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Last-Minute Labor Day Deals: A Long Flight to the Land Down Under

Where: Australia
August 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

We hate to alarm you, but the summer is quickly coming to an end. Before you know it, the cooler weather will be trickling in, and those pumpkin-flavored lattes will be hitting the bar at your favorite coffee shop. That’s why it’s time to plan one last quick getaway, and Labor Day Weekend is the time to do it.

We'll be the first to admit that Australia isn't the easiest destination to travel to, but sometimes all a bucketlist vacation needs is a holiday off to get the ball rolling. And, naturally, a our tips to making the best of the 14-hour flight. All things considered, this might be the time to score a great deal on a package to explore this beautiful country.

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Can a Gelato Bar Entice Travelers to Book Business Class?

Where: Australia
August 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flying can be exhausting, even if your itinerary involves lie-flat seats in the front of the plane. As such, you can imagine our jubilation when we passed by a low freezer case filled with creamy gelato goodness during some downtime in Qantas' Business Class lounge at Sydney International.

Along with the standard free-pouring champagne, hot dinner and bountiful desserts, the Red Roo's lounge serves up the icy treat for passengers traveling on international flights in Business Class (or holding Oneworld Sapphire status). Ice cream is a lovely little luxury, perfect to be present in a lounge for a level of luxury travel.

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Yes, Airplane Bathrooms are Shrinking (At Least on Qantas)

Where: Australia
August 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like everything from the seats to the bathrooms aboard airplanes keep getting smaller and smaller, and apparently that truly will be the case with some Qantas planes and their interior refurbishments. Not that you want to spend anymore time in an airplane lavatory, but just note it’s not you getting bigger it’s them getting smaller.

Qantas is in the middle of planning on adding and squeezing a few more seats into some of their domestic airplanes, and they’re doing so in hopes of boosting capacity by around three percent.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: Eggs Royale in the Qantas First Lounge

June 26, 2014 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

It's true--this yummy airline meal wasn’t technically eaten on a plane, but rather in the Qantas International First Class Lounge at Sydney-Kingsford Smith airport. That said, it was too good not to report on, several years after the lounge opened to much fanfare.

While some of the furniture could use a spruce up, we still make extra time when our travels take us through here, and the food has been - and is - right up there when it comes to why we do. The waiter-served restaurant, overseen by Neil Perry, actually lives up to its claims of serving restaurant-quality food. The Eggs Royale we had were delicious, and with a tea and orange juice the perfect way to start our day and ready ourselves for a long-haul flight.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: A Bistro 'Brekky' on Virgin Australia

Where: Australia
June 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

Eggs on a plane often sounds just as scary as "Snakes on a Plane," and we usually recommend avoiding rubbery, egg-like substances that very rarely turn out nice. Virgin Australia has however eschewed the traditional cheese-filled omelets or scrambled egg substitute for a bistro-style offering that is not only delish, but making us rethink the importance of breakfast on a plane.

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Inside the Brand New Qantas Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

June 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport is not a bad place to spend a few hours pre-departure. In fact, it’s high on our list of favorite airports around, especially if you’re flying in a premium cabin on Cathay Pacific or another oneworld airline for the excellent airline lounge options. We just took you inside a private Cabana in the flagship “The Wing” First Class lounge and the latest Cathay addition “The Bridge,” and are finishing up with the even newer Qantas lounge, which arrived in April.

Located on level 7, but at the opposite end of Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge, the new Qantas Hong Kong Lounge brings the previous underground Business Class Lounge up to where its separate First Class Lounge used to be, redesigning the whole space in the process. It's huge for a dedicated airline lounge at an airport where there already are a range of oneworld alliance lounge options, and it seats up to 300 passengers at a time.

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The Days of This Qantas Business Class Seat are Numbered

Where: Australia
May 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM | by | Comment (1)

What you see above is the original Qantas “Skybed,” the angled flat seats which are still found on the airline’s Airbus A330s and which we experienced on a recent flight from Bangkok to Sydney. They wont be around for much longer though, as an improved business class seat—fully flat, and all seats with aisle access—is being rolled out from the end of this year.

While we had a pretty good flight on this overnight sector, and spent most of it stretched out in our window seat trying to get some sleep, we’ll be looking forward to the refurb for a number of reasons. We’ll give you a quick rundown of what things are like today, and what you can expect going forward:

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Qantas' Jack Spade Business Class Men's Pouch

Where: Australia
May 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

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:

We'll admit it; we love being handed kits filled with goodies to make a flight a little more comfortable. What we love even more is when those kits include the good stuff, like designer pouches or top-of-the-line skincare. Both are a major part of Qantas' kits, as the Aussie airline calls upon two New York brands for their long-haul business class amenity kits.

First off is the pouch itself; the men's kit comes from Kate Spade's men's line, Jack Spade. We've talked about them before, when the airline started sharing a runway with the design name, but being greeted with the familiar coated canvas zip pouch is like a little slice of home.

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What's the Longest Route Flown by the Airbus A380?

May 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

As we round a week of chronicling the world's longest and shortest flights on the newest and most notable planes on the planet, it only makes sense to highlight which route is lengthiest for the whale of the skies, Airbus' A380. Some of these aircraft have showers for first class passengers, in-flight duty-free shops, and wider cabins for a bit more space to make spending multiple hours on the aircraft a whole lot more enjoyable.

Emirates is two-for-two on these top spots with their regular A380 service from Dubai to Los Angeles. EK 215 spends about 16 hours, 35 minutes making the 8,339 mile trek around the globe, which gives ample time to experience the world-class service for which Emirates is well known.

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New Routes Arrive and Depart from Delta, JetBlue, and Korean

May 9, 2014 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.

· Delta:
Planes are people are heading south of the border later this year, as Delta is getting ready to launch some new nonstop flights to Mexico. The plan is to link Los Angeles with Mazatlan just in time for Santa's big day, as things are scheduled to hit the skies on December 20. Boeing 737-800s will be responsible for the flying fun each and every day of the week. Things seem to be a seasonal flight at first, but it does sound like Delta will keep things flying if the demand is there. If Los Angeles isn’t really convenient to where you call home—no problem—Delta also does the nonstop thing to Mazatlan from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

· JetBlue:
It’s never too early to start planning your trip home for the holidays, and thankfully JetBlue is already doing exactly that. They have a new nonstop option scheduled to start up on November 12, as they’ll be sending their blue planes and blue chips between Orlando and Salt Lake City. JetBlue does plenty of takeoffs and landings from Orlando, and this flight to Utah is destination number 24 departing from the theme park capital of the world. To celebrate the new flights JetBlue is even offering up one-way fares for as low as $89 on certain days between November 12 and December 16, but just note that you need to book by May 15 to take advantage of the offer.

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: Three Courses on Qantas' Coast-to-Coast

Where: Australia
May 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

"What's there to eat?" The answer to this question can make or break a flight when you're hungry. For our recent 4.5-hour Qantas nonstop from Perth to Brisbane, we got comfy in the A330 Business Class cabin and perused the menu which, on this transcontinental, is somewhat similar to the airline's long-haul offerings.

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First Time to Australia: What's a 'Nullarbor' Flight?

Where: Australia
April 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we brought you our introduction to Aussie slang last month, we may have forgotten one very important travel term unique only to Australia. We knew that some words would be new to us on a trip down under, but we'd never think about taking a "Nullarbor flight."

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