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Flying AirAsia? Snag a Hot Seat.

[image of AirAsia Hot Seats extra legroom emergency exit seats] "Rows 1, 12 and 14 Hot Seats have extra legroom -- it makes all the difference." -Robert A, in AirAsia economy, on Routehappy
Our reviewer Robert A rated his AirAsia flight from Bangkok (Don Mueang) to Kolkata as Perfect. Review your own flight today, or download the Routehappy Reviewer App for iPhone and review while you fly!

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Posted in AirAsia, Airbus A320, Flyer tips, Seats

Look at this swanky new United Club in Chicago!

[United Chicago ORD Terminal 1 Gate C16 business lounge] "Brand new flagship United Club in T1 near C16. Not your grandma's airport lounge." -Robert A at Chicago O'Hare on Routehappy
Learn more expert tips and tricks from Routehappy reviewers about United Airlines or Chicago O’Hare Airport, and don’t miss the rest of Robert A’s reviews!

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Posted in Airports, Chicago, Flyer tips, Postcards, United

When choosing seats in Emirates’ Airbus A380 business class…

[Emirates Airbus A380 business class] "Be cautious when choosing EK A380 business class seats...some are noticeably nicer than others. Jason L, on Emirates, on Routehappy.
Routehappy’s reviewers rate Emirates highly in business class, but Jason L’s expert tips will help you fly better no matter which airline you’re flying.

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Posted in Airbus A380, Emirates, Flyer tips, Seats

Heading to London Heathrow? Save money and time.

London Heathrow Airport - LHR. "Delta arrives at Terminal 4, which is a pain to get out of with the commuter train. First you need to take the free Heathrow Express to Terminals 123 and from there choose between the Heathrow Express (expensive, frequent, fast), or the Heathrow Connect (half the price, half the frequency, only 10 minutes longer)." -Jose D, on Routehappy
Want more great tips to get to and from London Heathrow? Or would you prefer to research the other options in town: London City in the Docklands financial district, Gatwick off to the south, Stansted to the northeast, Luton to the northwest, or Southend to the east? North, south, east or west, Routehappy has you covered with great real-world flyer reviews.

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Posted in Delta, Flyer tips, London

“One of the best lounges”… do you agree?

[Picture of Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow Clubhouse business class lounge] "One of the best lounges in the business! It is a reason to get to the airport early." -Henry J, Virgin LHR Clubhouse, on Routehappy
Henry J has some great reviews! Go ahead and browse through them, or read more about Virgin Atlantic from other reviewers.

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Posted in Airports, Flyer tips, London, Virgin Atlantic

How do you say “angled flat” in Russian?

[Aeroflot angled lie-flat sloping business class seats] "I again had the angled flat seats. I sat up and worked on this flight and found the seats very comfortable." -Vicki M, Aeroflot business, Moscow Sheremetyevo SVO to Istanbul IST, on Routehappy
Aeroflot? To Istanbul? That’s what our awesome reviewer Vicki M found on Routehappy, and she loved her flight. Read Vicki’s review of the full trip, or catch up with more of Vicki’s reviews.

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Posted in Aeroflot, Flyer tips, Seats

HEL? Helsinki Airport’s more like heaven.

HEL: Helsinki Airport. "Best ever lounge, in my opinion. Amazingly comfortable, modern design, extremely clean, fabulous selection of food and drinks. As a gluten free person, I was shocked to find about ten different selections of gluten free pastries." -Rinat S, flying Finnair in business class, on Routehappy
Flyers like Rinat S love Helsinki Airport — for a reason! That’s why we factor real flyer airport ratings into our Happiness Scores on Routehappy.

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Posted in Airports, Finnair, Flyer tips, Helsinki

Just try to resist making little plane noises. We dare you.

[image of salt and pepper cellar in the form of a clear plastic propeller aircraft] "The salt and pepper shaker is a little plane!" -Robert A on Virgin America on Routehappy.
Aren’t those Virgin America salt shakers awesome? (Did you know Virgin Atlantic‘s have ‘pinched from Virgin Atlantic’ on the bottom to give light-fingered passengers a laugh? See what else Routehappy’s CEO Robert A got up to on his flight!

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Posted in Airline, Flyer tips, Food, Virgin America

#Shark(let)Week

So long as you haven’t been living under a rock (or in this case, aren’t a certain seal), you know that this week is once again #SharkWeek on the Discovery Channel.

