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Deal Alert: All-Business Class Airline Offers Summer Fares to Paris or London from $2,990

La Compagnie

Are you basking in the euphoria of the weak Euro? If you haven’t already jumped on plans to go to Europe in the coming months, maybe the Summer Duo fares promotion from La Compagnie, an all-business class airline, will give you that little nudge.

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Ethiopian Airlines - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADD)

Airfare isn’t cheap and time is precious. So it behooves all of us to make the most of every flight we book. Taking advantage of stopovers and open-jaw ticketing is a great way to squeeze more out of each departure, even if you only have an extra day or two to spare. We already told you about airlines offering free international stopovers, but there are a couple of additional tactics you might want to try. You can use them to secure round-trip pricing (which almost always costs less than purchasing one-way tickets) while fitting an additional city into your flight itinerary, or even plan a whole separate trip between departure and return flights. Below, we’ll take a closer look at how to do it.

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We all want to travel smart and healthy — but that’s often easier said than done. Long layovers at the airport, tight connections, and tired caffeine and carb crashes can lead to making bad choices. The best tool for making the right decisions is being prepared — and knowing what is actually good for us rather than what pretends to be. Here’s how to do it.

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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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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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