Following from George Clooney’s Hollywood style wedding in Venice last weekend, Cheapflights.co.uk has picked out the crème de la crème of celebrity weddings – from the outrageous expense and publicity of Kimye’s wedding to the more private and demure ceremonies involving Elton John/David Furnish and Brangelina.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice, Italy – Hearts across the world were broken when George Clooney’s bachelor days officially ended at the end of September. George and Amal’s wedding was a spectacle worthy of a film set with iconic images of water taxis carrying guests up the grand canals of this waterborne city. Venice is a dramatic destination to start a life together, with the autumn and spring the best times to get married to avoid the peak summer tourist season. George’s venue, the Donà Palace Hotel boasts restored historical features that will take your breath away. However, this is just one of the many beautiful places you can get married in Venice, the Palazzo Cavalli, where civil ceremonies take place features an imposing location overlooking the Grand Canal.
Return flights to Venice start from £83.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Chateau Miraval, France – The most highly-anticipated wedding of recent years was a long time coming but turned out just as beautiful as people hoped it would be. Brangelina exchanged vows at Chateau Miraval, a 1,200 acre estate in the village of Correns, South-west France. They have called this place home for a number of years now, making it nearly impossible to book it for your own personal wedding. However, there are many beautiful places in the Provence-Cote d’Azur region of France such as the Chateau Val Joanis where you can wed among vineyards, beautiful gardens and courtyards.
Return flights to Marseille start from £88.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Forte di Belvedere, Florence, Italy – The historic heart of the Renaissance movement, Florence has the history, the designers and the weather for a great wedding. Start your life together in the enchantingly beautiful Tuscan region of Italy and discover a plethora of romantic backdrops for your special day. Whether you want to get married in a castle, at a vineyard or on an estate, Tuscany will not disappoint. Consider the Red Hall of the Palazzo Vecchio for a traditional and romantic Italian wedding or check out a villa, such as Il Cocceto, for a truly intimate and unforgettable time.
Return flights to Florence start from £72.
David and Victoria Beckham, Luttrellstown Castle, County Dublin, Ireland – The Beckham’s are not the only celebrities to tie the knot at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. It is a popular spot for posh weddings with majestic surroundings and sweeping grounds – ideal for celebrities looking for privacy. This castle boasts a timeless sense of elegance and tranquillity while providing a remarkable and unforgettable backdrop for any wedding celebration. The best part of getting married in Ireland, though, is that it has an abundance of castles to choose from for your dream wedding including Ashford Castle, a recently renovate five-star hotel in County Mayo.
Return flights to Dublin start from £59.
Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Windsor Guildhall, Berkshire, UK – After 12 years together, Sir Elton John and David Furnish tied the knot with a civil partnership ceremony at The Windsor Guildhall. This historic building, which was designed by Sir Thomas Fitz, is filled with charm and is perfect for anyone looking for a wedding steeped with culture. The Guildhall Chamber is the most accessible within the collection and is available for wedding ceremonies on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and can accommodate up to 100 of your loved ones. With the Queen’s history of wedding crashing (Manchester, 2012), there’s even the chance you may have a Royal visitor with Windsor Castle just 100m away.
Weekend car hire starts from £40.
For the full list of the top ten celebrity wedding destinations from Cheapflights.co.uk, head to www.cheapflights.com/news/top-10-celebrity-wedding-destinations/
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Denver, Colo. – This winter, new flights and expanded service from major hub airports will make Colorado Ski Country USA ever more accessible to skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. New service from San Francisco (SFO) and Washington, D.C. (IAD) and expanded options from Los Angeles (LAX) and Houston (IAH) will bring domestic and international guests directly into the heart of Colorado Ski Country more conveniently than ever before.
Whether a short drive from Denver, a direct flight from across the country, or a direct international flight from one of eight different countries, guests to Colorado resorts have easy, efficient and comfortable options available to land them at their favorite Colorado resorts.
Denver International Airport – The Gateway to Colorado Ski Country
Having expanded its international service with United Airlines’ nonstop flight from Tokyo in 2013, Denver International Airport (DIA) recently announced that United will commence daily service from Panama City, Panama in early December 2014. DIA is one of the busiest airports in the world, and benefits from numerous direct flights from all major cities from coast-to-coast in the US, including brand new service from Dallas Love Field on Southwest Airlines. With the addition of flights to and from Panama City, the airport will now receive visitors directly from eight different countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Panama, and the United Kingdom.
From DIA, travelers can reach seven resorts in less than a two hour drive; Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Ski Cooper and Ski Granby Ranch.
Alternatively, once they arrive at DIA, visitors can easily connect to any of Colorado’s regional resort community airports, including Alamosa, Aspen, Durango, Eagle, Gunnison-Crested Butte, Grand Junction, Montrose, and Steamboat.
