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By Jordi Lippe for Yahoo! Travel

Forget the Taxi! Take a $99 Helicopter to the Airport Instead

What if you could get to the airport in the time it takes to eat a bagel? (Photo: Gotham Air)

Whether you live in New York City or are just visiting, you easily have to add another couple of hours onto your travel time to get to or from the airport. Unlike other metropolitan areas that seem to get their transportation down to 30 minutes in and out of the city center, Manhattan has been struggling.

Enter Gotham Air. Starting February 9 this new luxury service plans to cut travel time from two hours to six minutes by offering helicopter flights to JFK and Newark Liberty Airports. “This changes everything about travel,” said Gotham Air CEO Tim Hayes.

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Cheap Flight Alert: Tanzania for $798+ from the U.S.

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Have you been dreaming of Africa? Now’s your chance: For today only, KLM is having a flash sale on roundtrip fares to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Here, on the coast of East Africa, plenty awaits those seeking adrenaline as well as travelers who crave pampering, a deep-dive into the local culinary scene, or a game drive.

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It’s only two weeks into the new year and there’s already exciting news for one of our Top Budget Destinations of 2015. That destination is Reno, with its close proximity to world-class ski resorts, 300 days of sunshine, and a booming downtown that’s about to get trendier thanks to the presence of big companies like Tesla. Then just today, we learned that JetBlue will be launching daily nonstop service between Reno and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport daily, starting May 28.

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By Nikos Loukas for Yahoo! Travel

I blog about airline food, talk about it — and consume a lot of it. This year I flew more than 120,000 miles, and I can tell you that it’s been an exciting year for culinary innovation at 35,000 feet. Delta Airlines started serving locally sourced inflight dishes to its Business Elite customers on select routes; chef Linton Hopkins prepares the meals in downtown Atlanta and delivers them right to the airline. Meanwhile Qantas increased portions in economy class and introduced a range of fresh dinner boxes featuring Japanese slaw, poached chicken, and quinoa salad. But those were by no means the highlights, in my humble opinion.

Here, the top five airline meals of the year. Trust me, your meal tray has never looked and tasted better.

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Airline Food We Actually Ate in 2014

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Imagine the looks when a flight attendant wearing a Hello Kitty apron delivered my requested kids’ meal on an Eva Air flight from Paris to Taipei. “They’re just jealous,” I kept telling myself as my seatmates stared at this piece of airline food art. I almost didn’t want to eat it because it looked so cute: pasta and meatballs were served with a slice of Hello Kitty-imprinted zucchini, while a chocolate brownie had a dollop of strawberry frosting shaped like Hello Kitty on top.
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Are You Enlightened or a Control Freak? What Your Airplane Seat Choice Says About You

By Leah Ginsberg for Yahoo! Travel

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Choosing your seat on an airplane is a big deal. People obsessively check SeatGuru.com before picking a seat or even pay more for a certain position on the plane. Why? “It’s a rare opportunity to have some control over your environment when traveling,” explains psychologist and University of Washington professor Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D. “That’s very significant for the traveler.” Indeed – ask people whether they’re an aisle or window person, and they don’t hesitate to answer. (In case you’re wondering, based on Expedia.com customers who indicated a seat preference, 55 percent prefer a window seat and 45 percent prefer an aisle seat.) So Yahoo Travel researched, asked the experts, and picked the brains of frequent fliers to find out what your seat choice says about you.

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New York City’s JFK Airport just received a major upgrade — for some travelers flying Air France, anyway. The airline’s new lounge, fully renovated in Terminal 1, is reserved for customers flying in first and business classes as well as for Flying Blue Elite Plus members. And it’s arguably one of the chicest ways to relax and unwind prior to takeoff these days. Here’s what we love.

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With several airlines changing the way you earn miles — namely basing mileage on how much you spend for a ticket rather than how far you fly — you’ll want to make the most of what you do accumulate. Even if you don’t have enough points to redeem free award flights, there are many ways to reap the benefits of your hard-earned miles, onboard and off.

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Qatar Airways Business Class

Flying business class on the world’s top-rated long-haul airlines (think Cathay Pacific, Singapore, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad…) isn’t exactly an inexpensive proposition. Round-trip flights on any of these airlines to their respective home airports in Asia can run you more than $8,000. An economy-class ticket on these same flights can run you between $1000, with a good sale, to $1500 — significantly less. So why the markup?

