After the past two years, we all deserve a vacation. The weather is warming up and with a record-breaking 20 million passengers expected to pass through Austin-Bergstrom, it’s certain to be a bustling year for travel.
Expect more flights as ABIA grows into 2022’s changes but for now, take advantage of these great destinations you can reach via direct flight.
Amsterdam, Netherlands | KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
This brand-new flight, which started on March 28, will take you to the historical city of Amsterdam. Famous for its canals, high art museums and that famously laid-back Dutch lifestyle, the flight from Austin to Amsterdam runs on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has flights starting just above $500 if you book far enough in advance.
Aspen, Colorado | American Airlines
Whether you’re trying to book your next ski vacation in advance or want to spend the summer where it’s cooler, American Airlines will fly you directly to Aspen for right around $800 round-trip. Visit in late September for the Aspen Film Festival or hike the massive mountains in the summer if skiing isn’t your vibe.
Frankfurt, Germany | Lufthansa
Starting up again after a pandemic hiatus on April 8, Austinites can indulge in all the beer, sausage and German scenery they can handle after just one flight. Running on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Lufthansa will shuttle you from the Lone Star State to the largest city in Germany. Catch a round-trip flight for as low as $800.
Honolulu, Hawaii | Hawaiian Airlines
Say aloha to paradise, which is just a few hours away with Hawaiian Airlines’ direct flight. For just a bit more than $1,000 round trip, Honolulu’s surf destinations, volcanos, sun-kissed beaches and tourism of the largest city in Hawaii can be all yours for just a little while.
London, England | British Airways or Virgin Atlantic
Hop across the pond in one go by flying British Airways or Virgin Atlantic to London Town’s Heathrow airport. You can catch a flight with Virgin Atlantic beginning May 25, with starting prices hovering around $1,200 for a round-trip ticket, or through British Airways, starting around $500 each way.
Mexico City, Mexico | Aeromexico
The colors, history and mind-blowing food in Mexico is only $150 per ticket, when you fly with Aeromexico, each way—how could you afford not to go? Whether you’ve been dying to visit for Día de los Muertos or the Frida Kahlo museum, the capital city of Mexico is less than three hours away from Austin.
Miami, Florida | Southwest of American Airlines
Perfect for a weekend getaway, the sandy, white beaches of Miami await. For around $300 each way on Southwest and American Airlines, Miami’s Cuban food, Art Deco district and beachy vibes make it feel like summer all year long.
Monterrey, Mexico | Spirit Airlines
Like its fellow city to the south, it is nearly impossible not to have fun when you’re visiting. Don’t miss the crowded downtown Macroplaza, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Paseo de Santa Lucia and mountainous views as far as the eye can see. Fly direct from Spirit Airlines starting on June 22, with one-way tickets starting at $150.
Montego Bay, Jamaica | American Airlines
The beautiful clear blue beaches of Jamaica are just a single flight away when you fly with American Airlines, which can get you on the sand after about four hours in the air. A $700 round trip ticket is the only thing standing between you and island vibes.
San Juan, Puerto Rico | American Airlines
Known for its colorful architecture and lively nightlife scene, fly to San Juan in less than five hours through American Airlines. The cobblestone paths of Old San Juan will bring you back to the 16th century but the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade will show you a good time. Round trip tickets start around $400.
Vancouver, Canada | Air Canada
Can’t stand the Texas heat in the summertime? Spend the season up north! Located in the lush Canadian province of British Columbia, Vancouver will treat visitors to incredible views via the Capilano Suspension Bridge, whale watching tours and the city’s artistically-diverse scene. Flights begin on June 1, so grab tickets from Air Canada for about $200 each way.
Read a complete list of nonstop flights here.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.