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Gogo's Special Satellite Mix Promises 20x Faster In-Flight WiFi in 2014

September 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's an old, killer Louis CK interview where he mercilessly mocks people who are dissatisfied with the quality of In-Flight Wifi. The clip is hysterical—we posted it ourselves way back when—but it makes us feel a little bit uncomfortable.

We have, after all, occasionally been known to complain about our experience with Gogo internet service. It's amazing technology from the future, of course, but sometimes it's just not good enough for things that we actually need from the Internet, like having enough bandwidth to prevent our VPN from timing out.

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Happy Fifth Birthday, Checked Baggage Fees

July 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (2)

Before early 2008, travelers didn't even think about forking over some extra cash just to put luggage in the belly of the plane, unless, of course it was oversized and overweight. On a whole, checking a bag or two without extra cost was just part of the air travel experience.

As we celebrate the 5th birthday of baggage fees, it's plain to see that much has changed. In 2011, US airlines raked in just under $3.5 billion—yes, billion with a 'B'—so there's no way these fees are going anywhere. Love them or hate them, they're here to stay (and eventually increase).

American Airlines started it all in May of 2008 with the rest of the industry watching with bated breath if it was going to fly or fail. Right in the height of the summer travel season, other airlines followed suit and began charging the extra bucks just for the privilege of checking baggage. Luckily there are still two major holdouts from the first bag fee: Southwest and JetBlue.

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Silvercar Teams with Virgin America to Hand Out Free Rental Cars

July 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

In case you missed it, Silvercar is the coolest rental car company around. They only give out silver Audi A4s, and a lot of the rental car magic is done from the comfort of your mobile device. Right now they’re pretty much doing their thing down in Texas, but if things catch on we’re sure they’ll be up for a little expansion elsewhere.

The best news from them is their new partnership and promotion with Virgin America, as they’re pretty much giving away rental cars—no strings attached. Travelers arriving aboard a Virgin America flight—and who are Virgin America Elevate members—are welcome to try out a one-day rental car free of charge upon arrival.

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Infographic Alert: RouteHappy's Guide to International In-Flight WiFi

June 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's funny. in-flight wifi has existed for several years now (anyone remember JetBlue's "BetaBlue" plane back in 2007), and yet we're still sending tweets from the sky like "hello down there--in-flight wifi is the future!"

As more and more airlines understand exactly that, more and more airplanes are coming online so that more and more passengers may update their Facebook status over Nebraska. In fact, the progress of in-flight WiFi installation has picked up with such a speed that it's difficult to keep track of who's got what going where. That's where RouteHappy.com steps in, as they've crunched the numbers and soothed the headaches needed to produce a complete guide to the current state of in-flight WiFI, both domestic and international.

You can download the full report from the RouteHappy website (click the box on the right that says "download report"), but we just have to share some of the more exciting facts:

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JetBlue, Virgin America and Air France Lead This Week's New Route News

April 26, 2013 at 8:28 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.

· JetBlue:
The government seals and stamps are still pending, but if all goes according to plan JetBlue will be adding some new options sooner than later. They’re looking to head from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport down to Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru. Daily flights are scheduled to start on November 21, and if you act quickly you might be able to score a one-way seat for as low as $139. Adding Lima to their map will be destination number 81 for JetBlue, and it’s their fourth destination down in South America.

· LOT:
In case you haven’t heard the good news it’s finally time for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to head back into the skies. The battery problems have been reviewed and approved, and it’s finally time for the planes to do what they do best—fly. Plenty of airlines are working to shift their schedules to bring back the new planes, and one of them is LOT Polish Airlines. It sounds like June 5 is when they’ll bring back the 787 service between Chicago and Warsaw, and shortly after that they’ll start to link Poland with Toronto as well.

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It's Now Possible to Send That Hottie in Another Row a Drink on Virgin America

April 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM | by | Comments (3)

Yesterday, Virgin America not only launched its new three-times daily flight service from Los Angeles to Las Vegas but it also unveiled its new seat-to-seat ordering service on the Red in-flight entertainment system. Yes, it means what you think it means--you can buy drinks and snacks for your friends, your colleagues or perhaps your new crush and have the goodies sent right to their seat.*

David Cush, CEO of Virgin America, told us that the new service evolved from the seat-to-seat chat platform on Red but the real inspiration was that "people were doing it anyways." So now instead of flagging the flight attendants down, passengers can just take the onboard happy hour into their own hands.**

Here's how it works:

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The Jaunted Guide to Pet Travel Fees on Major US Airlines

April 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just because you're on the move to a new destination or vacation doesn't mean your pet has to stay at home. Flying with a small dog or cat is actually pretty easy if all rules are observed and fees paid, as we recently discovered while flying with our new kitten.

Traveling with a pet means paying attention to many restrictions, such as on destinations, aircraft type, travel class, pet weight and size, breed, and how many other pets are already booked for your desired flight. Always check with the airline for the latest rules before purchasing and traveling. Just remember to have veterinarian paperwork detailing the pet's vaccination record, and have yours and your pet's travel booked in advance.

