April 22, 2013 |
Virgin America kicked off service from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on Monday and rolled out a new in-flight system that allows a passenger to anonymously send a perfect stranger a cool cocktail during the flight. Yes, it's a flirty seat-to-seat way to hit on someone in midair. The airline also rolled out introductory fares between L.A. and Las Vegas of $39 each way for those who buy by Monday night. Dubbed "get lucky," the service allows a passenger to use a seat-back touch screen to buy a drink or a meal and send it to a fellow flier using a digital seat guide map. The seat-to-seat delivery already allows folks to e-chat with anyone on the plane (provided they want to engage)
February 10, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO PORTLAND, ORE. From LAX , Alaska, Southwest, Virgin America and United offer nonstop service to Portland. Southwest also offers direct service (stop, no change of plane);connecting service (change of plane) is offered on Southwest, Alaska, Delta, United and American. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $156.
February 8, 2013 |
More than 3,000 flights have been canceled and train service has been suspended Friday as a large winter storm started to bear down on a swath of the Northeast from New Jersey to Maine. The winter storm is predicted to bring high winds, plenty of snow -- 2 to 3 feet predicted for Boston and New York City -- and a big headache for travelers. "This one doesn't come along every day. This is going to be a dangerous winter storm," Alan Dunham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., told the Weather Channel . "Wherever you need to get to, get there by Friday afternoon and don't plan on leaving.
January 17, 2013 |
Virgin America Airways announced Wednesday that it would begin nonstop daily service from Los Angeles to Las Vegas starting April 22. The San Francisco-based airline, which consistently receives high marks for its leather seats, touchscreen entertainment and Wi-Fi, will operate three daily flights between the two cities. Flights leave Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 11:30 a.m., 3:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.; return flights leave Las Vegas at 1:20 p.m., 5:05 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. Tickets went on sale Wednesday for $39 each way, an airfare good for reservations made until 9:59 p.m. Pacific time Friday.
January 2, 2013 |
On the final day of the year, the U.S. Department of Transportation levied fines against two airlines that kept passengers stranded on delayed flights, pushing the number of violations issued against airlines in 2012 to a record. The federal agency recorded 49 violations in 2012, totaling $3.6 million in fines, with the final two coming against Copa Airlines of Panama and California-based Virgin America. The previous high number of fines came in 2011, when the agency levied 47 violations, totaling about $3.3 million.
September 23, 2012 |
On the streets of most cities, access to wireless Internet is as ubiquitous as coffee shops. But on domestic airlines, Wi-Fi is still only available on about a third of flights. A new study by the flight rating website Routehappy.com found that 31% of all domestic flights offered wireless access as of Sept. 17, while the other 69% didn't. To improve your chances of getting in-flight Wi-Fi access, you'll need to shop around for the right airline. For example, Burlingame, Calif.-based Virgin America and Dallas-based AirTran Airways offer wireless Internet access on 100% of their flights, according to Routehappy.
September 14, 2012 |
Airfares have inched up again. Six of the nation's largest airlines on Thursday raised their fares $10 per round trip on many routes. The fare hike was initiated the day before by Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest domestic carrier. Southwest raised its prices on about 400 of its routes, or 10% of its flights. A Southwest spokesman said the increase was "due to the challenging environment of volatile fuel prices. " American, Delta, US Airways, JetBlue and Virgin America all matched the hike on a limited number of flights.
August 26, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO SAN JUAN ISLAND S , WASH. FROM LAX, Alaska, Virgin America and United offer nonstop service to Seattle; Southwest offers direct service (stop, no change of plane); and Southwest, Delta, Virgin America and United offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $288. By ferry from Seattle: Clipper Vacations offers a scenic three-hour ferry ride through Puget Sound to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island from $70 a person for adults.
August 26, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO ROCKLAND, MAINE From LAX, you can fly into Boston, the nearest big airport, nonstop on American, JetBlue, Virgin America and United; direct (stop, no change of planes) on US Airways; or connecting (change of planes) on US Airways, United, Delta, American, AirTran and JetBlue. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $398. It's a three-hour drive to Rockland. Or you can fly little Cape Air from Boston to Rockland (www.capeair.com). If it's a clear day, you get a wonderful view of the coast.
August 17, 2012 |
More than 132 million Americans voted in the 2008 elections, but how many of them registered to vote during an airline flight? Likely none, but that might change this election year. San Francisco-based Virgin America invites passengers on its flights to use smartphones to download an app to register to vote. The airline partnered with Rock the Vote for the novel voter registration drive that runs through November. Fliers can scan a QR code on the seat back facing them and receive an election registration app on their mobile device.