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Bidding Adieu to My United Club Membership With a ‘Soft Landing’

It’s that time of year for me to renew my United Club membership and I received the following reminder email from United. But after six consecutive years of membership, I’ve decided to let it lapse. I’m probably in the minority of travel bloggers (and you, my readers) who actually dole out cash directly to United…

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Did You Win 3 Turkish Airlines Amenity Kits?

Thanks to everyone who entered my amenity kit giveaway consisting of three Turkish Airlines economy class kits. It’s great to know that basically all of you would like to see some type of kit and/or amenities offered in coach on more airlines for long-haul travel. Maybe they’re listening? 😉 The trusty random number generator picked…

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A Look at 3 Turkish Airlines Economy Class Amenity Kits, Plus a Giveaway

In August, I posted a brief overview of a Turkish Airlines economy class amenity kit, not subjecting it to the critical scoring system that I normally apply in my Amenity Kit Review series. That just wouldn’t have been fair since any kit provided to economy class passengers is “exceptional” in my mind. Amenity kit provider…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 18, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Lufthansa will announce the details of its newest aircraft order in Frankfurt tomorrow. Sources close to the negotiations say the $10-17 billion order for new widebody jets will be split between Airbus and Boeing. Turkish Airlines opened its Arrivals Lounge at Istanbul’s airport. It’s…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: September 6, 2013

A brief sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: United Airlines is planning more than $400 million in upgrades to its LAX facilities, according to a report filed with the L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners. A new United Club will be among the improvements. I certainly won’t miss this dull and aged walk…

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Amenity Kit (Non) Review: Turkish Airlines Economy Class

I recently published Amenity Kit Reviews for both the Turkish Airlines Business Class and Comfort Class (premium economy) offerings, and a couple of readers mentioned that economy passengers also receive kits. From the Comfort Class review, reader PAB said: I already knew that some airlines (none of them U.S. carriers, of course) provide coach passengers…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: August 9, 2013

A sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: American Airlines will begin flying its new 3-cabin A321s between Los Angeles and New York on January 7, reports the L.A. Airspace blog. Initially, two of American’s daily flights on the route will feature the A321, increasing to six by January 31. Virgin America is…

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Notable Airline, Hotel and Travel News: August 7, 2013

A sampling of industry news that caught my attention today: Virgin America recorded its first ever Q2 profit, netting $8.8 million. The airline’s CEO cited success in Newark as a primary driver, though cautioned long-term sustainability at EWR needs to be studied after the peak and profitable summer season. Is it too little too late…

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Forbes Lists World’s 7 Best First Class Amenity Kits

Forbes today published its list of the world’s seven best first class amenity kits, and they’ve selected some decent and not-so-decent ones. The article begins with: Whether you’re the person who gives the airline amenity kit a cursory rummage before stowing it away or a hoarder who drools over deluxe eye masks and luxury cosmetics,…

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Eau de Airline: Turkish Airlines Launches ‘TK 1933’ Fragrance

I missed this when it was announced late last month (hat tip to @airlinetrends for tweeting it earlier this week), but Turkish Airlines now has its very own scent. According to their press release: (On May 30), Turkish Airlines introduced the fragrance “TK 1933” that will be yet another tool used to take the airline’s…

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