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The Travel Restband is perfect for a sound sleep during flights

by amit.uniyal 15. November 2014 05:46

Would you blindfold yourself by choice and strap your head to the airplane seat to sleep better? If yes, then this gadget is your perfect travel mate.

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Relax Ally is a travel Restband with a sleeping eye mask that helps you to fall asleep and relaxes the muscles without the passengers leaning or drooling on the fellow passengers. It fastens the head to the seat firmly and the ergonomic position prevents micro trauma to the neck and shoulder muscles. A company from Finland called Active Ally Oy has launched an upgrade of the previous Restband which now includes an eye mask and earplugs. The Restband is adjustable and costs €31($39) on the Relax Ally website. It also saves from the embarrassing moment of waking up with your head on a stranger’s shoulder.

During the launch of this 3 in 1 restband, CEO, Active Ally Oy commented that the people have accepted our solution to this big traveling problem. The company strategically launched a video campaign in the Halloween week, talking about travel nightmares that people can avoid by using this product.

The Relax Ally 3 in 1 Travel Restband has a sleeping mask to keep light out, a restband for an ergonomic position and earplugs to isolate noise placed in a pocket on one side of the restband. After having sold the product in over twenty countries, the company intends to get more equity investors through a crowd funding platform called FundedByMe.

The company strives to grow globally and FundedByMe platform will help the company unlock up to €300,000 ($378600) by contributing an amount of €100,000. This will reinforce global development of the company in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The crowd funding campaign ends in 40 days and the company has raise 15 percent of the total amount.

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Finding cheap Thanksgiving flights – A few tips!

by amit.uniyal 14. November 2014 05:31

Thanksgiving is round the corner. Have you made plans to spend the 12-day-long holiday with your family and friends? Finding cheap Thanksgiving flights might prove to be difficult if you haven’t booked it well in advance. Here are some valuable tips on how to book cheap flights for Thanksgiving and save money.

Being flexible is absolutely one of the best ways to find cheap airfares for your holidays. Flexibility, after all, is the key to get the best deal. Holidays are always the expensive and busiest time for travel. You need to be alert and book your tickets in advance or else be flexible with your dates in order to save on your tickets.

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The time of day is yet another significant factor to determine whether you will be able to get cheap tickets or not. Flying during the peak business travel hours from 8 am to 10 am and 5 pm to 7 pm can be most expensive. If you want to save on your tickets consider departing quite early in the morning between 5 am to 7 am. You may even consider late evening flights after 8 pm. These also tend to be cheaper.

Flying nonstop can be expensive. So, why not book a flight with a stopover. It will be cheaper and help you save some money. But you must be alert at the same time and avoid connections at the airports having poor on-time track record.

Searching and comparing for cheaper flights is surely the best way to save money. For this you will need to constantly browse multiple websites to get the best deals. If however you don’t want to spend time to search manually, then consider signing up for fare alerts.

These are some of the ways to adopt in order to land the best deals for your Thanksgiving holiday.

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British Airways new features to iPhone App keep flyers ‘appy’

by amit.uniyal 13. November 2014 05:18

British Airways customers possessing iPhones are now more ‘appy’(er) than before. The airline has recently introduced new features to its highly popular iPhone app. The customers making use of Terminal 3 and Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport have already started receiving ‘push notifications’ on their smartphones from the month of October itself.

The newly introduced feature is keeping the customers updated regarding the opening of their gate and the time of boarding. This has made the customers happier and allowing them to enjoy experience at the airport to its fullest.

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The airline’s iPhone app has now become the first to benefit from the new feature in iOS 8, which is currently the latest version of Apple’s iPhone software. The feature is proving to be beneficial for the customers as they are now able to find their flight status in the iPhone notification centre. This helps them keep updated even without opening the app.

According to the airline, the iPhone customers with the new app would instantly get a personalized welcome pop up message and Wi-Fi password on their smartphones as soon as they enter the Terminal 5 lounge at Heathrow Airport. With the new feature, British Airways has now become the first airline in the UK to use iBeacon technology to show push notifications based on location in its lounges.

The British Airways iPhone app since its launch has been downloaded by more than 4 million times. It is also the highest rated airline app currently available. Apart from iPhone devices, the app is also available on Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Amazon Appstore and Android.

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Ethiopian Airlines to begin Dublin-Los Angeles flight next year

by amit.uniyal 12. November 2014 04:50

Ethiopia’s national carrier Ethiopian Airlines has announced its plans to begin flights from Dublin to Addis Ababa and Los Angeles from summer 2015. The government recently signed a deal that will allow it to make a stopover at Dublin to allow passengers to board the flight on the way to Los Angeles from the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Airlines, which is currently the biggest airline in Africa, said that it will operate the Addis Ababa-Dublin-Los Angeles route round the year starting from next summer. The airline also said that it will start selling the tickets for travel on this route soon.

