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Why is there an ‘X’ in LAX?

The smart folks at Mental Floss recently told us something we didn’t know about airport codes…

From the @mental_floss Twitter feed:

“When three-letter airport codes became standard, airports that had been using two letters simply added an X — which explains LAX.”


And while we’re on the subject of airport codes, how much of an expert are you? Take the Mental Floss Airport Code quiz!

JetBlue Expands Service in NY & DC

JetBlue announced that, starting this summer, it will double service at Ja Guardia and Ronald Reagan airports, and start providing daily service to three Florida airports.

On a personal note, as someone whose most frequently-flown route is Los Angeles to New York, I am endlessly grateful for JetBlue’s service from Burbank to JFK and back, so I hope this brings some easier travel to you East Coasters!

Pod Hotels are Coming to the US

If you’ve flown more than twice in your life, you’ve probably spent more than a few uncomfortable hours stuck in airport chairs (or on the floor) waiting for a long-delayed flight to get back on track. What you wouldn’t have given for just a few square feet of space to lie down and get away from your fellow disgruntled travelers.

Pod Hotels to the rescue.

Somehow it’s not surprising that Japan has been doing this for years. (Why do they get all the cool stuff first?) I may go back to my college strategy of bumping flights every Thanksgiving, to get a free ticket for December.

Bill Brings SEA-TAC into the 21st Century

A bill that cleared the Senate this month means an air traffic control system upgrade for SEA-TAC – and that means shorter flights, which is good news all around.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., says the bill will mean 12,000 local jobs, planes using less fuel, shorter wait times at the airport, and more.

Sound too good to be true? Time will tell.

The Next Big Thing – Mystery Travel

Some people will go to great lengths to save on travel. Sites like Priceline and Expedia already offer deep discounts to travelers who are willing to make reservations without knowing exactly which hotel or airline they’ll end up with. But the latest travel trend takes things a big step forward.

“Mystery travel” involves purchasing a vacation package without knowing where you’re going. You’ll get a little info – a region, style of vacation (eco-, foodie, adventure, etc.), and/or distance and length of stay – but the rest is a gamble, and the payoff is big savings.

Check out LuxuryLink’s Mystery Travel Auction page to get the general idea – and then take the plunge!