January 17, 2012 |
Virgin America announced Tuesday that it would begin flying three daily nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Philadelphia in April -- bringing more options to fly on the airline deemed best in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure readers. Flights between Los Angeles and Philadelphia international airports begin April 4. Tickets are on sale now and cost $129 each way, excluding tax and fees. To get that fare, reservations must be made by 9:59 p.m. PST Friday for travel between April 4 and June 15, with some blackout dates.
January 13, 2012 |
Even by the standards of today's economy, Virgin America's financial health seems pretty weak: While enjoying a hip, high-tech reputation, the San Francisco airline has reported only one profitable three-month period since it launched nearly five years ago. If the airline's executives are worried, they aren't showing it. In fact, they continue to hire at a brisk pace - 500 workers last year - and, at a time when other airlines are cutting back,...
October 21, 2011 |
The U.S. airline industry has been on a hiring trend lately, but don't expect that to continue too much longer. For the ninth straight month, the airline industry added full-time employees in August, with employment numbers up 2.8% from the same month last year, according to the U.S. Transportation Department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In August, commercial passenger airlines employed 388,523 full-time workers in the U.S., up 10,688 workers from August 2010, according to the bureau.
September 14, 2011 |
Hacker Fares sound downright illegal but they're not. Kayak recently coined the term that pops up in its airline searches along with "nonstops," "1 stop," etc., when you go airfare shopping at the online travel website. Basically, Hacker Fares allow you to book two one-way flights with separate airlines and separate tickets. (Don't confuse this with code sharing, which involves flying on different airlines through inter-airline agreements.) The point, of course, is to save money.
September 4, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO BOSTON From LAX, American, United, JetBlue and Virgin America offer nonstop service to Boston. American and Southwest offer direct service (stop, no change of plane), and AirTran, United, Southwest, American, US Airways, Continental, JetBlue and Delta offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $378. Massachusetts' Berkshire Hills are a three- to four-hour drive from Boston or New York City. WHERE TO STAY Near Steepletop: Inn at Green River, 9 Nobletown Road, Hillsdale, N.Y.; (518)
August 30, 2011 |
Las Vegas was 4 th and L.A. 24 th in a survey of cities with the highest number of speed-trap locations . Livonia, Mich., ranked No. 1 . . . . Red Roof is offering 15% off to anyone 50 and older , in honor of grandparents in September (code 607564). No proof of grandparenthood is required. For details, click here . . . . The 299th Santa Fe Fiesta celebrates the city's culture and history Sept. 4-11, with parades, music and food . . . . Virgin America has helped launch a “No Chihuahua Left Behind” fare sale in support of its ongoing chihuahua rescue and airlift efforts . The San Francisco-based airline will team with one of the city's animal care units to fly the dogs to new homes on the East Coast . . . . The Tahoe Maritime Museum in Homewood, Calif., is holding special family days this weekend, with boat building and knot lessons, (530)
July 10, 2011
THE BEST WAY From LAX to Boston, nonstop service is offered on American, JetBlue, Virgin America, and United, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on AirTran, United, US Airways, American, Southwest and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $498. From LAX to Philadelphia, nonstop service is offer on US Airways and United, direct service (stop, no change of plane) on Southwest and connecting service (change of plane) on US Airways, Southwest, United, Delta, Continental and American.
July 7, 2011 |
Summer airfare sales at JetBlue Airways and Frontier Airlines could help if you're a little behind on summer vacation planning. JetBlue has lowered the price on Las Vegas to $29 each way from Long Beach. And Frontier offers $84 fares each way from Los Angeles to Denver. Act quickly if you want a seat because these sales end Thursday night -- that's tonight. [ Updated at 11:09 a.m. July 7: Virgin America is also cutting fares, mainly for autumn, with a Quadruple Play sale that lasts only until 4 p.m. Pacific time Thursday (July 7)
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July 1, 2011 |
Virgin America Flight 415 from New York to Los Angeles was already two hours into its journey when some passengers in the upscale "Main Cabin Select" section complained that the man seated in 3E reeked of body odor. A flight attendant asked Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi for his boarding pass and was surprised to see it was from a different fight and in someone else's name. She alerted authorities, and Noibi went back to sleep in his black leather airline seat. When the plane landed, authorities chose not to arrest Noibi, allowing him to leave the airport.
May 30, 2011 |
For the third year in a row, Virgin America has been named the greenest airline operating commercial flights in the U.S. by Greenopia , a Santa Barbara-based research and eco-consumer advocacy group. Continental Airlines was named the greenest of the major carriers. Delta Air Lines got a nod for showing the most improvement in sustainability in the last year. To measure the overall "greenness" for its recently released ratings, Greenopia looked at factors such as how transparent the company is about its energy consumption; how easy it is for passengers to purchase carbon offsets; how much recycling is done on flights; and how much the company spends to research alternative fuels.