Coming & Going: Legroom on American Airlines, healthful hotels, more travel news

March 2, 2012
Coming & Going

New seats for American, good health hotels, and more

American: So leggy

Make some legroom for American Airlines and its new class of coach seats.

The airline recently introduced Main Cabin Extra, a new coach section providing an additional four to sixinches of heel-to-toe space, plus priority boarding. The Extra seating arrangement will appear this spring on the carrier’s new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The seats are free to elite frequent-flier members and customers holding full-fare economy tickets, subject to availability. Gold members also receive complimentary access through Dec. 31, 2013. Other travelers may purchase the extra kick space for $8 to $108 per segment, depending on the length of the flight.

Hotel health kick

Which hotel guest are you?

A. You create a meal out of vending machine food and flip through all 999 cable stations until the alarm crows.

B. You forage for lean meats and produce in the hotel restaurant and clock significant mileage at the fitness center.

If you picked B, pack your sweatbands for a new hotel brand on a health kick.

Even, a creation of the InterContinental Hotels Group, will stress health and wellness with such features as guest rooms fitted with workout equipment (a coat rack that doubles as a pull-up bar, for example); free mini-smoothies in the morning; and personalized advice on exercise.

The company plans to open the first hotel in early 2013. Info: www.evenhotels.com.

Capital travel habits

Washington is home to a diverse bunch of folks, but a new survey from Living Social Escapes, the travel dealmaker, reveals some commonalities among Washingtonians on the road.

In a survey of 20 U.S. cities, the company found that: Washingtonians top the nation for most days spent outside the city. We decribe ourselves as “shutterbugs” and adventurous. We prefer eating at new restaurants over gambling, camping, cruising and volunteering. And if we could choose a celebrity travel mate, we’d invite Oprah Winfrey first, followed by Ellen DeGeneres and Taylor Swift.

Travel ticker

Icelandair resumes seasonal service from Washington Dulles on March 29. The carrier will offer four flights per week and increase service to five flights per week starting May 23 and six flights starting June 11. Service will run through January and return in the spring.

Andrea Sachs

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