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If you’re thinking of taking a transcontinental flight this summer you might want to check out Delta’s fares before selecting your carrier. We know they already have some stuff to make the ride a little bit better, like pretty much guaranteed WiFi, and there’s even a little more room—if you’re willing to pay for it—thanks to their Economy Comfort seating options. Now they’re kicking things up a notch, by boosting their offerings on some of their longest domestic flights down in the lower 48.
Flights between New York-JFK and spots like Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Francisco are all getting the service upgrades. A lot of the stuff is for those flyersin the BusinessElite cabin, but there’s still enough good stuff leftover for those stuck in the back. Up front there’s going to be sparkling wine to get the party started, and the flight attendants will be passing out copies of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
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Last summer we spread the news about Qantas refurbishing the cabins of its aging Boeing 767 fleet. Most particularly, some flashy new black leather seats in the domestic business class cabin were coming in and, only recently, we booked a flight (Brisbane-Sydney) to try them out.
First impressions of the cabin were good. By today's standards, this plane is old and a little sprucing up to modernize it was much needed. The seats are merely reupholstered, but it really didn't matter to us since it was a short flight. Back in August, we thought the airline was adding an über-luxurious wood grain arm-rest. Instead we found this was also upholstered in a tan leather. Although that was a little bit of a let-down, it was still nicer than before.
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When it comes to the craze of premium economy seating it looks like Air Canada is up next. Fortunately, they’re not taking the usual North American approach when it comes to this section of the coach cabin, as it’s going more than just a boost in legroom.
The plan is to start off small, as Air Canada gets ready to prepare for their new seats across five of their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. First and foremost those sitting in the forward cabin—of the rear cabin—will have their own little seating section, as there will be a dedication Premium Economy cabin. Larger seats are the big news here, as the seats are wider, offer like seven more inches of legroom, and they even recline just a little bit more.
If your international travel plans are on Delta AND in the pointy end of the plane any time after the end of this month, there is a good chance you will be handed a hot new amenity kit by the flight attendants. With a little help from premium luggage maker, Tumi, and super cool apothecary brand, Malin+Goetz, the airline will be helping their passengers get comfy while keeping them in style.
The flash new kits consist of a Tumi-branded bag made from an abrasion-proof ballistic nylon fabric set to stand the test of time and look sharp after many, many flights. Even the contents have a sense of stylethe eye-mask will sport the same Tumi fabric.
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When it comes to Allegiant, we’re usually not cheering on their in-flight service, roomy seats, or extensive route network. We do like that they fly for Hawaii on the cheap, but after that they're kind of a low cost carrier through and through. However, we might be changing our tune sooner than later, as it sounds like they’re getting ready to throw a little bit of an in-flight party. Sure it’s going to cost you to enjoy a few in-flight cocktails, but with their new bags filled with booze it'll be worth it.
Allegiant is teaming up with the folks over at Good Time Beverages, as they’re looking to loosen you up on your way to your final destination. The cocktails have been added to Allegiant’s in-flight menu, as items like Bob and Stacy’s Premium Margarita are now available for a little bit of an in-flight toast. The cocktails are “bar quality”—their words not ours—and come in individual little pouches. Right now they’re on about six routes within Allegiant’s network, as you can find them on flights to spots like Los Angeles, Honolulu, Las Vegas, and Oakland. Starting this month—it’s February now—things will become available on flights headed towards Florida as well.
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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: SWISS' chocolate bars.
If you've been around the world a few times, you've probably been presented with a complimentary sweet treat on a flight or two. For instance, we know Cathay Pacific occasionally passes out truffles and macarons, LAN loves mini bags of M&Ms, and Lufthansa little gingerbread stars, but there's one airline known for this little touch and it's SWISS.
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Though to us sitting up front is still something for special occasions or mileage redemptions, it's always reassuring to know the slippers and champagne are there on the other side of the curtain. That’s why we’re pleased to hear that American Airlines is getting ready to up the ante on some of their premium class freebies.
We already knew that the carrier is set to go all out with the interior upgrades and finishes on their brandy new Boeing airplanes, and now they’re turning their attention to the little things. For the most part the refreshed goodies will arrive on international flights headed to spots in Europe, Asia, and Latin America (so nearly all over).
The new amenity kits for first class passengers will be filled to the brim with Dermalogica products, and the whole thing can serve double duty as a case for your tablet device. New slippers, mimosas, and an extra pillow round out the offerings.
We’re sure that airline ticketing agents have heard every excuse under the sun when it comes to why passengers need a better seat, an upgrade, or just a spot that’s a little more convenient. Instead of just ignoring our need to whine our way into a better seat, El Al has embraced it—kind of. The carrier just posted a video illustrating some of their favorite upgrade excuses, and we’ve got to admit it might have given us a chuckle.
There’s a pretty bad impersonation of JFK, as someone tries to get a discount to business class since the airport’s named after him. There’s a woman pregnant with a basketball and also a guy who stands on his buddy to show how uncomfortable he’ll be on the flight thanks to his long legs. Just check it out above if you want to get the full picture.
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We are right in the middle of the holiday travel season, so we’ve got some advice for you when it comes to picking your airline seats. It’s not just for travel over the next few weeks, but a trick for all year long. We imagine that it’ll only get worse as airlines continue to hold back—and charge for—premium seats like aisles, windows, exit rows, and pretty much everything else.
So you booked your ticket and all went well, but when it’s time to select a seat you only have the option of picking a middle seat. Here’s the tip—don’t pick a middle seat—and leave your seat selection unassigned. First of all, there’s always the possibility that better seats will pop up closer to departure. You never know who will cancel or who will change their plans, so keep an eye out for better up in the air opportunities.
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Cue the oohs and ahhs with this new first class seat from our friends way south of the border, TAM. The airline has unveiled its plans for an overhauled premium cabin for its new 777s they will take delivery of later this year.
The concept the refreshed cabin wants to convey is "From Home To Home." Basically this means they've created a comfy living space with all the the bells and whistles of a typical comfy space in your own home. Each of the four seats in first class will sport a wide seat, individual closets, a lamp, dining table, cushions, and a Nespresso service for in mid-flight pick-me-up. From the looks of it, the seat could pass for an executive office with its wood-grain, calming grey and splash of spring green.
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Flying long-haul in First Class is a dream for many, a reality for only a few. Among first class cabins, Cathay Pacific’s suites are widely considered the sine qua non for comfort and serviceand as tickets can fetch $15,000 for a return between New York-JFK and Hong Kong, they’d better be.
We’ve previously taken you inside the Economy, Premium Economy, and brand new Business cabins on board Cathay, and now we can tell you first-hand what flying First is like. And no, we did not win the lottery; there are ways to make this work without maxing out your credit cards, even without leaving North America.
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The "Flying Kangaroo" just keeps cranking out new stuff lately. First we brought you the news about business class passengers will be treated to a chauffeur service on super long-haul flights. Now Qantas has further sweetened the deal for its premium flyers on those long, long flights with four service/amenity upgrades: