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Domestic Fare of the Day: Seattle to Kahului, Maui $361 round-trip, Sept. travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, August 15, 2014

Fly nonstop from Seattle to Kahului, Maui for $361 round-trip, including all taxes, on Hawaiian Airlines.

Searching HawaiianAirlines.com, we found seats departing SEA on Tuesday, September 9, returning from OGG on Wednesday, September 17.

Other dates are also available for travel only in September.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

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Int'l Fare of the Day: Minneapolis to Cancun $400 nonstop, Labor Day travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, August 15, 2014

For travel over the Labor Day holiday, fly nonstop from Minneapolis to Cancun for $400 round-trip, including all taxes, on Sun Country.

As seen below, we found seats departing MSP on Saturday, August 30, returning from CUN on the following Saturday, September 6.

Other dates are also available for travel on Tuesdays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays and Sundays, through October 15. Some itineraries may require a stop in Dallas, depending on day of travel.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

Domestic Fare of the Day: Chicago to New Orleans $278 nonstop this weekend

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, August 15, 2014

For travel this weekend, fly nonstop from Chicago to New Orleans for $278 round-trip, including all taxes, on United.

Depart ORD tomorrow afternoon, August 16, return from MSY on Tuesday afternoon, August 19.

Travel is also available for Friday evening departures and Monday returns, if you prefer.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

Int'l Fare of the Day: New York to Bangkok $870 round-trip, September travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, August 15, 2014

For travel in September, fly from New York to Bangkok for $870 round-trip, including all taxes, on Air China.

Searching AirChina.com, we found seats departing JFK on September 8, returning from BKK on Tuesday, September 16.

Other dates are also available in early to mid September only. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

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

7 Shameless Ways to Make a Flight Comfortable

Posted by Caroline Costello on Friday, August 15, 2014

(Photo: Ed.ward via flickr/CC Attribution/Share Alike)

There is no shame in correcting the indignities of coach-class flying by way of an offbeat travel product. If an item makes your flight more comfortable, it's worth using—even if it makes you look a little silly in a public space. With that in mind, here's a list of travel products that get the job done, in spite of their (sometimes) goofy appearances. Below are seven shameless ways to make your flight a little more comfortable, from booze-filled flasks to foldable footrests.

 

(Photo: Betabrand)

The Sweatpants That Supposedly Look Like Regular Pants

Trick humanity into thinking you're not a slob with comfy soft pants that have been designed to look like more respectable outside-the-house pants. There's a version for men from Betabrand that are eloquently called Dress Pant Sweatpants. These Dress Pant Sweatpants, made from French terry, will deceive anyone who can't spot the difference between plainly dissimilar types of fabric. There's also Pajama Jeans (read our review), the classic infomercial legwear that fits like your favorite knit PJs, yet looks like your favorite knit PJs dyed a jean color.

 

(Photo: Magellan's)

The Butt Pad

This is a thing, I guess. I haven't seen anyone use this product before, so I can't offer empirical data on the popularity of seat cushions and other items meant to support a flyer's posterior. I'd venture to guess that, in light of the uncomfortable contortions to which the legs and necks of coach flyers are subjected, measly padding under the butt is comparatively not so unpleasant. But Magellan's has an entire section for seat cushions in its in-flight-comfort category, where it sells an inflatable version that promises to "cushion your ride" and "provide support." And SkyMall sells a gel-filled one that costs a lot of money. So this must work for some folks.

 

(Photo: Eric F Savage via flickr/CC Attribution/Share Alike)

The Wearable Blanket

Why is a wearable blanket better than a traditional one? Good question. I don't know the answer to that. But for some people, it seems, the strange fusion of clothing and bedding that is The Slanket or the more elegant Pajancho reaches the apex of comfort. Clearly, you don't have to bother with rearranging the thing after you get up and go to the bathroom; I guess that's a plus. You could also wear it around the airport if you're comfortable with public humiliation.

 

(Photo: European Sleep Works)

The Less Embarrassing Travel Pillow

I've curated a list of more socially acceptable travel pillows. These are not conversation starters. These are normal-looking travel pillows that will have a neutral effect on your personal cool factor. First there's the oxygen pillow, a small, white latex foam number that converts into an easy-to-carry bundle. The Magniflex Sushi Pillow is a more expensive option, but it becomes an even tinier bundle when rolled up.

