American Airlines is
introducing “Amora,” a new food service at U.S.
Admiral Clubs; dine in or take out soups, salads, sandwiches
Austrian Airlines business class
passengers in Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago can ride
in style for free to their departing flight.
British Airways has purchased
the Newark-to-Paris L’Avion, the last of the
all-business-class trans-Atlantic airlines.
Cathay Pacific Airways Their
exclusive new Hong Kong airport club, “The Arrival”
provides a convenient place to freshen up, grab a bite to eat
or a cocktail, check Wi-Fi, and shower—all in designer
surroundings on arrival for First Class, Gold or above, and
Oneworld Emerald passengers.
Clear Pass The registered
traveler membership of Verified Identity Pass, goes out of
business. Time to join the long lines in airport security
DayJet Corp. has officially
launched its on-demand light-jet shuttle service; little bigger
than George Jetson’s flying automobile, the
three-passenger Eclipse 500 jets fly nonstop to five of
Florida’s regional airports for no more than the price of
a full coach ticket.
Delta was finally awarded its
first route to China; service between Atlanta and Shanghai
began March 30, 2008. Delta Asia and
Latin America Flights: LAX Los Angeles is the hub city
for Delta flights to Asia and Latin America; expect 100 daily
departures to 48 cities in the near future. Delta expects to offer wireless Internet
access on domestic flights by mid-’09 starting at
JetBlue Their new home at
JFK’s terminal five has a spacious check-in lobby,
light-filled gate areas, table-service dining in the gate
areas, a heart-healthy gourmet market, free Wi-Fi and a 20-lane
security checkpoint—one of the largest in the U.S.
JFK Airport Reasons to fly via
JFK: the new Registered Traveler program in Terminal 7 and free
power poles throughout for charging your laptop, cell phone,
Lufthansa has a new first-class
lounge at Munich Airport; while away your layover at the
gourmet restaurant, cigar lounge or bar.
Southwest Airlines New
“Fly By” priority lanes will allow Business Select
and Rapid Reward A-list members to get through security
checkpoints more quickly in Dallas Love Field, Baltimore,
Phoenix, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County,
United Airlines Fee frenzy
continues: United Airlines has matched US Airways in adding an
extra $5 charge for travelers who pay their baggage fee at the
airport instead of online.
US Airways At a quarter of a
ton, no wonder U.S. Airways is jettisoning in-flight
entertainment systems on domestic flights.
Virgin Atlantic Heathrow
Lounge Virgin Atlantic has set a new standard for
airport clubs with their recent renovation at Heathrow: A spa
pool, multi-screen cinema, game room and salon provide two
stories of fun.
Air Travel Tips
Left Lines Faster Best kept secret: When flying
domestically, choose the left side security line if there are
two; Americans always go right.
Flyer Network Become a member
of flyertalk.com where you can exchange information with other
travel insiders on such topics as using your miles to upgrade,
the best airport lounges and how to get the most travel perks
out of your AMEX platinum card.
Cool comfort for cold air
travelers. As he walked down the aisle, Captain Jim
Levings would notice passengers’ futile efforts at trying
to stay warm in the icebox called an airplane cabin. “The
blankets are too small, they’re the wrong shape for the
human body, and they do nothing to warm cold feet.” This
former US Airways Express pilot knew an opportunity when he saw
one and quit his day job to create the ultimate travel blanket.
The micro-fleece Cabin Cuddler has a wrap-around design and a
one-of-a-kind foot pocket that is so ingenious it is patented.
It is cozy, lightweight and washable. Added bonus: inflatable
pillow in the soft travel pack that hangs easily from your
luggage. If that isn’t enough to make you whip out your
credit card, perhaps Levings’ stomach churning words are:
“Blankets are reused on airlines no matter how sick
people may have been who used them.” $29.95 at www.cabincuddler.com or
The Anti-Airline Blanket and
Pillow. Stingy airlines are no longer doling out their
stingy little blankets and pillows. Even worse, they’re
asking fliers to pay for them. Who cares? Long the
“it” travel accessories for Oprah and her ilk,
designer Armand Diradourian’s cashmere travel blankets
and pillows are a pampered touch for beleaguered travelers. The
blanket is large enough to sumptuously wrap yourself up in the
pure Nepalese cashmere while still fitting in a zippered pouch.
The pillow is stuffed with duck feathers and down and also
includes an eye mask. www.neimanmarcus.com
Valet Parking At Some Airports
In a hurry? Airports in Indianapolis, Washington, D.C.
(National), Denver, Dallas, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte
and Los Angeles have added valet parking among other services:
Return to a detailed car with a full tank.
Priority Pass Accesses 500 VIP
Lounges One of the many perks of traveling in first or
business class is access to airline’s private club. These
retreats come in handy in today’s overcrowded airports.
Unfortunately, airlines don’t have as many lounges as you
think. For instance, while American Airlines serves 250 cities
in 40 countries it operates its Admirals Clubs in only 37
airports. Say “Open Sesame” with Priority Pass, a
little black and gold card that allows access to over 500 VIP
lounges in more than 90 countries and 275 cities worldwide.
Priority Pass offers access to existing lounges, including
those operated by Delta, Continental and United. While
different rules apply at different airports, your choice of
worldwide clubs far exceeds what one airline can
offer—and you are guaranteed use even if you are flying
in dreaded coach. $399/year for unlimited access or free with
Centurion Amex, www.prioritypass.com
TSA begins regulating private
planes now flying with no security rules.
