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Helsinki Airport Opens Free Lounge With Real Beds

Helsinki Airport Opens Free Lounge With Real Beds Oct 4th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Photo: Juho Suoperä If you've ever tried to sleep on one of those hard airport terminal chairs as announcements blare over the PA system and passengers jostle into you with their luggage, you know how hard it is to get any decent rest while waiting for your flight. Skift reports Helsinki Airport is giving travelers a reprieve by opening a relaxation lounge where travelers can sleep, rest...

First-Class Lounge For Pets Opens At Chicago O'Hare

First-Class Lounge For Pets Opens At Chicago O'Hare Jun 20th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Tom Check, Flickr Luxury pet hotels, pet portraiture, pet birthday parties and even pet facials – these are just some of the ways the travel industry has bent over backwards to make our furry friends feel like they're on vacation too. Now, our four-legged besties are getting the first-class treatment at airport lounges, thanks to the opening of a lounge designed especially for pets at...

A Tour Through The Best Airline Lounge In The World

Aug 10th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Nordic countries are often well regarded as the design hotspots in Europe, and their airports are no exception. Helsinki is a prime example. In addition to its well laid out and spacious construction, the airport is also home to the top voted airline lounge in the world. Its operator? Finnair. Passing through the airport on the way back from a week in Helsinki last month, Gadling Labs...

Babies and first class: why is this an issue?

Babies and first class: why is this an issue? Mar 12th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Earlier this week, I saw a story about babies and first class air travel posted on Facebook. The Facebook poster asked our own Heather Poole (flight attendant, mother, and new book author!) for her thoughts on the story, and she replied, "I'm fine with babies in first class. Usually they just sleep." Columnist Brett Snyder is a frequent flier and new dad wondering if he should use miles to upgrade...

White Collar Travel: Accelerate your trip to the hotel club-level lounge

White Collar Travel: Accelerate your trip to the hotel club-level lounge Mar 25th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Access to a hotel's club-level lounge is a small perk. It doesn't equate to an ostentatious suite, but does rank higher than bathrobes. The amenities are nice, usually consisting of a mix of free food and liquor, but they won't change your life. For me, at least, the lure of the lounge involved having a place to go that wasn't my room. I could hit the lounge with a book and relax while sipping a...

Business travelers will take upgrades over free food and web

Business travelers will take upgrades over free food and web Mar 2nd, 2010 at 11:00AM: If you were traveling on business, which would you prefer: free in-room internet access, frequent room upgrades or complimentary breakfast? According to a poll of Hilton's HHonors program, the room upgrade hit #1, followed by the free grub and finally comp'ed web access. Barbara De Lollis, of USA Today's Hotel Check-In column, speculates that this is because business travelers want comfort and can...

Find executive lounges - Hotel tip

Find executive lounges - Hotel tip Jan 21st, 2010 at 6:34PM: One thing many people don't know is that many mid- and high-level hotels often have what they term an "executive lounge," and gaining access to this exclusive area can immensely increase the enjoyment of your stay. Executive lounges provide a quiet, spacious area in which to relax or work, and they often feature a stunning view of the city, which your room may lack. Many executive lounges will...

Inside Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class clubhouse

Inside Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class clubhouse Dec 15th, 2009 at 11:00AM: Any traveler who has come within a stone's throw of a major American airport has heard of the Virgin airlines. Among other brands, they've got Virgin America operating service between a handfull of fortunate, domestic cites, V Australia bouncing between Los Angeles and Australia and the granddaddy, Virgin Atlantic, serving the United Kingdom and beyond. Throughout the years, the airline has...

Don't become a hermit: eight tips for solo business travelers

Don't become a hermit: eight tips for solo business travelers Nov 17th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Solo business travel can be downright depressing. Even if you hate team dinners (and your colleagues), don't mind dining alone and prefer a bit of privacy, frequent individual business trips can turn you into a hermit. After a while, you socialize almost not at all, become intolerant of other people and seek out the types of conversation that can only be held in your own head. Along the way, you...

Retro cocktails and old-school ambiance at speakeasies around the U.S.

Retro cocktails and old-school ambiance at speakeasies around the U.S. Jul 27th, 2009 at 1:30PM: One of my favorite bars in Chicago, the Violet Hour, can be a bit difficult for first-timers to find. There's no sign, no address, no windows, and upon first glance, no bar there at all. But if you look more closely at the boarded up storefront, you'll see there is a door. And once inside it, you'll be transported to another world - one where cell phones are not allowed, where plush curtains...

New York's Secret Cigar Shops

May 7th, 2009 at 3:00PM: When you set foot in Manhattan, you have plenty of cigar choices. Davidoff has two stores in the city – not including De La Concha, which it also owns. There are a handful of Barclay Rex stores, and downtown's Wall Street Humidor is a must if you have jury duty (it's closer to courts than it is to Wall Street). Limiting your cigar-smoking to these major retailers, though, is like visiting...

Light Up in Montreal

Light Up in Montreal Dec 22nd, 2008 at 5:00PM: Most cigar smokers know what they want when border-crossings are involved: Cubans. Stepping through customs onto foreign soil, you can feel the pull to the nearest tobacconist. Maybe you drop your bags off at the hotel first, but that's about it. As our nearest neighbor-at least from my part of the country-Canada is the top destination for Cuban cigars. In Montreal, go to the right shop instead of...

Toronto Airport Opens Lounge for All Passengers

Toronto Airport Opens Lounge for All Passengers Nov 4th, 2008 at 9:00AM: Toronto Pearson International has announced that it is opening a lounge for all passengers. Before you start envisioning a scene similar to the chaotic free-for-all at the local buffet, you should know that entry is $35. Pretty steep for those who just want to hang out and see if they can snag a few peanuts off the bar. What does the $35 get you? Lounge-users have access to wireless internet,...

So when do I get access to that nifty airport lounge?

So when do I get access to that nifty airport lounge? Sep 3rd, 2008 at 7:00PM: A few friends recently have asked me about how I got access to that nifty club in the airport -- you know, the one that says "Admiral's Club" or "Red Carpet Club" in front of it and has that guy with the Bluetooth walking in. Seems like many people think that once you reach a certain level of airline worthiness that you can wander into the club and they'll have flaming shots of sambuca waiting for...

Struggling airlines close airport lounges

Struggling airlines close airport lounges Jul 31st, 2008 at 10:00AM: Scrambling to cut costs at every corner, airlines have now turned to their airport lounges as possible ways to save money. If you've ever been walking through the airport and saw a business person on a Blackberry weaving through the crowd only to duck into a room labeled "Red Carpet Club" or "Admiral's Club", you know what I'm talking about. Airport lounges were created as a way to award elite and...

Just what goes ON in airport lounges?

Just what goes ON in airport lounges? Nov 28th, 2007 at 4:50PM: It strikes me that although we see "VIP" lounges and clubs all over airports, few of us know exactly what happens behind their closed doors. Back in the day when I was an infrequent flyer, I held hedonistic notions of wild orgies, alcohol binge fests and parties of ancient Roman nature. Now that I've been spending some more time in airports, I recently decided to indulge in a Northwest Airlines...

Jasmine Lounge

Jasmine Lounge Nov 29th, 2006 at 5:48AM: As some of you may remember I am on the road touring for HP. While I'm working very hard out here in the Northeast I'm making sure I grab every opportunity possible to stay far away from chain restaurants to try the local and new tasty flavors. I do this mainly because I love getting the word out on good food as well as bad food on menus less explored, but also because it gives something to serve...

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