 

(Photo: Studio Banana)

The Embarrassing Travel Pillow

For the truly shameless, a range of creatively designed, weird-looking travel pillows is available. These are products that would make even your Captain Kirk pajamas set cringe. They may allow you to get more comfortable, but they will not help you win first prize in any popularity contests to be held on the aircraft. There's the notorious Ostrich Pillow, which slips over your entire head and makes you look like a praying mantis. Then there's the telephone-shaped Travelrest, my personal favorite and one of our best-reviewed items of 2012. I received some judgmental looks while inflating my Travelrest on a plane; I'm happy to report that this had no bearing on the efficacy of the pillow.

 

(Photo: Magellan's)

The Footrest

Some aircraft seats come with little metal fold-down footrests. Some don't. So for petite passengers whose legs dangle above the floor, compressing their upper thighs into the seat, a footrest comes in handy. You could just put your feet on your carry-on bag, which is what I do. Or you could buy a special product. Here is a little fold-up plastic one from SkyMall. Also, Magellan's sells a squishy inflatable one called the Business Class Foot Rest, as if the only thing that stands between the economy experience and upper-class bliss is an inflatable PVC cube.

 

(Photo: Paris on Ponce & Le Maison Rouge via flickr/CC Attribution)

The Flask

I'm not a doctor. But I'd argue that the best way to get more comfortable on a flight is to have a drink or many drinks. Alcohol relaxes the muscles, boosts the mood, aids sleep, makes you cooler. To get in on the action, book a flight that serves free drinks to economy-class passengers (Alaska and Hawaiian come to mind) or go the Charlie Harper route and tote a hip flask. This 3.5-ounce flask is the perfect size for post-TSA booze consumption.

Drink responsibly! Plenty of water will stave off dehydration. And too many gimlets could result in a police-inflicted Tasering, which is not a comfortable way to end a flight.

 

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title Shameless Ways to Make Your Flight More Comfortable.

Follow Caroline Costello on Google+ or email her at editor@smartertravel.com.

Int'l Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Manila $778 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, August 14, 2014

From Air China, fly from Los Angeles to Manila for $778 round-trip, including all taxes.

As seen below, we found seats departing LAX on Saturday, November 22, returning from MNL on Saturday, November 29. Flights connect via Beijing.

Other dates are also available for travel from mid October through early December, with slightly higher fares (+$20) for early fall/winter/spring.

Visit our Manila MNL fare page for a complete list of current deals from the US and Canada.

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

Domestic Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to New York $290 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Another from the current Frontier promo deal: Los Angeles to New York for $290 round-trip, including all taxes.

Searching FlyFrontier.com, we found seats departing LAX on Tuesday, September 16, returning from LGA on the following Saturday, September 20. Flights connect via Denver.

Other dates are also available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, from August 20 through December 13. Just enter promo code RUREADY when booking to apply discount.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

 

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

Int'l Fare of the Day: Newark to Punta Cana, DR $237 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fly from Newark to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for $237 round-trip, including all taxes, on American Airlines.

Searching AA.com, we found seats departing EWR on Tuesday, September 30, returning from PUJ on Monday, October 6. This itinerary connects via Charlotte.

Other dates are also available for travel in early fall. For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

Domestic Fare of the Day: Ft Lauderdale to Phoenix $280 round-trip, incl. taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, August 14, 2014

As part of the previously mentioned promo offer from Frontier, fly from Ft Lauderdale to Phoenix for $280 round-trip, including all taxes.

We found seats departing FLL on Wednesday, October 15, returning from PHX on Tuesday, October 21. Flights connect via Denver.

Other dates are also available for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, from August 20 through December 13. Just enter promo code RUREADY when booking to apply discount.

Visit our Ft Lauderdale FLL fare page for a complete list of current deals.

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

Domestic Fare of the Day: Hartford to Las Vegas $298 round-trip

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fly from Hartford to Las Vegas for $298 round-trip, including all taxes, on US Airways.

Searching USAirways.com, we found seats departing BDL on Wednesday, September 10, returning from LAS on Tuesday, September 16. Flights connect via Charlotte.

Other dates are also available for late summer/early fall travel.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

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

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