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.


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!

Denver & Miami to Brussels Just $315+ Round-Trip

Search Google Flights for the deets on these round-trip fares from some U.S. cities to Brussels, Belgium. The airlines are United, Air Canada (Denver) and TUI fly (Miami).

TUI fly Deutschland” is a German “leisure airline” that flies to 71 destinations.

Manneken Pis Statue
Manneken Pis Statue

Brussels is an interesting destination in itself, the home of the famous Manneken Pis statue. Brussels can also serve as the jumping off point for train or plane travel to other European nations.

Hat tip to email from Scott’s Cheap Flights.

A Plethora of Cheap Trans-Atlantic Airfares

The travel blogs are noting lots of very inexpensive airfares from the United States to various European cities.

Austin to London Great Circle Map
Austin to London Great Circle Map, 4915 miles

Scott’s Cheap Flights has an email out this afternoon with flights to Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid, Mallorca, Santa Cruz Palma, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife and Valencia) in the $400s round-trip. The airlines with these low fares include American and United, and probably Delta. Austin is not among the listed departure cities, but Atlanta is and you can take Southwest non-stop from Austin to Atlanta (2 daily flights each way). Secret Flying notes that you can fly out of Houston on American.

Icelandair flies from DFW to Iceland and then on to various continental European cities for $300+ r/t (but remember all the fees for “extras”). Million Mile Secrets has a good write-up on this deal. One Mile at a Time notes that Icelandair will even begin flying to Kansas City starting in May! When researching a flight from JFK to LHR recently, I noticed that trip-cancellation insurance added only 2% to the ticket price on Icelandair…that seems like a pretty good deal.

When it comes to inexpensive flying to Europe, these are truly “the good old days.”

Austin to Dublin $401 Round-Trip in Winter/Early Spring

Air France / Delta / United airlines round-trip flights from Austin to Dublin, Ireland. As of 6:48 PM United Airlines has exited the fare sale, and it’s unknown if they will get back in.

Cheap Flights: Austin to Dublin, Ireland $401 r/t – Air France / Delta + SkyTeam

I’ve been to Dublin in the winter. While the weather wasn’t ideal, it was only moderately cold…certainly tolerable for most travelers.