Just in time for the Thanksgiving travel crush, Southwest this week snagged bragging rights as the first U.S. carrier to offer its passengers gate-to-gate WiFi access.
Effective immediately, Southwest flyers can use their personal electronic devices in airplane mode from gate to gate on all Southwest flights. There's no charge to connect to the airline's Inflight Entertainment Portal for access to Dish television programming, a flight tracker, shopping, and games. Movies are offered for $5 per movie, per device. And Internet access is available for $8 per day, per device. Some high-bandwidth applications like Netflix and VoIP are blocked. ... read more»
JetBlue this week became the ninth airline to participate in the TSA's PreCheck program, joining Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Southwest, United, US Airways, and Virgin America.
PreCheck passengers are entitled to use a special security-clearance lane, with less intrusive screening: Shoes, belts, and light outerwear may be left on, and laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids may be left in carry-on bags. The service is currently offered at around 100 U.S. airports. ... read more»
The unholy teaming of Cyber Monday and Black Friday has been dubbed "Cyber Week" by many media outlets. No matter what you want to call it, know that this period of time—Friday, November 29 through Monday, December 2—is a cornucopia of all kinds of cut-rate offers. And the travel industry is no exception. We scoured the Earth (actually, we just looked on the Internet) to bring you the best travel deals available. Here are some of the most mouthwatering hotel, resort, and rail bargains available during the upcoming post-Turkey Day period of shopping insanity. ... read more»
Behold the Verruckt, the soon-to-be tallest, fastest, and steepest waterslide on the planet.
It's not open yet, but come Memorial Day weekend 2014, brave humans can conquer the Verruckt—which means "insane" in German—at Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas.
In a statement to the press, Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry said, "This new MEG-A-BLASTER speed-slide is going to wow our guests and is going to be a game changer for our industry. Our greatest challenge will be to find thrill seekers brave enough to ride. ... read more»
Add Canada's WestJet to the growing list of low-fare airlines heading from North America to Europe next summer.
Daily flights will operate Toronto-St. John's (Newfoundland)-Dublin from June 15 through October 5. WestJet is featuring through fares from other Canadian cities with connecting schedules at Toronto and St. John's, and it highlights the extensive available onward European flights on Ryanair. It will use 737-700s with its regular configuration of tight regular economy and "plus" seats with a few extra inches of legroom and improved cabin service. ... read more»
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally decided those rules about not using personal electronics below 10,000 feet had no technical or operational basis. But each airline must verify that its airplanes are fully compliant with FAA requirements before it allows you to fire up your devices as soon as you get to your seat.
As of November 15, Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, United, and US Airways have received approval for their entire mainline fleets. ... read more»