How travelers used to fly first class for free

first class for free

You may already know what it was like to travel in a Boeing 747 in the 70s—all glamour with plenty of space to walk around, drink, eat and socialize—especially for those flying in first class. Back then, flying first class was reserved for VIPs and celebrities, and would cost about $550 US from New York to London, which today would equal to about $3,200 US. And free upgrades? Those were almost non-existent, but that didn’t last.

In 1981, when American Airlines launched its frequent flyer program—rewarding their travelers with free upgrades and discounts on future flights—racking up miles for a bump up to first or business started to become “a thing”.

And here are the stories that made those programs boom and ultimately bust due to select individuals taking advantage of the system.

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Biometric passport eye-scanner: the passport control of the future

Biometric Passport Eye-Scanner

This is no Sci-Fi film—Australia will be replacing their SmartGates with an even smarter technology that allows passengers to go through passport control in seconds. All you have to do is step up to the machine, scan your face, eyes, fingerprints and go.

You may have heard of other countries like Dubai that installed biometric scanners last year, although these require passengers to scan their passports along with their fingerprints and eyes.

The new system, however, doesn’t require any contact with the machine, including “the need to put down a passport”. Brilliant, right?

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Everything you need to know about the consolidator ticket industry

consolidator ticket

Have you ever thought about using a consolidator to get you to your next destination in business or first class, for less? For those who travel often, this is a no-brainer. But for those who have never used a ticket consolidator agency like ours may be wondering how this industry really works.

Consolidators purchase tickets directly from the airlines at a special price that they negotiated with the carrier. The prices are anywhere between 20 to 70 percent cheaper than what you would find searching online.  (more…)

Lufthansa’s all new VIP Airbus A350 private jet

Lufthansa private jet

If the AirCruise (a luxury cruise above the clouds) sparked your interest, then so might this Lufthansa VIP Airbus A350 private jet that looks better than many private jets we’ve seen. And to be honest, I don’t think anyone would mind living in it either!

Created by Lufthansa Technik, this A350 was designed to feel like a residential apartment with walls that can be rearranged with ease. You can transform the area into an open and social setting or one that’s completely private.

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Tips from one frequent traveler to another

frequent traveler tips

Frequent travelers are smart travelers—they know how to make jet-setting easier and hassle-free. Whether it’s knowing how to bypass TSA and customs quicker, battling jet lag or getting a free hotel upgrade, globetrotters know the ins and outs of being on the road and in the air.

After speaking to expert travelers, here are several strategies they recommend that can help other frequent flyers survive this type of lifestyle.

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Here’s what 2017 looks like for U.S. travelers

travel forecast

According to recent travel forecasts, 2017 will see a slow but upwards growth for U.S. customers travelling domestically at a rate of 1.4 percent, as well as internationally (the international travel growth rate from last year was over 3 percent).

And although Americans are very busy to travel often, it doesn’t mean that they’ll be spending less. In fact, according to a survey done by Choice Hotels International, travel budgets will go up about 42 percent.

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Travel trends and recommendations for luxury travelers

travel trends

If you’re a luxury traveler, then you’re most likely discovering places that are not always on the traditional itinerary list. You’re the one who loves to immerse yourself into the culture and traditions to really feel like a local. And of course, you cannot travel somewhere unless you’re in business or first class.

So if you’re a luxury traveler, here are some trends and recommendations for the upcoming year:

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A look into Emirates new business class seats on Boeing 777

emirates new business class

Emirates is known for its style, class and top-of-the-line luxury experience, particularly in business and first class. Over the past year, the airline has rolled out several new features and products, including new lounges with a total of 39 worldwide, new children’s toys and activity kits, new Bvlgari amenity kits, and more recently, the new business class seats on Boeing 777-300ER.

Inspired by the interior of a modern sports car with diamond pattern stitching and grey leather, the new design is both sleek and comfortable—exactly what you would expect from one of the best airlines in the world. Here’s what the new design can offer you.

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These cities are the best places to ring in the New Year | 2017

hong kong new year

It’s almost that time again to say goodbye to another year and hello to a brand new one. For some of us, celebrating the New Year means hosting a party at home, going out to an event, or even taking it easy and watching the ball drop on television. But for others, celebrating the New Year means heading far, far from home to a destination across the world for an unforgettable experience.

So if you’re looking to ring in the New Year with style in a city that’s known for being extravagant, exciting and one-of-a-kind during this holiday, then make sure book your next ticket to one of these five destinations.
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