Direct Flights to Regional Airports
In some cases, additional flight options allow guests to fly right to a resort direct from their originating city. These regional hotbeds include nonstop flights from cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. With eight regional airports in mountain and resort communities, direct flights can put travelers slope side in no time.
For travelers headed to Aspen/Snowmass, approximately 150 direct and connecting flights fly weekly into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. From the airport, it’s only six miles to Snowmass Village and three miles to Aspen.
United Airlines provides daily direct flights to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport from Houston, along with four daily direct flights from Los Angeles and 13 daily flights from Denver on peak days. This is in addition to the airport’s four daily direct flights from Chicago/O’Hare and two daily direct flights from San Francisco, bringing United’s total frequency up to 24 daily flights in and out of Aspen/Snowmass this winter.
American Airlines utilizes CRJ-700 aircraft operated by American Eagle to provide 63 seats with nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles each with daily nonstop service to Aspen. In addition, from December 18 – March 29 Delta will provide service into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport from Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Guests can find deals at www.StayAspenSnowmass.com and www.FlyAspenSnowmass.com
Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport services direct flights from Denver, Dallas and Houston, and Chicago/O’Hare.
Through American and United Airlines’ extensive flight networks, guests can get to Crested Butte from anywhere in the world. Upon landing, shuttles are available to transport guests to resorts in the area such as Crested Butte or Monarch Mountain. Guests can also utilize rental car services from Hertz, Avis, or Budget.
United Airlines will have two nonstop round trip flights daily between Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport and Denver, while American Airlines will have one nonstop round trip flight daily between Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with an additional second service in the peak holiday period.
In addition, United Airlines will provide daily service from Houston International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. For detailed information, visit http://bit.ly/2014-15-CBMR-ski-flights.
The Durango/La Plata Airport serves as Purgatory, Wolf Creek Ski Area and Silverton’s main portal for guests who are travelling lengthy distances. American Airlines offers daily nonstop jet service from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, US Airways offers service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and Untied offers service from Denver International Airport. The San Luis Valley Regional Airport, which lies closest to Wolf Creek Ski Area, offers three nonstop flights to Denver International Airport.
Steamboat’s winter nonstop flight program will feature new nonstop service from San Francisco International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, expanded nonstop air service on the Los Angeles and Seattle routes and an additional weekend Houston flight directly into Steamboat/Hayden Airport (HDN) for the 2014/15 winter season.
New for the 2014/2015 ski and snowboard season will be Saturday nonstop service to HDN from San Francisco (SFO) and Washington-Dulles (IAD). In addition, Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle (SEA) flights will both add an additional day of service during the winter. A new Houston (IAH) overnight flight, arriving Saturday and departing Sunday, rounds out the new offerings for the program.
The resort’s upcoming flight program provides access from 11 major airports on key U.S. carriers – Alaska, American, Delta and United Airlines. In addition to the cities mentioned above, Steamboat’s winter flight program includes service from Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and New York/Newark.
The 2014/2015 winter flight schedule provides convenient connections from more than 300 airports nationwide and worldwide. Airfares and packages are currently available for purchase through Steamboat at 1-800-922-2722 or www.steamboat.com/winter-flights.
On the Western Slope of Colorado, passengers arriving into Grand Junction Regional Airport will find themselves at Powderhorn’s lifts in under an hour.
Sunlight Resort, nestled in nearby Glenwood Springs, is accessible via Aspen/Pitkin airport as well as Eagle Airport, and Grand Junction Airport. The Sunlight Shuttle runs to and from Glenwood Springs, as does the Roaring Fork Transit Authority.
With nonstop flights from 10 metropolitan airports and nine major U.S. hubs, visitors to Telluride Ski Resort can find flights into the Telluride-Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) on Delta from Atlanta, on United from Denver, Newark, Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles, on American from Dallas, on US Airways from Phoenix-Sky Harbor (PHX), and on Allegiant from Los Angeles and Phoenix-Mesa(IWA).
Perched on Tennessee Pass just outside of historic Leadville, Ski Cooper is a hidden Gem resort that is easy to find. Eagle Country Airport is just over an hour drive from Ski Cooper.
Westjet Airlines have announced its first United Kingdom to Canada service. Commencing on the 29th May 2015 Wesjet will operate a daily service from Glasgow to Halifax Nova Scotia, the flight will depart Glasgow at 09.30 and arrive in Halifax at 11.45 local time.The return service will depart Halifax at 22.45 arriving the following morning into Glasgow at 08.00am
Westjet will operate the service on one of the airline’s Boeing Next-Generation 737-700 series aircraft on a daily basis until 23 October 2015.
