Looking for a job? Apply now to be an Pilot-Astronaut at Virgin Galactic

Attention all pilots and Star Trek aficionados. Today is your big day to reach for the stars and apply at Virgin Galactic to test and develop the WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo spaceflight system then move onto regular spaceline operations.

Virgin Galactic is only looking for team players. And there are some other job requirements, most of which I forget now, but I can't imagine it matters much as long as you are a team player. The requirements and more details on the position can be found here.

SFO T2 Grand Opening Photos


The grand opening of SFO T2 today gave the public a chance to see the new terminal. The first flights from this terminal are not schedule for another week.
Since this is a renovation - and not a new terminal - the reveal today was a little underwhelming. The ceilings are low due to ...
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Rumor: US Airways to Split

US Airways and America West merged in late 2005. It was just on the heels of America West coming out of a four year bankruptcy and US Airways, at the time, was in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings. It sounded like a match made in heaven – two bankrupt airlines merging to make one big ...
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"Nobody wants us to die because everybody makes money off of us."

In remarks last Friday at the CERA Conference on energy, United CEO Jeff Smisek reiterated the high costs of fuel and government mandated taxes and fees that are a burden on the airline industry. Although the airlines have lost money for several years, which means their corporate ...

SFO T2 Grand Opening - Open to the Public

You can now RSVP for the upcoming grand opening of the new Terminal 2 (T2) at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on April 9th, 2011. A $383 million dollar renovation that will be the new home for American Airlines and Virgin America.

The new sustainable facility boasts cleaner air, better seating, water bottle filling stations, and a unique "recomposure" area right after you pass through the TSA.

American Airlines flyers will finally get a new lounge instead of the dark micro lounge that currently occupies  T3. The open house is open to the public but does require registration, so follow the link above and reserve your tickets today.

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Unofficial Guide to San Jose Airport (SJC) Long Term Parking

Although I had plenty of time to catch my flight, there is something about making "good time" getting to the airport. As I pulled into the San Jose Airport (SJC) long term parking lot, I spied the shuttle bus making its way into the lot. I had to act fast - get to a stop in ...
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Are you a frequent flyer on short-haul flights?

Marketplace from American Public Media are looking for sources for possible upcoming news stories on the decline of short haul flying. I know a lot of you still make your status through elite qualifying segments, so perhaps you want to add your voice to their story.

Through American Public Media, you may have opportunities to inform reporting for Marketplace, Marketplace Money, Being, American RadioWorks, and other news outlets. To be considered head over to their source information form here.

New Blogger, New Webisodes

I'd like to welcome Elyse Pasquale to upgrd.com where she will be tackling the world of airline meals in her Inflight Dish column. Elyse is a frequent flyer who seeks out great local meals across the globe, writing about the experience at Foodie International.com She will be posting here to ...

Major Airline Websites Unavailable - Denial of Service Attack?

Right now - aa.com, united.com, delta.com and other travel sites are unavailable for many and slow for others.  This week has been difficult for many online properties with the denial of service attacks on Visa and Mastercard and the Gawker password compromise that Mark mentioned. When the ...
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New Design - New Announcements

It's been a busy few months at upgrd.com HQ. Gabrielle and Steve have joined the podcast network with their new pilot podcast Hangar Flying. Bobby and Sara have extended their reach to the big little screen with the Tips From Above webisodes. 
In the mean time, thanks to the ...
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New Flight Attendant Bikini Calendar Now Available

Without Hunter around here anymore I guess it's up to me to bring the hard hitting stories to upgrd.com. Ryan Air has once again released a flight attendant calendar in time for the new year. The proceeds from the bikini calendar will be donated to charity.
Ryanair’s people chose ...
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United Airlines 747 Escape Slide Deployment Video

During the United Airline's Open House and Family Day the airline demonstrated an emergency escape slide deployment. For those of you who missed it, here is a very short video showing the 747 door opening and slide inflation. It all happens pretty quickly - too bad they wouldn't let us go for a ...

Watch Sara and Bobby's televised travel tips on Sonoran Living

Check out Sara and Bobby's appearance on today's episode of Sonoran Living on the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona. They discussed how a little planning on what to bring to the airport can make your flight more enjoyable. In addition they discuss some kid friendly things to bring ...

Jetblue unlimited All You Can Jet flight pass is back

Jetblue is once again offering their all you can jet pass valid for flights from September 7th to October 6th. This time there are two pricing options, a pass valid every day of the week for $699, and if you are flexible in your travel plans and can skip traveling on Friday's and Sunday's, the 5 ...

Welcome to our newest travel blogger!

I'm excited to announce a new blogger on upgrd.com - Kevin Hanson. Although Kevin is new to upgrd.com, he is not new to blogging. Previously authoring his own blog at CrazyHawt.com, he's decided to post all of his travel tips, experiences, and horror stories (!) here instead. You can read ...
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Google Buys ITA Software

I imagine some were shaking in their boots at online travel booking sites today when Google announced their $700 million acquisition of ITA Software. As previously mentioned the search giant has been working on a deal with the travel search engine for some time now.
Airfare search is a huge ...
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Battle heats up in ITA acquisition war

In a previous post I mentioned that ITA Software, which many of us use for searching mileage runs, was in acquisition talks with Google. It looks like those talks are heating up as other companies including Expedia, Kayak, and Travelport are reportedly in discussions with the travel search ...

What do you listen to when you are on the road?

Ha! It's really a rhetorical question as we know you are busy listening to the Uprgd Podcast and The Crew Lounge. (And I promise more Upgrd Podcasts are coming late next week). But in the meantime our friends at Marketplace, from American Public Media, want to know what else you listen to. A ...