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The Best Travel Newcomer for 2013 is...

December 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.

We’re all about airline lounges and the little joys that they bring to our experience at the airport. Free drinks, comfy seats, and sometimes even decent snacks or a light meal are all reasons to get to the airport a little bit early; however, in 2013 there was one new addition to the airline lounge concept that took things to a different level.

Sure these new clubs don’t have the amenities as some of the first-class and business-class lounges from the international carriers—no complimentary massages here—but there is something extra from what we’re awarding the best travel newcomer of 2013.

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Left or Right? Exploring the Newest Oneworld Lounges at Paris' CDG Airport

Where: Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France
October 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris doesn’t have the best reputation for a number of reasons. There's the confusing layout, poor signage, and brusque French staff to name a few. Escaping to an airline lounge can help make many a journey more pleasant, and over the last few years the improvement works at CDG have included new lounges for both American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, two options for those flying with any Oneworld alliance partner.

We recently flew through Paris and had a chance to explore both lounges to see what’s what. The good news is that no matter which of the two you find yourself in, they are a major improvement from before. Literally next door to each other, both are now exterior facing and have windows for walls, giving views across the apron and one of the runways. The left door leads to the Admirals Club, and the right to the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class lounge.

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Travel App Review: 'LoungeBuddy' Says Bon Voyage to Boring Layovers

October 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Starting a journey in comfort or enjoying a longish layover in a new airport are key for having a memorable vacation and since told you that we really didn't care for the Smart Layover app, we may have been lost when it came to spending hours at the airport. We can announce that we have a contender for the perfect app to help us out.

The free iPhone app is called 'Lounge Buddy' and it does just that; a buddy that helps travelers find a quiet corner in an airport to put their feet up and relax. The app will help "the casual traveler with a long layover, or an elite traveler flying first class". If our first impressions are any indicator of the app's actually functionality, we're pretty excited for further updates.

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Photo Gallery: Inside the Ginormous New Star Alliance Lounge at LAX

September 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

You probably know by now that Los Angeles International Airport has lifted the veil off its billion-dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While that means improved facilities for all travelers, premium passengers on Star Alliance flights will also benefit from a gigantic new lounge complex, opening today—Wednesday, September 25.

We attended the ribbon cutting by Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab earlier this week to give you all the details on the 18,000-square-foot spread. Come in for the shower suites and the wine wall, stay for the outdoor terrace with fire pits and tarmac views.

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Yummy Meals, Cheap Fares, and New Seats from Qantas

Where: Australia
September 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of exciting news coming from Down Under with Qantas refreshing cabins, catering to kiddies, and filling the tummies of adults. While North America isn't directly affected by the new digs in the cabins, we can reap the benefits of enhanced meal service and an airfare sale for the littlest flyers.

The 'Red Roo' is expanding dining options for their hugely popular Select on Q-Eat meal service. Starting this week, if you're flying from Dallas to Australia in Premium Economy, you can pre-order your meals for the long, long flight. Don't worry west coasters, because next week LA gets in on the fun with flights from the west coast to Oz offering the service to PE passengers as well. The airline plans to expand this service to long-haul Economy later in the year.

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Seeking Sanctuary at Heathrow: Inside British Airways' T3 First Class Dining Room

Where: London Heathrow Airport (LHR), London, United Kingdom
July 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 may have been purpose-built as the home of British Airways, but as these things tend to go, there isn’t nearly enough space to operate all flights out of its main A building and B/C satellites. Depending on your destination, you may find yourself therefore flying in and out of Terminal 3, or even the waiting-to-be-torn-down throwback that is Terminal 1.

Short-haul Terminal 3 destinations include the majority of Eastern European flights (think Warsaw, Budapest, Bucharest), which all involve (without exception) a rather uncomfortable bus journey out to the airplane. T3 itself (crowded, noisy) doesn’t have much else to make the experience of going through this particular part of Heathrow more pleasant, setting aside for a minute Virgin Atlantic’s private security channel.

The sole reason we’re not completely hating every time we fly out of T3 is down to one redeeming feature BA has up its sleeve: its Galleries First lounge, specifically the corner First Class Dining Room therein.

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JetBlue's First Lounge is Finally Open at New York's JFK Airport

July 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Like any airport project, the Airspace Lounge at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York-JFK had a little bit of a delay. Originally schedule to debut in May, the lounge finally did open this month and though it's still in soft-opening phase, passengers are at last welcome to enjoy a more comfortable, more private, amenity-rich place to chill before flying out.

