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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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Everyone Chime In Now: Who Has The Best Long-Haul Business Class?

January 26, 2015 at 3:20 PM | by | Comments (4)

British Airways Club World

Let’s not beat about the bush: if you’re flying long-haul, business class is best. In fact, once you’ve turned left on a plane, and tasted that delicious champagne and that (hopefully) flat bed, it will take nerves of steel to cross an ocean in any other way.

But not all business classes are created equal. Some are worth that premium price; others less so. Some are best for working; others for sleeping; and others for simply feeling glam (as you'll see below, it's a very personal choice). So because, much as we’d like to, we can’t all afford biz all of the time, we asked the frequent flyers of Jaunted (plus an extremely knowledgeable friend) two questions: which business class is your favorite, and which would you not bother with? Because, if you’re going to splurge, it’d be a shame to land up with a dud, right? #firstworldproblemsalltheway

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Inside Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 20, 2015 at 11:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

In the world of premium air travel, there are a handful of what frequent flyers call “destination lounges.” These spaces, luxuriously appointed and exclusively for the use of the highest-paying passengers, are often an embarrassment of riches and, thus, completely worth spacing your travel with time enough to visit.

Qatar AirwaysAl Mourjan Business Class Lounge at Doha’s Hamad International Airport is the newest addition to the list of must-visit lounges, and with good reason. Not only is it massive (30,000+ sq ft!) and filled with features like designer furniture and its own lake, but the Al Mourjan lounge has entire semi-private rooms just for families and a full restaurant with such variety of food and drink as to make other lounges cry into their chex mix with shame.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: SWISS' Taste of Switzerland Menus

January 15, 2015 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

When traveling on a SWISS Airlines business class flight from Zurich to Montreal recently we were presented with the airline’s SWISS Taste of Switzerland menu which proved to be, this writer’s, Best. Airline. Meal. Ever.

Some of Switzerland’s top chefs, usually from one of the country’s swank hotels, are invited to show off their culinary skills and represent their region’s cuisine in the Taste of Switzerland program. During our flight, Michelin-starred chef Dominique Gauthier from the luxe Hotel Beau-Rivage stepped up to the plate for the canton of Geneva.

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6 Common Air Travel Complaints You Won't Hear on the Airbus A350

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 13, 2015 at 9:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

This is the week! From January 15, the brand-spanking-new Airbus A350 begins regular commercial flights and welcomes passengers to the enjoy everything Airbus has been working on since 2004.

As far its place within the range of the newest aircraft out there, the A350-900 is larger than a 787-800, smaller than an A380, and due to replace the A330 for some of the airlines adding it to their fleets. It costs $295 million each, and there's some 700 orders on the books for the plane. With those numbers, more and more travelers will soon find themselves walking down the jetway to board a plane they've never before experienced.

And what an experience. Thanks to technology, modern materials, and a refreshing re-focus on passenger comfort, the Airbus A350 is about to silence many of the most common complaints in air travel. Here are just a few:

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'Ahead of the Curve': Inside the Qatar Airways Airbus A350

Where: Doha, Qatar
January 8, 2015 at 6:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's not every day that an airline welcomes an airplane so new that no one else has it yet. That was, however, the case this week as Qatar Airways celebrated the arrival of the first Airbus A350. Come next week, anyone can fly on the plane and, with over 700 orders for the aircraft (80 just from Qatar Airways), this will hardly be the last you'll hear of it.

Why is Qatar Airways’ A350 so special? Put quite simply, the airline has it first. The A350 rolled off the runway at Airbus’ Toulouse factory to land at Doha and begin its service, as Qatar Airways is the “Global Launch Customer” for the type; they’re debuting the plane, setting the bar, and offering an experience unavailable anywhere else.

In addition to its body of advanced materials and engines that are the cleanest yet, the Airbus A350 also brings onboard humidification systems (no more dry eyes and skin!), an air management system that filters the entire cabin of air every 2-3 minutes, improved cabin temperature levels (no more “too hot” or “too cold”), and seats designed specifically for Qatar Airways and their heightened standards for both luxury and comfort.

Speaking of the seats...

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Inside the Renfe Club Lounge at Barcelona Sants Train Station

January 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

For all the travel we do, maybe because of it, we appreciate the little joys along the way and train or plane lounges rank right up there. When we come across a modern gem like the Renfe Club Lounge at Barcelona Sants Station our heart gives a little leap: it’s a seriously cool place to chill while waiting for your train.

Entry into the lounge, which reopened on April 2 of this year after a major overhaul, takes a Club, First-Class or Grand Comfort class ticket. Once you’re in you can choose from at least five different areas to park it, all with a different look and feel. There’s a self-serve drinks area with a few complimentary snacks as well – nothing spectacular, but enough to get you through until you board your train and can enjoy the first-class treatment on board.

(Want to see more? Check out the photo gallery!)

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