A Day in the Life of a Flight Attendant

Aircraft at the AirportThis is a very good article about the life of an airline flight attendant. In this case the gentleman who was shadowed works for United Airlines.

One thing to note is that FAs don’t get paid anything until the doors of the aircraft are closed. All that smiling at you as you board and de-board the plane are “free” to the airline.


Dallas (DFW) to Iceland on American Airlines Just $388 Round-Trip

If you like the cool, rainy weather we’ve been having here in Austin, you will love Iceland. Of course, there is a lot more to that European nation than the weather…plenty of spectacular scenery, very friendly people who speak excellent English, and a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Water Storage Facility
Water Storage Facility
Reykjavik Church (Hallgrimskirkja)
Reykjavik Church (Hallgrimskirkja)

AirFareSpot has found dates in late August and September when you can fly from DFW to KEF (Reykjavik, Iceland) for just $388.71 round-trip on American.


An excellent way to get from Austin to Dallas is with MegaBus. They have large, comfortable buses with 115-volt power and free wifi, and fares as low as $1.50 one-way.

Delta Will Open New Lounge at ABIA Next Year

Austin Bergstrom International Airport logo

Delta Airlines has announced that it will open a new Sky Club lounge at Austin Bergstrom International Airport in 2019.

According to the announcement from Delta: This 9,000 sq. ft. circular Delta Sky Club, conveniently located near the Delta gates, will feature:

  • Local brews and bites, inspired by Austin’s foodie scene
  • A full-service, complimentary bar that features seasonal cocktails and wine selected by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, stored in a 170-bottle custom glass tower
  • Artwork throughout the Club from up-and-coming regional artists
  • Unique design that reflects Austin’s flair, with warm walnut finishes and rich fabrics
  • Covered Sky Deck, an outdoor patio perfect for a cocktail and socializing, equipped with large fans so it can be enjoyed year-round
  • High-speed Wi-Fi, comfortable seating and power outlets at nearly every seat

Deets here and here.

Austin Bergstrom already has American Airlines and United Airlines lounges.


Austin to Hawaii on Delta for $395 / $465 Round-Trip

Maui, Hawaii
Maui, Hawai’i

EscapeATX.com has posted about a good airfare from Austin to Hawaii on Delta. The round-trip airfare in Basic Economy is $395, in Regular Economy about $465. The available destinations are Honolulu and Maui.

Routing includes a change of planes at LAX.

The fares are available for travel in April, May, September and October.

See the deets on EscapeATX here.

It will be interesting to see what happens to airfares to Hawai’i when Southwest Airlines begins their long-awaited service this year or next.

Austin to Venice $386 Round-Trip on Air Canada / United

United Airlines AircraftThe airfare deals from the US to Europe just keep coming! Scott’s Cheap Flights has found round-trip tickets from Austin to Venice for as little as $386 in March, April, May, August, September, October, November and December.

These are round-trip fares, not one-way. No bag fees. Check United Airlines website and Google Flights. Other airlines may match, and there are other European destinations with similar fares.

Venice Canal
Venice Canal
Venice Bridge
Venice Bridge

Watch out — those gondola rides in Venice are EXPENSIVE!

Google Flights Getting Even Better

Google LogoMuch to the (probable) dismay of online travel agencies like Hipmunk and Expedia, Google has a feature called Google Flights that shows airline schedules and prices in an easy-to-use format.

Recently, Google Flights has been gaining additional capabilities that make it even more useful to travelers. For example, the site gives an idea of how much legroom a flight has by showing “seat pitch”, like 28″ or 31″ (larger numbers are better). You can also see if a flight offers wi-fi, if seats have power ports, and if there are extra fees for things like seat selection and overhead-bin usage.

Recent additions include price tracking and suggestions for the best days to purchase a ticket (based upon historical price trends).

Note that Google Flights does not show the schedules for every carrier, Southwest Airlines being a notable example.


Austin to Germany/Switzerland for Just $514 to $615 Round-Trip

Delta/KLM/Air France are offering flights from Austin to Belgium, Germany and Switzerland for as little as $514 round-trip. You can travel with these low, low fares from Austin in March, April, and August to December.

Momondo lists the same flights as low as $488.

You may find these flights listed on the Air France website, which may be codeshared with Delta.

Details are at https://escapeatx.com/cheap-flight-austin-san-antonio-germany-switzerland-belgium/


USA to Beijing in Premium Economy for $647+ Round-Trip

Delta Airlines LogoDelta is offering some low fares to China for February and March travel. These depart from various US cities, and are in Premium Economy. For such a long flight, the extra legroom of Premium Economy is a lifesaver.

You can find the deets at https://thepointsguy.com/2018/01/us-china-delta-premium-economy-597/ and http://frequentmiler.boardingarea.com/2018/01/31/delta-premium-economy-beijing-647-round-trip/