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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

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

Security!

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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

Flex your fingertips.

If you’ve searched for a flight on Routehappy, you know we’re all about getting you the happiest flight — for the lowest price. But did you ever notice our searches are filled with all sorts of hidden gems and info nuggets that could turn the ordinary flight experience into something extraordinary?

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Since we’re always up for some fun on a Friday, the team at Routehappy decided to turn our vast database, Flightpad, into the perfect opportunity to have a little contest. And we’re playing it out over on Twitter @Routehappy.

Here’s how it works: At about 12pm EST on Friday 6/28, we’ll start tweeting a few questions. You’ll find the answers on Routehappy.com. Be first to answer them correctly, and we’ll reward you handsomely with one of these luxurious Routehappy t-shirts. (And we do mean luxurious). We might even throw in a little something extra.

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So, are you ready? Flex your search muscle (which could be your fingertips) and we’ll see you at noon!

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Posted in Flyer tips, Genius tips, Routehappy

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

Haneda kind of rhymes with Canada, if you’re wondering.

Los Angeles LAX to Tokyo TYO (HND or NRT): Haneda or Narita in Tokyo? You might not know that Tokyo's city center Haneda Airport now takes international flights. Just two of the dozen daily nonstops from LA land right in the center of town. Look for Delta or ANA All Nippon from LAX to HND.
There are good reasons to fly to Tokyo Narita too — mainly if you want to connect to somewhere that isn’t Tokyo — but if you’re heading to Japan’s capital then Haneda Airport is a great option.

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Posted in Airports, ANA, Delta, Genius tips, Tokyo

Summer travel tips on how to fly better, from a real mom

Flying with kids can be a great experience, but how do you find the flights that keep the kids entertained — and keep you sane?

Routehappy’s director of PR and communications (and mom of two boys!) Kellie Pelletier shares some of her top tips and explains how Routehappy helps her family fly better.

Air New Zealand's friendly flight crews delight smaller travelers, but how can you keep them happy closer to home?

Air New Zealand’s friendly flight crews delight smaller travelers, but how can you keep them happy closer to home?


Traveling with the family, especially young children, is one of the hardest things parents do, or at least it is for me! Over the years I’ve developed a core toolkit of tips:

  • Hungry kids are grumpy kids, and hungry adults are grumpy too! Pack granola bars, and assemble a few zip-lock bags of trail mix, plus a couple of treats, for the road and the plane. My kids love the tubes of apple sauce, and the sucking required to eat the snack pops can unblock ears.
  • Spend time with the airport maps. Figure out the general layout (how to get from the parking lot to the terminal to security) before you leave home. Print the map at home, and trace your route with a highlighter pen. Works great as a treasure map for kids too!  Once you’ve checked in online, figure out which gate you’re heading for.
  • Save time at the TSA: kids under 12 do not have to take off their shoes. And keep that iPad in your purse, because unlike your laptop, your iPad does not have to be removed and scanned separately. Plus, the TSA makes accommodations for medicine, special diets (like Almond Milk for casein-free diets), and breast milk, but take these items out and let the agents know what you’re packing and why. It never hurts to have a doctor’s note for special diets and medicine.
  • Plan out where you’ll wait for your flight. The gate is not always the best option! Sometimes a family restaurant or kids’ play area is en route. The airport-themed play area at Philadelphia airport is one of my kids’ favorite places on earth.
  • Don’t forget that if you bought a ticket for the kids, they get their own luggage allowances too. Board first (consider paying a little extra if necessary) so that you can stow all the family’s stuff at or near your row.
  • No one wants to sit in the last row, but I actually prefer the last row when traveling with the kiddos.  We’re close to the bathroom, so we are likely to avoid accidents.  Plus, the constant line of people coming and going to the potty will keep the kids entertained.  A good game of peek-a-boo with a stranger can ward off a tantrum! Finally, if one of more of the kids does burst into hysterics, you’re only bothering a few rows in front of you, instead of in front of you and behind you.

The question I am most often asked is, “What’s the best airline for kids?” It’s not really about the best airline, as it is the comfiest plane with lots of perks to keep the kids occupied and content.

More legroom, extra space, better entertainment, plugs, Wi-Fi and more are calculated in Routehappy's database, Flightpad.
And happily the folks at Routehappy built a website that reveals the services and amenities that make flying with the family a little easier. Routehappy displays everything I need to know on the results page such as whether or not the flight has Wi-Fi, entertainment or extra legroom.

We call them Happiness Factors. It’s so easy to choose the happiest flight that even the kids can be part of the decision. Especially important for family travelers:

  • Seat back entertainment (unlimited Disney Jr? And I get my iPad back? Yes please!)
  • Wi-Fi (your teen is stuck on a plane for five hours—perfect time to write that book report)
  • Extra legroom so your 12 month old, who just learned to walk and refuses to sit, can stand and roam without walking the aisle
  • Extra legroom so your 2-year-old can’t kick the seat in front of you
  • Wider seat so your toddler can share your seat and cuddle during nap time
  • a 3-across seat layout so your child can lay across you and your significant other during nap time… or a 4-across seat layout so your family of 4 can sit together
  • Plugs and USB sockets so everyone can recharge their own devices on long-haul trips

And Routehappy’s quick toggle between Happiest and Cheapest means that parents can really weigh up price versus value for the very first time.

I can find those few bigger planes on popular routes, or the better planes when flying to Grandma’s house (which means I can avoid wrangling a toddler onto a tiny regional jet).

Find that happier flight for you and your family right now!

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Posted in Genius tips, Philadelphia, Routehappy favorites

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

Another reason to pick the Airbus A380 or Boeing 787.

[image of a wide body jet] Did you know? New jets like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 have a lower cabin altitude. It feels like being at 6000 feet rather than 8000 feet. End result? You're less jetlagged and dehydrated.
New planes like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 are important! That’s why we factor them into our Happiness Scores, so that you can fly better.

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Posted in Airbus A380, Boeing 787, Genius tips, Type of plane

International Wi-Fi on American? Yep.

[Airline inflight Wi-Fi wireless Internet symbol] American Airlines' new Boeing 777-300ER planes have international Wi-Fi Internet onboard. Pick those planes and you can Facebook your way to your final destination. Routehappy. Fly better.
International Wi-Fi is the next big thing. Routehappy is the only flight search site that tracks it outside the US, so that you know where you’ll be able to get to the cloud, in the clouds. Find a happier flight right now.

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Posted in American, Boeing 777, Genius tips, Wi-Fi
Routehappy helps you fly better.
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