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(CNN) This week in travel news: the best time and day to book your flights, new business and first class cabins for Qantas and Air France, and the only woman living on an island populated by convicted criminals .
When should you book your flights?
With some airfares as low as 50%, it’s more important than ever to be smart about your booking strategy. An expert at travel site Hopper tells CNN you should start tracking your May, June and July vacations now. And there’s a “Goldilocks window” for booking — not too early, not too late — says another expert from travel site Going.
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Get your laptop and credit card out on Sunday for the best chance of securing the best deals, says booking platform Expedia. You can refine your search further with flight comparison site Skyscanner’s new savings generator, launched this month. Plug in your departure city, your destination and when you want to travel, and it will help you determine the best time to book and the cheapest time to travel.
New cabins for Qantas and Air France
If you’re an airline planning to launch new 19-hour flights connecting Australia to New York and London, you need to make sure you’re offering your customers a comfortable experience — especially for the higher-paying ones. dollars on the front.
Qantas has unveiled the first business class prototypes for the Airbus A350s that will serve the new Project Sunrise routes scheduled to launch in 2025. The airline says its First Suite will feel like “a mini boutique hotel”.
This follows last month’s unveiling of Air France’s stunning new long-haul business cabin, complete with sliding doors and redesigned seats. It debuted on a Boeing 777-300ER flying Paris-New York and the first destinations it will serve are New York, Rio de Janeiro and Dakar, Senegal.
The prison islands turned into paradise islands
In 2011, Giulia Manca went to an Italian prison island in search of a relaxing vacation. Twelve years later, she is the only woman living on an island populated by convicted criminals and is loving life in the “Alcatraz of the Tyrrhenian Sea.”
In Mexico, one of the country’s most notorious prisons began a new chapter in December as an escape from the Pacific Ocean. The former penal colony in the Islas Marías archipelago now boasts a tourist centre, restaurant and cafe, as well as villas where guests can stay before hitting the beaches.
Seeing the world by bike
Dubai could have a climate-controlled, 93-kilometre indoor cycle highway circling the city if developer URB gets its way. The green-filled corridor “aims to make Dubai the most connected city on Earth by foot or bike.”
The move could potentially secure the Middle Eastern hub a future place on our list of the world’s best cities to see by bike: destinations in North America, Scandinavia and Asia Pacific all make the rounds current.
Two people who have a better understanding of global cycling culture than most are British couple Laura Massey-Pugh and Stevie Massey, who last year became the fastest cyclists to circumnavigate the world on a tandem bicycle.
Summer of ’69
Photos: They met on a boat to a Greek island in 1969. They have been married for more than 50 years
Anthony met Barbara at a Greek ferry port in the summer of 1969. He was a 28-year-old American college graduate with a third-class ticket and she was a 24-year-old flight attendant for Air France, traveling to second class.
Like Jack and Rose in “Titanic,” the class divisions of the boat did not stand in the way of love. Here’s how Anthony overcame barriers to meet the woman who would be his bride.
The best budget headphones
What little travel essential are you most likely to miss — and most likely to mourn when you do? For many of us, the answer is headphones.
If you’re someone whose favorite travel companion is a playlist or podcast, but you also don’t like breaking the bank for something that might end up on the floor of a foreign city’s subway system, check out this guide on the best. budget headphones. It was created by our partners at CNN Underscored, a guide to product reviews and recommendations owned by CNN.
Disturbing traveler of the week
After a short hiatus, we’re sorry to say that the irregularity is back. An American Airlines flight was diverted to a North Carolina airport on February 22 because of a distraught passenger. The woman was taken into custody, but the misdemeanor charge was dismissed.
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