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JetBlue announces nonstop service between Boston and London

In case you missed it, earlier this month JetBlue Airlines announced that it would start flying nonstop flights from both Boston and New York City to London starting in 2021. An airline representative said that JetBlue would convert an existing order with Airbus to acquire 13 A321LR jets. These planes will be outfitted much like the Airbus planes that JetBlue flies on transcon routes but with more flat seats in their premium cabin called Mint.

Below is the image JetBlue tweeted out on April 10th to announce the new service from Boston and New York City to London.

jetblueJetBlue’s announcement comes just weeks after Delta Airlines announced their new relationship with Virgin Atlantic will add nonstop service to London’s Gatwick Airport from New York and Boston sometime in 2020.

You can read more about this in Boston.com, here.

Puerto Vallarta state of mind

mexico, gay travelSergio and I recently visited Puerto Vallarta and had a great time. If we had more time we would have also explored the area because there is no shortage of activities one can do, but we had limited time so sitting on a beach all day and sipping cocktails in the afternoon followed by dinner was the perfect way to decompress.

It’s hard to do any destination as beautiful as Puerto Vallarta justice with just one post but we had so much fun, I wanted to share our experience and encourage anyone who has also visited to feel free to add their comments below.

Getting to P.V. The main drawback is the travel. There is no direct service from Boston so flying takes a full day.  If anyone from Jet Blue is reading this, here is your opportunity to make a play – this would be a busy route for you.

mexico, gay travelWhere to stay in P.V. I would strongly encourage gay travelers to stay in the Zona Romantica. There are a number of properties at every price point to accommodate whatever your budget. While the largest property we found, Pinnacle Resort, came highly recommended by many friends, we wanted to be on the beach so we opted to visit Pinnacle in the evenings to have a cocktail and watch the sunsets.

We stayed at Sapphire Ocean Club. I’ll admit that making a reservation wasn’t easy and the fact that you cannot easily reach staff made me uncomfortable but friends assured us the property was clean and we’d enjoy it – and we did. Sapphire is located on the beach and has four suites (we stayed in Suite 4 which has the most privacy). There is a small deck and tiny pool and chairs overlooking a beautiful beach. The staff was exceptionally attentive and really did impress.

Nightlife There is plenty to do if you like to go out.  A more relaxing option is strolling along PV’s boardwalk called the Melecon, although it is a bit of a tourist trap. There are also several gay clubs and bars all conveniently near each other. Each afternoon we grabbed a drink upstairs at Blondies. Much like everywhere else you go, you’ll be surprised at how affordable it is.  I’d encourage you to venture out and find what you like because there is something for everyone.

mexico, gay travel, la palapaDining What really surprised Sergio and me was how many really great dining options Puerto Vallarta has to offer. We ate at a few places for breakfast but our favorite was La Palapa. The restaurant is also a great option if you want to have dinner watching the sunset. The restaurant next door, El Dorado, was also quite good but we preferred the staff and food at La Palapa. These restaurants were more money than most places (dinners including tip for the two of us was approximately $40-50 per person for breakfast we spent about $10 per person).

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Source: Cafe Des Artistes

Easily our best meal (and a place I would recommend everyone make a reservation) was at Cafe Des Artistes. My only tip would be to make sure to request a table in their garden – shown above. Everything about this restaurant is deserving of praise from the beautiful set up to the superb service to the interesting menu. While this restaurant is more on par with Boston pricing, it is worth the splurge. My only tip if you go is to be sure you pack a polo shirt and linen pants because my only regret was realizing how under dressed we were as the host escorted Sergio and me to a rather prominent table in the garden.

I’d love to go back to Puerto Vallarta and encourage everyone to check out this really picturesque destination, but because of the distance and lack of direct flights, you really do need a week or more to make this worthwhile. Hopefully JetBlue or another airline will soon offer nonstop service from Boston.

Jet Blue announces nonstop service between Boston and Steamboat Springs

Hey snow bunnies. Looking for an extravagant holiday gift for your boyfriend but no clue what to do? This week Jet Blue announced that they would start flying nonstop from Boston to Steamboat Springs with weekly nonstop service on Wednesday and Saturday.

I took a look on Jet Blue’s website and was able to find round trip, nonstop fares starting starting at $469 in January, $324 in February and $410 in March. As a one-time skier but someone who hasn’t skied in a looooong time, I’m happy to see more opportunities to fly out West for ski trips from Boston. I’ve never skied in Colorado and have no idea what Steamboat Springs is like but Jet Blue’s flights make it the only airline from New England that flies nonstop here. If anyone books a trip, let me know.

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Take CMI’s annual LGBT travel survey

travel tipsCommunity Marketing Insights 23rd Annual LGBT Travel survey is live and they are looking for members of the LGBT community to share with them your travel preferences. The survey will remain open through Saturday, December 15th.

Your responses are all kept anonymous and aggregated to better understand LGBT traveler trends and preferences.  It took me a little more than 5 minutes to fill out the survey

www.LGBTQsurvey.com 

About CMI: In 1992, Thomas Roth and David Paisley conceived of the idea of forming a marketing research company to help companies and brands better understand the emerging LGBTQ community and include it as a viable market segment.  More than 25 years later, CMI is no the world’s leading and most-respected LGBTQ research firm.

Nonstop service between Boston and Honolulu annouced

Late last week Hawaiian Airlines announced that it would start non-stop flights between Boston and Honolulu starting in April 2019, making Boston the second (New York City was first) East Coast hub to receive non-stop service on Hawaiian Airlines. The flight will also be the new longest domestic flight route in the United States with flights from HA to MA taking a little more than 10 hours and flights from MA to HA taking just under 12 hours (5,095 miles) .

The airline cited the fact that Boston is the largest U.S. travel market that currently does not receive non-stop service to Hawaii as a reason for rolling out this new service. An estimated 500 people fly between New England and Hawaii (approximately 60,000 visitors annually), which translates into ~$76 million in ticket sales for flights between the two city airports last year.

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From Boston to Honolulu: Hawaiian Airlines flight HA91 will depart Boston on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:55am and will arrive in Honolulu at 2:35pm the same day. Friday flights will depart Boston at 8:00am and arrive in Honolulu at 1:40pm.

From Honolulu to Boston: Hawaiian Airlines flight HA90 will depart Honolulu on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:45pm and arrive in Boston the following mornings at 6:00am.

Share your favorite Northern New England destinations in the fall

Fall foliageIn the summer most people in Boston look to the coast for weekend trips out of town, but in the fall Northern New England provides a beautiful option for a weekend trip out of town.

Earlier this week I received an email from Frog Meadow Country B&B. They appear to have a number of programs and events happening through out the fall that might make for a great weekend away.  It got me to thinking about what other places in Northern New England gay men like to visit. I’d be curious to hear from anyone who may have stayed at Frog Meadow Country B&B or if you have other B&Bs / destinations you like to visit in Northern New England.

Share your favorite Northern New England destinations in the comment section below, and if I get enough options, I’ll dedicate a post with your suggestions later this month on where to go and where to stay for a long weekend.

Sky high today

Sergio and Rob, gay travel, flying, travelSergio and I are spending the entire day traveling back from Brazil. We are accustomed to taking night flights when traveling between Boston and Brazil so this will be a new experience. The point is that I will be 30,000+ feet above ground for nearly the entire day so approving comments and responding to emails will be nonexistent.