Travel News: Too-Tall-to-Fly Edition
Deals from across the pond to the West Coast, plus sweepstakes for upscale moms
Two good deals this week: Virgin America is having a 48-hour sale on nonstop flights from Dulles to the West Coast. One-way trips now start at $109 for flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and $119 to Las Vegas, San Diego, and Seattle. Not only is it rare to find nonstop flights for this price, but it’s almost impossible to find a carrier with similar amenities (touch-screen entertainment, free onboard wi-fi). Taxes and fees run about $10 each way, so you’re looking at a round-trip flight for around $250. The sale ends at midnight tonight.
British Airways is having a sale on flights to London, with fares starting at $252 each way from Dulles. Even better, the price includes two nights at a three- or four-star hotel. Holiday travel is naturally more expensive, but if you fly at non-peak times, you’re looking at a round-trip fare of about $692, including taxes. “Top hole,” as we say in Blighty.
If London is a trifle too expensive, how about trip to the British stage? Shakespeare Theatre Company right here in DC is streaming a live production of Phèdre this Saturday at 2 from London’s National Theatre. The production stars Helen Mirren, and the show wowed audiences when it ran briefly in Washington last year. Tickets are $20. If Russia is more your scene, the Chekhov International Theatre Festival presents two plays next week (October 19 through 23): Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Chekhov’s Three Sisters, both in Russian with English surtitles. $22 to $60.
And finally, this week saw the launch of a travel Web site designed specifically for “yummy mummies.” Poshbrood.com is a new upscale family-travel site that offers recommended places to stay, travel tips, and breaking news about sales on family-friendly vacations. The site, set up by local travel writer Elizabeth Thorp, is currently running a promotion: Anyone who signs up for the weekly newsletter before October 29 is entered in a drawing to win a stay at one of four luxury vacation rentals. See Poshbrood.com for details.