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Who's Serving Rosé in the Sky (and Other Travel News)

June 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

With summer officially in swing, we no longer feel the need to hide our rosé drinking problem obsession. (Even though it's possible to drink rosé all year long, the blush pink wine is typically meant for summertime.)

While rosé is popular at restaurants and bars all over right now, we were quite surprised when we found a Cotes de Provence Rosé on the business class wine list aboard Air France, as usually airlines just offer white or red, but never in between. Paired with the rich butter cookies, it made for an excellent pre-meal treat. (However, if you're looking for rosé champagne, you'll have to fly Qatar business class for that.)

We'll have more on the rest of business class meal, and the flight, later this week but for now, sip on these travel news tidbits compiled by Conde Nast Traveler:

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More Mint for JFK as JetBlue Picks Up What United's Dropping

June 18, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

While loyal United flyers may still be reeling from the airline's recent announcement that they'd be completely withdrawing from New York's JFK Airport—moving their "p.s." all-business-class transcontinental flights over to their Newark hub—another airline has quickly stepped up to fill the hole.

This morning, JetBlue stated that they'd be increasing their number of daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK to both Los Angeles-LAX and San Francisco-SFO, beginning October 25. That same date is, conveniently, the day United is scheduled to pull their six daily JFK flights to LAX and seven to SFO. And it's not just like JetBlue is throwing some extra flights onto the schedule; the boost will be exclusively Airbus A321s with JetBlue's premium "Mint" class onboard. Have a look around.

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Inside The Newest, Largest Airline Lounge in South America: LAN and TAM Salon VIP

Where: Santiago, Chile
April 29, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's hard to believe that it was only last month we declared the LAN Airlines lounge at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza Airport the "best in South America." That may have been true at the time but, as of this week, the tides have changed and LAN's home airport in Santiago, Chile now not only claims the best lounge in South America, but the largest.

The brand new Salon VIP opened at SCL yesterday, and it borrows much of the look and South American design influence of that Buenos Aires lounge, albeit on a grander scale.

As the largest lounge in South America, it naturally boasts some impressive numbers, like the facts that it's 23,000 square feet, with 28 restrooms, 10 showers, a 180-foot-long buffet, 46 employees, and the capacity for 460 travelers. It's nearly 24 hours, with operating hours from 3am to 1am daily.

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Say Aloha To Hawaiian Airlines' Locally Inspired Amenity Kits

April 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Accidentally abandon your toiletries on the nightstand while you were scrambling to pack? Worry not. Traveling to Hawaii just got even better, as Hawaiian Airlines is boosting their in-flight offerings with some snazzy new locally inspired amenity kits. The airline is partnering up with one of Hawaii’s most popular clothing designers—Manuheali‘i—to create a new pattern that reflects the scenery of the Hawaiian Islands. Think teals, light greys, and a banana leaf look.

Those heading back and forth between other states will unfortunately be out of luck. With a couple exceptions, these new amenity kits will only be available to those flying internationally with the carrier.

But it doesn't matter where you sit. Thankfully, things are rolling out to both those seated up front and those in the back. Passengers in the main cabin will receive a pillow box, eyeshades, headphones, and some earplugs—not too shabby.

Those in the business class cabin get a few more goodies, as they can expect socks, a bamboo comb, Lōli‘i skincare products, and a pen—perfect for those landing cards.

[Photo: Hawaiian Airlines via The Design Air]

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Why Australian Airlines Are Up In Arms Over Thongs

April 3, 2015 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is no April Fool's joke.

On April 1, Qantas begin enforcing long-standing dress codes at the many Qantas Clubs, Business Class lounges, and First Class lounges in their Australian lounge network. Passengers who were turned away due to the tightened door policy include those wearing hi-ves workwear, T-shirts, shorts, and/or flip-flop sandals.

The policy, which requests/demands "smart casual" attire in the lounges, has left passengers confused, not to mention angry, when, at hot weather and vacation-popular airport like Brisbane, they've been turned away for wearing sandals. Qantas takes issue with what Aussies call "thongs," the casual beach footwear that bares most of the foot. Women's dressier sandals and, as far as we can tell, men's Birkenstock or Teva-style sandals do pass muster.

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Inside the Best Airline Lounge in South America

March 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's a sweet secret within the otherwise unremarkable terminal of Buenos Aires- Ezeiza International Airport. You see, EZE is somehow home to the nicest airline lounge in South America, the LAN Airlines VIP room.

The lounge is relatively new, having quietly opened in early 2013. Dark woods and soft lighting welcome travelers, tickets are checked at reception, and then guests walk a short hallway of periodicals and departure screens to enter the lounge proper. The first sight is a wall of wine, followed by separate areas for relaxing, dining, and working. Several Mac desktops are available, and a large communal work table is ideal for spreading out with a laptop and last-minute work. Bookshelves and dividers are the only walls, allowing the space to be cozy and semi-private at the same time as open and welcoming.

