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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.

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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

Fly like a Kardashian on American to LAX.

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Both roomier seats and fewer neighbors are part of our unique Happiness Scores. Window passengers don’t want to trouble more people than they have to in order to get out, and aisle passengers want a minimum of people springing over them like a gazelle/hippo in the middle of the night.

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Posted in American, Boeing 777, Genius tips, Los Angeles, Miami, Seat Layout, Seats, Type of plane

Use Routehappy’s new Comparison Tool to compare up to four flights in detail

We’re excited to bring you a world first in our mission to find you the happiest flight: our powerful new Comparison Tool.
Routehappy Comparison tool
For the first time ever, you can compare up to four flights side-by-side, right from our results page. With Routehappy’s signature Happiness Factors displayed clearly, you can figure out which of the flights is best for your needs. Like these options from New York to LAX — which are separated by a single dollar:
Routehappy Comparison Tool NYC to LAX
Is great on-demand entertainment more important to you on a six-hour flight? Or would you trade it for two extra inches of legroom? Or how about a plane with the popular pairs of seats by the windows — perfect for snoozing with your sweetie?

More than ever, the Comparison Tool lets Routehappy help you figure out what’s really important for your specific flight. And it takes the guesswork out of figuring out which flight is better, like on these Air France flights from New York to Paris:
NYC to Paris - Routehappy comparison tool
Identical prices, just a couple hours’ differences in departure times, but look at the difference in happiness. Pretty cool, right?

Find your happiest flight with our new Comparison Tool right now!

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Posted in Air France, Comparison Tool, Happiness Factors, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Routehappy

Find the happiest flights this Memorial Day weekend

The long Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner — have you booked your flights for a relaxing weekend yet? Routehappy helps you find the happiest flight for the lowest price, no matter where you’re jetting off to.

Let’s take an example: you want to head from LA to Miami for the weekend, leaving the Friday before Memorial Day, returning Monday.

The happiest flight is right there in our default Happiness Sort: an Elated 8.9 on Virgin America to Fort Lauderdale, with all the amenities and extra-wide, Roomier seats. And that $608 price looks pretty good for booking just a couple weeks out.

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But we all want to see how that price matches up against the competition. So let’s see what happens when you use Routehappy’s powerful Cheapest sort.

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The Cheapest sort ranks flights first by price, and then by Happiness Score.

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Yikes! Who would have thought that a direct flight on American Airlines would be cheaper than ultra-low cost carrier Spirit? And Spirit’s cheapest involves spending three hours more on a plane, flying via Detroit and getting a Tight seat. Nicely avoided, savvy traveler.

Another Routehappy bonus: check out all those American options going for $537. Routehappy’s the only flight search site that shows you how each of those flights is different so you can make an educated decision based on what you want most.

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If comfort is the most important thing for you (and it is for most people), that 777 flight is the best. Those international-configuration 777s are more than an inch roomier than the smaller 737s, and the 2-5-2 layout means that people traveling in pairs can snag themselves their own little section.

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But, as our More Details page shows you, you’ll know to bring your iPad or a really good book to keep yourself entertained.

With all the information you need from Routehappy’s team of Flight Geniuses, you can figure out what’s most important to you: how about a Boeing 737-800 with plugs, Wi-Fi and the possibility of “Netflix-server-in-a-plane” streaming video? Or you might prefer a Boeing 767 with the popular 2-3-2 layout: fewer neighbors and only one middle seat per row.

Find a happier flight right now, or keep up to date with us on Facebook and Twitter for more expert tips, real-world reviews and handy hints!

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Posted in American, Boeing 737, Boeing 767, Boeing 777, Los Angeles, Miami, Plugs, Seats, Type of plane, Virgin America, Wi-Fi

Herringbone style seats: agree or disagree?

DL - Delta Airlines. "This plane has the angled individual seats in Business Class, which was a first for me. The set up took a bit of getting used to and I did not like not being able to see out the window during take off and landing." -Janel P, Sydney to Los Angeles, on a Delta 777, on Routehappy.
We love Janel’s expert tips — she’s a frequent flyer and it shows. But do you agree about Delta‘s 777 flat-bed seat, the one in the herringbone pattern? Share your thoughts in a comment, or hit us up on Twitter and Facebook.

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Posted in Boeing 777, Delta, Flyer tips, Los Angeles, Seat Layout, Seats, Sydney

You don’t have to be power-less on a long flight.

CA - Air China. "New airplane with high end seat configuration - same as United Airlines. But they didn't install USB or power plug options, so no power." -William B, Air China Business Class, Beijing-LAX, on Routehappy.
Good to know, William. Want more real-world tips on Air China? Or how about Beijing Airport reviews? Routehappy has you covered.

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Posted in Air China, Beijing, Flyer tips, Los Angeles, Plugs, Seats

Do you agree that American wins on the LAX-JFK route?

AA: American Airlines: "On the LAX-JFK transcontinental route in Business Class... American wins for overall comfort — seats are comfortable and there's something nice about being in a widebody jet for that long a trip, and American is the only airline that flies a widebody." -Jonathan G, on Routehappy
Do you agree with Jonathan? Sound off in the comments below, read more reviews from Jonathan G, more about American Airlines or find a happier flight from LAX to JFK!

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Posted in Airline, American, Boeing 767, Flyer tips, Los Angeles, New York, Seat Layout, Seats, Type of plane

A peek inside United’s current “p.s.” service business class

[Two business class recliner seats on a United plane] "Very comfortable business class seat with a real pillow and quilt, hotel style." -Robert A in United p.s. flying New York JFK-Los Angeles LAX on Routehappy
United Airlines is revamping its swanky p.s. transcontinental flights…but here’s what you’ll find on board today. Check out more reviews from Routehappy’s Robert A in the meantime!

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Posted in Flyer tips, Los Angeles, New York, Seats, United

Delta: putting the “comfort” in “Economy Comfort”.

[Image of Delta Economy Comfort legroom between New York JFK and Los Angeles LAX] "I loved the extra space in Economy Comfort... really happy for the extra space." -Vicki M, flying Delta JFK-LAX, on Routehappy
Our awesome reviewer Vicki M is right: Delta‘s Economy Comfort is a great way to fly better!

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Posted in Airline, Delta, Flyer tips, Los Angeles, New York, Seat Layout, Seats

Korean or Brazilian barbecue? You can have both.

[image of seat with more legroom] Fly Korean to Brazil. Heading to Sao Paulo? Pick Korean Air's nonstop daily Boeing 777 from LAX, with over 34" of legroom, USB power and on-demand entertainment. Yaho! (That's '"yay" in Korean.)
We just love finding hidden gems like this one. Korean Air has such great reviews, and having such a huge amount of legroom really bumps up the Happiness Scores.

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Posted in Korean, Los Angeles
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