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Fine dining in an airport? Try Boston's Logan

Posted by George Hobica on Saturday, December 29, 2007

You can actually find some great grub while waiting for your flight, since some of the city's best restaurants now have outposts at Logan, writes foodie Jacqueline Church
 

Logan Airport’s food is a Near Miss. “Near Miss” in airline parlance means a disaster averted. (Though, technically it should mean a hit, right?) Forget about flight disasters and focus on food. Logan dining options are a hit. Let’s spell it out for you.

“B is for Bonfire”
Or Terminal B where you’ll find Chef Todd English, celebrated for his “Bonfire” restaurant in downtown Boston, with a Logan locale. Now you can have Argentinean Steakhouse fare right at Logan’s own Bonfire restaurant. Full sit-down dining is available for travelers who are now making sure they get to Logan even early enough to enjoy a 14 oz. Prime Aged Sirloin with sweet and sour mushroom sauce and creamy spinach.

Other menu items at Bonfire include:
-- Bonfire Nachos with lump crabmeat, queso blanco and black beans
-- Baja Fish Tacos with lemon, caper aioli and jalapeno slaw
--Steakhouse Salad with creamy blue cheese, tomato and Spanish onion

If it’s lighter fare you crave, try the Todd English lounge at Terminal B – “Ozone-BOS”. This airport concession replicates a hip cocktail lounge. Only the velvet rope and bouncer are missing. Anyone can get in to enjoy specialty cocktails or lobster nachos topped with black bean silk, pico de gallo, and avocado.

Chilled shrimp cocktail with chipotle aioli and avocado or rigatoni with grilled chicken basil pesto are also on the “grab and go” menu at Ozone-BOS. Gourmet sandwiches and salads can be purchased there and even the stand-by steak frites can fly. Just don’t ask for your Espressozone Martini to go, restrictions on liquids still apply.

“C is for Chowda”
Terminal C has a Boston icon in resident in “Legal C”. That’s the moniker for Legal Seafoods’ Logan outpost. Stop by for some New England Clam Chowder or how about some freshly shucked raw bar and a glass of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay? Roger Berkowitz, owner of Legal Seafoods, has restaurant concessions at Logan’s Terminals A, B and C and is coming to an airport near you soon.

“E is for Elephant”
Terminal E is home to a Logan Airport Elephant Walk. Chef Nadsa de Monteiro of the famous Cambodian-French restaurants in Boston and Cambridge offers gourmet food to Logan travelers.

  • Filet de Saumon a la Crème aux Champignons et Poireaux
  • Poulet a la Citronelle
  • Curry de Crevettes


These dishes and more, await travelers flying through Boston.

Other options at Logan include:
Wolfgang Puck, yes, Spago’s Chef Owner, that Wolfgang Puck – gourmet sandwiches, salads and his famous thin crust pizzas.

Johnny Rockets – Sit at the counter of this hamburger joint circa 1950 and watch your gourmet burger made to order. Poodle skirt, optional.

What made gourmet airport food take off?
Our good fortune stems from the confluence of adversity and opportunity. The intersection of post-911 security issues and the cult of the celebrity chef have both fueled the growth of airport dining options.

Even people who don’t cook watch food television, sport orange clogs and talk about their sustainable diets. And now that one can bring so little on board, the demand was growing for better airport food options. The average household median income for Logan travelers is between $90 K– $120K these well-heeled fliers were hungry for more.

Today, food at Logan Airport hits the spot. Whatever the spot may be.

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Spirit Airlines sale from $2 round-trip

Posted by George Hobica on Friday, December 28, 2007

Spirit is at it again, with a handful of fares from $2 roundtrip. Some of these are $9 fare club deals, but others are open to anyone. Last date to purchase is either Dec 29 or 31 midnight ET . See site for details. 

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Categories: Domestic US Fares, Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares

Low fares to Europe for April travel

Posted by George Hobica on Friday, December 28, 2007

Air Canada is having an advertised sale to Europe, but as is often the case, it's the unadvertised sales that are the best.

