Tuesday Short Hops: Virgin America, Sunwing, United

- Virgin America announced they will launch once-daily nonstop service between San Francisco and Austin (remember when American Airlines flew San Jose – Austin in 2000 or so because supposedly there was so much tech-related business travel between those two cities? that was cute…) beginning May 21st. They will also launch 6X weekly service between San Francisco and Anchorage during the summer season, competing on the route with United.

- A Sunwing Vacations charter flight from Toronto to Costa Rica & Panama sat on the tarmac in Toronto last Friday for 13 hours because of the snow, before finally departing 17 hours late.

- United is offering 40% off the regular ridiculous price for purchasing miles when you buy at least 20,000 miles – so you’ll only pay an absurd $451.50 for 20,000 miles.

- And Delta is cancelling one of its odder routes, eliminating its 4X weekly flights from JFK to Georgetown, Guyana, beginning May 9th. Anyone wanna go before they close that off? So many random airlines have tried to make the JFK-Guyana route work, but to no avail.

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