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Soon You'll Be Able to Fly a United Dreamliner All the Way Down Under

Where: Australia
February 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Okay—we realize that we usually try to consolidate our new routes news, but we just couldn’t resist sharing this one sooner than later. It’s especially the case since it might just be a decent use of those United MileagePlus miles that you have been saving up for years and years—maybe even since the Continental days.

As you know United is a fan of the Boeing 787, and they’ve got a few of them on hand for some flying fun. Well the fun is about to go down under, as United has just loaded a new flight into their schedule. The carrier will be doing the nonstop thing between Los Angeles and Melbourne—in Australia—beginning this October.

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United Goes Green, Ditches Foam Cups from the Beverage Cart

February 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

Get ready to burn your hands on that flavorful airplane coffee, as United Airlines has finally decided that styrofoam cups probably aren’t the best idea to be handing over to millions and millions of flyers.

Just the other day the airline announced that they’d be doing mother nature a solid, so they’re setting aside foam cups in the cabin in favor of ones which are a little kinder to the environment.

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United Decides That Cleveland Doesn't Rock, After All

February 3, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

When two airlines love each other very much and decide to merge there’s plenty of celebration, but at the same time there is often loss and sadness. That’s the case over at United, as after shacking up with Continental a couple of years ago—it’s time to revaluate things.

United is getting rid of their hub over in Cleveland, as apparently plenty of flights in and out of the airport are just no longer part of the bigger picture. With hubs in plenty of including spots like Chicago, Washington, and Houston, it sounds like there’s just not the need to have planes and people hanging out at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

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This Week is the Opening of SFO's New and Improved 'T3E'

January 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Unfortunately, the folks over at Yankee Candle have yet to concoct a creation that features new airport smell, so that means we need to enjoy the opportunity to breathe in fresh airport terminal air whenever it arises. That chance is this week, as San Francisco International Airport is busy putting the final touches on its latest terminal revamp and renovation. It held a public event over the weekend to check things out, but it’s officially open to flyers beginning tomorrow.

The new additions are happening at the airport’s Terminal 3, as the new slice of the airport is Boarding Area E—they’re calling it T3E for short. It’s where a lot of United flyers will depart and arrive, so passengers with United stamped across their boarding passes will be the ones enjoying the new restaurants and amenities.

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Flight Review: Cheap and Easy from Newark to Munich on United

Where: Munich, Germany
January 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

The flight: United 106 from Newark to Munich, Germany.

We're not huge United flyers and usually prefer to hop the later Lufthansa flight out to Munich, but the price for United was too good (under $500!) to pass up in this instance.

Seated all the way in the back—seat 38K—isn't bad at all for a tad over 7 hours to Europe. Heck, we've endured a less comfortable seat for non-stops to Asia, so we boarded the plane already with a sense of "this won't be bad at all." This is regular Economy, not even "Economy Plus," as United calls their premium economy option, offering a few inches more legroom for a hundred dollars or more.

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Throwback Thursday: Did You Know United Airlines Once Had Helicopters to Disneyland?

January 16, 2014 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

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.

A collection of National Geographic magazines from decades past may take up shelf space, but it’s hardly something to take for granted. We recently leafed through a few mid-1960s issues from the small library in the lobby of Miami’s Freehand Hotel, and struck retro travel ad gold in this United page touting their helicopter transfer service from LAX.

These were the days of Boeing 707s, United’s campaign as “the extra care airline,” and obviously putting far too much text in magazine ads. The fine print explains it all:

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What Airlines Offer Discounts on Flights for Wedding Parties

January 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven’t received your save the date card—don’t worry—it’s on the way, as the 2014 wedding season will arrive before you know it. For those planning their big day, or those just showing up to have a good time, there’s a lot more to prepare for if the event takes you far from home.

