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city view of itajuba in minas gerais, brazil

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Most fliers pay for coach seats (read: least expensive option) on airlines and use the rest of their travel budget towards a hip hotel or a nice meal out. But what if you paid just a little bit more – to settle into a plush seat in premium business class? That’s the idea of a flash sale hosted by TAM Airlines and happening right now. Book fares through midnight on April 6 — from New York City, Orlando, and Miami, to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil — and nab huge savings.

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Christine Wei

These days, many of us are traveling longer distances more often — and as much as we may be getting used to the airport nuances, the flight experience is no less draining. But no one wants to start a trip feeling battered and tired with cricks everywhere. Here are the eight rules to follow that will help you emerge from a long-haul flight refreshed and ready to explore.

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Looking to book your next European adventure right now? SWISS airlines’ current sale includes nonstop flights to Zurich and Geneva for as low as $837, round-trip. We love these fares, especially because they cost about $660 less than what we’re seeing for summer flights.

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FinAir

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been waylaid by a winter storm, volcanic ash, or some other major event — being stranded at the airport is no fun. Make the best of a bad situation with these five tips.  Read more

Kaanapali Coast, Maui, Hawaii

Laura Motta

Craving a tropical getaway? If you can travel to Hawaii between now and March 18, the savings on airfare are huge if you book through Delta Airlines.

Hawaii’s islands are extending a little bit of “mahalo” (Hawaiian for gratitude) by partnering with Delta on rock-bottom fares. The sale — for flights between Hawaii and the 48 contiguous United States — runs through February 16 and travel must commence no earlier than February 17.

Just how big is this sale? Round-trip flights start at $434.

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buenos aires, argentina in south america

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With summer heating up much of South America right now, it’s a good time to spring for a ticket to that continent. Luckily, both LAN and TAM just announced a major sale on roundtrip Premium Business Class fares. They’re dropping fares by up to 44 percent, as low as $699 roundtrip. (That’s for flights between Miami and Bogotá, Colombia; fly instead to Punta Cana, the airlines’ lone Caribbean destination, and it’s just $176.)

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Gotham Air Helicopter Over JFK

Gotham Air

Traveling to JFK can take less time than waiting in line for your morning cup of coffee. Seriously.

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Flying Airplane

Flickr/Bill Abbott

Who doesn’t want to find a cheap flight for their next trip? One of our favorite tips for scouting great airfare is to watch the sales. All of the major airlines offer discounts and promotions from time to time, particularly when destinations go into their off-season. To be privy to these, all you need to do is sign up for your preferred airline’s email list. They’ll send them straight to your inbox.

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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.

Flickr/ninara

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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cheap flights to reno tahoe from nyc jetblue

Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority

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/Tahoe 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.

Eva Air

Airline Food We Actually Ate in 2014

Everything Hello Kitty on Eva Air (Photo: Eva Air)

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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By Leah Ginsberg for Yahoo! Travel

Are you an aisle or a window? (Thinkstock)

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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