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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

Want a SIM card for your iPhone in London Heathrow?

LHR: London Heathrow Airport: "Great deal in the SIM card vending machines: 20 pounds for unlimited data, 300 minutes voice and 300 texts on the '3' network. Plug and play too. Awesome!" -John W at London Heathrow on Routehappy
Some airports have great things like this, and some don’t. We factor in airport ratings from real flyers when you search for a flight on Routehappy so that you have a better trip.

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Posted in Airports, Flyer tips, Genius tips, London

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

Hello Gorgeous.

Hello gorgeous! We’re loving the new uniforms, Virgin Atlantic. We would expect nothing less from such a stylish airline.

-Team Routehappy

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Posted in London, Postcards

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

Kuwait Airways… from New York to London?

KU: Kuwait Airways. Three days a week, Kuwait Airways flies between New York JFK and London Heathrow. Its planes are a bit old, punctuality can be approximate - but seats are roomier than most and the price can be half the competition's. Routehappy. Fly better.
Kuwait Airways’ seats — joint prizeholder with American Airlines for the roomiest seats across the Atlantic with a spacious 32″ + Wide rating — are a real hidden gem when flying New York to London. Know someone who’d want to learn about them?

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Posted in Airline, Genius tips, Kuwait Airways, London, New York

Six expert travel tips for flying United Airlines

Do you find yourself flying the friendly skies with United? If so, you’ll want to check out Routehappy users’ reviews, tips and hints on flying United. Fly better on your next trip — and don’t forget to review your flight to share your knowledge with others.

“Given that UA only have one flight a day out of Melbourne, it is surprising that they have a dedicated Lounge. (In Sydney they outsource to Air NZ). The Melbourne lounge is basic but as our flight was delayed for over 5 hours it put a strain on everyone. Not helpful with rebooking other than provide the # for reservations. Only about 3 plugs. But better than sitting outside in the terminal,” says Janel P.

Henry J has a useful caution at London Heathrow: “Terminal 4 Gate 25 is at the end of the world. Thankfully there are some moving walkways otherwise more than 10 minutes walking there at a fast pace. Gates 22-25 known as Victor Zone. Great view of planes taking off from the east end of the runways. And all of the gates in between were unoccupied.”

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“Economy Plus on United is just outstanding! I love the extra 5 inches of legroom than standard economy. My family and I were upgraded because it was a less packed flight!” reckons Mark W.

“We were traveling with a car seat and the check in attendant offered us a sturdy plastic bag to put it in for protection. They also waived the checked luggage fees on that item without us even asking for it. I appreciate that level of service from United,” concludes Kate S.

Robert A also has some tips on United’s San Francisco-Tokyo Narita food:

United business class food, San Francisco to Tokyo
“The food was tasty and plentiful overall, with two big “buts.” I really wanted the Japanese meal – something I look forward to when lucky enough to fly in biz class to Tokyo – but UA only stocks a small number so apparently only Global Services elites have a chance of getting them (they take orders on board per your status – there has to be a better way.) The second thing is that the breakfast was identical to what I had on my flight ORD to SFO earlier in the day. I was surprised that domestic and international would share the same menu.”

In Hong Kong, Michael B suggests, “Check-in at Airport Express station in Hong Kong or Kowloon to save time.”

Read more expert tips on flying United on Routehappy — or review your flight right now!

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Posted in Airline, Bangkok, Chicago, Flyer tips, Hong Kong, London, San Diego, Sydney, United

Full flat pod: the best thing in business class.

[Full flat seat, with direct aisle access] A dozen daily nonstops from New York to London now have the best business seats: fully flat pods. Enjoy bed-like slumber and direct access to the aisle for everyone. Pick those and you'll be bloomin' marvellous in the morning. Routehappy. Fly better.
Flying London to New York can be a real drag or a restful hop. Find a happier flight right now — even up in the pointy end of the plane — for the next time you cross the pond!

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Posted in Genius tips, London, New York, Seats

Fly pluggier. (Yes, we know it should be “more pluggily”.)

[Plug image.] Pick a more power-ful flight. Two dozen daily nonstops between NYC and London, but a half-dozen of 'em don't have plugs in business class, or require a proprietary adapter. Leave the extra cables gathering dust at home and pick a better flight instead. Routehappy. Fly better.
Yep, we care a whole lot about plugs, because flyers (especially in business) do too. Want actual plugs on your next trip? Find that happier flight right now.

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Posted in Genius tips, London, New York, Plugs
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