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Sock It To Us: Delta One Refreshes Amenity Kits

July 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Flying up front is always a good time, but things get even better when you start adding complimentary toothbrushes and fancy lip balms to the equation. (Hey, it's the little things!) Yes, we’re talking about airline amenity kits of course.

Heads up, Delta flyers: the the airline just announced that they’re refreshing and updating the contents of their amenity kits. Delta will continue to feature TUMI products, but now there will be both hard and soft-side amenity kits; the airline plans to alternate their availability between inbound and outbound routes when possible, so that flyers can score one of each for keepsies. Inside, the new additions include striped socks, a soft-touch pen, eyeshades, MALIN+GOETZ lip moisturizer, body lotion, and new mouthwash. There are a couple other goodies as well, like tissues and earplugs, but we think you catch the drift. We’re just jealous that we don’t have any Delta One itineraries coming up; one of these suckers would look great on our bathroom counter.

That said, don't think you'll be scoring these on some quick jaunt from Chicago to Des Moines; these will mostly be going to passengers flying business class transcontinental flights and international routes. Otherwise — pack your own socks, please.

[Photo: Delta]

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Delta Wins The Internet With This Latest Safety Video

May 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

Delta has done it again with their latest safety video, and we have to say this has to be one of the best yet— maybe even better than that 1980s one.

Check things out for yourself up above, but just know that Delta is calling this safety briefing The Internetest safety video on the Internet. It's all about internet celebrities, viral videos, and of course, plenty of funny memes. Keep an eye out for highlights that include the Harlem Shake, Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Mentos and Diet Coke, and an appearance from Deltalina .

It’s great—enjoy.

[Photo / Video: YouTube | Delta]

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Ranking US Airlines By Their In-Flight Music Playlists

May 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

Icelandair aires Björk. Norwegian Air Shuttle plays unpronounceable Scandinavian artists like Röyksopp. And Hawaiian Airlines leaves passengers with some soothing ukulele. In-flight music sets the tone for an entire journey. While boarding your flight, would you rather hear some overly dramatic piano cover of Asia’s "Heat of the Moment" like it’s 1982, or bounce to the addictive electronic beats of The XX?

We decided to examine the music on various US airlines. Who has the best tunes? To decide, we considered criteria like modernity, tempo, mood setting capabilities, variety — and number of piano or glee club cover songs.

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Delta Keeps Their Baggage Guarantee, Sticks Around Indefinitely

April 8, 2015 at 2:35 PM | by | ()

So remember when Delta started offering up that baggage guarantee on a trial basis a while ago? Well apparently they like what they saw, and they are considering it a hit because it’s going to stick around.

This week Delta announced that things would continue permanently. As a refresher, the airline is guaranteeing that checked baggage will make it all the way from the belly of the plane to the baggage carrousel within 20 minutes. If not they’ll give you 2,500 miles for your troubles, but just remember that you need to fill out a form online and call them out on it.

There are some rules to follow and what not, but for the most part things are pretty straightforward. Your journey’s last leg must be a domestic one, you must be signed up for their frequent flyer program, and you can only score the miles once each way no matter how many checked bags you have.

Alaska Airlines has done a version of this for years and years, so we’ll just have to wait and see if other carriers offer something similar now that Delta has thrown themselves into the ring.

[Photo: Doug Waldron]

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Delta Now Monitoring Furry Friends Complete With GPS Technology

April 3, 2015 at 9:02 AM | by | ()

Pet travel is often a challenge, but now there’s one airline stepping in to make things a little bit easier. We’ve reviewed the rules and regulations before; however, there’s still a little bit of an unknown when checking your furry friend underneath the belly of the plane.

Thankfully Delta is taking steps to improve the whole process, as they’re now tracking your kitty or puppy with a little help from GPS technology.

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American and Delta Say Sayonara to Duty-Free, and That's a Good Thing

March 23, 2015 at 10:08 AM | by | ()

In-flight duty-free is nearly dunzo.

