Emirates to Provide Free Helicopter Transfer for First Class on New A380 Route

A Monacair "regular line" helicopter. Source: Monacair

Emirates currently provides free chauffeur-drive service to Business and First Class passengers to/from the airport at most of their destinations. Part of this offering is to attract passengers from Abu Dhabi that might otherwise fly Etihad (which provides similar service to draw the Dubai crowd), but I am sure it’s a perk that many passengers enjoy.…

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Emirates To Let First & Business Class Passengers “Gate Check” Laptops Under Electronics Ban

Emirates will reportedly allow passengers in premium cabin to carry their electronic devices past security, and collect them before boarding. Source: Emirates

The electronics ban that will prohibit the carriage of electronic devices larger than a smartphone on flights to the US will go into effect on March 25, 2017. Understandably, this is getting quite a bit of coverage, since it can potentially impact thousands of travelers who will fly through the affected cities. Emirates is probably one…

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Coming Soon: Control Your Room with Alexa or Siri at Marriott Hotels

Wynn Las Vegas is installing the Amazon Echo in all 4,748 rooms in their hotel. Source: Wynn Las Vegas

As technology advances, hotels are trying to incorporate features that might enhance guest experience. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Marriott is testing both Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa in hotel rooms, and may decide to install the platforms in all rooms on “one or more of its chains.” This could happen as early as mid-2017, so…

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Earn Alaska Miles While Flying Condor!

A Condor 767-300. Source: Condor

Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan is one of my favorite programs out there. They don’t belong to any alliances, but have a number of partners across different continents. They have flexible routing rules, allowing stopovers even on one-way tickets for many bookings. Their miles are relatively easy to come by, considering there are no limits to the…

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Is El Al Finally Introducing a Competitive Business Class?

El Al's First Class product. Source: El Al

Some of you may be familiar with El Al, the flag carrier of Israel operating out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. The airline operates an extremely “secure” fleet, with cockpits having bullet-proof doors among other security features. El Al also offers three classes of service: First, Business, and Economy. However, the products really aren’t all that…

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WikiLeaks Publishes CIA Documents, Includes Travel Tips and Condolences to Flying United

WikiLeaks has just published a number of documents, dubbed “Vault7,” that relate to CIA’s hacking practices and capabilities. For example, the documents show some of the techniques and exploits discovered and/or used by the CIA, which may be used for hacking Smart TVs, as well as both iOS and Android devices. But also buried in these documents is…

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Singapore Airlines Devaluation: Higher Prices & No Online Booking Discount – 28% Increases

Singapore Suites onboard the A380. Photo by the author.

Well, this is an unfortunate development: Singapore Airlines has announced that they are making changes to their award chart. They are raising prices on some redemptions and removing the 15% discount that they are currently offering if you book online. Singapore last devalued their award chart in 2012, and these new changes will go into effect March 23,…

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