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The Little Things: Emirates' First Class Almond-Stuffed Dates

February 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

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: Emirates' First Class bite, Bateel figs stuffed with almonds.

Emirates, which is known to be über-luxurious on the ground as much as it is in the air, presents guests with a little treat before flying: a wooden box filled with Khidri dates from the prestigious Bateel gourmet confectionery of the U.A.E. Dates are considered a perfect after dinner desert to top off a delicious feast and Bateel is known to have some of the best.

Not only are guests in the lounges treated with a box on each counter, but First Class passengers onboard flights are offered a plate of these delicious fruits as a pre-arrival snack. Similar to a piece of chocolate prior to landing, the figs are a sweet end to a sumptuous flight experience and keep your belly from grumbling through immigration.

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The Little Things: French Perfume on Singapore Airlines

Where: Singapore
January 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

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: L'Occitane en Provence extras in the Singapore Airlines Business Class lavatories.

An airplane toilet is decidedly not the place you’d most look forward to visiting, but there are some exceptions.

In this case, take the lavatories of Business Class onboard Singapore Airlines, which are stocked with more than the usual comb, toothbrush and razor amenities, but also with premium L’Occitane en Provence toiletries.

There, on a shelf near a fresh orchid, are three signature products from the French brand:

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The Little Things: Austrian Airlines' Incredible Onboard Coffee Service

Where: Austria
January 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

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: Business Class passengers on Austrian Airlines experience a spectacular onboard coffee service, choosing from the 10 most popular Austrian specialties.

What do you think of when you think, "Austria?" Not Australia, but Austria, that magical and musical country of mountains, castles, 'Sound of Music' tours, and Viennese coffee. Hopefully that last one comes before all others for you, because flying there on Austrian Airlines means a taste of the best before you even land.

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The Little Things: Tiny Delft Blue Houses for KLM Business Class

October 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

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: Business Class passengers on KLM are given collectible miniature Delft blue houses.

It used to be that taking an international flight meant receiving gifts of complimentary playing cards, stationery (for composing all those mid-flight telegrams), and other niceties to pass the time. These days, even passengers paying top dollar to fly in First Class are lucky to enjoy a minimal amenity kit and an extra flute of champagne. One exception is KLM, who continue a 60+ year tradition of handing out special ceramic mini Delft houses to their Business Class passengers.

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The Little Things: Celebrating a Birthday on Qantas

Where: Australia
March 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

These little touches are usually static details that are available to everyone, but this time it was the airline crew who went above and beyond to make us feel special when we flew on the birthday of our travel companion. The crew of this recent flight on Qantas took time out of their busy work duties to wish him a very happy day.

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The Little Things: Mini Chocolate Bars on SWISS

January 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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The Little Things: Unique Orchids in Queensland Rail Cabins

Where: Australia
January 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

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: Queensland Rail's Cooktown Orchid spray in the overnight sleeper cabins.

Boarding a train with plans to share some stories with fellow travelers in the club car and then retire to your berth is super glamorous as it is, but when we walked into our cabin to find a delicate orchid spray in a bud vase, it put a smile on our face and added to air of retro travel glamor.

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The Little Things: Red Leather Gloves on Air Berlin Flight Attendants

Where: Berlin, Germany
December 4, 2012 at 10:43 AM | by | Comments (0)

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: Air Berlin's flight attendants in red calfskin leather gloves.

Air Berlin has traditionally been recognized as a low-cost carrier, but recent years have proven they're more full service than one would expect. For example, they offer Business Class on their A330s and free snacks and drinks on all flights, plus complimentary hot meals on long-hauls. Also, fun fact: the airline was founded by a former pilot of the famously full-service airline, Pan Am. For now, however, let's take a moment to focus on the very classy touch to their flight attendants uniform: leather driving-style gloves.

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Seven Secrets Inside Lufthansa's Exclusive First Class Terminal

Where: Frankfurt International Airport, Frankfurt, Germany
October 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

SPOILER ALERT. If flying First Class is on your to-do list and you'd rather "open the gift" of the First Class Terminal when that day comes, stop reading now!

It's an almost mythical place, the First Class Terminal (FCT) at Frankfurt International Airport. In the darkness of the autumn evening, just before the last flights depart ahead of the 11pm curfew, a little building just off of Terminal 1 glows with the golden crane of the Lufthansa logo.

We've previously shown you all around the spaces and even detailed what whiskey to order, but looking a little closer there's far more to explore.

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The Little Things: In-Flight Birthday Cakes on Korean Air

June 25, 2012 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

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: Korean Air's surprise, in-flight birthday and honeymoon cakes.

Remember Midwest Airlines? They delighted passengers for years by servinb complimentary warm cookies onboard. Then they were taken over by Frontier and, though Frontier tried to keep the cookie tradition alive, they eliminated the treats earlier this year.

It's hard out there for an airline, trying to stay in the black while still giving passengers a little extra something special. But then there's Korean Air, who still offer a free dessert that get all your seatmates talking: in-flight birthday and honeymoon cakes.

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The Little Things: Qantas' 'I Still Call Australia Home'

Where: Australia
June 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM | by | Comments (2)

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: 'I Still Call Australia Home' song on Qantas.

We have all heard the saying, "It is nice to travel, but it is even better to come home." After struggling with foreign languages and guidebooks, Qantas has embodied that cliche in their Welcome Aboard music for all international passengers to feel as though they are already home. The song is a gentle reminder of where you are from and where you are going.

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The Little Things: Dan Dan Mien on Cathay Pacific

Where: Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong
May 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

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: Cathay Pacific's Dan Dan Mien noodles served in all of their airport lounges.

For China and Hong Kong-based flyers on Cathay Pacific, stepping onboard the aircraft means the start of a journey home. If you're flying in Business or First Class however, that feeling comes even earlier, when you're in one of Cathay's own airport lounges and ordering the Dan dan mien from the Noodle Bar.

Dan dan mien is a spicy noodle dish flavored with chilli, peanut, scallions, pork or chicken, sesame oil and soy, plus a few more ingredients here and there. Aside from being a staple of Sichuan cuisine, it's a staple in Cathay lounges and something for which frequent flyer's mouths start watering the moment they flash their boarding passes to enter a CX space.

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