“Nova Scotia and Scotland have always had close ties and this connection between Halifax and Glasgow only brings us closer,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil. “Whether it’s a business traveler looking for opportunities to export our goods and services to Europe, or tourists who now have an easier way to experience Nova Scotia’s hospitality, this link will help drive our economy forward.”
We are delighted that WestJet will offer direct service to Glasgow,” says Joyce Carter, President and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority. “This new route connects our region to a destination that has deep-rooted cultural significance for many of us, and takes full-advantage of pent-up demand for service to this market.”
Turkish Airlines will begin non-stop service between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Istanbul next spring. Turkish Airlines officials said the airline plans to launch service at SFO on April 13, 2015, with flights operating five days per week to Istanbul using Boeing 777 aircraft. The flag carrier of Turkey plans to increase service to daily flights on May 11, 2015. Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey, is the fourth-largest carrier in the world by destinations served, with flights to more than 200 international locations. For the fourth year in a row, Turkish Airlines was named as the “Best Airline in Europe” by SkyTrax, an independent international agency that monitors the aviation industry and whose aviation benchmarking surveys are considered among the most reliable in the world. Flights between SFO and Istanbul will be operated using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft seating a total of 337 passengers, made up of 28 business class and 309 economy class seats. For information, visit http://www.flysfo.com
Etihad Airways — daily nonstop service from Abu Dhabi to San Francisco begins Nov. 18, 2014
San Francisco becomes Etihad’s sixth U.S. destination, complementing New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles and Dallas (starting Dec. 3, 2014). Etihad will operate a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, leased from their partner Jet Airways, offering eight first class, 30 business class and 308 economy class seats.
“We welcome Etihad Airways to SFO, our international airport,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “This new nonstop flight not only provides a direct route between the San Francisco Bay Area and the United Arab Emirates, but better connects Etihad’s global network throughout the region, including India and Africa. The Etihad flight is a valuable bridge linking our two regions and our residents, and we are truly confident in its success.”
James Hogan, President and CEO of Etihad Airways, said in a statement that, given San Francisco’s global prominence as a tourism and business center, he anticipates a strong demand for the flights “not only between San Francisco and Abu Dhabi, but onwards to destinations across our network and the networks of our codeshare partners.”For information, visit http://www.flysfo.com
In response to customer feedback, passengers can now connect ad-free with one click by accepting the terms and conditions. By selecting SFO’s network named “#SFO FREE WIFI” and then launching a browser, passengers will experience:
Faster speeds compared to the previous network system
Longer connect sessions compared to the previous network system; up to two (2) hours
Seamless movement between terminals with improved coverage and no requirement to reconnect
SFO has offered free Wi-Fi since 2010.
New wireless access points have been installed in all passenger terminals, as well as in the Rental Car Center.
Further upgrades will be made to provide additional increases in network capacity and add more wireless access points throughout the Airport.
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That’s right; passengers can now simply flash their boarding passes via their Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo smart watches at the airport checkpoint.
By downloading the Gear 2 and Gear Neo-compatible Iberia app through the Samsung Galaxy Apps store, customers can install their boarding passes right onto their smart watches (for those who have already downloaded the Iberia app, you’ll need to de-install it and install it again for the function to work).
You can even send mobile boarding passes from your smartphone to your smart watch seamlessly.
“At iberia.com we are constantly incorporating new services and technologies. We believe that this innovative boarding pass will be very well received by our customers,” said Miguel Ángel Henales, Iberia’s director of Digital Business, via a press release.
“At Samsung we regard technology as an asset that allows people to live more comfortably and make their lives easier,” added Celestino García, a corporate vice-president of Samsung Electronics. “Wearable devices are the great novelty that enable the user to deal with the notifications received on the smart phone worn on the wrist. Thanks to the agreement with Iberia, passengers with a Gear 2 or Gear Neo smart watch will have their boarding pass available on a digital support, facilitating the logistics of travel.”
Iberia is the leading airline on routes between Europe and Latin America. It flies to more than 100 destinations in 40 countries, operating about 600 flights per day with a fleet of nearly 130 aircraft along with its subsidiary Iberia Express and franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum.
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airberlin, Germany’s second largest airline, has announced lower fares for travel from Oct. 27 through Dec. 14, 2014 and Jan 12 through March 15, 2014. The sale kicks off on Oct. 10 and is valid until Oct. 21, 2014.
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Fares start as low as $469* for a round-trip ticket from New York (JFK) to Stockholm for example and additional fare specials from Miami and Chicago to many other destinations throughout Europe are also available, such as from Miami to Krakow from $899* or from Chicago to Vienna from $649*.
