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Int'l Fare of the Day: Atlanta to Shanghai $644 round-trip, incl. taxes, Nov. travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, fly from Atlanta to Shanghai for $644 round-trip, including all taxes, on Air Canada.

We found seats departing ATL on Saturday, November 22, returning from PVG on the following Saturday, November 29. Flights connect via Toronto.

Other dates are also available for departures through November.

See our Fare Details for booking info.

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

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Int'l Fare of the Day: New York to London $552 nonstop, travel next June

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fly nonstop from New York to London for $552 round-trip, including all taxes, on Norwegian.

We found seats departing JFK on Wednesday, June 10, returning from LGW on Thursday, June 18.

Plenty of other dates are also available for travel thoughout winter and late spring, with fares increasing for July.

Have a look at our fare listings for London Gatwick for a look at current finds from all over the US and Canada.

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

Business Class Holiday Sale from SAS

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SAS has discounted fares for holiday travel in Business Class and SAS Plus from Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Fares are valid for travel from November 22 through November 28, and again December 12 through January 7.

All tickets must be booked by December 12.

Fares include:

Newark to London $2,328 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Berlin $2,186 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Brussels $2,241 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Copenhagen $2,159 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Dusseldorf $2,170 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Munich $2,180 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Oslo $2,147 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Stockholm $2,152 round-trip, including all taxes

Above image via Shutterstock

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

From Norwegian: New Nonstop Service from Orlando to London & Copenhagen

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Starting in spring 2015, look for new nonstop service from Orlando to both London Gatwick and Copenhagen on Norwegian.

Service to Copenhagen begins on Monday, March 30, with service to London scheduled to begin on April 4.

As seen below, we found seats for nonstop travel to London for $636 round-trip, departing MCO on Saturday, May 9, returning from LGW on Saturday, May 16.

Other dates are also available for travel throughout spring.

Visit our fare page for London Gatwick for a complete look at current deals from all over the US and Canada.

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

Int'l Fare of the Day: Newark to Beijing $638 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fly from Newark to Beijing for $638 round-trip, including all taxes, on Air Canada.

We found seats departing EWR on Tuesday, November 4, returning from PEK on Tuesday, November 11. Flights connect via Vancouver.

Other dates are also available for departure through November.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

Virgin America's 3-Day Sale for Fall Travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Save on fall flights with the new 3-day sale from Virgin America. You'll find the lowest of these sale fares available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Dates may vary slightly by route, though most are valid from October 7 through December 17.

See our Fare Details for specifics. Sale ends 11:59pm CT, September 18.

Fares include:

New York to Los Angeles $317 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to San Francisco $337 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Newark to Los Angeles $317 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to Los Angeles $317 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to San Francisco $338 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Los Angeles $261 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Dallas to Los Angeles $258 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Washington DC to Los Angeles $337 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Washington DC to San Francisco $357 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Seattle to Los Angeles $177 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Austin to San Francisco $238 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

San Francisco image via Shutterstock

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

Two-Day Sale from JetBlue for Fall Travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The latest sale from JetBlue is valid for travel on Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays, from September 30 through December 18.

Rules and restrictions may vary by route, so please read our Fare Details for more info.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm, September 17.

Fares include:

Boston to Charlotte $158 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to Detroit $138 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to Houston $128 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to Denver $288 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to New Orleans $278 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to Savannah $198 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Raleigh-Durham $208 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Ponce $288 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Cartagena $402 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to St Maarten $377 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Nassau $341 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to La Romana $455 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Hamilton, Bermuda $309 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Bridgetown, Barbados $436 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Port of Spain $373 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Samana $346 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Washington DC to Charleston $98 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Long Beach to Salt Lake City $148 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Ft Lauderdale to Port of Spain $247 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Ft Lauderdale to Nassau $261 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

JetBlue image via Shutterstock

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

Domestic Fare of the Day: Philadelphia to Las Vegas $225 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fly nonstop from Philadelphia to Las Vegas for $225 round-trip, including all taxes, on Southwest.

We found seats departing PHL on Wednesday, November 12, returning from LAS on the following Wednesday, November 19.