Now, for the details on pet fees on major US airlines:*

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Climb Aboard New Routes from Virgin America, JetBlue and Sun Country

March 29, 2013 at 8:26 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.

· Virgin America:
We knew this was going down, but we thought we’d pass along a reminder as the time is drawing near. Virgin America is getting ready to start up service out of Newark Liberty International Airport, as they plan to fly all the way over to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Sounds like things should start doing their thing on April 2—that’s next week—and there will be three flights in each direction every day of the week. To promote the new service they’re even running a little bit of a deal and a contest. They’re calling it “Fly Like a Boss,” and you can score up to 25% off your flight and maybe even a freebie as well.

· Malaysia Airlines:
They may hate children, but they don’t hate new destinations and new options over at Malaysia Airlines. Now that they’re part of the oneworld airline alliance they must have ants in the pants or something, as they’re all eager to spread their wings.

This week they announced that they’ve got their eyes on Australia, as the carrier is planning to fly nonstop between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane. Airbus A330s will be the airplanes heading back and forth, as the daily flights will start doing their thing on June 20. It’s technically not an entirely new option, but it is a boost in service as there are apparently plenty of passengers looking to head between the two cities and the two countries.

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Why You Want Josh Groban on Your Flight During a Blizzard

March 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fact: singer Josh Groban is very popular.

Fact: singer Josh Groban is so popular that his legions of devoted fans are called "Grobanites."

Fact: signer Josh Groban's Grobanites can collectively harness their enthusiasm to make magic happen, like getting a plane cleared for take off in dangerously snowy weather.

Thus: You want to have Josh Groban on your flight if you're trying to get out of New York on a winter day.

So here's what happened. Apparently Groban was all snuggled up in First Class of a Virgin America flight to LA when that blizzard hit the Big Apple. Also onboard? Kesha (and her cat), this dog named "Conan," and comedian Ahm. We'll leave you to guess who of those we followed on Twitter to find about this whole thing.

Anyway. The Virgin America flight was delayed with the weather, and Groban took to tweeting to his fanbase to pass the minutes:

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This Week's New Routes News: WestJet, easyJet, and Virgin America

February 15, 2013 at 9:19 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.

· WestJet:
We haven’t heard too much from the folks over at WestJet lately, but apparently that’s just because they have been busy planning some new options. This week it sounds like they’re coming to visit us here in the United States, as they’re getting ready for some new flights to spots like Myrtle Beach and Dallas. Starting on May 2 there will be nonstop flights between Toronto and Myrtle Beach a couple times per week, as it looks like Thursdays and Sundays will be the days for flying. If you want to head to Dallas instead—they’ve got you covered—as WestJet will be linking Calgary with Big D beginning on April 29 each and every day of the week. These are destinations number 19 and 20 for WestJet to the United States, and we say keep ‘em coming!

· Virgin America:
It’s a double-dose of new route news out of Virgin America this week, so we thought we’d mention it one more time. Up first are their plans to link San Francisco with Austin beginning on May 21. Tickets are already up for sale, so if you’re looking to head between SFO and AUS they’ve got you covered. The next planned route for the carrier is some seasonal service up to Alaska, as they’re thinking about connecting San Francisco with Anchorage. Those flights will head back and forth like six times per week, and things will run all summer long between June 6 and September 9. Tickets are already up for sale—one-way fares between SFO and AUS will set you back as little as $89, but it’s going to be $199 between SFO and ANC.

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Austin and Anchorage are All Set for Virgin America's Airplanes

February 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Double A's, right this way! Virgin America today announced that they'll soon be flying to two new destinations starting with the letter "A," and that's about all they have in common.

First, we have Austin, Texas. This beautiful city is best known for keeping things weird, hosting SxSW, serving BBQ, and having live music every day of the week. “Austin and San Francisco share strong cultural and business links," says Virgin America CEO David Cush, and we couldn't agree more.

Between San Francisco Airport's free wifi at Terminal 2, the in-flight wifi on the plane, and the wifi at AUS it'll be like you never even left your office (so slipping away for a Texas stay is easy-peasy). Service to Austin from San Francisco is scheduled to begin May 21, 2013, with fares from $89 each way.

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Virgin America, Air China and Frontier Lead This Week's New Routes News

February 8, 2013 at 8:47 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.

· Virgin America:
One of the best—if not the best—domestic carriers is on the move again, as it looks like Virgin America is busy building their route network. Up next for the carrier is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport right in the heart of Silicon Valley, and not too far from where the carrier calls home over at SFO.

The new flights will head back and forth between San Jose and Los Angeles four times per day each and every day of the week. Tickets are already up for grabs, so feel free to head over to your favorite travel booking site and start entering those credit card digits. The flights start hitting the skies for the first time on May 1.

· Delta:
The folks over at Delta have been waiting on the necessary stamps, seals, and other approvals, but now it looks like it’s go time for one of their latest nonstop options. We knew this was in the works, but now it sounds like Seattle to Tokyo is now officially going to be an option. The nonstop flights will fly into Tokyo-Haneda, and if all goes according to plan the planes will take to the skies on June 1 of this year. Now’s the time to start checking that award calendar, as this certainly would be a nice way to use up some of those Delta SkyMiles.

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