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Fare of the Day: Boston to Philadelphia $83 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fly from Boston to Philly for $83 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on US Airways.

This fare is valid for travel 7 days a week on select dates through October 6. Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase. No minimum stay. One-way fares available at half the price of a round-trip ticket.

For booking info, see our fare details.

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First Class Deals from Virgin America

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Feeling fancy? Virgin America has discounted First Class fares. Yes, Main Cabin fares are also included in this sale but -meh- they're just so so. It's the First Class fares that are going for half of what we normally see.

Travel is valid in two segments, the first from July 2 through July 7.  The following are available through June 30.

Additional First Class fares are available for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from August 16 through November 16.

Sample fares include:

San Francisco to Los Angeles $199 one-way

San Fracisco to Las Vegas $199 one-way

Seattle to Los Angeles $199 one-way

Dallas to San Francisco $299 one-way

Boston to San Francisco $599 one-way

Chicago to Los Angeles $599 one-trip

Ft Lauderdale to Los Angeles $599 one-way

New York to San Francisco $599 one-way

New York to Los Angeles $599 one-way

Washington DC to San Francisco $599 one-way

Washington DC to Los Angeles $599 one-way

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World's most thrilling airports

By Rachael Prescott

Special to

(Photo: egmTacahopeful via Flickr. CC Attribution.

Are you an adrenaline seeker looking for your next hair-raising, spine-tingling adventure? If so, look no further. With the help of an anonymous commercial pilot, dubbed Pilot Anonymous, Airfarewatchdog has put together a list of the world's most thrilling airports. So buckle your seatbelt, pass on the $7 snackbox, and get ready for a wild ride!


Toncontín International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Thousands of feet above sea level, Toncontín International Airport boasts a short (6,132-foot) runway. Due to the surrounding mountains, the approach resembles a zigzag. Pilot Anonymous explains, "With the advent of GPS, the approach into Tegucigalpa is no longer straight. We weave between the mountains as we land." To line up with the runway, planes must make a last-second 45-degree turn. Talk about sweaty palms!


Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is considered the adventure capital of the world, so it's no surprise that its airport delivers pure excitement. It lies below The Remarkables, a jagged mountain range seen in The Lord of the Rings. On descent, passengers may feel a sudden drop in altitude caused by strong downdrafts. Bird activity by the runway, as well as frequent bad weather and visibility, also make Queenstown Airport a real knee-knocker.


Gustaf III Airport, St. Jean, St. Barthélemy

"Small airports, short runways, and terrain are the three whammies of flying," says Pilot Anonymous. Gustaf III Airport has all three. Its 2,100-foot runway begins at the base of a hilltop traffic circle, making for an abrupt and steep descent. At its end lies St. Jean Beach and its clear blue ocean. Though signs advise sunbathers not to get too close to where the runway meets the sand, it's still a popular spot to soak up the rays.


Princess Juliana International Airport, Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Princess Juliana International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean. Steps from Maho Beach, it only gives pilots a little more than 7,000 feet of running room to land, causing the approach to be exceptionally low. Planes fly mere feet over sunbathers, and passengers feel as though they could reach out and shake their hands. Next time you pass through, be sure to wave.


Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport, Sitka, Alaska

If you've seen The Proposal, you’ve seen Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport. Located on the small island of Japonski, its lone runway is almost completely surrounded by water. Unpredictable weather is a constant concern. Pilots must take heed of boulders and other debris that can wash onto the runway during storms, as well as gusty winds.


Courchevel Airport, Courchevel, France

Tucked away in the French Alps, Courchevel's airport is one of the most dangerous in the world. Seen in Tomorrow Never Dies, its runway is a short 1,722 feet and has a steep incline (which slows planes down on landing and speeds them up on takeoff). As if that isn't enough to make your heart race, the airport sits at an altitude of 6,588 feet. "Here," says our source, "engines don’t produce the same amount of power, and with the air being thinner, there’s less lift for the same airspeed over the wings." Consider yourself warned.


Catalina Airport (Airport in the Sky), Avalon, California

Catalina Airport isn’t for the faint-hearted. Nicknamed "Airport in the Sky" because of its lofty elevation and sheer cliffs, it's known for downdrafts and turbulence on approach. Its sole runway is raised in the middle, so much so that pilots can't see where it ends. Heavy rains can cause it to become littered with pieces of asphalt, potholes, and soft spots, all things you don't want to encounter.


LaGuardia Airport, New York, New York

New York's LaGuardia Airport is busy and short on space. It's bordered by Bowery and Flushing bays, and pilots must contend with crowded skies thanks to nearby JFK and Newark airports. Mere miles from Manhattan, approaching planes appear to skim the skyline. Right before landing, pilots make a number of white-knuckle turns, one of which is 180-degrees around Citi Field.


