Google announced on their blog today that they’re partnering with Virgin America to provide free WiFi on every Virgin America flight between November 10, 2009 and January 15, 2010.
“Whether it’s using Gmail to confirm an airport pick up time with your brother, doing some last minute gift shopping for your niece on Google Product Search or searching Google.com for a good sweet potato pie recipe before touchdown — we hope this makes it a bit easier to stay connected with family and friends while you’re up in the air.
You can find out more about our partnership, where Virgin America flies and how the in-flight WiFi service works at www.freeholidaywifi.com.”
Virgin America currently serves 10 major markets, including San Francisco (SFO), Boston (BOS), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Orange County (SNA), San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA), Washington-Dulles (IAD).
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- The Detroit Free Press reports that Northwest Airlines is changing nearly all of its current flight numbers this week – so be sure to confirm your Northwest Airlines flight number before heading to the airport. The changes are due to the takeover by Delta Air Lines and go into effect Saturday (10/26) for international flights and Sunday, Nov. 1st for domestic flights.
- AirTran Airways is expanding its mobile device options for customers to help manage their air travel. The expanded mobile Web services will allow flyers to book flights and change or cancel travel plans using their mobile devices, according to an AirTran release. The new services complement existing ones offered by AirTran, including being able to view flight status and check in for flights.
- JetBlue said today that its expanding its service at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The New York-based carrier said that five daily nonstop flights from Boston to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport will begin on March 1, 2010.
- There was an interesting debate carried out in a recent edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in which Kate Hanni, the Executive Director of FlyersRights.org, and James May, President and CEO of the ATA, offered their perpsective on the proposed legislation for a “Passenger Bill of Rights”. Give it a read and comment here to let us know which side of the debate you fall on.
- If you’re interested in capturing information on hotels in nearly any city or town in the United States , visit Yapta’s new hotel browse pages. You’ll find background on hotels from Abbeville, AL to Worland, WY.
This month Yapta is giving away another 5-night / 6-day stay at a Marriott or Renaissance resort in the Caribbean or Mexico as part of our “Nine Months of Paradise by Marriott” Sweepstakes. By simply tracking a flight with Yapta.com anytime in October, you can enter to win a stay at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. You can also win one of 14 other prizes, including Bose On-Ear Headphones or a Starbucks gift card.
Again, all you have to do is visit Yapta.com and track the airfare on any flight and Yapta will present you with the opportunity to participate. You can increase your chances of winning by tracking up to 25 flights each month to receive the maximum 25 entries into the sweepstakes.
Don’t think you can actually win? Well, don’t say that to Emily Lakin from San Francisco, CA; Jan Walker from Springfield, MO; Laquitta Sobieski from Ocala, FL or Sharon Weinstein from Branford, CT. They’ve each taken home a Grand Prize in the first 4 months of our 9-month sweepstakes contests.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- United Airlines has introduced a “Premier Baggage program” where you pay a $249 yearly subscription fee and you (plus up to eight people traveling with you on the same reservation) get to check up to two bags per person, per flight for “free” all year.
- AirTran Airways is now offering nonstop service from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to New Orleans and Indianapolis. Previously, Southwest Airlines was the only carrier to offer a daily nonstop flight between New Orleans and BWI. Southwest stopped running two daily nonstop flights after Hurricane Katrina decreased flight demands.
- There’s an apparent email scam that’s offering people domestic and international flights at low fares. However, once people put down their money and attempt to collect the ticket from the airline, they find they’ve been duped because the booking does not exist.