ROOTMetrics evaluated mobile network performance at airports. Southwest Florida International in Fort Myers, Florida scored 100% in reliability. As the busiest airport in the country, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International continues to rank in the top 5.
USA Today reported that “Emirates will soon overtake Qantas [Feb. 1, 2016] for the title of the world’s longest airline route.” At almost 8,600 miles, the Emirates (Dubai to Panama City, Panama) flight will be the longest nonstop passenger airline route.
USA Today provided a list of “best new airport amenities in 2014.”
USA Today listed “10Best: Flights where you should snag a window seat.” Be sure and check out the comments, since I would definitely agree that seeing Mount Rainier should have been in the list. Mount St. Helens is also spectacular on flights to/from Portland and Seattle.
CNet reports that “A doll-sized humanoid robot has learned how to use a cockpit simulator to fly a light aircraft designed for humans.”
USA Today lists “The 50 longest airline routes from the U.S. and Canada”. Also, Qantas will apparently soon be flying nonstop from DFW to Sydney.
Travel Math is a handy tool for calculating flight distance and time.
USA Today reported that “Delta will become the first major network carrier in the U.S. to have passengers earn award miles based on the fare they pay, rather than how far they fly.” If you are nearing the number of miles you need for a free flight, it may be interesting to look at how they award miles versus how much it costs to buy miles. Would it ever make sense to pay a little more for a flight in order to reach a free flight award rather than to buy the extra miles needed?
Airlines are offering deals right now to/from California for travel between the end of January and May. TravelZoo lists some sample roundtrip fares and provides flight searches.
You don’t always know where you want to go, but you probably know how much you’d like to spend to get there. At least one airline, Southwest, provides an interactive map (on their website, under “Air”, select “Search by Map”) that shows you the cost of flights from one U.S. location to another. In the video below, Fareboom shows off a search feature for international fares.
CNet reported recently on “when will your favorite airline take advantage of the FAA’s rule change?” [on gadgets].
USA Today’s Fly Guy gives his opinion on the difference between first and business class on airplanes.
According to MIT Technology Review blog researchers at Indiana University using Twitter data “…have examined the way trends emerge in cities across the US…The top five sources of trends are: Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Washington, Seattle and New York… See the article to find out which cities have the most trend followers.
Note that this post is not sponsored by Twitter.
Many of the fares below have to be booked by October 10, 2013, but some can be booked later. These are the websites I found for searching on the fares. I cannot guarantee that they all work, and many of the fares will probably be gone soon.
American Airlines discount deals for December 2013 and January 2014
Allegiant Airlines deals for the holidays (late 2013).
United Airlines holiday deals 2013 (for some reason when you click on ‘View Fares’ it puts in 2012, so you’ll need to change that in the form to search on fares).
Delta Airlines holiday deals 2013.
Southwest Airlines holiday deals 2013.
Recently Southwest Airlines has been promoting Halloween (Oct. 31, 2013) fares. Check their website for the book-by-date.
Allegiant Air announced “early bird” savings for certain flights. Among many destinations, they fly into St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport, for those interested in a Florida Gulf Coast fall/winter/spring vacation. It sounds like flights have to be booked very soon. Check their website for more information.
CNet recently suggested that Virgin Galactic is “in the running for the title of world’s first spaceline.” SpaceShip Two flew to 69,000 feet and approximately 1,090 mph. Virgin Galactic’s goal is 364,000 feet and 2,500 mph. So whether they achieve the NEWWorthy status of “first spaceline” or not is an open issue. Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Beiber, reported to be on the early list of future passengers, will have to wait a bit longer before their first flight into space.