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Virgin Atlantic to Offer Short-Haul Domestic Flying Within U.K.

Virgin Atlantic to Offer Short-Haul Domestic Flying Within U.K.

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to launch short-haul flights within the United Kingdom starting in the Spring of 2013.  This will add 24 daily domestic flights to the airline’s network.
Six of the new flights will be between London Heathrow and Edinburgh, and three will be between London Heathrow and Aberdeen, Scotland.  These flights are set to begin in April 2013.  In addition, three daily roundtrip flights between London Heathrow and …

British Airways Announces New Flights from London to Colombo, Sri Lanka

British Airways Announces New Flights from London to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Next year, British Airways will launch a new route from London Gatwick to the capital city of Colombo in Sri Lanka. The new route will use a Boeing 777 and be operated three times a week. The Boeing 777 contains three cabins, including Club World and its fully flat beds.
Flights will take just over 12 and a half hours and will operate through Male in the Maldives. Tickets are now …

British Airways Adds First Class Service on London-Caribbean Flights

British Airways Adds First Class Service on London-Caribbean Flights

British Airways will launch its First Class service on four of its routes from London Gatwick to the Caribbean this summer.
The carrier’s routes to Barbados, Bermuda, St. Lucia, and Port of Spain (Trinidad) will soon feature British Airways’ first class cabin. The routes will be operated using Boeing 777-200 aircraft equipped with the new cabin that offers 60% wider seats, private wardrobes, personal electronic blinds, and enhanced privacy.
In addition, British …

Heathrow Airport to Expedite Passport Controls for U.S. Citizens, Others, with Fast Track

Heathrow Airport to Expedite Passport Controls for U.S. Citizens, Others, with Fast Track

The United Kingdom will offer travelers from the United States and “old Commonwealth” countries faster immigration clearance with separate fast-track passport lanes after the Olympic Games.
Damian Green, the country’s immigration minister announced the change, which will also apply to Japan and New Zealand, two other “low-risk countries.”
Green told members of parliament that this will give these visitors “a better experience at Heathrow” and further restated a pledge to have, starting …

Club Carlson Offers 50% Off Award Redemptions, Two Nights. 10,000 Points Promotion

Club Carlson Offers 50% Off Award Redemptions, Two Nights. 10,000 Points Promotion

Club Carlson announced its Two Nights. 10,000 Points Promotion for stays of two or more consecutive nights through September 30, 2012 at any Carlson Rezidor hotel in the Asia Pacific region.  This includes Radisson Blu, Radisson, and Park Inn Hotels.
Registration is required and the bonus is on top of the 20 Gold Points earned per dollar during the stay.
In addition, Club Carlson is offering a 50% discount on award stays …

T-Mobile Launches Open Europe Business Traveler Plan

T-Mobile Launches Open Europe Business Traveler Plan

T-Mobile USA announced T-Mobile Open Europe, a a flat-rate data plan for intended for business travelers.  The new offering will be available starting in August.
T-Mobile Open Europe offers unlimited data at $50 per line, per month, with no roaming fees. The first 500 MB of data are at full speed, after which the service may be throttled.
The service will be available in 28 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, …

Online Guide to U.K. and Ireland Michelin Star Restaurants Launched

Online Guide to U.K. and Ireland Michelin Star Restaurants Launched

A U.K. website, thetrainline.com, has created an online guide to all restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland that have earned at least one Michelin star.
The guide uses a Google Map showing the locations of the restaurants. You can select all restaurants, or display those with one star, two stars, or three.
The guide also lists inexpensive prix fixe lunches at various restaurants. Two courses at the Hand and Flowers in Marlow …