Tenzing-Hillary Airport (Lukla Airport), Lukla, Nepal

Nestled 9,000 feet high in the snowcapped Himalayas, Tenzing-Hillary Airport is the gateway to Mount Everest. Its short (1,500-foot) runway slopes up the side of a mountain. Used by locals as a way to get from one side of town to the other, a siren warns of approaching planes. Pilots have one shot to land, as the surrounding terrain rules out a go-around. Perhaps even more gripping is takeoff. Once planes begin speeding downhill, stopping isn't an option. If they aren't airborne before the cliff at the end of the runway, they descend into the void below, leaving those onboard to pray there's enough power to eventually lift off.


Barra Airport, Barra, Scotland

Barra's airport is the only one in the world where scheduled flights land on a beach. When the windsock is flying, locals are advised to keep their distance from its three runways, which are marked by wooden poles. High tides cover them, so flights must be scheduled accordingly. For bonus chills and thrills, fly in at dusk, when just a few vehicles are used to illuminate the runway.


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Fare of the Day: San Diego to Pittsburgh $220 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fly from San Diego to Pittsburgh for $220 round-trip, including all taxes on American, Delta, and Continental.

This fare is valid for travel 7 days a week on select dates from late August through November 17.

10-Day advance purchase required. No minimum stay.

For booking info, see our fare details.

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Babies banned from first class, No swearing we're Delta, TSA hassles


What a week it was in the friendly skies.

Judging by all the Facebook "likes" and tweets, a lot of airline passengers are applauding Malayasian Airlines' decision to ban infants from first class cabins on some of their long-haul flights. (Before you start cheering, it's unlikely that any U.S.-based airline would ever follow suit.) Malaysia claims that it took the step because there are no bassinets in first class on the affected jumbo jets, but the carrier's CEO acknowledges that many premium class passengers have complained in the past that sleeping is impossible with crying babies nearby, and that if you pay tens of thousands of dollars for a luxury experience you should at least be able to sleep.

And speaking of unwelcome noise, the Delta passenger evicted because he used the "F word" on a flight at Detroit's Metro Airport says he'll sue the airline. Do you think he's justified? We ride the NYC subways every day and you should hear the language we encounter on that means of conveyance. No one even thinks twice about it.

But if anyone has a right to gripe about ill-treatment, it's this woman. Did TSA really think that a 95-year-old woman in a wheelchair was a security threat? Really? According to Reuters, TSA says that did not "require" the woman to remove her adult diaper, as previously reported in some media.

We weren't wearing a diaper, but we got the full TSA treatment, our first, over the weeknd before boarding a flight from New York JFK to LA. Not only did we get a full body scan, but we were hustled off to a private screening room where a TSA agent had his way with our private parts, front and rear. It's incredible how intrusive this is. Sure, the agent used the back of his hand rather than his fingers, and no, we did not get a full cavity search, but no wonder people are driving longer distances than ever to avoid flying.

Fare of the Day: Los Angeles to Mazatlan $390 RT nonstop, including all taxes, July 4th travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Monday, June 27, 2011

No plans for the Fourth? Fly from Los Angeles to Mazatlan for $390 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, as part of the current sale from Alaska Airlines.

This fare is valid for travel Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday on select dates through September 30. For booking info, see our fare details.

Similar sale fares available from San Jose.

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Fare of the Day: Atlanta to Philadelphia $159 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Friday, June 24, 2011

Fly from Atlanta to Philly for $159 round-trip, including all taxes, on Delta or AirTran.

This fare is valid for Tuesday/Wednesday travel through November 15. Tickets require a 10-day advance purchase.

Avoid blackout dates June 24, 26, And 30; July 1-3, 5, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, And 31; And August 5, 7, And 14.

For booking info, see our fare details.

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Fare of the Day: Boston to Chicago $125 RT including all taxes

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fly from Boston to Chicago for $125 round-trip, including all taxes, on United/Continental.

Valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays, beginning August 16, with a 330-day window.

Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase. Seats are limited.

For booking info, see our fare details.

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Spirit Airlines adds $5 boarding pass fee, $1 kiosk check-in fee

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Speaking of Spirit Airlines and, everyone's favorite, fees: Starting November 1, passengers who do not print out their own boarding pass can tack on an additional $5 fee for the privilege of having an agent print one for you upon arrival at the airport. Says Spirit, "Customers who booked their travel before June 21, 2011 and travel after November 1, 2011 will not be charged the above fee."

Passengers with a printer and a computer handy can avoid fees by checking in online and printing boarding passes at home. As of June 26, check-ins at airport kiosks will also incur a fee of $1.

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Fare of the Day: Chicago to New York, Boston, Detroit, Dallas, or Orlando

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fly from Chicago to New York for $39 round-trip, nonstop, on Spirit Airlines. This is a new route for Spirit, with intro fares on sale for just $1 each way, and the remainder of the cost being $37 worth of "taxes and fees." If you are so inclined, you could shave off Spirit's $16 "Passenger Usage Fee" by schlepping all the way over to the airport and purchasing your fare at the ticket counter. But a trip to the airport...parking...time out of your all sounds just as (if not more) annoying than a $16 Passenger Usage Fee. Your call.

For booking info, see our fare details.

And if New York isn't your bag, Spirit has similar fares available for travel from Chicago to Boston, Detroit, Dallas, and Orlando.

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