Jet2holidays to launch Tunisia flights next summer

August 27, 2014 on 12:50 pm | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Airlines, London, Tunisia, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Jet2holidays will launch Tunisia flights from five regional airports to Tunisia for summer 2015.

Directly weekly flights will operate from East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, and Newcastle.

Flights from Manchester will run twice weekly.

CEO Steve Heapy said: “This August has been a really busy month for us with extensive growth and new route announcements across our major bases, as well as celebrating a highly successful five years at East Midlands.

“With trade sales accounting for a third of our overall business we are committed to giving our local agents an unrivalled choice of destinations for their customer’s sunshine break next year and we are confident we have the right mix to further grow the Jet2holidays brand across our core heartlands.”


British Airways From New York to the World

August 26, 2014 on 10:40 am | In Airlines, East Coast, New York City | Comments Off



Our new morning flight from New York brings the world even closer.
Our new extra daily flight BA180 from New York to London offers fast and convenient connections to over 40 destinations throughout Europe, Asia and Africa, including Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Dubai and Singapore.

You can fly from New York to destinations such as Brussels, Rome, Amsterdam, Manchester, Paris and Geneva on the new service, as well as the existing BA178 flight, on our spacious, quiet, comfortable and fuel efficient Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

All services connect via London Heathrow’s state-of-the-art Terminal 5, voted the world’s Best Airport Terminal by airline travellers across the globe in a Skytrax survey.


New additions to the American Airlines family

August 26, 2014 on 10:40 am | In Airlines | Comments Off



American Airlines is continuing to build a younger and more fuel-efficient fleet, with plans to take delivery of more new aircraft than any other U.S. airline by the end of this decade. Over the next ten years, American Airlines is preparing to receive 600 new aircraft and also redesign and retrofit much of their fleet. This includes offering fully lie-flat Business Class on the entire Boeing 763 and 772 fleet. The retrofitted 767-300 is now operating between both Milan and Zurich and New York JFK and includes a new configuration with fully lie-flat Business Class seats, each with aisle access, upgraded monitors and new audio systems throughout.


Iberia’s new gourmet meals for business travelers

August 26, 2014 on 10:39 am | In Airlines, Dine Drink, Spain | Comments Off



Iberia has new gourmet meals for business travellers on flights to Europe and North Africa. Business travellers will enjoy original, healthy, gourmet meals based on the Mediterranean diet. The new dishes reflect the new Iberia brand value with their Spanish roots and the simplicity that is the hallmark of master chef Ramón Freixa. The business traveler will enjoy more complete offerings with hot dishes for breakfast as well as lunch.


Germanwings launches new Stansted route

August 26, 2014 on 10:38 am | In Airlines, Germany, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Germanwings has launched a new route from Dusseldorf to London Stansted Airport.

It is operating the new route as twice-daily, morning and evening, on weekdays and one flight on Saturdays and Sundays.


JetBlue To Fly From DCA to JAX For $79 And Up

August 25, 2014 on 11:54 am | In Airlines, The South | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowJetBlue To Fly From DCA to JAX For $79 And Up

JetBlue Airways today announces new twice-daily nonstop service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Jacksonville, Fla. (JAX). The new route will launch on Dec. 18, 2014, the same day the airline also introduces new low fare, nonstop service from DCA to two other Florida destinations: Fort Myers (RSW) and West Palm Beach (PBI).

Jacksonville marks the sixth new destination from DCA to be launched this year. On June 19, JetBlue launched nonstop service to Charleston, SC (CHS), Hartford, Conn. (BDL), and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS). Additionally, JetBlue will also connect Jacksonville with Fort Lauderdale (FLL) as of Oct. 29, 2014.

Special introductory fares are available today through Aug. 20, 2014, starting at $79 one way for travel between Jan. 6 and Feb. 11, 2015, excluding Fridays and Sundays.

“Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is a vital part of the JetBlue network and we are pleased to continue to grow our presence here. Besides easier access to JetBlue flights from the heart of the region, customers are enjoying our award-winning customer service and low fares. With a sixth new service within just six months, we will offer up to 30 daily nonstop flights out of DCA by the end of the year,” said Rob Land, JetBlue’s senior vice president of government affairs and associate general counsel.

The route will run from DCA-JAX at 9:25 a.m. and 4:10 p.m., and from JAX-DCA at 10:59 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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United Airlines Is Raising Its Culinary Game

August 25, 2014 on 11:52 am | In Airlines, Dine Drink | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowUnited Airlines today unveiled new, improved lunch, dinner and beverage choices for domestic first-class customers, offering travelers chef-inspired meals and premium beverages that elevate their in-flight experience.

Among the changes:

New, premium salads beginning this month for customers flying United First and United Business within North America;
New, premium sandwiches and wraps, beginning Sept. 1, for United First and United Business customers within North America;
Addition of Prosecco sparkling wine in premium cabins beginning this fall;
Introduction of premium-cabin meals to flights of shorter duration, beginning in 2015; and
Fresh meal options for premium-cabin customers on United Express flights, beginning in 2015.

Premium-Cabin Refresh

This month, United began offering customers in premium cabins on North America flights four new salad entrée choices – a Southwestern salad, an Asian-style noodle salad, seasonal greens with roast beef and blue cheese salad and a Strawberry Fields salad – replacing the previous chicken and shrimp salad options.

In September, premium-cabin customers on flights within North America will enjoy new chilled sandwiches and wraps – Italian prosciutto on tomato focaccia, a Thai-style chicken wrap, Cobb salad wrap and caprese on Asiago baguette – as well as new warmed options – turkey and Swiss on cranberry baguette, ham and Swiss on pretzel baguette, chicken and mozzarella on tomato focaccia and roast beef and cheddar on Asiago baguette.

Designed by United’s team of chefs, the new salads and sandwiches will be made fresh daily and paired with a gluten-free soup, along with United’s signature service elements, including warmed nuts, premium snacks and warmed cookies.

On transcontinental flights and on longer mid-continental dinner flights, the airline will continue to offer customers a choice between a pasta dish and a chicken or beef option.

“These changes mark the beginning of an extensive overhaul of our North America and international food service, offering travelers a level of service above that offered by our peers,” said Lynda Coffman, United’s vice president of food services. “Our new selections offer customers more of what they tell us they want when they travel – variety, bold flavor combinations and higher quality.”

Additional Food and Beverage Changes

Beginning this fall, United will add Prosecco sparkling wine to its premium-cabin beverages on mainline North America flights.

By mid-2015, United will further enhance its in-flight dining by:

Launching completely redesigned menu concepts and expanding premium-cabin meals within North America to flights that are more than two hours and 20 minutes, or 800 miles;
Upgrading premium-cabin meal service on domestic and international United Express flights, replacing snack boxes with freshly prepared food; and
Significantly enhancing United Economy meals and beverages on long-haul international flights.

United offers in-flight meals and snacks depending on flight duration, departure time, origin and destination. Specific breakfast, lunch and dinner parameters are available at united.com.

Read more travel news at www.travelpulse.com

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Delta Vacations Adds St. Croix

August 25, 2014 on 11:45 am | In Airlines, Beachbooker, Caribbean, Virgin Islands | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowTour operator Delta Vacations is now offering travel packages to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, said a company official. The announcement follows Delta Air Lines’ launch this winter of non-stop air service to St. Croix from Atlanta beginning in December.

Bookings are now available on St. Croix packages for travel beginning December 20, the same date Delta Air Lines will launch the weekly Atlanta-St. Croix flights. The Delta Vacations packages will be offered in partnership with five St. Croix hotels: The Buccaneer, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, the Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino, Palms at Pelican Cove and Sand Castle on the Beach.

Delta Air Lines’ weekly service will depart Saturdays and utilize MD-88 aircraft with 149 seats on the route. The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has partnered with Delta to promote the new flights. “We are committed to bolstering service to the entire Territory and these new flights are part and parcel of our strategy,” said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, U.S.V.I. tourism commissioner.

