According to a new travel survey released today by Zagat, Virgin America is the carrier of choice for frequent flyers. The airline was named the poll’s top overall carrier for it’s coach and premium classes on both domestic and international routes. More than 8,000 frequent flyers were asked how well airlines delivered on comfort, service and food.
Other winners in the annual poll included:
- Continental Airlines – which ranked first among “big” U.S. airlines for coach and premium classes on domestic and international flights. Continental is merging with United Airlines.
- Southwest Airlines – which was recognized for the best website of all U.S. and foreign airlines. On domestic routes, Southwest also was cited for the best value, the best luggage policy, the best check-in experience and the best on-time flight estimates for consumers.
- Singapore Airlines – which was named number one for coach and premium classes on international flights.
- JetBlue & Virgin Atlantic – which ranked number one for in-flight entertainment for their respective domestic and international flights.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- Earlier today, JetBlue unveiled its “Top Secret Sale” where you can book up to nine different vacation packages starting at $99 per person, including airfare and a 3-day hotel stay. Travel between Dec. 5-14, 2010. You pick the destination and the flight, JetBlue picks the hotel. Even though you can’t pick your hotel, the airline guarantees it is a three-to-five star hotel. Taxes and airline fees are extra.
- Passengers on a Delta flight from Chicago to New York got an eye-full over the Thanksgiving weekend after an “emotionally disturbed” woman stripped naked and created a ruckus. As flight attendants tried to calm her down and cover her with blankets, she allegedly shouted, “No! No! No!” She was eventually taken into custody, but not charged.
- Airlines are adding seats and flights, cautiously betting that the optimistic travel outlook the industry has had for much of the year will continue. Most carriers are adding seats by increasing the number of flights, or by moving to bigger planes. JetBlue has added the most with a 7.6% increase; and Delta has added 5%. With increased supply, there’s hope that cheaper airfares are on the horizon. If you’re planning to fly in 2011, this is a good year to track for airfare decreases with Yapta.
Here’s a quick look at some of the last airfare sales of 2009:
- Virgin America is conducting one more sale before the end of the year. One-way fares start as low as $39 from Los Angeles to San Francisco or $59 to Seattle. Act quickly; it’s a 48-hour sale. You can grab seats through Feb. 28 with only one-day advance purchase.
- Southwest Airlines also kicked-off a winter airfare sale with flights as low as $59 each way to / from cities across the U.S. Purchase your airline ticket by 11:59 pm PT Jan. 4, 2010 for travel from Jan. 12 to March 9, 2010. These airfare deals are good for travel on all days of the week.
- Continental Airlines has made fares as low as $178 round-trip to destinations within the United States. Round-trip fares to European destinations are starting at $486 round-trip, and fares to Latin America are starting at $227.
- American Airlines has launched “The Great American New Year Sale” offering deep discounts on flights from London Heathrow and Manchester to a number of major U.S. cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando and Las Vegas. Bookings must be made by 26 January 2010 in order to take advantage of the sale prices.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, which fly about half of all passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, said they will waive baggage fees for items checked as baggage that the passenger otherwise would have taken aboard as carry-on baggage from Mexico or Canada. The only items allowed on board will be “small purses, cameras, coats, items needed for infants, laptop computers, diplomatic or consular bags, crutches, canes, walkers, containers carrying life sustaining items, medication or medical devices, musical instruments, or a special needs item. Passengers with non-exempt carry-on items will be denied access through the checkpoint.”
- With the new air travel restrictions – including no bathroom visits or lap items during the last hour of flight – flying with children just became a whole lot more difficult. The New York Times blog, Motherlode, asked: “So, what is a parent to do? …Any thoughts on how to keep youngsters calm and entertained whitough your usual tools?” Readers didn’t seem to have many suggestions – but they had a lot of strong opinions.