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Free JetSmarter Helicopter Transfers in NYC


Boarding the helicopter transfer at the West 30th Street Heliport

My husband got me a JetSmarter membership as a present recently and it’s officially become my favorite luxury travel app. Like all private aviation, JetSmarter does not come cheap (rates are going up June 1st, but you can get membership until the end of May for $$9,675 annually plus a one-time initiation fee of $3,500. Details at bottom of this post).

Some video of my Blade flight over the Hudson River

While this may seem steep at first glance, it’s a bargain if you are used to paying full fare for first class travel between New York and Los Angeles. One way First Class airfare on American Airlines costs $2019. If you regularly fly bi-coastal, JetSmarter can be a great value for money.

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Cool view sitting next to the pilot

One of the best things out of the best things about being a JetSmarter member is the free helicopter transfers to and from Teterboro and Westchester airports to the West 30th Street Heliport in New York City.

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Helicopter pilot at the controls

JetSmarter also offers helicopter transfers to the Hamptons from Manhattan and from Chicago airports to the Loop.

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Above the Hudson

If you ask nicely, you can sit next to the pilot when you take off from the West 30th Street Heliport. Keep in mind, this side of the chopper is away from the NYC skyline when heading out of the city.

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The view through the passenger side door

JetSmarter is raising rates in June to $10,000 annually plus a one-time initiation fee of $5,000.

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Headed to HPN Airport in Westchester

I’ll do a post in the future detailing the LA to NYC JetSmarter shuttle experience.


The View after dark into NYC is dramatic and beautiful


Obligatory helicopter selfie


500 East Broward Blvd., 19th Floor,
Fort Lauderdale, USA, FL 33394

+1 (888) 9 VIP JET



(Please mention Jen Pollack Bianco when contacting JetSmarter) 

JetSmarter App on iTunes


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Check out my Glamping HipStop Piece in the October 2013 Foodie Issue of SNAP

The Dining Pavilion at Moonlight Camp

I’m very excited that my glamping story about chef Dale Levitski’s Last Best Supper at The Resort at Paws Up is featured in the new October 2013 Foodie issue of Snap Magazine. Snap is a digital magazine that explores global guide culture, music, travel, food and trends. Shooting this story with Hipstamatic’s Oggl app was really fun and, truth be told, a bit challenging during the cattle drive. Fortunately my horse Colorado was a real pro and didn’t mind when I paused for a few photo opps.

You don’t need to use Hipstamatic or theOggl app to check out Snap– you can also read it online here.  The images in the magazine are stunning and I’m honored to have mine featured the the Foodie Issue, along with some other great food porn (including some rather photogenic pisco sours).

The October 2013 Foodie Issue of Snap features a foodporn cover shot by David Loftus

The hardest part about this assignment was figuring out which images to send to the Editors at Snap. In this post I’ve featured a few bonus images for my blog readers. I hope you enjoy reading the Foodie issue as much as I enjoyed this assignment.

You can also find a great selection of glamping destinations around the globe at If you’re afraid of tents they have some great alternative lodging options including cabins, yurts, huts, teepees and Airstreams.

Trying to keep my horizons straight while on horseback was humorous.

Rainbow Carrots at the Missoula Farmers Market

Left: Fresh mint at the Farmers Market Right: Grilled Corn at the Paws Up Chuckwagon Dinner

Huckleberry Lemon Drop Martini at Tank

Left: Chef Dale Levitski’s homemade rabbit-filled pasta   Right: Pretty Pears in the Paws Up Cook Shack

Long table set for dinner with flowers from the Missoula Farmers Market






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Navigating London Transportation is Way Easier with the Citymapper App

Night Traffic in London

Night Traffic in London

On my recent trip to London, I found getting around the city much easier once my ex-pat friend turned me on to the highly useful Citymapper App, which helps break down the myriad of transportation options in London and New York City.

Not only is the Citymapper app free (and available in iTunes and Google Play), but it really does help make navigating London by tube, bus, bike or rail much simpler. There is even a cheeky jetpack option– should that be how you roll.

Screencaps from the Citymapper London app

Citymapper is highly useful not just because it gives you the best transportation options to get you to home or work or anywhere you might want to go, but it also gives you estimates for time and tells you what the fare is for your journey. It also gives you weather data and disruption alerts in one place.

The London version of the Citymapper app uses a combination of data compiled from Foursquare with their own database, OpenStreetMaps and Apple maps and combines it into one nifty, user-friend design. Citymapper helps conserve batterylife because it only turns on the GPS when it’s on your screen (with the exception of if you’re traveling by bus, where it uses geofencing).

Shoes on a wire in Camden Town

Shoes on a wire in Camden Town

I loved exploring Camden Town and got back to my hotel using the Citymapper App

You can follow Citymapper London on twitter as @CitymapperLON

The Citymapper app also breaks down New York City’s transportation options, although I have yet to try it. If you’ve used Citymapper, let me know what you think of it in the comments section.

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