The answer isn’t so cut-and-dry. You can’t just add up the cost of the extra amenities offered in business class and come up with a concrete value comparison. For example, what’s the exact dollar value difference of flying in a basic economy class seat versus a business class, lie-flat bed? Is it $300? Perhaps $400? Exactly how much is your comfort worth?

I recently had the somewhat outrageous opportunity to fly halfway around the world — and almost immediately back — in order to assess the value of comfort in flight. Qatar Airways, one of Star Trax’s 5-star-rated airlines, hosted me on a trip that lasted just 33 hours: 13 in the air in each direction between New York and Doha, Qatar, plus seven in the Doha airport.

If this sounds ridiculous… well, it was. But the airline’s point was clear: Even the most seemingly uncomfortable travel circumstances can be made entirely, lavishly comfortable with a (simple?) upgrade. As for what it’s all worth? Here’s an attempt at a breakdown.

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If Southeast Asia is on your travel bucket list, early next year might just be the time to do it. Malaysia-based AirAsia is releasing a pass on January 15, 2015 that will let travelers take unlimited flights to 10 select destinations in Southeast Asia for one month. Here’s the kicker: It’s only $148, excluding airport taxes. (Our minds were blown, too.)

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Must all good things come to an end? We used to think that JetBlue could do no wrong, but two recent announcements will be robbing passengers of our favorite perks of flying with the airline: free checked bags and spacious legroom.

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Space travel. Bitcoin payments. Suites on airplanes. Some trends just keeping popping up on our news feeds time and time again. Some of these are fantastic and others… not so much. But for better or worse, here are nine that we think are here to stay.

1. Wearable tech.
Now that Apple’s in the game, wearable tech seems more and more like a part of the future — and not just as an ugly fashion trend. While we all love to hate Google Glass, travel brands are already responding to the Apple Watch unveiled in September. For example, Starwood’s new SPG app, which will let guests unlock rooms with their iPhone, is already designed to be Apple Watch-compatible. Of course, at nearly $349 dollars, Apple Watch isn’t a casual purchase, and we bet there will be some software and hardware challenges to overcome. Plus, it needs to be paired with an iPhone, though brands like Samsung are attempting to market what’s essentially a mini-smartphone to wear on your wrist.

2. Space voyages.
Despite the unfortunate Virgin Galactic crash at the end of last month, space travel is going to happen. The brand’s CEO shared that the company is continuing full steam and will “have a new spaceship that’s going to be ready in a few months” (as investigations into the crash continue). Having recently received massive funds from NASA, Boeing is also working on developing passenger aircraft for space. And it’s not just planes we’re talking about here. A Beijing-based company called Space Vision is developing a “high-tech balloon” powered by helium to bring tourists into space, and a Japanese construction company, Obayashi Corporation, is aiming to operate an elevator into space by 2050.

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620x400_iStock_EyeMaskUnder-eye circles, desert-like skin, and chapped lips are the telltale signs of the dreaded condition known as “flight face.” Luckily, with the right products (some splurgy, but worth every penny), and the correct application, you can actually step off the plane feeling human — and even refreshed. Here, your guide to treating a redeye like an in-flight spa.  Read more

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We’ve all heard the familiar adage it’s the journey that matters, not the destination — at least when it comes to crazy travel stories. With all of the globetrotting that the staff here at ShermansTravel does throughout the year, we certainly have more than our fair share of hilarious (and somewhat awful) tales. So we thought we’d share the best (and the worst) with our readers to keep in mind the next time you take off in an aluminum tube full of strangers.

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Here at ShermansTravel, we jump at the chance to make traveling less stressful — even fun. From a tool to de-clutter electronics to a simple water hack, here are five surprising accessories that create a better away-from-home experience.

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After the category three Hurricane Odile hit Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas region on September 14 — bringing harsh winds, floods, and structural damage to Baja California — airlines and hotels are finally on the rebound. Los Cabos International Airport finally reopened on October 3, with public transportation and cruise ports also back in operation. While travel lodgings are still somewhat limited, travelers might find some great deals if they’re flexible and willing to do a bit of research.

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