Play, Iceland’s Budget Airline, Is Kicking Off U.S. Service With $109 Flights to Europe

Iceland's Play airline on the runway

Iceland’s Play airline on the runway

Play, Iceland’s new low-cost airline, maybe launching this spring but it’s getting travelers excited now with an epic sale.

The airline, which plans service from the east coast to Europe beginning in the spring, is celebrating its U.S. launch by putting flights from Boston and the Washington, D.C., area to 11 European destinations on sale starting at $109 each, on a roundtrip booking — a price that includes taxes and fees.

It’s worth noting that taking advantage of Play’s bargain prices also means giving up onboard Wi-Fi and curated in-flight entertainment, but that may be a small price to pay for spring and summer travel to Europe at these prices. Play flies to some of the most mesmerizing cities in Europe, including Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris, and of course Reykjavik.

Play is set to begin service from Baltimore Washington International Airport on

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Despite Cancellations Tied to Omicron, Expect Christmas Flights To Surpass Thanksgiving

Halfpoint / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Halfpoint / Getty Images/iStockphoto

If you’re traveling by air over the Christmas holidays, you can expect flights to be nearly as crowded as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. You can also expect unease over the spreading Omicron variant, so be sure to pack your mask and consider a vaccination if you haven’t gotten one yet.

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A record number of travelers passed through U.S. airports over the Thanksgiving holiday, Travel & Leisure reported, and the Transportation Security Administration expects “near pre-pandemic travel volumes” to continue through the Christmas season.

On Tuesday, Dec. 14, United Airlines said it expects to fly more passengers each day during the year-end holidays than it did over Thanksgiving, even amid a rise in the number of COVID cases tied to Omicron.

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American Airlines Continues to Cancel Flights into Monday after Weekend Woes

An American Airlines Boeing 737 inflight

An American Airlines Boeing 737 inflight

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Widespread travel woes for American Airlines continued on Monday with more than 300 flights canceled, following a weekend that saw more than 1,800 of the carrier’s flights canceled.

Frustrated travelers took to Twitter, complaining of flights canceled multiple times and being stranded far from home. Beyond cancellations, American Airlines delayed more than 190 flights, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

Monday’s issues come on the heels of massive problems over the weekend in which the airline was forced to cancel more than 1,800 flights, according to reports, including more than 1,000 on Sunday alone, or about 36% of its schedule.

Flight cancellations started on Friday, with the airline blaming staffing shortages and bad weather, according to a company letter from COO David Seymour shared with Travel + Leisure. Seymour noted severe winds at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where

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JetBlue’s ‘Monster Sale’ Has $31 Flights to Las Vegas, Miami, Puerto Rico, and More

JetBlue is offering travelers some scary good deals on flights just in time for Halloween, with 31 routes starting at just $31 one way, the airline shared with Travel + Leisure.

The JetBlue “Monster Sale,” which is valid through Oct. 29 for travel between Nov. 1 and Dec. 16, includes eerily good $31 routes like Los Angeles to Las Vegas, New York to Miami, and Boston to Washington, D.C. Travelers can even island hop between San Juan in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for just $31 each way.

The sale excludes Friday and Sunday travel days as well as travel between Nov. 20 and Nov. 29. The sale is only available through JetBlue’s website and can’t be booked on another booking site.

“The launch of our 2021 ‘Monster Sale’ supports the next phase of our direct distribution strategy, which

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