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Hey you guys! We're flying soon and we need a little help. No, not with packing our luggage. We actually need a little guidance with how we will fill our belly on a flight from Miami to Chicago on American Airlines.
Our appetites were whet when we read about the yummy new menu items in First and Business class the airline launched for the Summer. Clicking through the pics, we hoped to be offered something like the beef filet with lobster mac and cheese. Alas, we were left in the lurch when looking for a little surf and turf.
It’s been five years since this editor last flew JetBlue. So when faced with needing a one-way flight from JFK to LAX, it was with great pain that I made what felt like a Sophie’s Choice, and turned my back on my beloved Virgin America (and the opportunity to pile on Elevate points to my already hefty pile), to try out JetBlue’s first class offering, JetBlue Mint.
Jaunted test-piloted JetBlue Mint on the ground when it launched in 2014 and the photos from that session are very true to what we found on board. I'm using my own photos for this review but if you need further detail on the items onboard, go here.
The day before my flight, I received many emails from JetBlue about the flight but one immediately caught my eye. The email announced they were testing a dedicated check-in for anyone flying JetBlue Mint from JFK to LAX or SFO or be a member of the airline’s Mosaic program. You can read all about that experience here. Essentially, Mint flyers have a private check-in and private security lane to go through.
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Remember a few months back, when Qantas wanted their customers to wear some bulky virtual reality headsets to experience the best of the Red Roo's destinations? Well, what we didn't realize is that the Great Barrier Reef was not included in this 3-dimensional experience. Seems like an Aussie airline would have that on the top of their list, right? Well, now we can announce that it's finally made the cut!
The airline has partnered with Hamilton Island to bring one of the hottest tourist attractions to first-class passengers flying on 27 of their A380 routes and in some of the international Qantas lounges around the world. The 360-degree experience flies high with the help of Samsung and Rapid VR and allows virtual visitors to get close to the coral while still staying dry.
Good thing the Qantas lounge at LAX just reopened and doubled in size!
One of the most important parts of your first-class flight experience is the in-flight amenity kits, obviously.
Last week, we gave you a high-low showcase in amenity kits--Delta's Tumi bags being a "high" while Virgin Atlantic's roll-up bags were a real "low." However, the Virgin flight was way better than Delta's. You can read about that here..) Today, we're loving the upgraded Rimowa x Formia amenity kits for Thai Airways.
Formia, a maker of travel amenity kits, have been in business with luggage company, Rimowa, since 2010 to provide high-flying guests aboard Thai Airways with ultra chic kits. But the upgrade to the kits now include several new colors. Best of all, the kits are made with the same polycarbonate shell found on the pricey RIMOWA suitcases. Plus, you can keep on using them long after your flight has ended.
As for how to nab one of these kits on your next first class Thai Airways flight, that might be a little trickier. One Mile at a Time reported in 2013 that Thai Airways' longer flights, like those from Bangkok to Japan or China, will have Rimowa kits while shorter ones have Tumi kits. Inside the kit is pretty basic stuff, too. But we know what you are thinking and no, it's not crazy to plan your flight around which one will get you a Rimowa x Formia amenity kit.
See what it's like to fly Thai Airways HERE
[Photo: Rimowa x Formia]
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The other week we told you about a very cool in-flight message that popped up on our screen during a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Los Angeles that made us fall in love with Virgin and long-haul travel all over again. Now we're here to tell you all about this airline meet-cute that we had.
See, we didn't intentionally book a Virgin Atlantic flight. This editor actually cashed in American Express points and Delta Skymiles to fly Delta business class over to London. But through a code share agreement, I was put on a Virgin Atlantic flight for the return trip. Which I felt "Meh" about. I had flown Upper Class back in 2010 and definitely liked it, but I fell in love with Delta business class on a flight to Chile last summer. The lie-flat seats truly impressed me. So I was slightly bummed I wouldn't have that experience on the way home. But now, I'm glad I didn't.
Here's my breakdown between the two airlines for the approximately 11-hour flight from Los Angeles to London and back.
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Last week, while flying in Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic, we were engrossed in the insanely good documentary "Finding Vivian Maier," about a prolific photographer in Chicago in the 1950s and 60s whose work was discovered after she died — at a storage auction, no less.
Just as we were delving into the mystery of who she was, where she came from and why she took so many photographs of everyday life, these little notes appeared on the monitor:
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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.
This may be where you'll see Paris Hilton hanging out at LAX before she heads out to Dubai.
Open to Emirates' First and Business class passengers as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members, the lounge has an array of luxury amenities and services that you'd expect from Emirates. Below are some shots of the lounge, but keep reading to find out what's inside:
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Once you fly in First Class, on a long-haul international flight, it's quite difficult to return to coach on another flight having tasted what's on offer in the front of the plane. This is especially true for First passengers on Cathay Pacific, not only because the First Class seats were recently updated and remain a flyer favorite, but because the airline enjoys showing off in the in-flight dining department.
For 2015, Cathay Pacific's big treats for First Class travelers are monthly menus designed by Executive Chefs from Mandarin Oriental properties around the world. We already gave you an exclusive preview of the MO New York February meals, but now it's time for March and Mandarin Oriental San Francisco.
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You’re in First Class on Cathay Pacific. The flight is a 16-hour nonstop from New York to Hong Kong, and you’re looking forward to a little sleeping, a little working, and a little eating while watching that movie you’ve been meaning to catch. Then the flight attendant hands you a pair of soft pajamas and the in-flight meal menu, and it becomes quite clear that you’re going to enjoy this flight.
The cherry on top of the experience? 2015 is the year Cathay Pacific has dedicated to featuring unique First Class menus created by chefs from Mandarin Oriental hotel properties around the world. And, oh yes, there will be caviar.
What began as a special feature for just the London route in 2014 expands throughout 2015 to 5 more destinations. The lucky routes: Between Hong Kong and New York-JFK, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, London, and Tokyo-Haneda.
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Isn't it a little too early for April Fools?
Qantas is banking on the fact that international first class passengers paying beaucoup bucks for the comfy seats won't mind looking silly with a virtual reality headset loaded up with Hollywood blockbusters, destination tours and highlights of new services from the Aussie airline. (Looks like we spoke too soon last week.)
Partnering with Samsung, the red roo is offering high-rolling flyers, both in-flight and on the ground, an option to be transported to a new dimension with the headsets. Whether you're waiting for your plane in the First Class Lounge in Sydney or Melbourne or flying in first on selected A380 flights to and from Los Angeles, passengers can strap on and experience the trial service for three months starting in March.
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Normally, our recurring travel snapshot series is called "Wish You Were Here" where we show off amazing travel destinations that we think you should go to. But today, we're reversing the roles and saying, "Wish We Were There".
That's because while flying out of Chicago O'Hare the other day, we noticed an exclusive zone amidst all the other lowly check-in desks-- The American Airlines Flagship Check-In . This writer had never seen an AA Flagship Check-in the wild but thanks to Jaunted's inside look at the AA Flagship lounge at JFK, I now know exactly all the luxury traveler shenanigans that are happening behind this walled-off entrance, such as: checking-in, changing seat assignments, and checking luggage. However, fancy pants Flagship travelers still have to go through TSA. Hah, suckers.
Think you can access the Flagship private check-in and the lounge once you're past security, check yourself. Do you meet the following requirements?