At some point last week, American Airlines unceremoniously ended in-flight sales of duty-free items, removing the sticky catalogs from seatback pockets, shutting down the duty-free website, and canceling that time when, in the calm middle of the flight, flight attendants ask if you'd like to spend $75 on a run-of-the-mill bottle of scotch.

While the reason for the cancellation isn't clear—frequent flyers around the internet have rumored that it's a contractual disagreement—we do know that American isn't the first to put the products back on the shelf. In August of last year, Delta did the exact same thing, quietly calling it quits on their in-flight duty-free.

We've gotten over the shock after the Delta news, and realize it's not such a huge issue since airports and other international airlines aren't giving up their own duty-free.

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Faster Speeds and Better Connectivity Coming to Delta Flights

March 4, 2015 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

Good news for those who enjoy a little up in the air connectivity—like all travelers everywhere—as Delta is investing some funds into updating and improving their in-flight WiFi.

New technology should allow for in-flight WiFi to and from spots across the Caribbean as well as Latin America, so now there will be no need to logoff while on the way to a little sun and sand. It’s all because Delta—and their buddies at Gogo—are switching from an air-to-ground connectivity system to one based more on satellites.

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Delta is Testing Out a New 20-Minute Baggage Guarantee

February 25, 2015 at 10:20 AM | by | ()

The planes and people over at Alaska Airlines have been doing something similar for years, but now Delta will give it a go as well. The airline is testing out some kind of baggage guarantee, as they look to "upgrade" the traveling process for their passengers.

Basically checked bags are supposed to arrive onto the baggage carrousel within twenty minutes—for domestic flights. If they don’t then the airline will hand out 2,500 miles for the inconvenience. So twenty minutes for your bag or 2,500 miles—it’s simple enough. The guarantee is in trial mode thought the end of March.

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Delta is Now Exclusively Brewing Starbucks At 35,000 Feet

February 9, 2015 at 10:04 AM | by | ()

Good news for those taking off on early morning flights, as Delta has signed up with Starbucks to provide the in-flight coffee. Earlier, the two companies had teamed up before to offer up caffeine concoctions on a limited basis—like certain cross-country and shuttle flights—but now they’re going all in.

The switch happened on February 1, and it will be Starbucks Pike Place Roast and Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast decaf on each and every flight across both the mainline Delta fleet as well as those Delta Connection flights. That’s around 1,270 aircraft in case you’re keeping count, and obviously a lot of little coffee cups balancing on the seatback tray.

To celebrate the new partnership and build some buzz—ha—Starbucks and Delta also commissioned a little coffee cup artwork. Over at New York-JFK within Terminal 4 you can check out sculptures showing off some iconic sights from places in London, Tokyo, and São Paulo.

There are also plans to hand out some sips and samples to celebrate the partnership, so if you see free coffee at the airport—it might just be thanks to Starbucks and Delta. Now if we could only get an in-flight Frappuccino…

[Photo of the São Paulo artwork: Starbucks/Delta]

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

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

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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Five Extremely Unique Ways Airlines Train Their Flight Attendants

January 6, 2015 at 2:32 PM | by | ()

Flight attendants are pretty unique people. Not only can they expertly mix a cocktail at 35,000' with a little turbulence (shaken, not stirred), but they're also trained to snap into action during emergencies and still wave "buh-bye" with a smile at the end of every flight. They're not simply born with the ability; the skills are taught and reinforced through rigorous training, some of which is quite eye-opening.

Here are a few things you probably never would have guessed about flight crews from 5 airlines:

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More Beers for the Beverage Cart on Delta

December 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | ()

We have talked about up in the air beers time and time again, and thankfully we continue to do so. That’s because the options continue to improve, and although nothing can replace a pint at the pub—we’re getting some pretty great traytable options.

Delta is the latest to up their offerings, as they recently announced seven—count 'em, SEVEN—new craft beer options for the in-flight beverage cart. Sips and suds from Ballast Point Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Stone Brewing Company are just some of the new options.

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