· British Airways makes it easier to call home to let everyone know you have made it safely. Passengers can purchase a new sim card for their mobile phones in-flight so they can don't have to worry about roaming charges upon touchdown.
· South African Airways takes communication to the next level with a fully functional, unlocked phone complete with a sim card preloaded with $10. If you have ever gotten a surprise roaming phone bill, you know that $140 is a value.
· Emirates understands a busy traveler that doesn't quite have the time to learn a new language. They offer passengers language packs to cram in a few new words to speak to the taxi driver or the bellhop. The duty-free trolley doesn't have all languages, but German, Chinese and Japanese are for the taking all for $38.
· Cathay Pacific offers passengers discounted public transport passes. Not only is it a fast way to make your way around the city from the airport, it is environmentally responsible. Round-trip passes are available from Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations or a tourist pass on the air train and 3 days unlimited travel on the MTR. Prices range from $20 to $38.
These products are just the tip of the iceberg to the little gems you can find. Now you know that you shouldn't pass over the duty-free shopping mag in your seat back pocket since there are plenty of great finds.
[Photo: Cathay Pacific]