While the idea of sharks and planes don’t normally come together (let alone tornados filled with sharks), Airbus has solved this quandary with Sharklets.

Sharklets are fuel-saving wingtip devices that replace conventional wingtips and are currently being installed on the new Airbus A320 family of aircraft to roll off the production line.  Some airlines are retrofitting their A320s, including JetBlue who famously captured the project in this YouTube video earlier this year (click the photo to watch):

JetBlue A320 with Sharklets (source: jetblue.com)

Sharklets reduce the amount of drag generated by aircraft lift, which requires less thrust and thus less fuel needed. If you know anything about airline economics, fuel is the top expenditure, which in turn can drive up ticket cost. Saving fuel saves money and perhaps airlines will share that savings with their passengers.

JetBlue isn’t the only airline to go shark, so has Virgin America and Air New Zealand. We’re told that while there is a big reduction in drag, this should have no affect on any in-flight entertainment containing drag queens.

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Posted in Air New Zealand, Airbus A318, Airbus A319, Airbus A320, Airbus A321, Airline, jetBlue, New York, Virgin America

Oh Baby, Baby!

He has arrived, the #royalbaby. The world is taking to social media to announce their joys over the birth of Wills & Kate’s little one. But once the Royal couple are in need of a holiday to the States to get away — and, of course, to introduce the baby to America — how might the world’s number one set of new parents get here? Here at Routehappy we specialize in make the trip as happy for them (or you) no matter whether you’re traveling like a prince, princess or the fourteenth footman downstairs.

American Airlines, LHR – DFW on a freshly steeped 777-300ER

Let’s say the Royal family wants to take a trip to Dallas/Fort Worth. You know, land of big hair and personalities — oh, and that quintessential American department store, Neiman Marcus. They can hop onboard American Airlines’ new 777-300ER from Heathrow and make the 10 hour or so hop to the big D. Onboard, we’d recommend they sit in these comfortable first class full flat pods.

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Air New Zealand, LHR to LAX on 777-300

Perhaps Kate wants to have high tea and trade Mommy (sorry, Mummy) tips with our very own Royal Mother in the US, Kim Kardashian.  For her, we’d recommend a hop on a true hidden gem. Air New Zealand flies from LHR with an ultimate goal of ending up in Auckland (AKL) of course, but since no aircraft can yet reach quite that far, they make a leisurely stop in Los Angeles (LAX). The London-LA leg is one of the best kept secrets in all of Hollywood.

Air New Zealand is known for their fabulous Kiwi staff, luxury and effervescence. When Kate needs that drink refreshed, she can belly up to the in-flight bar and select a delicious New Zealand wine (or two), chat with fellow passengers or head back to her full flat pod business class seat.

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British Airways, LCY to JFK, on A318

Before you question a possible typo at the end there, we did mean A318. This is an all business class flight that jaunts from London City airport to Shannon, Ireland, and eventually to JFK. The stop in Shannon is quite brilliant – it’s a United States pre-clearance zone which allows folks on certain flights to clear customs in Ireland and avoid the sometimes long lines at JFK. Here’s a look at this intimate cabin with just 32  full flat seats:

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British Airways, LHR to NYC (JFK or EWR), on a 777-200 or 747-400

If taking a brief Irish pitstop isn’t their jive, and the idea of a cozy private space seems more appealing, they may opt for a full flat pod in BA’s New First Class, offered on most flights to the US. Important note: supermodel Rachel Weisz isn’t included in the ticket price.

Seat - First Class Full Flat Pod - British Airways - New First - Rachel Weisz

Virgin Atlantic, LHR to JFK, on A330-300

Another exceedingly shiny way to get from LHR to JFK is Virgin Atlantic, in Upper Class. Virgin offers swish new full flat pod seating, a wide selection of on-demand entertainment, comfortable 1-1-1 seating layout, plugs, and a trial of Wi-Fi on most flights. Their new Dream Suites make the flight really comfortable and stylish.

Seat - Full Flat Pod - Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Dream Suite - A330 only

Naturally, one needn’t be related to Her Majesty to want a happier, more comfortable flight. And we at Routehappy don’t think you should have to pawn off the family jewels to pay for it! Find your own happiest flight — for the lowest price — at Routehappy.com.

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Posted in Air New Zealand, Airbus A318, Airbus A330, Airline, American, Boeing 747, Boeing 777, British Airways, Dallas, Flyer tips, Happiness Factors, London, Los Angeles, New York, Plugs, Seat Layout, Seats, Virgin Atlantic
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