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Why I only take one holiday flight a year

Why I only take one holiday flight a year There is no longer any doubt that we need to reduce the number of flights we take to help tackle climate change – and make any trip we do go on count In the Netherlands they say vliegschaamte; the Swedes say flygskam; and the Germans Flugscham. The words all mean “fly shame”, or the guilt that travellers experience when they fly off somewhere knowing they are contributing to climate change. In contrast, the British have little or no flight shame. We take 70 million flights a year, our aviation industry is growing fast and our government wants more runways (pdf ) for even more flights, scuppering any chance of meeting…

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Best European airports

Best European airports When it comes down to it, there aren’t that many things you really need out of an airport. You want to be processed quickly, to have somewhere comfy and safe to sit or sleep, to be able to eat, and to entertain yourself. Easy, right? Not quite. Many airports throughout the world struggle to provide the basic necessities important to travelers, and scathing reviews abound as a result. How hard is it to provide a few wall plugs for your visitors? Luckily, there are a handful of airports in Europe that do it right. With cozy seating arrangements, interesting and innovative diversions, yummy (and affordable) eating options, and efficient service, these — in no particular order…

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Mini horses still allowed in planes

Mini horses still allowed in planes If you were looking forward to taking your next vacation with your pet peacock by your side, you might run into some trouble at the airport starting July 1st. JetBlue is the most recent airline to impose new strictures on traveling with emotional support animals. Any passenger wishing to fly with an emotional support animal will be required to notify the airline at least 48 hours in advance, submit a veterinary health form verifying the animal’s fitness to fly, a medical prescription from a doctor for the animal, and a signed animal behavior form. In a release, John Allen, vice president of safety for JetBlue, said that the new policies are meant to…

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How to beat boredom on long-haul

How to beat boredom on long-haul We all know how tedious a lengthy flight can be. Maybe you have a book to keep you busy, but reading for nine straight hours is quite the feat. In-flight movies can while away a couple hours, but sooner or later your eyes will get tired of staring at the screen, and you’ll find yourself looking around the cabin wondering, “so what am I supposed to do now?” Unless you’re one of the lucky ones who can nap anywhere, anytime — we truly envy you — nothing is worse than sitting in your cramped airplane seat, wide-awake, thinking “are we there yet?” every five minutes. If you’re willing to get creative, there are…

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JetBlue’s insane Memorial Day sale has $20 flights right now

JetBlue’s insane Memorial Day sale has $20 flights right now If you’re looking for the perfect budget vacation this summer, but struggling to find something affordable, JetBlue’s new sale has you covered. In honor of Memorial Day, from now through 11:59pm EST tonight, the airline is offering tickets for as low as $20 for over a dozen one-way domestic and international flights. Some great domestic options include Boston to New York City for $20, NYC to New Orleans for $50, or NYC to San Francisco for only $80. As for international options, you can fly Fort Lauderdale to Havana for $70, NYC to Cancun for $80, or Hartford CT to San Juan for $80. Sort by price and city…

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Southwest’s is having a summer sale with flights as low as $55

Southwest’s is having a summer sale with flights as low as $55 Summer can be one of the most expensive times to travel in the US, especially around Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day holidays. It’s common for airlines to hike up their prices by as much as $400 during the summer months, and oftentimes you have no choice but to pay. Luckily, Southwest has an alternative. Their “Summer of $69” sale includes peak summer travel to and from dozens of major U.S. airports. Despite its name, you can actually find flights for even cheaper than $69 — as low as $55, actually. This deal only applies to flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, from mid-June through…

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Alaska Airlines is the first US airline to ban plastic straws on flights

Alaska Airlines is the first US airline to ban plastic straws on flights If you’ve ever wondered how many plastic straws are used on flights each year…well, it’s a lot. In 2017 Alaska Airlines gave out 22 million plastic straws, swizzle sticks and citrus picks, both of which are too lightweight to recycle, and usually end up in landfills, oceans, and other waterways. Luckily, that’s all about to change — at least on this airline. Starting on June 16, Alaska Airlines will become the first US airline to ban all plastic straws and citrus picks in lounges and on flights, replacing them with white birch stir sticks and non-plastic, marine-safe straws. They will also replace most of their 32-46…

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Airline launching $199 India flights

Airline launching $199 India flights WOW Air has built their reputation on getting Americans to Europe and back for super cheap. The airline is also partly responsible for convincing so many of us to check out Iceland without breaking the bank. Now, the budget carrier is stepping it up notch by offering flights to India starting at $199 one-way or $398 round trip. This means that if you can cram everything you need into a bag that fits under the seat in front of you, and don’t mind running the risk of being stuck in the middle seat, you can get from the US to India and back for less than $400. On a budget carrier such as WOW…

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The 9 coolest things airlines are doing this year to improve flying

The 9 coolest things airlines are doing this year to improve flying It’s easy to complain about air travel. These days, the likelihood of finding overhead space for your carry-on is as slim as the average economy seat, and freebies like roasted peanuts seem like a thing of the past. Sometimes, it feels like airlines are doing everything they can to make flying a downright hassle, but most are actually actively making improvements to bring air travel into the Digital Age and help passengers fly more comfortably. Here are nine ways innovation and technology are changing the way we travel in 2018. 1. Airline menus are getting the Michelin-star treatment. Airplane food has been the butt of flying jokes…

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How to find cheap flight deals: 5 expert tips

How to find cheap flight deals: 5 expert tips ‘Flight-hacking ninja’ Jack Sheldon, founder of Jack’s Flight Club, reveals how to keep costs low when jetting off Most airlines – especially east Asian ones – get their business from local passengers. This means prices are set according to national holidays and in Asia this means that flights around western holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, are often underpriced – as the airlines don’t anticipate demand then. This is when good deals can be available. For example, last year AirChina had flights from the UK to Australia over Christmas in the low £400s. Garuda Indonesia also underpriced its flights to Bali and across Indonesia during the Christmas and New Year…

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