Naturally, the airlines know all about destination wedding travel, and they’re happy to help. Here’s their deals on group travel, weddings, and how to get from here to there with a crowd:

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There's New Routes This Week from EVA Air, United, and Frontier

January 10, 2014 at 7:57 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:
It’s cold—we get it—and that means it’s time to book a little bit of a winter escape, and one of the easier options just has to be a trip to Florida. United is ready to take you there, as they just started up new nonstop flights between Denver and Fort Myers. Initially things were limited to just a few flights per week, but as of the other day these flights are now a daily option until around the beginning of April. There’s room for about 150 of your closest friends and family aboard the Boeing 737s that are set to serve these new routes. So grab a ticket, a seat, and enjoy your time in the Sunshine State.

· Qatar Airways:
Those carriers from the Middle East are always busy heading to new and exciting destinations across the globe, and this week is no exception as Qatar Airways is once again headed into the skies. We’ve heard that this is destination number 121 for the carrier, as its planes are now connecting Doha with Hangzhou over in China. Airbus A330s are doing all of the flying between the two countries, and as of now these flights are an option four times each and every week. With connections out of Doha to pretty much anywhere across the globe this just might be a great option for that around-the-world itinerary you keep dreaming about.

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Your Holiday Gift from Seven Airlines: Free In-Flight Facebook Access!

December 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're taking to the skies any time in the next few days, there's a good chance that you can while away the hours with your laptop or mobile device. Thanks to the folks over at Gogo and Charmin (yeah, the toilet paper people), flyers can access Facebook for free during the busy holiday travel season.

Starting today and running through December 30th on seven airlines, Charmin will open the social media browsing session for free. "Like" friend's updates, post photos of their in-flight snack, and check out their 2013 year-in-review status update. Just be cautious because, if you start clicking on external links, you will be asked for your credit card details to fork over some cash for full access.

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So This Guy Falls Asleep on a Plane...

December 9, 2013 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

You ever get the feeling that people, across the board, are getting worse at life? This story won't help. It's a near-perfect tale of an airline and a passenger working together to fail. All we hear every time we read or hear about it is a loud "womp womp womp" in our ears.

We're not the only ones. Check out to the news broadcast from ABC News we've embedded below. The anchors can't get over how kind of pathetic and kind of funny and more than a little pathetically funny it is. "Now to the story we can't get enough of this morning." They're not even pretending.

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American Airlines is the 'World's Largest Airline,' But It Wasn't Always That Way

December 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

6,700 flights daily to 336 destinations in 56 countries with around 952 aircraft...and counting. This is the new American Airlines as it exists, starting today, thanks to the merger with US Airways. These numbers officially bump AA up to the kingly level of "largest airline in the world."

Of course the taking of a title means there's another airline that can no longer claim the same. Today, American has kicked United off the pedestal for largest airline, but even they didn't reign all that long. Here's a recent history of the "world's largest airline" title:

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How to Experience TSA PreCheck with Nine US Airlines

November 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM | by | Comment (1)

Even if you only fly every once in a while you’re probably somewhat familiar with TSA PreCheck. It’s the program that allows for speedy screening, and you can even leave your shoes on, laptop in the bag, and keep your belt around your waist.

It’s an option for those who are on the list for existing Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, NEXUS, and SENTRI programs. However, not so fancy flyers are also eligible—and often just by opting-in through their frequent flyer number. Here’s the scoop on the nine domestic carriers that are doing the TSA PreCheck—assuming you’re at an eligible airport:

· Alaska Airlines
The information from Alaska Airlines seems a little outdated, as they still reference the whole TSA PreCheck thing as a “pilot.” It seems like eligible frequent flyers would have received an email inviting them to opt-in, but if not head into the My Account section of your profile on alaskaair.com. Once there—assuming you’re eligible—you will you will see a link across the top of the page inviting you to opt-in for shoes on screening.

· Allegiant Air
Nope—if you’re flying with Allegiant you’re going to need to do the security screening thing the old fashioned way

· American Airlines
Like most carriers you need to be a member of the airline’s frequent flyer program, so go ahead and sign up if you haven’t done so already. Next head over to aa.com, and make your way into the My Account section of the site. Check your personal information and password, and then go ahead and check the box to opt-in to participate in the TSA expedited screening program. When you check-in you’ll see whether you made the cut or not right on your boarding pass.

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