The Airspace Lounge is open to all passengers flying from Terminal 5 (that's JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines & Aer Lingus), for a price. Entry starts from $25 and includes "complimentary espresso, cappuccino, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, soft drinks, small snacks and fruit, printing and scanning, use of house computers, Wi-Fi, use of private restrooms and shower facilities, plus a $10 credit to purchase items from Airspace’s premium menu including alcoholic beverages."

The photos aren't the best as they're from opening day, and we haven't been to check it out ourselves quite yet, but figured you'd like to know all the details right away to prep for what remains of summer travels.

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LA's Next Hot New Club Will Actually Be on the Airport's Roof

June 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Watch out, Delta; the Sky Club Sky Decks may be the hot spots at JFK and ATL right now, but there's another airport deck coming soon and it's from competing airlines.

The Star Alliance is building a brand new, super slick lounge for their flyers within the recently remodeled Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport.

The lounge is being designed by architectural firm Gensler (also behind other airport projects like JetBlue's T4 at JFK), so you can pretty much guarantee it's going to be worth the wait until an opening later this year. Even better is the fact that the lounge's design will be inspired by a "contemporary interpretation of modernist L.A. architecture of the 1950s and 1960s." Talk about being on-trend; there's a "nouveau retro" movement right now focusing on exactly that—west coast mid-century style.

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Say Hello to American Airlines' First Ever Shade of Nail Polish

June 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've seen some cute airplane-theme nail art in our wanderings around the internet—creativity like this and this—but never before has an airline offered to paint your nails the same color as their aircraft. That is, until American Airlines' launch of their brand new 777-300ER on the Los Angeles - London route and, with it, the creation of a nail polish with British brand Nails Inc.

The color is bespoke, the same mica shade as the fuselage of the "new American" livery. Nails Inc actually names their polishes after famous London destinations such as Notting Hill Gate, Portobello, St James, Piccadilly Circus and The Thames, but they've made an exception in this case, instead naming it "2 Park" for the oneworld alliance headquarters address in Manhattan.

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All Around the Largest, Newest Delta Sky Club (and Sky Deck!)

May 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Part 1: The gates and restaurants
Part 2: Up in the SkyClub and on the SkyDeck

24,000 square feet. Yes, that number is correct. The newest Delta Sky Club is also the largest of all, taking that title from Atlanta as part of Delta's campaign to become "New York's airline."

In that 24,000 square feet at New York-JFK's Terminal 4 Delta has placed a variety of seating areas, a long bar, a spacious dining room, a hall of private showers, a TV room, a business center, a VIP room, and even an outdoor terrace. Now, we've been in some big SkyClubs before—like the sweet one at Tokyo-Narita—but this one will definitely make frequent Delta flyers very very happy. Our favorite details include power outlets and USB ports simply everywhere, artwork like panels of aircraft fuselage, and the best views of the tarmac one could hope for at JFK.

Plus, those flying in economy, other airlines, or without high enough SkyTeam status will still be able to buy daily passes for $50 a pop; no snobbery up here.

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What a $1.4 Billion Airport Upgrade Looks Like: Inside Delta's New Terminal 4 at JFK

May 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

10:30am and already Shake Shack has a line.

That's far from surprising for the many locations of the popular burger & fries joint around New York City, but this is Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport, which, up until Friday, May 24, didn't have a Shake Shack. It also didn't have the Funfetti cupcakes of the new Cake Tin bakery, the gift-perfect candles in the Jo Malone shop, the fried yardbird and cornbread of Marcus Samuelsson's Uptown Brasserie or the sweeping views of a busy tarmac from the first outdoor deck at a Delta SkyClub.

Now it's a challenge to imagine JFK without it all.

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Inside Cambodia Angkor Air's Lounge at Phnom Penh International Airport

May 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here's a random peek inside the home airport lounge of Cambodia Angkor Air, the national carrier of Cambodia. On a trip from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City, we booked ourselves in Business Class and headed to their international lounge at the airport.

After a fairly seamless process with check-in, passport control and security, we made our way through the small departures area. Phnom Penh's airport plays host to only about six gates and the same amount of shops for the last chance to pick up some Cambodian souvenirs. You'll find this lounge is one of two airline lounges tucked away behind the obligatory duty-free shop. The other lounge belongs to Bangkok Airways and is open to all passengers flying that airline.

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