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Domestic Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Denver $145 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, October 30, 2014

For travel over the week of Thanksgiving, fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Denver $145 round-trip, including all taxes, on American.

Searching AA.com, we found seats departing LAX on Thursday, November 20, returning from DEN the following Thursday, November 27.

Other dates are also available for travel Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays, through December 16.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Denver image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

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On the Horizon: Reclining Seats at Takeoff?

Posted by Dara Continenza on Thursday, October 30, 2014

(Photo: Qantas)

Every so often, we hear about a trend in air travel that makes us delirious with rage: windowless airplanes, backless seats, fees to print boarding passes. But today brings a trend we can totally get behind (or on top of): reclining at takeoff and landing. 

Australian airline Qantas is in the final stages of introducing a new business-class seat that reclines from takeoff to touchdown. Passengers would be able to board the plane, immediately recline their seats, and start napping—no more waiting for an OK from the flight deck, and no more rude awakening when the flight attendant says, "Please return your seat to the upright position."

The new seats will have an over-the-shoulder belt that must be in place for takeoff and landing. The new seatbelts would click into the already-existing lap belt system. Seats can't be reclined fully flat until the plane reaches level flight, but 5- to 7-inch recline is available during taxiing, takeoff, and landing, with the lie-flat capability during the rest of the flight. 

Currently, Qantas is seeking approval for the new seats for their Airbus A330 aircraft. The last few stages include some regulatory approval, but it looks like this service is set for an early 2015 debut. This comes as Qantas refreshes all A330s, including adding new Panasonic seatback entertainment systems throughout business and economy cabins as well as a refurb for all economy seats (so us peasants don't feel left out). 

Assuming all goes well, we imagine that other airlines, especially those with long-haul flights, may want to jump into the gate-to-gate recline market. It's a fairly inexpensive way to add some comfort to cramped aircraft cabins, and airlines are forever wooing premium-class flyers with small add-ons. Count among those add-ons a decent night's sleep.

Readers, would you like to fall asleep the minute you reach your seat?

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title On the Horizon: Reclining Seats at Takeoff?

Follow Dara Continenza on Google+ or email her at editor@smartertravel.com.

From Aeromexico: California Sale to Mexico

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Save on flights from California to Mexico with the current sale from Aeromexico.

Fares are valid for travel through February 28, departing from Sacramento, Fresno, and Los Angeles.

Avoid blackout dates from December 14 through January 10.

Tickets must be booked by November 2.

Fares include:

Fresno to Guadalajara $299 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Los Angeles to Guadalajara $328 round-trip, nonstop, including taxes

Sacramento to Aguascalientes $349 round-trip, including taxes

Fresno to Aguascalientes $349 round-trip, including taxes

Sacramento to Chihuahua $349 round-trip, including taxes

Fresno to Chihuahua $349 round-trip, including taxes

Sacramento to Durango $349 round-trip, including taxes

Sacramento to Hermosillo $349 round-trip, including taxes

Fresno to Leon $349 round-trip, including taxes

Sacramento to Merida $349 round-trip, including taxes

Fresno to Tampico $476 round-trip, including taxes

Sacramento to Monterrey $349 round-trip, including taxes

Fresno to Torreon $349 round-trip, including taxes

Sacramento to Torreon $349 round-trip, including taxes

Fresno to Villahermosa $348 round-trip, including taxes

Sacramento to Villahermosa $349 round-trip, including taxes

Sacramento to Zacatecas $349 round-trip, including taxes

Fresno to Zacatecas $349 round-trip, including taxes

Guadalajara image via Shutterstock

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Domestic Fare of the Day: Dallas to Atlanta $97 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fly nonstop from Dallas to Atlanta for $97 round-trip, including all taxes, on American.

We found seats departing DFW on Wednesday, January 28, returning from ATL on Tuesday, February 3.

Other dates are also available for travel through February 11.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Atlanta image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: Seattle to Orlando $274 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Delta Air Lines, fly from Seattle to Orlando for $274 round-trip, including all taxes.

Seen below, we found seats departing SEA on Thursday, February 26, returning from MCO on Wednesday, March 4. Flights connect via Atlanta.

You'll find plenty of other dates also available, valid any day of the week, within the 330-day travel period.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Magic Kingdom image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: NYC to Bridgetown, Barbados $349 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fly from New York to Bridgetown, Barbados for $349 round-trip, including all taxes, on American.

Searching AA.com, we found seats departing JFK on Monday, February 23, returning from BGI the following Monday, March 2. Flights connect via Miami. 

You'll find slightly higher fares (+$364) available for travel through May.

For a look at current finds from all over the US and Canada, visit our fare page for Bridgetown BGI.

Barbados image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

10 Hotels Where You Can Truly Get Away

Posted by Caroline Morse on Thursday, October 30, 2014

(Photo: Explora Lodge)

When you say you want to get away from it all, you mean it. These hotels are so remote that no one's likely to wind up at them by accident. If you take your solitude with a healthy dose of natural beauty, these incredibly isolated hotels are worth the trek.

 

(Photo: Explora Lodge)

Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

This 49-room lodge, one of three Explora properties in Chile, is located at the center of Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park, on the shores of Lake Pehoe. For hundreds of years, Patagonia was considered the literal end of the world, where the sea, mountains, and ice fields served as natural barriers to exploration. At Explora Patagonia, this remoteness isn't just in evidence: It's part of the appeal.

