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“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

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

Free Wi-Fi at London Heathrow Airport’s terminals from Saturday, June 1st

Hey there friends! Routehappy here, coming to you live from London Heathrow, where we’ve just learned that the airport will be providing free Wi-Fi Internet for all passengers across all its terminals from June 1st — that’s this Saturday!

We love free Wi-Fi, but there are a few catches.

Takeoff at London Heathrow

To start off with, every passenger will get 45 minutes a day for each device, but Heathrow Rewards loyalty cardholders get that allowance doubled. That’s a good reason to become a member alone.

Check out all the details on the new service from our pals at Jaunted.

Need more time than that? You can either pull out your credit card and fork out for the pay-per-use Wi-Fi (it’s the same Boingo system as previously, just with a free 45 minutes) or use our handy trick and pick up a pay-as-you-go data SIM card for your phone.

We just grabbed one from the 3 mobile phone network with a month of Internet for twenty pounds (that’s around 30 US dollars).

They’re available from the vending machines like this one:

London Heathrow's SIM card vending machines are just great!

We’ve spotted them in all the terminals, usually in the arrivals area, and the nano-SIM card is plug-and-play: we slotted it into our unlocked iPhone, powered it on, and were sucking down emails immediately. It comes with an adapter to use with micro-SIM and regular SIM card slots too.

In addition to being able to use our phone for maps, email, Facebook and Twitter while we were in the UK, we’re flying out today, and that extra hour of being online between boarding and when the doors close will be very useful!

Find a happier flight to London Heathrow today!

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Posted in British Airways, London, Virgin Atlantic, Wi-Fi

Virgin’s new lounge is pretty chic.

[Seats and tables in the Virgin Atlantic Newark lounge.] "Modern airside lounge (recently opened). Full meal and bar service, efficient service and friendly staff." -Mark R, Virgin Atlantic EWR lounge, on Routehappy
Check out more great shots from Mark R, or read more real flyer reviews of Virgin Atlantic on Routehappy.

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Posted in Airports, Flyer tips, Genius tips, New York, Postcards, Virgin Atlantic

We still love flying on a Boeing 747.

[Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400, Upper Class] "With Virgin Atlantic, the 747s are a mixed bag in business: roomier seats, but ceilings & fittings are last-generation." -John W, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class London to Newark, on Routehappy
Read more real-world reviews from John W or more thoughts about Virgin Atlantic from Routehappy’s expert members!

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Posted in Airline, Boeing 747, Flyer tips, London, New York, Postcards, Routehappy favorites, Seats, Type of plane, Virgin Atlantic

Why yes, we would like to watch the planes while having a haircut.

VS: Virgin Atlantic at LHR. "Virgin's Clubhouse is the best business class lounge I've ever been to. Make sure you turn right for a spa/salon session as soon as you arrive." -John W, flying Upper Class from London Heathrow, on Routehappy
Read up on Virgin Atlantic, more about London Heathrow, or more reviews from our well-traveled Director of Data, John W.

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Hot chocolate, in an awesome airline mug!

[Fun cartoon airline mug] "Try the Hot Chocolate! Very nice." -Jason L, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class, on Routehappy
Love those mugs, Virgin Atlantic! Hey, flyers — take our Routehappy Reviewer iPhone app with you to share the fun stuff you see the next time you take to the air, and check out more of Jason L‘s great reviews in the meantime.

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London calling. (“Hello, it’s regarding your legroom.”)

[Roomier seat] To London. With legroom. Virgin Atlantic's Airbus A340-600 planes have a comfortable 32" of legroom. That's just an inch more than the airline's other jets heading to London. Routehappy. Fly better.
Don’t wake up in a London fog! Find a happier flight with extra legroom.

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Can’t beat sitting in the nose of a jumbo jet.

[interior of the nose of a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 in Upper Class business] "Nice, quiet section in Upper Class downstairs." -Mark R, on a Virgin Atlantic 747, on Routehappy
Is there a better way to fly than in the nose of a Boeing 747? If you’ve found one, we’d love to hear about it! Review a flight on Routehappy right now.

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Posted in Boeing 747, Flyer tips, Seats, Type of plane, Virgin Atlantic
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