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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

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

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

What do you think about these layouts? Good or bad?

"Air New Zealand business class on the Boeing 777-300 has the staggered layout with large lie-flat seats, and large personal screens. The only problem... it is difficult to see out the window." -James M, Auckland to Melbourne, on Routehappy
Controversial review there, James! Some people love Air New Zealand‘s Business Premier seat, some aren’t as convinced. Which one are you? Sound off in our comments or join the discussion on Twitter or Facebook.

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Posted in Air New Zealand, Auckland, Boeing 777, Melbourne, Seat Layout, Seats, Type of plane

Look how wide those entertainment screens are!

"Brand new Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with the most amazing IFE yet." -Jason L, flying EK Dubai to Frankfurt, on Routehappy
Flying on Emirates? We’ve got you covered with reviews from Routehappy members, including some great tips from Jason L.

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Posted in Boeing 777, Dubai, Emirates, Entertainment, Flyer tips, Frankfurt, Postcards, Type of plane

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

Best. Main. Cabin. Extra. Ever.

[Roomier Seat.]Main Cabin, Extra Great. On American's new Boeing 777-300ER, Main Cabin Extra has one fewer neighbor across than Main Cabin. With more than four inches more legroom (and on-demand entertainment), it's a great way to fly. Routehappy. Fly better.
Read expert flyer tips about American Airlines, or go right ahead and find a happier flight (like this one!) today.

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Posted in American, Boeing 777, Genius tips, Seat Layout, Seats

On the Boeing 777, go for nine-abreast seating. Trust us.

[Seat layout/cabin configuration] Get rid of a neighbor. Most Boeing 777 planes have nine seats across, but some airlines squeeze in a tenth. Guess where that space comes from? Yep: your seat. Pick a cabin layout that's 2-5-2 or 3-3-3 for a roomier, better flight. Routehappy. Fly better.
That’s why Routehappy counts Seat Layout as part of our revolutionary Happiness Factors. Use them to find a happier flight right now.

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Posted in Boeing 777, Genius tips, Routehappy favorites, Seat Layout, Seats, Type of plane

It’s hard to do better than Thai in economy.

[image of Thai Boeing 777-300ER economy class window seats] "Economy bliss! Legroom and recline on this Thai Boeing 777-300ER were excellent." -Robert A, from Tokyo to Bangkok, on Routehappy
Yep, we at Routehappy all fly economy too — including our CEO, Robert A! That’s one of the reasons we’re so dedicated to helping everyone find the happiest flight… because we want to find them too.

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Posted in Bangkok, Boeing 777, Flyer tips, Routehappy favorites, Seats, Thai, Tokyo
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