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Cheers! Let’s raise a glass to United Airlines, as they’re bringing a new spirit to the in-flight beverage cart. They’re calling on an Austin, Texas based company to provide all the vodka to their flights all around the world. It’s Tito's Handmade Vodka that is now the exclusive choice of United Airlines.
We’ve got to admit that we’ve never had a sip of Tito's Handmade Vodka, but we’ve heard good things. We like that it's a somewhat local company, as the new United has family ties down in Texas—thanks to Continental.
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If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.
Today we bring you items that can be purchased on board to use while in-flight. Whether you're using them to make the travel experience a whole lot more comfy or to burn up a few hours before the initial decent into your destination, this is our short list of stuff to keep an eye out while thumbing the pages on your next flight:
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We now know what United’s very first Boeing 787 Dreamliner looks like and we’ve got to admit that she’s a real beauty. However, the plane probably looks even better up in the air and that’s exactly what we wanted to fill you in on.
Boeing has been working overtime to get these planes done—well, pretty much all the 787s—and United should have five of the 787s in their hot little hands before 2012 rolls to a close. Flight attendants, mechanics, and pilots have already started to train on the simulator in Houston in preparation for the 787's arrival.
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Recently, we told you about our experience aboard a long, long flight on United in business class from the US to Australia. While we might give the actual service a mediocre score, we mentioned that recent upgraded food options have hit the mark for an American carrier.
Our flight details consisted of two different city pairs and each meal content and presentation was quite notable. We had a flight from San Francisco to Sydney and our return was to Los Angeles. The upgraded Business Class menu offers five courses featuring a starter, salad, four options for main courses, a cheese and fruit plate, and an ice cream sundae.
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United has been getting a bad rap lately with bucket loads of complaints from passengers and frequent flyers who are not. happy. with the 'new' United. Obviously, there will be some teething pains to get through after a major merger of 2 airlines, but United execs surely didn't think it was going to be as rocky as it turned out to be.
Well, the airline has come to the rescue with a way to tell them just how good a job they're doing and you'll find it in their smartphone app, of course. The hidden gem is in the MORE section located a few options down, where you'll spot "Outperform Recognition."
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Well that’s it—Continental Airlines is officially gone forever unless it's eventually reincarnated as some kind of low cost carrier long into the future. There’s still plenty of stuff to be done as United and Continental celebrate their newlywed stage, but this weekend was kind of the official end of the airline from Houston.
Sure there are still Continental planes flying around the globe, but they’ll eventually be heading into the hangar for some new United paintjobs. You can only buy tickets for a United Airlines flight moving forward, and if you head over to Continental’s website you’re just forwarded over to the new United website—which is kind of the former Continental website with a few different clip arts.
You’re probably getting a new frequent flyer number, but your frequent flyer miles are now being combined into a jumbo account. Hopefully the combination of your United and Continental points can now get you to your ultimate award flight redemption.
A couple weeks ago United announced some changes to their pet policy, and that didn’t sit too well with passengers looking to bring Fido or Fluffy on vacation too. This especially didn’t go over well with the brave men and women of the military, as the new policy was definitely going to screw up any plans they had to transport their pets along with the rest of the family.
Well it looks like United has listened to their flyers, and they’ve made a little bit of a change when it comes to flying with your furry friends.
Instead of shelling out plenty of cash in extra pet fees and fares, members of the military are now welcome to bring along their pets without the extra handling charge. Of course the type of pets allowed will be somewhat limited—no snakes on the plane obviously—but this is still good news for those that have way more important stuff to deal with then arguing with the agent at the airport ticket counter.
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It seems that a good number of airlines have decided to use this brand-spanking new year to freshen up their cabins and revamp service offerings. With a few recent announcements from various global carriers such as Cathay Pacific, Brussels Airlines and Virgin Australia, 2012 will be the year to make air travel look snappy and smell fresh...again. Here's who's doing what:
As the second largest German air carrier and a member of Oneworld, Air Berlin will be upgrading the entire long-haul fleet of Airbus 330s. New business class seats that recline to just about flat and thinner, more user friendly economy seats will be aboard their planes. The new interiors will be ready for the summer travel season.
· British Airways:
With all our hoopla from recent BA flights, it seems that the airline is not only upgrading service. Starting at the front of the plane a few years ago, overhauls have finally made it to World Traveler Plus and World Traveler. That's premium economy and economy for the uninitiated.
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The whole of Australia is consumed with the Summer tennis circuit currently touring around the country, and the pinnacle of the tennis season down under is marked by the Australian Open played in Melbourne. As the only grand slam tennis tournament held in the Southern Hemisphere, the city is showcased not only as a sport capital, but the cultural capital of Australia.
Melbourne is located on the southeastern Aussie coast and it boasts a vibrant cafe society and an avant garde fashion scene. Originally established during the Australian gold rush, Melbourne's rich history and causes it to be called the "Paris of Down Under." If your plans bring you to the city for tennis, plan to soak up more experiences than just seeing top seeded Novak Djokovic or Caroline Wozniacki.
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We know there’s plenty of people saving—or even hoarding—those frequent flyer miles in hopes of the next great redemption or value. Now just might be the best time to cash some in, as United Airlines is running a decent sale on redeeming MileagePlus miles for an award ticket.
The airline is offering up to a 25% discount on "free" flights—plus taxes and fees of course—to most destinations in Europe as well as Central and Southern Africa. The biggest savings are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as you’ll only get a 20% discount during other days of the week. There’s probably all kinds of permutations and calculations involved with your dream ticket, but a basic 60,000 mile coach ticket to Europe from the United States can now be had for as little as 45,000 miles round-trip.
There are plenty of awful ways to redeem your frequent flyer miles, but United Airlines is partnering up with PayPal to add another. We might be a little harsh in our assessment, but seriously, you're going to get the best value redeeming for a flightso keep saving up for the trip to Tahiti.
Anyway, beginning next year PayPal users&3151;thanks to some help from ezRez Softwareshould be able to utilize United MileagePlus miles at pretty much any retailer that accepts PayPal for payment. The plan is that you'll buy your stuff directly through online retailers and that your frequent flyer account will be deducted upon placing your order. You won't have to go through United or their online shopping mall, so it should be at least a more streamlined experience.
Like we said initially it might not be the ideal place to burn some frequent flyer miles. However, if you're just dying for the latest iPadand already have completed your travel bucket listhaving another option might be a good thing. Happy shopping!
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We’re still feeling a little lightheaded over all the Boeing 787 news that we talked about yesterday, but that doesn’t mean that we’re done talking about the latest airplane to hit the skies. Boeing still owes a lot of planes to a lot of people, so it’s full steam ahead once the very first 787 arrives in the hands of pilots and passengers at All Nippon Airways.
If everything goes as planned this week, Boeing will get the final stamps, seals, and approvals related to certification of its new bird. There’s like $16 billion in inventory just hanging out at the factory outside of Seattle, and some of the 35 almost-finished planes are awaiting interiors, windows, and those always important engines. Some of the planes even have concrete blocks hanging off the wings—rather than engines—to ensure the planes don’t get tipsy due to weight balance issues.