Alaska Airlines Adds New Service to Costa Rica

Today Alaska Airlines announced that it is adding service from Los Angeles to Costa Rica. Eight weekly flights will begin to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste (LIR) on October 31 and November 1. Costa Rica is a beautiful destination. I traveled there for New Year’s Eve last year and stayed at a Hilton property and…

Audi Launches On Demand Car Rental App

Smartphone apps have simplified the car rental process, with services like Silvercar taking the hassle out of reserving a ride at an airport or even downtown. Audi’s own version, called on demand, is only available in San Francisco (for now). You can rent one of 10 Audi models for up to 28 days anywhere within 49 miles of the…

New Gotham Air Helicopter Service Plus Other Chopper Transfers

As anyone who’s flown into or out of an airport that’s way out of town, that limbo between deplaning and hotel check-in can be a travel buzz-crushing drag—especially after an already long flight. If you’ve got the cash (or in some cases, the points), you can have a helicopter whisk you directly to your destination, then back to…

8 Awesome (and Free!) Apps For Your Next Big Road Trip

Intrepid traveler and TPG contributor Ryan Gargiulo of Pause The Moment recently completed an epic cross country road trip. Here, he shares the top apps that made getting from Point A to Point B not only easier, but more fun. Get ready to download a few. Road trips are one of my favorite ways to explore the…

West Africa Travelers Now Required to Enter US Through 5 Airports

The following is an update of last week’s coverage the CDC’s new Ebola airport screening program. The Department of Homeland Security announced today that starting Wednesday October 22, all travelers coming to the U.S. from West Africa nations affected by the Ebola outbreak will be required to enter through one of five U.S. airports where enhanced screenings are…

Ebola and Travel: CDC Launches New Airport Screening Program

Following the death yesterday of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man afflicted with the U.S.’s first recorded case of Ebola and sequestered in an isolation ward at a Dallas hospital, the U.S. federal government is launching its first large-scale attempt at screening for Ebola at American airports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that…

Tips for Train Travel & Transportation in France

There’s a reason the French trains are favored by locals and tourists alike—they’re one of the quickest and easiest ways to get around the country. I asked Nice-based contributor Lane Nieset to fill us in on the ins and outs of trail travel in France with a guide on everything you need to know to…

Improving Mass Transit to NYC Airports Can’t Come Soon Enough

The question of improving New York City’s public transportation options to the city’s three major airports came up  at a recent MTA Reinvention Commission meeting. We put TPG Contributor Adee Braun on the case to see how New York’s airport transportation stacks up to other major international cities. She also provides you with everything you need to…