Attention, business and leisure travelers:
Delta Air Lines has expanded services in LA and NY, as follows:
- NYC/Chicago shuttle: 11 roundtrip flights between LaGuardia and O’Hare (begins June 10)
- New non-stop LAX service: between Los Angeles and Columbus, OH, Hartford, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco (also starts June 10)
Besides the hourly NY/Chicago flights, there will be 4 daily flights between LA and San Francisco, all of which is especially good news for the road warriors out there.
Another “it was fun while it lasted” post.
Just about a year ago, Virgin America made a splashy entry at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County, California (beautiful girls! beautiful Branson!), and now – it’s pulling out.
No real reason was given. According to the press release, “Despite our relatively strong performance at SNA, given our new fleet plan and network prospects, we’ve made the decision to focus on the immediate long-haul opportunities…”
One of those new opportunities is Orlando – Virgin America will begin flights there in August. And to kick it off, they have some really good deals, which we go into in more detail on over at FareCompare’s Deals Blog.
But, back in Orange County, there’s some disappointment:
“Well that sucks. I really enjoyed my flight to SF last August. I felt like I was in at a strip club with their purple mood lighting.” — comment in Orange County Register, 3-18-10
I just wanted to alert everyone who will be traveling to another country this year, that the State Dept. has a useful and informative section of its website called “Country Specific Information” under international travel.
Although not a cultural bible, by any means, it can be an excellent resource for staying out of trouble (plus they have helpful phone numbers in case you do get into trouble).
For example, if you read my post about the “sexy text messages” you know that earned a couple of airline cabin crew members a jail sentence in Dubai. However, had they researched Dubai on the State Dept. information (under United Arab Emirates), they would have seen this:
“Persons violating Emirati laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Americans have been arrested in the past for obscene hand gestures, using inappropriate (foul) language with a police official, and for public displays of affection, such as kissing.” – U.S. State Dept.
Perhaps you’re thinking you don’t need this if you’re just traveling to good old Europe. Maybe. Maybe not. I saw this under “United Kingdom”:
“A number of U.S. citizens are lured to the United Kingdom each year in the belief that they have won a lottery or have inherited from the estate of a long-lost relative. Invariably, the person contacted is the victim of fraud.” – U.S. State Dept.
Okay, I don’t really think you’ll fall for that. But somebody is…
People in Los Angeles were jolted awake this morning by a 4.4 quake, but, I’m guessing most probably just went back to bed.
After all, they’ve seen worse. It has a tough year in terms of seismic activity what with the Haiti quake, and the terrible temblor in Chile.
Now suppose you’re traveling when a quake hits – do you know what to do? If you’re not from California, maybe not – and I’ll bet some of my friends in LA could use a refresher. So I’ve put together some useful tips and info to help.
Keep reading for what to do before, during and after a quake, to keep yourself safe and sane…
Travelers: What to Do Before, During and After an Earthquake
The President signed the U.S. Travel Promotion Act into law today, which is designed to attract more international visitors to the U.S.
The nation hasn’t been doing so well on that score lately; in fact, over the past decade, the number of foreign tourists declined by 2.4 million since 2000. And, according to the U.S. Travel Association (a big proponent of the newly-signed act), this has cost our economy about $509 billion in total spending. Not good.
Anyway, the Travel Promotion Act will, well, promote the U.S. as a wonderful destination; it will also explain changing security policies to visitors, which can only be helpful.
Another thing visitors will learn is, if they come from a nation that does not require a visa to enter the U.S. – in other words, if they must participate in ESTA, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization – they will (at some point) pay a $10 fee to help cover the costs of promoting their presence.
Let me just say – please come. We’d love to see you.
Mike over at our Deals Blog had a great idea – he ferreted out where the ten Oscar nominees for “Best Picture” where shot, so you can visit this hallowed ground.
Check out the complete list – “Up in the Air” certainly has plenty of locations for choice, and “An Education” has Paris and London.
Unfortunately, as Mike notes, he couldn’t find any airline with flights to “Avatar’s” Pandora…
By the way – do any of you think this was a good move – stretching the list of nominees out to ten pictures this year? Just curious.
American Airline was the first commercial passenger flight to Haiti since the earthquake on January 12 -with a flight from Miami this morning.
Reuters quoted an airline spokesperson as saying, “We were the last one out and the first one back.” In the meantime, American flew 30 relief mission flights, carrying badly needed supplies and humanitarian personnel.
A crowd gathered at the still-damaged airport to greet the arrivals from Miami, while the American pilot waved a Haitian flag.
Air France is also expected to resume flights to Haiti, beginning later today – and more American flights will be landing as well.
NOTE: if you had a ticket to travel to Haiti in the post-quake period, see American’s website for the “grace period” – dates by which you must rebook travel without incurring a penalty.
Just got a reminder from Orlando’s Visitors Bureau that they have a lot going on in the next few months, including:
75th Annual Bach Festival (Feb. 20 – March 7) – World-class talent performs the works of ol’ Johann Sebastian and other composers.
Bike Week Orlando (Feb. 27 – March 7) – 100,000 Harley-Davidson will be in town and I can hear those engines revving now.
Atlanta Braves Spring Training (March 3 – April 3) – Maybe they’ll have a shot at the Series if you come out to cheer them on.
And now I’ve got a reminder: there are deals to Orlando and all over Florida right now, and they’re easy to find with FareCompare’s When-to-Fly Flight Finder.