Fares to Paris, Rome, and Zurich for April travel on Air Canada are in some cases $600 less than on other airlines. No telling how long these fares will last. Most are in the 500 to 600 range including taxes.

 

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Categories: Europe/Africa/Middle East Airfares

Allegiant Sale

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Thursday, December 27, 2007

Allegiant has lowered their fares sytemwide this afternoon by $20 and in some cases by as much as $50+, for travel in January.

Allentown to Ft Lauderdale $58 round-trip

Allentown to St Petersburg $78 round-trip

Bangor to Orlando $138 round-trip

Roanoke to Orlando $58 round-trip

Huntington to Ft Lauderdale $38 round-trip

Peoria to Orlando $

 

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Frontier sale to/from Denver

Posted by George Hobica on Thursday, December 27, 2007

Frontier is having a sale, and considering that these are nonstop flights, the fares are quite good.

Some Mexican and Central American destinations are also included, such as Denver to Mazatlan for $99 each way plus tax and Denver/Cabo $129 each way.

There's a 10 day advance purchase required, and for domestic destinations you'll find the lowest fares for travel on Tue/Wed/Sat or Mon-Thu and Sat for international.

Blackout dates Feb 15 and 18. Purchase by Dec 29 and complete all travel by Mar 5.

 

 

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Categories: Domestic US Fares, Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares

Airtran Florida sale not that great

Posted by George Hobica on Thursday, December 27, 2007

Airtran is having a two day sale to Florida, but many of the fares are much higher than on other airlines. For example, on the Los Angeles to Orlando route, Southwest and others have fares in the range of $89 to $99 each way. Airtran's "sale" fare is $184 each way. Travel is through Feb 27 2008. In general, the shorter haul routes are better value. Purchase by Dec 28 midnight ET.

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Categories: Domestic US Fares

British Airways business class sale to London

Posted by George Hobica on Monday, December 24, 2007

This sale ends Jan 3. Fares start at $1088 each way plus tax and go up to $1558 from Los Angeles, plus tax and tip which add about $265 or so. Travel Jan 10-Mar 23, 2008. There is a 21-day advance purchase requirement.

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Categories: Europe/Africa/Middle East Airfares

MaxJet files for chapter 11, suspends service

Posted by George Hobica on Monday, December 24, 2007

As suspected, MaxJet is no more.

If you have paid for a flight with a credit card and you contact your credit card company within 60 days of seeing the charge on your bill, you are protected by Federal law. Just ask the credit card issuer to take the charge off your bill.

MaxJet is arranging alternate transportation with EOS Airlines (the best way to fly between New York and London anyway), but it's not clear if they are paying for the EOS flight. Seems unlikely. See details on their site.

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Categories: Airline Industry News

Yet another Spirit $18 RT sale

Posted by George Hobica on Friday, December 21, 2007

Yep, they're at it again. This sale ends midnight Dec 22, ET.

The majority of the $9 each way deals, which are only valid on a handful of travel dates, are to/from Ft. Lauderdale but there are others as well.

 

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico To:    
Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 22, 2007. Fares From Dates Available
Fort Lauderdale $9* Each Way 1/13, 1/15, 1/16, 1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/20, 1/24, 1/27
     
Aruba To:    
Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 22, 2007. Fares From Dates Available
Fort Lauderdale $9* Each Way 1/12, 1/26
     
Atlanta To:    
Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 22, 2007. Fares From Dates Available
Fort Lauderdale $9* Each Way 1/9, 1/14, 1/15, 1/16, 1/18, 1/19, 1/21, 1/23, 1/25, 1/27, 1/31
Orlando $9* Each Way 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/16, 1/19, 1/20, 1/29, 1/30, 1/31, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7
Las Vegas $17.77* Each Way 1/20, 1/21, 1/22, 1/24, 1/28, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6
     