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Railway Review: Business Class on the Amtrak Cascades Route

February 9, 2015 at 2:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

We admit it, we like fancy travel when we can swing it so when we had to go to Portland from Seattle for an event last week, we specifically booked a ticket on Amtrak's Cascades.

The Cascades trains go from Vancouver, B.C. to Eugene, Oregon. The Seattle-Portland leg of the trip takes roughly 3.5 hours. We had originally booked a coach ticket, but as assignments stacked up that would require en route attention, we reconsidered our purchase. Roundtrip tickets set us back $52; an upgrade to Business Class doubled the price. It seemed like a wise investment.

By some miracle of the travel gods, we managed to snag a single seat on the west side of the train. Our spacious seat had two power outlets, so we were able to take care of all our tech needs along the way.

The drop down table fit our full-size laptop perfectly. Free WiFi worked during most of our trip – there were a few spots where it dropped for a few minutes, but it didn’t really affect anything. The best part of the Business Class car though was the single seating configuration. (The other side of the car had two-seat and four-seat face-to-face configurations.) We’re all about making friends on the road, but when there are pressing deadlines, there’s no time for small talk. Besides, there’s not much anyone could say to distract from the views.

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Flight Review: Kicking Back in SWISS Airlines' Business Class

February 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We had the chance to fly with SWISS Airlines from Zurich to Montreal in Business Class not so long ago and all we can say is that we wanna do it again.

Aside from the tasty food and good service, their new international biz class seat has it all going on. Done in a stylish grey tartan and light wood, it’s a generous size for generous hips, becomes a 6’7” lie-flat bed and has a spot to plug in your electronic gadgets. We liked the fact that each seat has a large side table that not only gives you separation from your neighbor, but can hold all of your books, mags, water, wine, headphones and No Jet-Lag tablets (we do like to spread out!). If you’re traveling solo, have a good look at the seating chart when you’re selecting your seat: Some of the single window ones have not one, but two tables per seat. You’ll feel like you’re King (or Queen) of the Universe.

Besides the expected array of movies and music that is part of the in-flight entertainment system is the unexpected ability to use the screen to view your own stuff from your cell or iPad. The system is controlled by a convenient handset that you can, as well, leave handy on that large side table.

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Every Day is #ThrowbackThursday for American Airlines' New Amenity Kits

February 3, 2015 at 5:57 PM | by | Comments (3)

If you've visited the official American Airlines Facebook page or actually opened your AAdvantage statement email anytime in the last month, you may have noticed a hashtag popping up here and there. It's #goingforgreat, and it represents the airline's plan to spend $2 billion towards improving the passenger experience.

Today arrived one of the more fun bits of news surrounding #goingforgreat; American is re-designing and re-packing their amenity kits!

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La Compagnie's Intro Pond-Hopping Offer is Just $1,007 Round-Trip

February 3, 2015 at 5:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week we told you there was a French way to get from London to New York and now today, you can actually make your reservations.

Flights are now open for La Compagnie, the French all-business class airline, for their new London Luton (LTN)-Newark International Airport (EWR) route. The first flight will leave Newark on April 24. Right now, there are only three flights a week available--on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays--although a rep for La Compagnie assures us there will be four flights a week with a Wednesday departure. La Compagnie hopes to have daily flights by the end of 2015.

And we hope so too, if rates can stay as good as the intro fare which is being publicized at $1,007 round-trip. (Yes, US Dollars. Yes, taxes and fees included.) The deal is valid through April 24 for travel from April 24 to June 30.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A DIY Tasting Menu on Qatar Airways

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 28, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (3)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Qatar Airways welcomes you aboard a tantalizing journey. Should there be anything you require during your flight, Qatar Airways will be delighted to serve you.

That's a high promise, coming from the cover of a menu for in-flight meals, but it's one that delivers. Qatar Airways does not simply serve a few choices of "chicken, beef, or pasta?" during meal times, but elevates their onboard cuisine with a leather-bound menu of a la carte, anytime offerings bridging Arabic and International tastes, often featuring recipes designed by celebrity chefs like Nobu Matsuhisa.

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Take Yourself from London to New York, the French Way, on La Compagnie

January 28, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last June, we learned that a new all-business class jet would by flying in the skies from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Newark.

Its name? La Compagnie. Its philosophy? To be a "French boutique airline for people who like the freedom of business class travel without the business class price tag." We like French things, biz class and non-biz classes prices, so we're thinking we could be down to try it out, especially now that the airline is adding another route--London Luton to Newark-- on March 29.

But the all-important question remains--what are the seats like?

The Boeing 757-200 plane flown by La Compagnie has 19 rows and 74 all-business class seats. Here are the specifics on the seats and the amenities that the biz class travelers will get:

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