This year, Germany’s capital Berlin will commemorate the fall of the wall with a light installation that will trace the entire former route of the wall. The light installation features a balloon release which takes place on Nov. 9, 2014. Travellers can also take advantage of the magic of the Christmas markets throughout Europe that begin in late November and are open through Christmas day.
Flight guests will enjoy airberlin’s in-flight service featuring a selection of free meal and beverage service throughout the flight, on-demand entertainment systems and much more. And as a member of oneworld airline alliance, guests can take advantage of redeeming and accruing miles with any oneworld member airline.
To book this sale visit airberlin.com, contact the airline’s call center at 1-866-266-5588 or a travel agent.
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As we reported earlier, the CDC response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa has been to provide extra screening at five U.S. Airports: JFK International in New York, Newark Liberty, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare and Atlanta Hartsfield. Between those five, CDC screeners claim they can screen more than 94 percent of inbound visitors from Western Africa.
Today, JFK International became the first of those five to receive that extra screening. According to a report from CNN, the extra screening will be administered by Coast Guard corpsmen and contract medical personnel and will come in the form of a temperature reading and a series of questions.
Speaking to reporters, Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, said, “No matter how many of these procedures are put into place, we can’t get the risk to zero. That will not be the case but this additional layer should add a measure of security to the American public. This entry screening procedure, for example, would not necessarily have caught the patient in Dallas.” (h/t CNN)
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Six carriers are on-board – Etihad, AirBerlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Jet Airways and Darwin Airline. Etihad already has a financial stake in all of the airlines except for Darwin.
“We are broadening our business model to articulate and define a partner proposition for like-minded airlines which will result in synergies and efficiencies for participating airlines on the one side, and enhanced network choice, service and frequent flyer benefits for the consumer on the other,” James Hogan, president and chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, said at a press conference.
Any airline is welcome to join Etihad Airways Partners, even if it is already a member of another alliance. AirBerlin, for example, is a OneWorld member.
“The potential for network alignment to maximize flight connectivity for passengers, together with a shared passion for superior service, are central to the ethos of the Etihad Airways Partner concept,” Hogan said. “Frequent flyers will benefit from the formation of Etihad Airways Partners as it will remove the complexity and confusion that exists within the global alliances,” including no blackout periods, tiered benefits and priority services.
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For many busy holidaymakers and business travellers staying in touch with friends, family and colleagues during a flight is important, but what a lot of people don’t realise is now you can. Passengers onboard an AeroMobile connected aircraft can use their mobile phones inflight to call, text, whatsapp, email or tweet just as they would on the ground.
AeroMobile is a registered mobile network operator which provides mobile phone services so airline passengers can roam inflight just as they would abroad. AeroMobile was the first mobile service to operate on a commercial flight in March 2008 and since then over 19 million passengers have successfully connected to the AeroMobile network – that’s twice the number of people that watch the X-Factor1.
So, if you’re on an AeroMobile connected flight and your mobile operator has a roaming agreement with them you can text, tweet, post and like… all inflight at 30,000 feet!
With demand for inflight mobile usage growing every day, not being connected while travelling will soon be a thing of the past.
“Many people don’t know that they can use their phones to send texts, make calls and connect to the internet inflight,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.
“The AeroMobile service allows passengers to use their phone inflight with the same level of connectivity they experience on the ground. Inflight mobile usage is becoming more and more popular – we are working with many airline partners including BA, Virgin Atlantic, Aer Lingus, Emirates, Lufthansa and Etihad – and more passengers than ever are using their mobile phones inflight,” Rogers continued.
Did you know?
In July 2014 the AeroMobile network was onboard over 13,000 flights and available to 4.6 million passengers – that’s 55 million passengers over the year
Which is more than the entire population of England!2
Since launch, the service has had:
over 500,000 MB of data transferred,
Which could be enough data to let you video chat on Face Time for over three months3
and more than 22 million SMS sent and received
That’s nearly one text for every person that lives in Australia!4
With AeroMobile you can use your mobile phone in-flight on over 260 aircraft across 13 airlines… on more than 500 flights per day!5
AeroMobile has over 275 roaming partners in more than 128 countries
How does it work?
You will automatically be connected to the AeroMobile network and, in many cases, will receive a welcome SMS from your home network provider outlining pricing details. You can then make and receive calls, texts, email and browse just as you would on the ground. Charges will appear on your mobile phone bill, just as they would when roaming abroad, so no credit card or onboard payment is required on the flight. Receiving a text message is free of charge.
Top Tips on how to make the most of the AeroMobile service inflight:
To make a voice call or send a text be sure to enter the country code of the person you are dialling, for example +44 for the UK
If you’re using a smart phone for emails, apps or internet browsing make sure data roaming is enabled on your handset
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