In celebration of Cinco De Mayo, American Airlines announced this week that it will offer happy hour drink specials on American or American Eagle domestic flights departing between 5:00 p.m. and 5:59 p.m.  The “‘5@5″ happy hour promo starts May 1 and will feature $5 alcoholic drinks (a saving of $1 on beer and $2 on liquor and wine) on flights in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  The airline also noted that it will be featuring a special “Margaritaville margarita” for those folks that really want to get into the spirit of the holiday.

Note that I refrained from referring to American Airlines as “AA” in this post.  That would just be a contradiction of terms.

Here’s some travel news you can use:

  • It’s been reported that more than 600,000 tourists are planning to visit London this weekend for the “wedding of the century”.  British Airways, alone, will be carrying more than 250,000 people – but seats aren’t coming cheap.  The total cost for an economy seat will run you approximately $1,400 per person.  And if you fancy a first class seat, prices start at $18,204 from New York and $22,512 from Los Angeles, not including the fees. Total cost: About $19,000-$23,000.  Yes, the crown jewels.
  • This type of story is starting to occur all too often:  This week, it’s a former Miss USA from 2003, Susie Castillo, that’s blasting airport screeners for groping her after she refused to go through a full body scanner.   She claims she was “violated” by a female TSA agent at a security checkpoint at DFW international airport in Texas.  She said she wanted to avoid going through the full body scanner because she had heard the radiation could pose a health risk.  A video of her testimonial is currently lighting up the web.
  • On Wednesday, Holland America kicked-off a last-minute sale on summer cruises in Europe, with some voyages marked down to as little as $599 per person.  In some cases, Holland America is also throwing in reduced airfare for passengers flying to their ships from the U.S.  The offer expires soon… of course.