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 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.
August 10, 2012 |
Dallas Cowboy training camp runs through Aug. 17 at the River Ridge Playing Fields in Oxnard, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Practice run from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Click here for the schedule and address . The practices are free, but parking costs $10. ... Nearly 84% of domestic flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time in the first half of the year - the best performance since the government started keeping track...
July 17, 2012 |
Starting next month, Virgin America 's in-flight crew members will sport a new look. The airline, which turns 5 on Aug. 8, plans to roll out new uniforms designed by Banana Republic, with creative input gleaned from a design competition and suggestions from flight crew members too. The buzzwords designers use in describing the wardrobe change: "utility chic. " (Here's a photo gallery of the new look.) The new uniforms are combinations of red, white and black.
July 16, 2012 |
Virgin America's pilots and flight attendants are going to look a lot more stylish in midair. The airline partnered with Banana Republic to design new uniforms for its 2,000 in-flight and airport crew members that will debut Aug. 8. The uniforms -- which look like pieces that might be worn by a chic world traveler with a penchant for the colors red, black and white -- include apparel for both men and women. Both Banana Republic and Virgin Atlantic will sell clothing items inspired by the new uniforms starting Aug. (for security reasons, the pieces available for sale won't be exact replicas)
May 6, 2012 |
To celebrate the launch last month of Virgin Atlantic's newly redesigned upper-class section, the British-based airline is giving passengers some extended face time with Richard Branson, the carrier's billionaire founder. Upper-class passengers can order drinks chilled by ice cubes shaped to look like Branson's head and face. Four designers hired by the airline spent six weeks creating the mold for the Branson cubes. Branson founded the Virgin Group, a conglomerate that owns interests in Virgin Atlantic and San Francisco-based Virgin America airlines, among other businesses.
May 4, 2012 |
Virgin America Inc., the low-fare airline partly owned by U.K. billionaire Richard Branson, may seek an initial public offering of shares next year should market conditions continue to improve. "We'll be prepared by 2013" to do an IPO, Chief Executive David Cush said in an interview. The timing depends on the carrier's ability to generate a consistent profit and "present a compelling case for our long-term business model," and on investors' appetite for IPOs, Cush said. "We're not tied to any date, and we've got investor patience and sufficient liquidity," Cush said.
April 1, 2012 |
Question: What in the world is going on with airfares? I'm seeing airfares of more than $1,000 to European destinations and about half that for New York and Boston. Say it isn't so. Or at least say it won't last. Answer: I'm getting this question from leisure travelers who are seeing summer fares that may put their vacations on ice. And - are you sitting down? - it's probably not going to get better any time soon. Airfare experts point to three factors that are driving costs.
March 28, 2012 |
At first blush, Ritz-Carlton , Drury Inn & Suites , Four Seasons , Hotel Indigo and Hampton Hotels might not seem to have much in common, other than being places to lay your weary head at the end of the day. Some cater to the high-thread-count crowd; others want to attract those who mind their money but also mind an uncomfortable accommodation. But according to a J.D. Power & Associates study released this month, those lodgings are "customer service champions," which focus on serving the clientele and not the other way around.