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Media reports said that the announcement of the new service was expected for quite some time now. However, it came to be known in July that the Ethiopian government has finally signed an agreement with the Department of Transport granting right to the airline to start flying into Dublin.

Dublin Airport Authority officials have expressed happiness and welcomed the launch of new service. The officials said that Dublin Airport will now get two new year-round services because of this.

Kevin Toland, Chief Executive of Dublin Airport Authority, in a statement said that Dublin’s position will be further strengthened as a hub for transatlantic flights with the launch of the new route.

Toland said that with Ethiopian Airlines entry into Ireland it will become easier to reconnect Dublin to Los Angeles and thereby also make African destinations greatly accessible as well. He said that the airline currently has largest number of destinations in Africa on its flight network.

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Luxury from tarmac to road with American’s Cadillac shuttle

by amit.uniyal 11. November 2014 04:41

The air passengers are habitual to hopping on a shuttle bus after deboarding the flight. But, if a Cadillac is waiting on the tarmac to drop them at the departure gate, it is indeed a welcome sight. American Airlines has collaborated with the luxury car company, Cadillac to shuttle the first class passengers from the tarmac to their next departure gate or to the next airplane at Los Angeles International Airport.

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This service is exclusively available for ConciergeKey invitation-only members. ConciergeKey is an invite-only frequent flier club. This ConciergeKey program invitation is available to the Executive Platinum members with an annual flight expenditure of 50,000 dollars or more.

Delta Airlines also uses Porsche to shuttle its premium passengers between flights since 2012 while United Airlines uses Mercedes-Benz for the private transfers since 2013.

Suzanne Rubin, president of American’s AAdvantage Loyalty Program sees this as a great opportunity to offer the ultimate luxury experience for the premium customers. The airline will chauffeur the customers from the tarmac in a Cadillac SRX, CTS or Escalade. The luxury transfer program with Cadillac is only accessible at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as of now.

The airline plans to expand the service at John F. Kennedy, Dallas/Fort Worth and La Guardia in New York by year end. This plan is yet to be approved. The American’s AAdvantage members can also earn 7500 additional miles after test driving Cadillac at a local dealer. These miles are equivalent to half of the domestic flight cost for one-way.

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Airlines that offer little perks for a perfect flight

by amit.uniyal 10. November 2014 04:30

Surprised that the table tray on your seat is broken or the carrier did not offer any amenity kit. Although, many air passenger carriers end up disappointing the passenger, there are a few airlines that are still pleasing the travelers with extra advantages to offer a unique flying experience. Some of them like Turkish Airline offer standard sweets regardless of your position in the plane while others offer exclusive perks for premium passengers like aromatherapy on ANA. Check out the 5 airlines that offer those little goodies and extras for a memorable flying experience.

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Turkish Airlines: Turkish Delights and Candlelit Meals
All the passengers on Intercontinental flights are offered Turkish Delights along with Turkish coffee. The premium class passengers enjoy candlelit meals with electric candles glowing inside little lamps. They cast a soft light on the meals making it a romantic experience.

Emirates: Toys for little ones
Emirates Airlines has a lot to offer for the little ones. "Fly with Me Monsters" collection offered by Emirates includes magnetic sketching toys, seat-belt critters and blanket buddies draped in soft fleece blankets. Children can also opt for any of the four monstrous characters—Camus, Wagga, Tezz and Jimbob.

Singapore Airlines: Learning apps and 3D games
Singapore Airlines offers a range of multiplayer games and 3D video games. A Berlitz Word Traveler language-understanding tool can help the customers improve their language skills. A b-Smart Culture Quest app can help customers explore neighborhood traditions or use Soundview Executive Book Summaries for listening to business journals.

ANA: Aromatherapy cards
Deep breathing and fresh aroma enhances your flight experience. All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers two aromatherapy cards to first class and organization class passengers. They can inhale the fragrance or put the cards in the pocket for a long lasting scent. The "Relax" card helps you sleep better with its lavender blend, whereas the "Refresh" card gets rid of the end of flight fatigue.

Hawaiian Airlines: Island specialties
The Hawaiian indulgence begins as soon as you board the flight. The flights that depart just before 10 am offer free Mai Tais on North America to Hawaii routes. The passengers also get to try Koloa Beach rum punch, guava cookies, passion fruit-orange-guava juice and AlohaMacs chocolate. Hawaiian specialties including coconut cookies, regional popcorn and toffee-coated macadamia nuts are available for purchase.

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More airlines and routes being added to airports in South Florida

by amit.uniyal 8. November 2014 04:20

These days Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Miami International Airport are quite busy as both of them are adding new routes and airlines. Here’s a brief glimpse on what all is happening at the two airports presently.

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Ecuador’s airline TAME recently started daily flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and its capital city Quito starting from October 17, 2014. The airline is operating flights on the route with the help of a 140-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. This will be the airline’s first ever nonstop flights between Ecuador and Fort Lauderdale.

