism) draws to it: New York City is showing Pompeii's ash casts of the victims of the volcano eruption some 2,000 years ago with an exhibit at Discovery Times Square, in partnership with Alitalia.

The event, which opened a few days ago and has no set end date, showcases 250+ artifacts from the old Roman city, which were buried and preserved under layers of volcanic stone and ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Alongside pottery and whatnot will be a selection of the "bodies" found at the excavation site, which are injection molds of hollow spaces left deep within the ash by the long-gone bodies of the volcano's victims. The bodies, in their contracted and huddled shapes, show the final torturous moments of the citizens of the once-great town on the Bay of Naples.

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Catholic Cardinal Calls Heathrow Airport 'Third World,' but He's Sorry

Where: London-Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom
September 20, 2010 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, the Pope boarded his private Alitalia plane, a Boeing 777, for a quick trip to the UK. But before he could even get off the ground, one of his advisors had already begun controversy around the trip, by likening London's major Heathrow Airport to "a third-world country." The man who put his foot in his mouth is Cardinal Walter Kasper, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Here's the thing: he didn't even accompany the Pope on the trip to London, but he stayed behind in Rome after making the remarks, using his gout as an excuse.

The remarks were made during an interview he gave to German magazine Focus, and the exact quote is this: "When you land at Heathrow you think at times you have landed in a Third World country." He apparently also hated on British Airways a bit.

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'Marco?' 'Polo!' Hop A Boat To Plane-Spot In Venice

Where: Marco Polo Airport, Venice, Italy
October 8, 2009 at 5:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you know anything about Venice, you know that it is a city built on water, so it's quite fitting that the perfect location for plane spotting is onboard a boat. But not just any boat, we're talking about the water taxis between Venice's Marco Polo Airport and Venice proper. The airport sits on marsh land right on the coast, while the tourist-filled portion is out in the middle of the lagoon.

Going between the airport and the city of Venice therefore means taking either a private boat or the Alilaguna Waterbus right underneath the paths of arriving and departing flights. While you rock on the waves of other speeding water taxis passing by, you can look up at airplanes from carriers like Alitalia and other major carriers. Smaller LCC airlines like Jaunted personal favorite Germanwings sadly won't be found here, but at Treviso Airport.

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Obama Can Has Cheezburger On Air Force One, Now in Video

January 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

· Remember when President Barack Obama first flew on Air Force One (elect) and ate a cheeseburger? Well, The National Geographic Channel has a clip of that and will be showing it in their "On Board Air Force One" special which airs on Sunday, January 25 at 8pm EST/PST. [National Geographic Channel]

· Virgin America Has New Food Menu: More munchies, more wraps and salads and don't forget the made-to-order shaken Margaritas, Cosmos or Mojitos await you on Virgin America [Official Site]

· Spank Your Children on Plane, Get Arrested Under Patriot Act: Are airlines abusing the Patriot Act? This woman spanked her misbehaving children, then hurled profanities at a flight attendant as well as a glass of tomato juice. Now she's pissed she got arrested for a terrorist act. Bad children? Yes. Mother with a nasty temper? Yes. Terrorist? Hmmm....[LA Times]

· Alitalia Still Striking: Despite being privatized, Alitalia workers can't seem to give up their penchant for striking. This latest batch only caused moderate impact on flights and flight delays. [Forbes]