She said the tourism department will “reach out to the private sector to develop packages and promotions to spur advance sales.” The marketing strategy will include “in-market activities” targeting consumers and travel agents, Nicholoson-Doty said.

“We anticipate promoting this service throughout the Atlanta metro area, and in key feeder markets such as Alabama, Ohio, Minnesota and Tennessee.”

The new St. Croix service adds to Delta Vacations’ growing roster of Caribbean destinations, and follows the company’s July launch of vacation packages in Barbados.

 

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Mastercard Multi-Currency Cash Passport Available from American Express Foreign Exchange Outlets

August 24, 2014 on 11:27 am | In Airlines, Golf Resorts, Hotels | Comments Off



MasterCard’s Multi-currency Cash Passport, a prepaid Chip and PIN-protected travel card, is now available from 54 American Express Foreign Exchange bureaux countrywide.

As the only product of its kind in South Africa that can be preloaded with up to four currencies (U.S. Dollars, Pound Sterling, Australian Dollars and Euros) at once, the MasterCard Multi-currency Cash Passport offers cardholders a secure and convenient way to carry their foreign currency when travelling abroad. It also enables travellers to pay for goods and services at millions of merchant locations and withdraw cash from ATMs all over the world where MasterCard products are accepted[1].

“The security, flexibility and convenience of the Cash Passport offers travellers increased peace of mind while travelling,” says Alan King, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Access Prepaid Worldwide, a MasterCard subsidiary. “Since the Cash Passport is preloaded and not linked to a bank account, the risks of carrying cash are eliminated.”

Additional security benefits include emergency cash disbursements and a free replacement card if it is lost or stolen. Global assistance is available 24/7 and can be accessed toll-free in 50 countries. The card’s embedded chip technology offers increased protection against counterfeiting and fraud.

Preloading specific currency amounts onto the Cash Passport prior to travelling reduces currency conversion charges as cardholders are able to lock in the exchange rates for each currency. This means cardholders will know exactly how much they’re spending in the currency of a particular purchase.

In each destination country, the Cash Passport uses advanced technology to match the transaction currency with the appropriate currency loaded onto the card so that no further foreign exchange conversions take place. Furthermore, to ensure that purchases are not declined due to an insufficient balance, the Cash Passport will also convert the transaction amount into another available currency loaded on the card when required.

“The Multi-Currency Cash Passport is an innovative product that puts cardholders in control of their travel spending. Most importantly, it makes spending in foreign countries safe and easy so that cardholders can enjoy their travels. This is the first card of its kind we’re offering our customers because of its Chip and PIN and multi-currency functionality, making it a unique addition to our range of foreign exchange products we currently offer,” says Andrew McDonic, Managing Director of American Express Foreign Exchange.

A standard card fee is payable when purchasing the Cash Passport for the first time, and then amounts from US$100 to US$60,000 or the alternative currency equivalents can be loaded and reloaded at will[2]. This removes the need to carry or convert cash when travelling.

The Cash Passport links cardholders to their accounts online, so they can check their balance, move money between currencies, review their transaction history and update personal details at any time.

“The success of the first Multi-currency Cash Passport, a co-branded card that we launched with Absa in 2013, has paved the way for us to make the Cash Passport product available through more outlets across South Africa this year. The card is now available at 85 Absa branches and American Express Foreign Exchange outlets around the country,” says King.


NEW FLIGHTS FROM THE U.K. and EIRE TO ITALY

August 24, 2014 on 11:15 am | In Airlines, Ireland, Italy, London, Rome, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Alitalia

Altalia launched 3 weekly direct flights to Catania and Palermo from London Gatwick in Sicily with the summer 2014 schedule.

www.alitalia.co.uk

British Airways

More frequencies from London to Turin : from 26 October there will be 2 more flights a week and from December further two flights will be added bringing the total to 12 flights a week.

www.ba.com

Easyjet

Easyjet launched a twice-weekly flight from Manchester to Catania.

www.easyjet.com


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