For travel between January 9, 2008 and May 21, 2008. Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 24, 2007. Deluxe Leather BIG FRONT SEAT
Orlando $59* Each Way $126* Each Way
Fort Lauderdale $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Nassau, Bahamas $129* Each Way $176* Each Way
Kingston, Jamaica $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
Montego Bay, Jamaica $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
Cancun, Mexico $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
San Juan, Puerto Rico  $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
Santo Domingo, DR $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands $149* Each Way $196* Each Way
     
Atlantic City To:    
Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 22, 2007. Fares From Dates Available
Fort Lauderdale $9* Each Way 1/5, 1/14, 1/19, 1/21, 1/26, 1/29
Fort Myers $9* Each Way 1/13, 1/21, 1/23, 1/25, 1/26, 1/31, 2/3
Myrtle Beach $9* Each Way 1/10, 1/11, 1/30, 2/4, 2/11, 2/12
Orlando $9* Each Way 1/19, 1/22, 1/26, 1/30, 1/31
Tampa $9* Each Way 1/14, 1/16, 1/22, 1/23, 1/28, 1/29, 2/2, 2/11, 2/13
     
For travel between January 9, 2008 and May 21, 2008. Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 24, 2007. Deluxe Leather BIG FRONT SEAT
Myrtle Beach $69* Each Way $136* Each Way
Fort Lauderdale $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Fort Myers $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Orlando $79* Each Way $136* Each Way
Tampa $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Nassau, Bahamas $129* Each Way $176* Each Way
San Juan, Puerto Rico  $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
Santo Domingo, DR $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
Cancun, Mexico $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
Kingston, Jamaica $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
Montego Bay, Jamaica $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands $159* Each Way $216* Each Way
     
Boston To:    
Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 22, 2007. Fares From Dates Available
Myrtle Beach $9* Each Way 1/13, 1/16, 1/28, 1/31, 2/3, 2/4, 2/5, 2/10
     
Cancun, Mexico To:    
Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 22, 2007. Fares From Dates Available
Detroit $9* Each Way 1/11, 1/14, 1/17, 1/18
Fort Lauderdale $9* Each Way 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/13, 1/14, 1/16, 1/17, 1/21, 1/22, 1/24, 1/27, 1/28, 1/29, 1/31
     
For travel between January 9, 2008 and May 21, 2008. Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 24, 2007. Deluxe Leather BIG FRONT SEAT
Fort Lauderdale $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Orlando $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Tampa $99* Each Way $186* Each Way
Chicago (O'Hare) $119* Each Way $186* Each Way
Detroit $119* Each Way $186* Each Way
New York (LaGuardia) $119* Each Way $186* Each Way
Myrtle Beach $129* Each Way $186* Each Way
Washington, DC (Reagan) $129* Each Way $176* Each Way
Atlanta $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
Atlantic City $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
Las Vegas $169* Each Way $216* Each Way
Los Angeles (LAX) $169* Each Way $216* Each Way
     
Chicago (O'Hare) To:    
For travel between January 9, 2008 and May 21, 2008. Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 24, 2007. Deluxe Leather BIG FRONT SEAT
Fort Lauderdale $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Fort Myers $89* Each Way $146* Each Way
Cancun, Mexico $119* Each Way $186* Each Way
Nassau, Bahamas $119* Each Way $186* Each Way
Nassau, Bahamas $119* Each Way $186* Each Way
Kingston, Jamaica $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
Kingston, Jamaica $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
Montego Bay, Jamaica $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
Montego Bay, Jamaica $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
San Juan, Puerto Rico  $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
Santo Domingo, DR $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands $149* Each Way $186* Each Way
     
