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Gift giving crunch time is right around the corner, but we’ve got an idea for your favorite frequent flyer this holiday season. You can give up endlessly searching on Amazon for one of this and one of that, as an airline lounge pass is the way to go. Here’s just a few of the options from the country’s bigger carriers, and what they’re rolling out for the holidays.
Delta Sky Club
If Delta’s your favorite carrier—or is just the one you have to use—then a Sky Club membership is probably a great idea. In total there are around 245 different lounges between the Sky Club options and partner lounges, so there’s a great deal of free drinks and snacks from which to choose. Annual memberships start at $450, but there are discounts available if you are—or the one that needs a gift is—a Delta frequent flyer. There’s even a payment plan that breaks things down in case it’s a little too much to swallow all at once.
There’s also a 30-Day option for $90, or you can just score a single day for $50. Just in time for the holidays there’s also a little bit of a seasonal sale going on, as Delta is also offering up four one-day passes for just $99—quite the savings. The only catch is that these are only available at the Sky Club at the airport, and you have to mention the promotion.
Okay so, there's these things called "Hickies" and, despite the unfortunate name, they're pretty useful...especially when it comes to long travel days. You see, they're lace replacements for sneakers, or really any lace-up shoe. Made of stretchy plastic, they feed through the eyelets and buckle closed, essentially turning a tie-up shoe into a slip-on.
Now, we pride ourselves on being the fastest, slickest through the X-ray and metal detector machines at airport security. That scene from Up In The Air where George Clooney describes his process to expedite his way to the gate? Yeah, we're like that but with one notable exception: high-tops.
No slip-on leather loafers here; we typically don our trusty dusty, Whitney Museum-edition Keds high-tops for the long-haul, which can mean extra, tangly time un- and re-tying 'em up at TSA and onboard the plane when we want to wiggle our toes. Hickies seemed like the answer, so we gave them a go recently on a roundtrip JFK-SFO flight in economy.
It's not too early to start a holiday wish list, right?
We've been flying a lot lately (duh) and though it's a mix of business and economy class seats, we find that space on an airplane is still never enough to get some work done in peace, with privacy. Another big duh.
And then we saw a commercial for a new product from 3M that solves at least some of this problem; their Privacy Patrol Screen Protectors shield laptop, smartphone and tablet screens from all sides except for straight-on. In their words, "anyone viewing your screen from a side angle will see a dark, blank screen while you still see a clear image."
This means no one but the direct user can read over your shoulder or sneak a peek at your email. We're thinking they'd be handy for when we're editing images (or tweeting about annoying people on our flight) and all the cabin lights are off and basically anyone within three rows of us can easily spy.
It wasn’t too long ago that we discovered someone was making perfumes to look like baggage claim tags, and now it looks like we’re finally ready to choose one.
If you recall, the new line of scents are all inspired from locations around the world, and each bottle sports a design that mimics the look of a checked baggage tag. They’re planning different bottles and aromas for plenty of distinct destinations, so if your favorite spot is New York, Tokyo, London, or Paris they will have you covered.
We don’t know when you need to buy a gift for that special someone in your life, but if she loves travel we’ve got a suggestion for you—perfume. Sure it’s something that’s not really easily transported through the security line at the airport, but once you check this out you’ll overlook the irony.
The Scent of Departure is a new line of perfumes—and perfume bottles—scheduled to arrive at some point this month. The bottles are designed with airline checked baggage tags in mind, so you’re able to pick up something that corresponds with your favorite airport, departure, or arrival. Hong Kong, Bali, Paris, Los Angeles, and many more are all options. Each should have its own scent and style to remind you of why you love this place or that place.
It’s not available just yet, but it does look like things are scheduled to land as soon as this month. We’ve heard that pricing should run around $45 or so per bottle, so it’s definitely pretty affordable. It’s certainly something we’d buy and we think it’s pretty darn clever. Our only complaint—at least until we get to take a sniff—is that we weren’t creative enough to think of it first!
[Photo: Official Site]
[Photo: Official Site]
Haven't gotten anything for your dear mommy for Mother's Day yet? It's alright! If you're looking for the simple, affordable and quickand ideally, gifts that don't even require you to get up from the computer to purchase and sendthen look no further. We know mom is worth than five minutes of your time, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Check out our top three gift options:
· For the luxury-loving mom: A Jetsetter.com gift code:
From one of our favorite luxury travel discount sites, Jetsetter, comes a new gift card option. Actually, it's even easier than a gift card because it's just a gift code. If you're member of the travel sample sale site (which has deals like 50% off hot-to-trot 5-star hotels like Bauer Palladio in Venice and the Monte Cervin Palace in Zermatt, Switzerand). Oh yea, and we're members, so here's a link to join right away. If your mom isn't a Jetsetter member, that's okay. The gift code is an invite too, so she can get in the private site and surf around for other deals.
For the armchair traveler and the mom who just needs to get away, after the jump!