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Inside the Amenity Kit: Air New Zealand's Business and Premium Economy Pouch

May 12, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | ()

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Hopping across the Pacific is not a short, quick flight by any means. Thus, any little added comfort is a welcome bonus for passengers on flights that approach 12 or 13 hours, depending on the route. With this in mind, Air New Zealand provides an amenity kit both quirky and functional.

Passengers gearing up for extended period of time on the airline's 777-300s are greeted with a small, light grey felt pouch filled with goodies to ensure a comfy flight. We flew in Premium Economy one way and Business Class the other on a recent trip, and were offered the same exact amenity kit for both.

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Travel Contest Alert: Win Way More Than Just Airline Tickets on Cathay Pacific

May 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | ()

Maybe you've guessed it by now, but we kind of have a thing for Hong Kong here at Jaunted. No matter the reason, we hardly need a reason to visit. If you've not yet been and have HK on your "must-visit" list, but perhaps the long plane ride or price has been a deterrence, then listen up.

LoungeBuddy, a smartphone app which lays out all the details of airport lounges and layover options for travelers, just kicked off a huge contest to give away much more than just roundtrip airline tickets. Lounge access and elite frequent flyer status are also up for grabs, and that's game-changing.

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The Best Seats on the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Plus 40 Photos!)

October 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM | by | ()

Flights from New York to London are almost as frequent as a bus service; there's nearly one every hour. The majority fly between New York's JFK Airport and London-Heathrow, but switching it up and choosing the British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner departure from Newark's Liberty International Airport means picking the plane with most pizzazz.

With 35 seats in Club World (business), 25 in World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and 154 in World Traveller (economy), the 787 is no jumbo jet. Instead, we'd say it's more of a boutique experience, a specialty service of sorts which brings all the fun new stuff of the Dreamliner to the transatlantic routes typically served by the same ol' same ol'.

We've already detailed what the BA 787 has that other airplanes don't, and now it's time to go inside.

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What the British Airways 787 Dreamliner Has That Other Airplanes Don't

October 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | ()

An average day sees 12 British Airways planes soaring up into the skies on their way from New York to London. Only one is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Perhaps you've already heard about the advantages of the new 787—the quieter cabin, lower interior pressure, larger windows, improved fuel efficiency, automatic toilets, and general spaciousness—but since each airline can do what they want with their 787s, this often means further improvements beyond the standard.

So why is this 787 so special, and why should you pony up to enjoy it in BA's version of Business Class, "Club World?" Here's just a few reasons to book it and make the trek to Newark:

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USB Ports and More Legroom Coming to Air France in 2014

Where: France
September 30, 2013 at 8:46 AM | by | ()

Your next overseas flight is about to get a little bit better—even in the back—as Air France just announced that they’re spending plenty of cash to upgrade their up in the air experience. This time the upgrades and improvements aren’t just for those paying extra to sit up front, as the most recent sent of renovations are scheduled for the economy and premium economy cabins.

It looks like the carrier is prepared to fill out an oversized check in the amount of like 500 million euros, as they move forward with all kinds of enhancements. Old seating surfaces will dragged off to the curb for trash pickup, as the economy and premium economy seats will be brand new. Air France promises lighter seats—saving on that airplane fuel—as well as ones that provide head support and retractable armrests.

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Bidding for an Upgrade with Air New Zealand: Part Deux

September 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM | by | ()

Well, you already know that the travel gods (and goddesses) weren't looking down on us when we decided to bid a few hundred dollars to attempt upgrading to a lie-flat bad for a trip across the Pacific on Air New Zealand. Perhaps the flight was just pretty full and the chances of sitting up front were slim from the beginning, but we rallied and returned with with a slightly higher bid for the last leg of our itinerary, and...we got it!

If you remember, our confirmed seat was in one of those cool spaceseats the Kiwi airline has been flying long-haul on their 777s and, while they're pretty roomy and comfy, being properly ensconced in a private pod while jetting over the ocean overnight seemed a bit more appealing. Thus, we pulled together the 'recommended' offer of $600 and, one week out, we received the email detailing the acceptance of our upgrade offer. Woohoo!