Detroit To:    
Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 22, 2007. Fares From Dates Available
Cancun, Mexico $9* Each Way 1/6, 1/13, 1/14
Fort Lauderdale $9* Each Way 1/6, 1/14, 1/21, 1/27
Fort Myers $9* Each Way 1/7, 1/8, 1/12, 1/15, 1/19, 1/22, 1/24, 1/27, 1/28, 1/29, 1/30, 1/31
New York (LaGuardia) $9* Each Way 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8, 1/19, 1/21, 1/22, 1/23, 1/26, 1/28, 1/30, 2/9, 2/13
Orlando $9* Each Way 1/29, 2/5, 2/11
Tampa $9* Each Way 1/8, 1/12, 1/14, 1/15, 1/25, 1/26, 1/27, 1/28, 1/29, 1/30, 2/1, 2/3, 2/11, 2/12
West Palm Beach $9* Each Way 1/14, 1/20, 1/26, 1/27, 1/30
Las Vegas $17.77* Each Way 1/5, 1/7, 1/13, 1/23, 1/25
Los Angeles (LAX) $29* Each Way 1/12, 1/14, 1/15, 1/21, 1/24, 1/25, 1/27, 1/29
     
For travel between January 9, 2008 and May 21, 2008. Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 24, 2007. Deluxe Leather BIG FRONT SEAT
New York (LaGuardia) $79* Each Way $136* Each Way
Tampa $84* Each Way $146* Each Way
Fort Lauderdale $89* Each Way $146* Each Way
Fort Myers $89* Each Way $146* Each Way
Orlando $89* Each Way $136* Each Way
Cancun, Mexico $119* Each Way $186* Each Way
Los Angeles (LAX) $119* Each Way $176* Each Way
Los Angeles (LAX) $119* Each Way $176* Each Way
Nassau, Bahamas $119* Each Way $176* Each Way
Santo Domingo, DR $119* Each Way $186* Each Way
San Juan, Puerto Rico  $129* Each Way $186* Each Way
Kingston, Jamaica $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
Montego Bay, Jamaica $139* Each Way $186* Each Way
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands $149* Each Way $196* Each Way
     
Fort Lauderdale To:    
Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 22, 2007. Fares From Dates Available
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico $9* Each Way 1/12, 1/13, 1/24, 1/26, 1/27, 1/29, 2/9, 2/11, 2/12
Aruba $9* Each Way 1/19, 1/26
Atlanta $9* Each Way 1/9, 1/12, 1/14, 1/16, 1/17, 1/23, 1/25, 1/29, 1/30, 1/31, 2/8
Atlantic City $9* Each Way 1/17, 1/18, 1/19, 1/31, 2/4, 2/8
Cancun, Mexico $9* Each Way 12/31, 1/1, 1/7, 1/8, 1/9, 1/15, 1/21, 1/22, 1/23, 1/24, 1/25, 1/28, 1/29, 1/30, 1/31
Detroit $9* Each Way 1/16, 1/17, 1/18, 1/20, 1/23, 1/24, 1/30
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands $9* Each Way 1/4, 1/5, 1/11, 1/13, 1/18, 1/20, 1/25, 1/27, 2/1, 2/3, 2/8, 2/10
Guatemala City, Guatemala $9* Each Way 1/9, 1/11, 1/18, 1/21, 1/25, 1/28, 1/30
Kingston, Jamaica $9* Each Way 12/30, 12/31, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/12, 1/14, 1/19, 1/21, 1/22, 1/28, 1/30
Los Angeles (LAX) $9* Each Way 1/15, 1/22, 1/25, 1/26, 1/28, 1/29, 1/30, 2/5, 2/9
Managua, Nicaragua  $9* Each Way 1/3, 1/6, 1/14, 1/17, 1/19, 1/21, 1/24, 1/26, 1/28, 1/31, 2/4, 2/7, 2/9
Montego Bay, Jamaica $9* Each Way 12/29, 12/30, 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/20, 1/28, 1/29
Nassau, Bahamas $9* Each Way 1/5, 1/7, 1/8, 1/10, 1/15, 1/20, 1/21, 1/22, 1/23, 1/25, 1/26, 1/27, 1/28, 1/29, 1/31
Orlando $9* Each Way 1/9, 1/10, 1/14, 1/15, 1/16, 1/17, 1/18, 1/22, 1/23, 1/24, 1/27, 1/28, 1/29, 1/30, 1/31
Ponce, Puerto Rico  $9* Each Way 1/13, 1/15, 1/17, 1/25, 1/26, 1/27, 1/28, 1/31, 2/3, 2/7, 2/11
Port Au Prince, Haiti $9* Each Way 1/1, 1/13, 1/19, 1/21, 1/23, 1/25, 1/28, 1/30, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6, 2/9, 2/11, 2/12
Punta Cana, DR $9* Each Way 1/1, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/15, 1/22, 1/24, 1/27, 1/29, 1/31, 2/3, 2/5, 2/10, 2/12
San Juan, Puerto Rico  $9* Each Way 1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12, 1/17, 1/18, 1/30, 1/31, 2/1, 2/3, 2/4, 2/5, 2/6, 2/7, 2/8, 2/11, 2/12, 2/13
San Pedro Sula, Honduras  $9* Each Way 1/1, 1/11, 1/22, 1/27, 2/12
Santo Domingo, DR $9* Each Way 1/1, 1/2, 1/13, 1/16, 1/18, 1/24, 1/25, 1/27, 1/28, 1/30, 2/1, 2/2, 2/3, 2/7, 2/8
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands $9* Each Way 1/10, 1/13, 1/14, 1/17, 1/18, 1/20, 1/25, 1/27, 1/28, 1/30, 2/5, 2/8, 2/10, 2/11, 2/12
Tampa $9* Each Way 1/17, 1/29, 1/30, 1/31, 2/1, 2/4, 2/7, 2/8, 2/13
Washington, DC (Reagan) $9* Each Way 1/16, 1/30, 2/7, 2/8, 2/9, 2/12, 2/13
Las Vegas $17.77* Each Way 1/11, 1/15, 1/19, 1/26, 1/27, 1/28, 2/12
     
For travel between January 9, 2008 and May 21, 2008. Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 24, 2007. Deluxe Leather BIG FRONT SEAT
Nassau, Bahamas $39* Each Way $76* Each Way
Orlando $39* Each Way $66* Each Way
Tampa $39* Each Way $66* Each Way
Kingston, Jamaica $69* Each Way $126* Each Way
Myrtle Beach $69* Each Way $116* Each Way
Atlanta $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Atlantic City $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Cancun, Mexico $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Chicago (O'Hare) $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
Montego Bay, Jamaica $79* Each Way $126* Each Way
New York (LaGuardia) $79* Each Way $146* Each Way
San Juan, Puerto Rico  $79* Each Way $136* Each Way
Santo Domingo, DR $79* Each Way $126* Each Way
Washington, DC (Reagan) $79* Each Way $166* Each Way
Detroit $89* Each Way $146* Each Way
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands $99* Each Way $156* Each Way
Las Vegas $119* Each Way $176* Each Way
Los Angeles (LAX) $119* Each Way $176* Each Way
     
Fort Myers To:    
Fares must be booked by 11:59 PM ET on December 22, 2007. Fares From Dates Available
Atlantic City $9* Each Way 1/9, 1/10, 1/17, 1/25, 1/27, 1/30, 2/1
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Categories: Domestic US Fares, Caribbean/Mexico/Latin America Airfares

Kayak to merge with Sidestep

Posted by George Hobica on Friday, December 21, 2007

This is indeed big news. The merger will make the combined sites the fifth largest travel search site, according to today's press release.

"Kayak.com intends to maintain both the SideStep.com and Kayak.com brands and will develop and promote each site independently, with key SideStep.com personnel joining Kayak.com's team.  The merger will combine best practices of each company, and users of Kayak.com and SideStep.com will benefit from access to more comprehensive rates and availability data, a larger portfolio of products and services and an overall improved customer experience," the release states.

We wouldn't be surprised if eventually the Kayak brand absorbs Sidestep, but only time will tell. We will say that our users seem to be very fond of Kayak, which is a friendly and easy to use travel booking site. Sidestep is also a great site, and the two are very similar in functionality.

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