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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

“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

Hey, aisle fans, here’s a tip for you.

[image of widebody jet] Prefer an aisle seat? If you're an aisle fan, pick one of the center aisle seats on a Boeing 747. The 3-4-3 layout means there's only half as many people clambering over you. Routehappy. Fly better.
Did you know about this trick for aisle seat passengers? If so, we want to hear from you. You’re just the type of Flight Genius we’re looking for!

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Posted in Boeing 747, Genius tips, Seat Layout

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

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




What’s the best way to get through airport security? Savvy flyers have a little bag of tricks to to swiftly and efficiently get through the mighty tricky security lines. But who doesn’t love extra tips for taking the pain out of the airport experience? Routehappy’s Director of Data, John Walton, shares his top 6 security tips:

1. Choose the right line (or the left one. Or the one downstairs hidden behind the water fountain)
My top tip is to be smart about choosing your security line, especially at larger airports. Routehappy users love sharing hot tips about hidden or under-used security lines, and I’ve saved hours by finding those shorter and faster lines. (Hi there, JFK T4!) Skip lines containing folks who might take longer — infants, kids, obvious tourists (t-shirts or hoodies with their town’s name on it is a big hint here!) and older travelers. But also be aware of what’s at the end of the line — or, more specifically, how many machines are in operation.

2. Carry (right) on
Pick the right carry on bag! TSA-approved laptop bags are widely available, but anything that lets you pull your laptop bag out swiftly is a great plan.  And try not to pack too much extra electronic gear — a mess of cabling and gizmos makes it more likely that the X-ray screener will want to have a closer look. Consider rubber-banding your wires and cords neatly (and you’ll be grateful when you come to use them too.)

3. Coat it – carefully
Even in warmer weather, I travel in a light sport coat or blazer. As I get closer to the end of the line, I empty my pant pockets into the sport coat, ready to put it through the x-ray machine. (Hot tip: to avoid creases when folding sport coats or blazers, pop one of the shoulders inside out, then fold the other shoulder into it.) And being smart in a sport coat has often paid off with an upgrade, and I’m grateful for it when the plane is arctic inside too.

4. Adopt a Mantra (om)
I use a mantra to put things on the belt in order so I don’t forget them: jacket, bag, laptop, shoes. I slip my jacket on first, then grab my bag, slip the laptop into it, and then grab my shoes.

5. Speaking of belts…
Skip the belt, or wear a tried-and-tested non-metallic one. Alternatively, consider going the full British with a pair of suspenders, the old-school type with loops for buttons sewn inside your waistband. Look at you, all Downton Abbey.

6. Keep the feet simple and to the beat
Slip-on shoes are a great plan. I have a pair of really comfy Ecco moccasins that work well in business casual or with shorts at the weekend. But whatever brand you go for, check carefully that the shoes don’t have a metal frame or heel plate for structure. In those rare cases where you can keep your shoes on when going through security, you don’t want to set off the metal detector.

What are your top security tips? Share them with us on Twitter or Facebook, and don’t forget to share these tips with your friends!

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Posted in Airports, Flyer tips, Genius tips

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
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