Other dates are also available for travel through December 16, excluding peak holiday periods.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

10 Niche Travel Product Companies We Love

Posted by Christine Sarkis on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

(Photo: Urban Junket)

This wasn't a story we could research—we had to wait for this one to come to us. A while back, we decided to keep tabs on some of our favorite smaller brands, the ones we stumbled across in the course of our travels, tried out, loved, and have come back to again and again. And now that we have collected enough of these good experiences with great brands, we're excited to share them with you. They're diverse in their offerings—from toiletry-kit treasures to ultrapackable jackets—but all share the distinction of being great travel companions that we can vouch for firsthand.

 

(Photo: Sea to Summit)

Sea to Summit

Even the strictly urban traveler can find something to love in Sea to Summit. The company—which was started by the first climber to scale the entire 29,000 feet of Mt. Everest, from sea level to summit—specializes in well-made, affordable outdoor equipment. Avid adventurers dig Sea to Summit's backpacking gear, but any traveler looking for lightweight travel accessories will appreciate its Travelling Light line. The range of ultralight travel bags, sacks, and cases is constructed with a special fabric known for its strength and durability. And each item weighs a fraction of what you'd normally expect—think 2.4-ounce daypacks and 2.8-ounce hanging toiletry bags.

 

(Photo: Anatomie)

Anatomie

It's definitely travel-friendly clothing, but you may not recognize it at first since there's nary a front-pleat or zip-off pant in sight. That's because Anatomie takes a different—and very refreshing—approach to the concept. Everything in this line of women's clothing is durable, extremely wrinkle-resistant (even when packed less than perfectly in a suitcase), and comfortable—all musts for travelwear. But unlike the majority of brands that cater to travelers, Anatomie makes elegant, flattering, and stylish clothes. And while this total-package approach to travel-friendly clothing comes with a higher price tag (pants run about $200), the adaptability, utility, and classic style of Anatomie makes any item a wise long-term investment. Plus, the company's dedication to customer service (for instance, you can call and they'll help you decide which pants would be best for your body type) makes the selection and purchase process a breeze.

 

(Photo: Flight 001)

Flight 001

Would it be an overstatement to say that Flight 001 has changed the way we pack? No, it would not. Over the years, we've relied on the company's six U.S. stores and online shop for bags, clever travel toiletries, jet-lag remedies, packing sacks, and endless gifts for the avid travelers in our lives. And we love it for that. But it wasn't until we bought the F1 Seat Pak, a multipocket organizer with a little loop to hang over the tray-table closure doohickey, that we were able to reinvent how we carry on. With zippered pockets to divide up all the things you'd need on a flight (ranging from your passport to your earplugs), you can pull it out when you get on the plane and not have to fumble around in your carry-on for the rest of the trip. And between trips, items like inflatable travel pillows and eye masks can stay packed and ready to go for next time.

 

(Photo: lululemon athletica via flickr/CC Attribution)

Craghoppers

Your clothes should have your back. And your front. And, well, pretty much everything in between. That's what we like about Craghoppers, a British outdoor-clothing company that's been keeping adventurers warm, dry, sun-protected, comfortable, and bug-bite-free for nearly 50 years. Its designs offer surprisingly sleek outdoorsy charm and do double-duty with fabrics designed to protect against the best and worst that nature can deliver. We're particularly enamored of the very lightweight and truly tiny-packing Pumori Packaway Jacket for women and the Compresslite Packaway Hooded Jacket for men, which compresses into a stuff sack that fits easily in a suitcase (or even a day bag).

 

(Photo: Humangear)

Humangear

The very things that have frustrated us for years about travel-sized refillable containers for toiletries—that we could shake them forever and not get that last bit out, that they're nearly impossible to clean, that they leak, and that we can never remember what we refilled them with last—are totally solved by Humangear's clever GoToob. GoToobs are soft but durable silicone tubes that you can squeeze every last drop out of (a key feature when you're traveling with minimal amounts of toiletries) and that can be easily disassembled and cleaned. They've also got a built-in labeling system, which means we never have to guess at what's inside. And they've never leaked. Not once. Humangear also makes GoTubb, a small hard-sided container, and a series of other small, clever, travel-friendly products.