The lodge provides a front-row seat to breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and the Salto Chico waterfall, and simply getting there is a memorable experience. From the international airport in Santiago, you'll connect to Punta Arenas (about a four-hour journey) and then be driven another 4.5 hours to the lodge by hotel staff. Once there, you may want to visit the massage room and/or fully stocked bar to restore your sense of adventure!

 

(Photo: Palacio de Sal)

Palacio de Sal, Colchani, Bolivia

Bolivia's world-famous salt flats are notoriously remote. So once you've made it out to Salar de Uyuni, why not stay in a hotel that really embraces the environment? The Palacio de Sal is built entirely of salt. That includes its chairs, tables, beds, and sculptures. (Don't worry—not everything is made of salt. There's running water and electricity to keep you comfortable.)

 

(Photo: Tikchik Narrows Lodge)

Tikchik Narros Lodge, Wood-Tikchik State Park, Alaska

Accessible only by seaplane, Tikchik Narrows Lodge is more than 300 miles from the nearest connecting road system. It's a dream for fishing enthusiasts and wildlife watchers. There's no early check-in here—you'll have to arrive on the same flight from Dillingham (the nearest airport) as all the other guests coming in that day.

 

(Photo: Motu Teta)

Motu Teta, Rangiroa, Tahiti

Most all-inclusive resorts have one thing in common: They're crowded. Not so at Motu Teta, an all-inclusive that's actually a private island. (A really remote private island.) This nine-acre oasis can be rented out to families or just two people for the ultimate romantic getaway. To reach Motu Teta, you'll fly to Tahiti's international airport, connect to Rangiroa via a domestic flight, then transfer by boat (the ride takes approximately 1.5 hours) to the island. Boat transfers are included in the price of your hotel stay.

 

(Photo: Luna Sin Estrellas via flickr/CC Attribution)

Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat, Greenland

You literally can't sleep in comfort any farther north than at Hotel Arctic, the world's most northerly four-star hotel. From Copenhagen, it will take you about seven hours to reach this hotel. You'll have to take a flight to Greenland, and then another flight to Ilulissat, before driving to the property. Make the experience even more remote by staying in one of the hotel's five igloo cabins, located right on the edge of an ice fjord.

 

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons via CC Attribution/Share Alike)

Rifugio Torre di Pisa

Better pack light if you're going to stay at the Rifugio Torre di Pisa, as the only way to get here is via a two- to three-hour hike through the Italian Dolomites. The refuge is only open from June through October (it's inaccessible by foot in the winter). You'll need to do more than make a reservation to prepare to stay here—the hotel's website notes that, for the ascent to the hotel, "most of the walking is on good, well-marked footpaths and mule tracks. However, mountain equipment and some pre-trip training are recommended."

 

(Photo: Casa Andina)

Casa Andina Private Collection, Isla Suasi, Peru

The Casa Andina Private Collection Isla Suasi is located on the only private island in Lake Titicaca, so you know it's exclusive. You'll have to take a boat from Puno (which takes about 4.5 hours) or drive to Cambria and take a small zodiac boat. Once at the hotel, you'll have uninterrupted views of Lake Titicaca. Each of the 23 rooms has large picture windows and skylights.

 

(Photo: TripAdvisor, LLC)

Bloofield Lodge, Far North Queensland, Australia

Deep in the heart of Far North Queensland's Daintree Rainforest, Bloomfield Lodge doesn't have much in the way of neighbors. Well, unless you count the natural scenery—which is kind of the point. The lodge is about three hours from Cairns. You can get there by flying your own plane to the lodge's private airstrip, taking a scenic flight (in someone else's plane or a helicopter), or driving.

 

(Photo: TripAdvisor, LLC)

Jules, Underseas Lodge, Key Largo, Florida

You won't get any surprise guests at Jules' Undersea Lodge, except for maybe a fish or two, because this hotel is located 21 feet below the sea. It's so remote that you have to be a certified scuba diver to stay here. (The lodge also offers PADI Discover Scuba Diving courses.)

 

(Photo: TripAdvisor, LLC)

Kokopelli's Cave, Farmington, New Mexico

You won't have to deal with noisy neighbors at Kokopelli's Cave, where your sleeping quarters are located a deep 70 feet underground. No need to worry about waking up with the sun here!

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title 10 Hotels Where You Can Truly Get Away from It All. Follow Caroline Morse on Google+ or email her at editor@smartertravel.com.

Int'l Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Vancouver $212 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fly nonstop from Los Angeles to Vancouver for $212 round-trip, including all taxes, on Air Canada.

Seen below, we found seats departing LAX on Tuesday, December 2, and returning from YVR on the following Tuesday, December 9.

Other dates are also available for travel through mid February.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Vancouver image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: San Jose to Honolulu $378 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Still available! Fly nonstop from San Jose to Honolulu for $378 round-trip, including all taxes, on Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines.

Searching Hawaiian, we found seats departing SJC on Sunday, November 16, returning from HNL on Monday, November 24.

Other dates are also available for travel through mid December. Not available over peak November holidays.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Oahu image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Chicago to Beijing $710 round-trip, nonstop, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fly nonstop from Chicago to Beijing for $710 round-trip, including all taxes, on United.

Seen below, we found seats available for travel over the week of Thanksgiving, departing ORD on Thursday, November 20, returning from PEK on the following Thursday, November 27.

Other dates are also available for travel in late fall, with slightly higher fares ($718) through winter.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Forbidden City image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

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