American Airlines has decided to begin flights from Miami International Airport to four cities in the United States. The airline will be launching new flights to Salt Lake City, Kansas City, San Antonio and Austin from Miami starting from March 5, 2015. The flights on these new routes will be operated utilizing a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has announced it will be introducing flights to four U.S. cities from Miami in December this year. The airline stated that it will begin flight operations to four cities within the U.S., which includes Chicago, Denver, New York and Philadelphia. It will begin Miami-Philadelphia service from December 20, 2014. The airline also indicated that it will begin twice daily flights to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The airline will be connecting Denver and Miami with 10 flights every week. The daily flights to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from Miami will be operational from December 21. Frontier Airlines will now become the first domestic low-fare operator to begin flights from Miami since 2012.

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JetBlue Airways offers most comfortable coach seats, says poll

by amit.uniyal 7. November 2014 01:36

A recent poll published its results outlining that JetBlue Airways is the best airline in the United States to offer most comfortable coach seats to its customers. Alaska Airlines also fared well in this regard. However, major legacy carriers were left behind in the race failing to keep pace with the low-cost carrier like JetBlue Airways.

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According to the poll conducted by a prominent U.S.-based travel research website, 21 percent of the respondents responded favorably about JetBlue Airways. The poll asked the respondents to vote for the domestic airline which offered most comfortable seats in the economy class.

The poll indicated that that JetBlue Airways with 21 percent votes was ranked as the best carrier to offer most comfortable coach class seats. Among other airlines who made it to the top four included Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Frontier Airlines. The report said that Alaska Airlines emerged second with 17 percent, Hawaiian Airlines was third with 14 percent votes, and Frontier Airlines was placed in the fourth position with 13 percent votes. A travel expert giving his opinion on the poll said that the legroom matters the most and even 1 or 2 inches are enough to make a difference.

JetBlue Airways is renowned for providing more legroom in its economy class to the customers than any other domestic carrier in the United States currently. The airline offers a seat pitch of 33 inches. However, other carriers provide only 31 inches of seat pitch on their Boeing 737 aircrafts. Spirit Airlines offers a seat pitch of only 28 inches.

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Musical playlist to match specific dishes on British Airways now

by amit.uniyal 5. November 2014 03:01

British Airways has come up with a new idea to keep its long-haul customers entertained while taking their in-flight meals. This is nothing but innovation at its best!

UK’s national carrier British Airways will start offering its customers an entirely new flying experience. Come November, and the airline will start providing a curated musical playlist matching specific dishes aimed at keeping the passengers entertained while enjoying their meals onboard their aircrafts. According to the airline, the soundtrack will work wonders and even enhance the flavors of the meals.

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British Airways came up with the new idea after considering a study by Oxford University which outlined that the taste perception can be influenced by music. The study further said that music can also make food up to 10 percent more salty or sweet. The study also indicated that during a flight the passenger’s sense of taste diminishes by 30 percent.

Keeping in view the importance of study and its relation to in-flight meals, British Airways hired the services of a leading chef named Mark Tazzioli. He played a crucial role in concocting a meal that could be greatly enjoyed by a passenger onboard the aircraft while listening to music from a special playlist.

According to British Airways, the special menu has been named “SoundBite”. It will be accompanied by 13 tracks on the airline’s “Rock and Pop” audio channel and would be available to the passengers on long-haul flights. The British dishes can be enjoyed while listening to Lily Allen’s “Only We Know”. Similarly, famous song "Scream (Funk My Life Up)” by Scottish singer Paolo Nutini can be enjoyed while savoring the Scottish salmon hors d'oeuvre.

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Qantas Airways introducing new benefits for elite frequent flyers

by amit.uniyal 4. November 2014 02:52

Qantas Airways has indicated that it will be introducing new benefits for its frequent flyer program members belonging to the most elite tier. The airline has acknowledged them for their outstanding loyalty and decided to reward them. The airline’s move is also simultaneously aimed at encouraging those frequent flyer program members possessing lower loyalty card status to consider booking more flights in future in order to be at the top-tier level.

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A spokesperson of the airline in a statement said that the spouse or de facto partner of its Platinum One members would be provided a complimentary Platinum membership. Among various other benefits to be provided to Platinum One members include earning double points in Qantas-operated restaurants, free membership in Qantas Golf Club, free phone bookings, and switching to an earlier domestic flight without paying any charges whatsoever.

According to Qantas Airways, the members of the airline’s most elite tier belonging to the invitation-only Chairman’s Lounge include celebrities, politicians and corporate leaders. However, the Platinum One members are currently in fewer numbers when compared to the elite tier members. The Platinum One membership is open to all members of the public who fly frequently, especially in the premium classes.

Lesley Grant, Chief Executive of Qantas Loyalty, said that the airline strongly feels that there is a paramount need to ensure that the frequent flyer program remains quite attractive and people be given more incentives for upgrading to a higher tier. Grant said that the current changes are being implemented after receiving feedback from the Platinum One members.

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