 

(Photo: Urban Junket)

Urban Junket

Fashion-forward. Sturdy. Vegan. Non-toxic. There's a ton we love about the bags produced by Urban Junket, a brand we stumbled across while researching the story Travel Bag Details We Love. These bags win us over again and again with their attractive designs, great internal organization, and cool details like secret middle pockets, portable phone chargers, and pass-through pockets for slipping over the telescoping handles on luggage.

 

(Photo: RockItBot)

RockItBot

Ladies and gents, it’s time to rethink the wallet. That's the idea behind Etsy's RockItBot shop. Its handmade all-in-one Nerd Herder Gadget Wallets hold traditional items like credit cards, IDs, and cash, but a slightly larger design, fitted felt pockets, and a snug elastic loop create additional safe storage for smartphones or digital cameras. An array of pockets can hold earbuds, SD cards, passports, lip balm, USB devices, business cards, and whatever else you've got that needs herding. An integrated clip can be used for a small set of keys or can attach to a wristlet that turns the wallet into a clutch. We love the range of fabrics (some are a bit more masculine, others slightly more feminine). The shop also sells tablet keepers (with storage similar to the wallet) and other related accessories.

 

(Photo: Pad & Quill)

Pad & Quill

Minnesota-based Pad & Quill won over SmarterTravel editors by combining gorgeous craftsmanship, local manufacturing, and a surprising way to keep your gear safe with its bags, wallets, and smartphone and tablet cases. The Odyssey Wallet is sized perfectly for travel and fits a passport, a boarding pass, a few credit cards, and money all in one place. And we like the handmade phone and tablet cases not only because they effectively protect electronics as we're toting them around the world but also because they lend us a bit of class as we're doing so. And since they look more like a leather travel journal than an electronics case, they offer a bit of protective camouflage from thieves (unless you happen to be in a place where words are prized more than gadgets).

 

(Photo: This is Ground)

This Is Ground

There are a lot of handmade products on this list, and that's no accident. Travel is, in many ways, a handmade pursuit, built of personal interactions, individual discovery, and the sorts of experiences that can't be mass-produced. That spirit is alive and well at This Is Ground, a small Los Angeles-based company that makes by hand leather electronics and cord organizers, wallets, and more. We're particularly impressed with the Cordito, a roll-up organizer for chargers, wires, and power cords. While sandwich bags are the lightest option for taming the cord wilderness in a suitcase, the Cordito offers a far more elegant and personal solution—and one that comes in an impressive array of beautiful colors.

 

(Photo: Osprey)

Osprey

Ask people why they're devotees of Osprey backpacks and luggage and you'll usually find it's because the gear is lightweight and well made. Osprey has three options suited to travelers: convertible wheeled packs (most with zip-off daypacks), more traditional wheeled luggage, and backpacking backpacks. Another reason to love the company and its gear? The All Mighty Guarantee, which covers any damage or defect in any Osprey product, regardless of how old it is. Any item that can't be fixed will be replaced. If only all luggage had that kind of protection.

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title Niche Travel-Product Companies We Love.

Follow Christine Sarkis on Google+ or email her at editor@smartertravel.com.

The Power of Social Media to Fix Air Travel Problems

Posted by George Hobica on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When Irene Liu, PR manager for Seabourn Cruise Lines (our fave cruise line, by the way) planned a trip from her home base in Seattle to Miami, she used Alaska Airlines miles to fly on American Airlines. There was a miscommunication between the two airlines, and when she tried to check in for her flight online 24 hours before departure, she was told to do so at the airport. Red flag! Of course, then and there she should have called either or both AA and Alaska ("lesson learned," says Liu in retrospect). At the airport, there was no seat for her. Trip aborted.

But the good news is that Alaska Airlines took responsibility, in part thanks to the power of Twitter, using Alaska's Twitter account. Alaska deposited 40,000 miles into her frequent flyer account, and reimbursed her for non-refundable ground expenses in Miami.

So two lessons: if you can't check in online before your flight, something's amiss. Don't deal with it when you get to the airport. And second, use Twitter to rectify problems after they occur.

Related: How 10 airlines work with Twitter and how we'd grade them

Above image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit George Hobica's profile on Google+

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