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How Crying at an Airport Got Me an Upgrade and More

September 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM | by | ()

So-called "hallelujah moments" often serve as inspiration to travelers, whether it's hearing a language for the first time and deciding to study it, or meeting someone on the other side who you know will be a friend for life. For Jaunted Editor Cynthia, one such moment was something as simple as her first bump up to a better seat on a flight.

I didn't pay for the upgrade.

There were no frequent flyer miles exchanged, as I had none.

It wasn't even a result of airline status, because I didn't have that either.

Instead, my first-ever upgrade—from "World Traveller" to "World Traveller Plus" on British Airways—came about after I shed some honest-to-goodness tears in full view of the check-in desk at Detroit-Metro Airport.

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Super Sale to Seoul: British Airways' £777 Club World Deal on a 777

Where: Seoul, Korea
November 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM | by | ()

Kickin' back in Club World between London and Tokyo

When Psy's music video "Gangnam Style" went viral at the end of the summer, our first thought was "oh man, this is going to be awesome for Seoul tourism." Seriously. We're geeks about this stuff, okay? Anyway, it's holding true as British Airways just announced a huge fare sale with the headline "Get to Gangnam in Style."

Brilliant, BA. Our cursor is already hovering over the "purchase" button. What's even better are those sale ticket prices for the 9.5-hour flights:

London-LHR to Seoul-ICN* on a Boeing 777:
In Economy (World Traveller): £377/$600 roundtrip (45% off)
In Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus): £577/$918 roundtrip (40% off)
In Business (Club World): £777/$1235 roundtrip (70% off)

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The Newbie Traveler Takes His First Flight in a Boeing 747

August 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM | by | ()

What would your life be like if you hadn't yet traveled to Europe? If you'd spent years reading travel novels and fantasizing over guidebooks, but hadn't made the big leap? This is the case for Andy Miles, who in his late twenties just embarked on a trip to hit most of the cities for the first time. He's walking us through the emotions and observations of a true Newbie Traveler.

Here's the truth: I'm not really such a Newbie Traveler anymore. A few days ago I realized that I may have been more places than some people who consider themselves world travelers. All told, I've been to the UK, France, Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Oh, and also the United States, but that doesn't really count.

There are some specific things I did on this trip which I had never done before, all aiding in the end feeling that I'm officially an international traveler now. Here's a couple, for example:

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Onboard a Qantas A380: Economy versus Premium Economy

June 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM | by | ()

It's had some ups and downs but for now, the Qantas A380 seems to be flying high. Especially now that we've finally been onboard one for a flight from LAX to Sydney and back.

We traveled in Economy on our way over, and also had the chance to take a quick tour of the aircraft before general boarding. Here, we bring you a look at the Economy and Premium Economy cabins, and what differentiates the two.

After many trips between the US and Australia on Qantas 747s, we immediately felt a difference stepping inside the A380 Economy cabin. It feels brighter and more airy. We do think the seats look narrower but there is more space overhead, which makes it less claustrophobic than usual. Our seat was near the front of the first section and this at least helped us avoid the feeling of being in a massive cattle class.

While the new seats have new headrest wings and "footrest" nets, we didn't feel the benefit of these, being a tiny 5'2". Taller passengers will obviously make better use of the footrests. We were, however, comfortable, although that was aided by being in a three-seat configuration with an empty seat between us and our row-mate.

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Consistency is Key on Qantas

Where: Australia
May 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM | by | ()

As airlines keep introducing fresh aircraft into their fleets, usually the interiors will vary, depending on how new a plane you end up flying. It's a common issue, and it's still the case with Qantas' ultra-long haul product after the introduction of the infamous big bird, the A380.

By the end of the year, this will all be fixed as the rest of the airline's long-haul aircraft come under the knife for the needed update. The Red Roo has started to refurbish the cabins of the older 747s to align the experience customers have when flying 14+ hours over the pacific. So, very soon, you need not worry about what specific aircraft you're booking when booking with Qantas.

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