Travel tidbits: free bus rides, LAX reveals TBIT upgrades

Tired of flying? Consider the bus.

Not sure if the bus is for you? is offering you a ride for free.

The company’s rates are pretty cheap to begin with (as low as $1 a ticket, if you book really, really early), but this deal is  200,000 free seats for travel between January 9th and February 28, 2013 (subject to availability) to/from cities served by in the USA and Canada.  Promo code TRYMEGABUS.


Observation Deck at Los Angeles International Airport now openAnd there’s now a list of the 60 new shops and restaurants – including 22 local L.A. brands – coming to what’s being called New TBIT – the expanded Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) – at Los Angeles International Airport.

The first phase of New TBIT will include a Great Hall and boarding gates on the west side of the terminal. That is scheduled to open in Spring 2013.  The second phase – which includes new gates on the east side of the terminal, new federal security screening area, and an upgraded customs arrivals area – is expected to be completed by 2014.

Here is some of what’s in store for the new terminal:

  • Top Chef Winner Michael Voltaggio will offer sandwiches at ink.sack;
  • Upscale, modern Mexican food from the “Top Chef Masters”  duo of Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken at Border Grill;


  • Umami Burger, the L.A. outlet that was awarded GQ’s “Burger of the Year” title;
  • 800 Degrees Pizzeria;
  • III Forks (steakhouse),
  • Sushi with fish air-shipped from Tokyo at Chaya or Lucky Fish by Sushi Roku;
  • Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar;
  •  Vino Volo;
  • Short Cake and Vanilla Bake Shop (desserts, yay!)
  • and one of the first Starbucks Evenings outlets, serving wine and small plates.

In addition to a wide range of duty-free options, retail will include:  Bvlgari,Emporio Armani, Kitson, Coach, Porsche Design, Tumi, Victoria’s Secret, the iStore Boutique, 7-Eleven, See’s Candies, Xpress Spa and Bliss, which will also offer manicures, pedicures and facials .

Here’s a link to the full list and more information about what’s coming – finally – to the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.

Can’t wait!


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