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Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.
This Week: The 3 Questions Everyone Should Ask When Entering an Airline Lounge
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Looking to create a home away from home, the Flying Kangaroo has revamped the previously tiny lounge that's also shared with British Airways and Cathay Pacific in lieu of a more spacious area. The new escape will offer a wine bar, signature cocktails, and a circular fireplace area to get cozy before flying. Our friends down under at Australian Business Traveler got the inside scoop that the lounge will offer some local fare with a nod to typical LA street-food.
We are suckers for a good airline lounge, as after all nothing is more enjoyable than a few free drinks, a bite to eat, and somewhere decent to sit before our flight. Okay—there are probably better ways to spend our time than at an airline lounge, but we still do get a kick when we have the chance to check them out.
As you probably know access to these lairs of airport solitude are often limited to frequent flyers or those in the upper class cabins, so it’s hardly a warm welcome to one and all. Thankfully the latest lounge over in Vancouver is a little bit different, as the Plaza Premium Lounge at the Vancouver International Airport is open to one and all. However, that assumes that you’re willing to pay for the pleasure to visit.
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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: 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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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready to get going into 2014, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
We’re all about airline lounges and the little joys that they bring to our experience at the airport. Free drinks, comfy seats, and sometimes even decent snacks or a light meal are all reasons to get to the airport a little bit early; however, in 2013 there was one new addition to the airline lounge concept that took things to a different level.
Sure these new clubs don’t have the amenities as some of the first-class and business-class lounges from the international carriers—no complimentary massages here—but there is something extra from what we’re awarding the best travel newcomer of 2013.
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Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport in Paris doesn’t have the best reputation for a number of reasons. There's the confusing layout, poor signage, and brusque French staff to name a few. Escaping to an airline lounge can help make many a journey more pleasant, and over the last few years the improvement works at CDG have included new lounges for both American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, two options for those flying with any Oneworld alliance partner.
We recently flew through Paris and had a chance to explore both lounges to see what’s what. The good news is that no matter which of the two you find yourself in, they are a major improvement from before. Literally next door to each other, both are now exterior facing and have windows for walls, giving views across the apron and one of the runways. The left door leads to the Admirals Club, and the right to the Cathay Pacific First and Business Class lounge.
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Starting a journey in comfort or enjoying a longish layover in a new airport are key for having a memorable vacation and since told you that we really didn't care for the Smart Layover app, we may have been lost when it came to spending hours at the airport. We can announce that we have a contender for the perfect app to help us out.
The free iPhone app is called 'Lounge Buddy' and it does just that; a buddy that helps travelers find a quiet corner in an airport to put their feet up and relax. The app will help "the casual traveler with a long layover, or an elite traveler flying first class". If our first impressions are any indicator of the app's actually functionality, we're pretty excited for further updates.
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You probably know by now that Los Angeles International Airport has lifted the veil off its billion-dollar makeover of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. While that means improved facilities for all travelers, premium passengers on Star Alliance flights will also benefit from a gigantic new lounge complex, opening todayWednesday, September 25.
We attended the ribbon cutting by Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab earlier this week to give you all the details on the 18,000-square-foot spread. Come in for the shower suites and the wine wall, stay for the outdoor terrace with fire pits and tarmac views.
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Lots of exciting news coming from Down Under with Qantas refreshing cabins, catering to kiddies, and filling the tummies of adults. While North America isn't directly affected by the new digs in the cabins, we can reap the benefits of enhanced meal service and an airfare sale for the littlest flyers.
The 'Red Roo' is expanding dining options for their hugely popular Select on Q-Eat meal service. Starting this week, if you're flying from Dallas to Australia in Premium Economy, you can pre-order your meals for the long, long flight. Don't worry west coasters, because next week LA gets in on the fun with flights from the west coast to Oz offering the service to PE passengers as well. The airline plans to expand this service to long-haul Economy later in the year.
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London’s Heathrow Terminal 5 may have been purpose-built as the home of British Airways, but as these things tend to go, there isn’t nearly enough space to operate all flights out of its main A building and B/C satellites. Depending on your destination, you may find yourself therefore flying in and out of Terminal 3, or even the waiting-to-be-torn-down throwback that is Terminal 1.
Short-haul Terminal 3 destinations include the majority of Eastern European flights (think Warsaw, Budapest, Bucharest), which all involve (without exception) a rather uncomfortable bus journey out to the airplane. T3 itself (crowded, noisy) doesn’t have much else to make the experience of going through this particular part of Heathrow more pleasant, setting aside for a minute Virgin Atlantic’s private security channel.
The sole reason we’re not completely hating every time we fly out of T3 is down to one redeeming feature BA has up its sleeve: its Galleries First lounge, specifically the corner First Class Dining Room therein.
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Like any airport project, the Airspace Lounge at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York-JFK had a little bit of a delay. Originally schedule to debut in May, the lounge finally did open this month and though it's still in soft-opening phase, passengers are at last welcome to enjoy a more comfortable, more private, amenity-rich place to chill before flying out.
The Airspace Lounge is open to all passengers flying from Terminal 5 (that's JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines & Aer Lingus), for a price. Entry starts from $25 and includes "complimentary espresso, cappuccino, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, soft drinks, small snacks and fruit, printing and scanning, use of house computers, Wi-Fi, use of private restrooms and shower facilities, plus a $10 credit to purchase items from Airspace’s premium menu including alcoholic beverages."
The photos aren't the best as they're from opening day, and we haven't been to check it out ourselves quite yet, but figured you'd like to know all the details right away to prep for what remains of summer travels.
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Watch out, Delta; the Sky Club Sky Decks may be the hot spots at JFK and ATL right now, but there's another airport deck coming soon and it's from competing airlines.
The lounge is being designed by architectural firm Gensler (also behind other airport projects like JetBlue's T4 at JFK), so you can pretty much guarantee it's going to be worth the wait until an opening later this year. Even better is the fact that the lounge's design will be inspired by a "contemporary interpretation of modernist L.A. architecture of the 1950s and 1960s." Talk about being on-trend; there's a "nouveau retro" movement right now focusing on exactly thatwest coast mid-century style.