Luxury Viva Las Vegas!
Eminence Luxury Services is now renting Lamborghinis, Lotuses
and other exotic models in the town that never sleeps. www.eminenceluxury.com or
Avis Finally an option worth checking off on your Avis
rental agreement: Autonet Mobile Service; a mere $10.95 per day
buys a portable wireless Internet access unit that creates a
WiFi hotspot wherever you go; available in select cities.
Hertz’s Fun Collection
includesCorvette Convertible. Hertz adds a fleet of Lotus Elise
SC sports cars to locations throughout Italy.
Put Carey Alliance Network into your BlackBerry;
800.336.4646 or www.carey.com and get chauffeured
car services in 550 cities and 65 countries.
First-class passengers on Amtrak’s Acela
from Boston to Washington will now be served braised short ribs
and cheesy grits and other gourmet offerings created by
Washington, D.C., celebrity chef, Michel Richard of
Use Apple iPhone As Your Travel
Guilde Companion. No doubt about it: The iPhone is a
must-have for frequent fliers. From free to $24.99, travelers
can trick out their iPhones with downloads of Web apps from the
Apple Store that help them get there, eat there, speak there,
sleep there, drive there, shop there—wherever there is.
With a flurry of finger touches, book a seat to London, make a
dinner reservation at the other end and convert dollars to
pounds when the bill comes. Airport Status displays a quick
view of airport delays and closures across the U.S. and Canada.
LocalEats lists the best 100 restaurants in the 50 largest U.S.
cities along with reservation numbers and directions. There are
metro system apps, currency converter apps, translation apps,
even shopping apps. With travel giants like Travelocity and
British Airways offering compatible apps, the iPhone is almost
as necessary as a passport. www.apple.com/iphone
Travel Computer What weighs one
pound, fits in your pocket and has the world’s smallest
Windows Vista capable computer? The OQO Ultra Mobile PC of
course! This revolutionary little black box offers anytime,
anywhere high-speed access to the Internet, e-mail and
networked applications, and complete wireless
connectivity—EV-DO Wireless WAN, WiFi and Bluetooth.
The well-designed docking station allows you to work at your
desktop with a full-sized display, keyboard, mouse and wired
networking and then take applications on the road with no
synchronization required. The five-inch display is readable
both indoors and out, and the ergonomic backlit keyboard and
capacitive TouchScrollers makes inputting data easy. $1,500, www.oqo.com
Travel Humidor And neither is
a cigar travel humidor just a cigar travel humidor.
Davidoff’s croc embossed leather travel humidors are the
mandatory accessories for the stylish cigar aficionado.
Davidoff guarantees perfect storage while traveling with your
treasured Macanudos, The interior is fitted with a special
internal self-regulating humidifying device, which provides a
constant relative humidity of approximately 70%–75%.
Small humidors hold 4–6 cigars, medium 6–10 and
large 12–18. Prices begin at $690. www.davidoff.com
Argentina, it must be three prongs
It is impossible for even the savviest of travelers to
remember the electrical nuances of each country. 110 or 220?
Two, three or four prongs? Flat or round? With our reliance on
all things electronic, knowing is vital to staying connected.
Tumi’s state-of-the-art USB Travel Charge Kit takes the
worry out of whether you will be able to charge your laptop in
Uzbekistan or Uruguay. A mere $95 buys a compact carrying case
holding everything you need for a hassle-free electronic
experience: an electric adaptor that provides connectivity in
150 countries; a USB power charger top to convert electrical
current to a universal 5.0 volt output, the international
standard for cell phones, PDAs and cameras; a USB retractable
connector cable; cell phone power tips set; and car lighter
Hassle. Ship Your Luggage Luggage Free provides
door-to-door service for your luggage, golf clubs, skis,
strollers and all kinds of items so you can “pack heavy
and travel light.” Contact the company at least 24 hours
prior to pickup time and expect two-day shipping for domestic
and seven to nine days for international delivery to your
cruise ship, hotel, villa or office. Unlike many competitors,
they wrap your luggage in a protective, heavy-duty plastic wrap
and ship to more than 110 countries. Rates are by the pound.
Strip At 6.25X 2.25 X 1.8 inches, Monster’s
Outlets To Go Power Strip
imeans no more searching for sockets in your hotel room to
accommodate all the electronic gadgets you travel with these
days. No more cumbersome gadgets to supposedly solve your
cumbersome gadgets problem. Designed for travel “from the
ground up,” the ultra flat design has four A/C outlets
with a dual side layout, two wide spaced outlets on both sides.
The trademarked FlatProfile Plug and FlatWrap Cord eliminate
the dangling cord problem and make it easy to pack. Other
inspired features: The plug lights up blue to show it is
receiving power, there is a resettable circuit breaker to
prevent dangerous overloads, and it has a 24K gold plug to
prevent corrosion resistance and power transfer. www.monstercable.com/power/lineOutlets.asp
On UK airports no longer have a one bag carry-on
Orvis men’s toiletry
kit. Unrolled, the canvas interior sports a large,
zippered compartment and three snap-close pockets spacious
enough to neatly store a razor and sundries. There is a brass
D-ring so you can hang it from a towel rack making everything
easily accessible. But roll it up? A toilet kit worthy of
Indiana Jones. Dark steer hide secured by two leather straps
with solid brass buckles. Wear and tear on the road is sure to
make it even more handsome with age. $210.00. Engraved brass
plate extra. www.orvis.com