Archive for 2008

$275: LAX to JFK on Virgin America

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Once you get past the neon, ambient, mood lighting, Virgin America is basically JetBlue with less legroom – but with a far superior in-flight entertainment (IFE) system! Actually, VX has several additional amenities, including a 1st class section, sans the drastic price difference, and two 110v plugs for every three coach seats, perfect for your laptop.

On the IFE screen, in addition to the basic cable channels, you can order and pay for food and drinks. The stewardesses then deliver it within 1-3 minutes! Why don’t conventional restaurants have this?

The IFE system also has On-Demand TV shows, movies, music and games. Some are free, some are for a fee. I watched an interview with Richard Branson for free and then paid $1.00 for an episode of The Office. You swipe your credit card at your seat, no fumbling for change with the stewardess. The kid sitting beside me didn’t have a credit card yet, so I swiped my card and he paid me in crumbled-up cash.

The IFE has an in-flight chat. You can chat with any passenger on the plane. You must first send an invitation that they must accept. My girlfriend accidentally sent 25E an invite, but I was in 24E. We laughed after he declined it. I then sent her one. She declined it and laughed. So, I ordered her a can of Budweiser and “Letterheads”. Before you knew it we were in NYC.

$182: Los Angeles to Seattle on Virgin America

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Virgin America is offering $182 round trip flights to Seattle (SEA) from Los Angels (LAX). This deal is valid on departures from March 25 through May 21. Non-stop service from SEA to LAX begins on April 8.

This deal expires on March 14. I ran a test itinerary and found that this deal is, indeed, legitimate. Final round-trip cost (w/ taxes): $182.08. And, flying from San Francisco will run you about $30 less!

Virgin America

$431: Los Angeles to London on Air France

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Air France Deal

Air France is offering $131 round trip flights to London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) from Los Angels (LAX). This deal is valid on departures from March 30 through May 24. A minimum Sunday stay is required. Maximum stay is one month. It expires on February 28.

I ran a test itinerary and found that this deal is, indeed, legitimate. Final round-trip cost (w/ taxes): $431.66. That is a non-stop flight, too!

I realize the British Pound is currently killing the US Dollar and most other currencies except the Euro, but this is still an amazing opportunity to fly to the UK for super cheap, on a great airline during a great time of year!