Off to Paris in full luxury again

Off to Paris in full luxury againOff to Paris in full luxury again  |  Paris, France  |  Like Barbara Walters said once for her first fashion column many years ago… ” I hate my Job ” I have to go to Paris fly Business Class, hang around and stay at the top Luxury Hotels, eat at the best rated Restaurants … just dreadful. Off tonight for 4 days, back to France to review the brand new All-Business-Class La Compagnie Boutique Airline. Stays at Four Seasons Hotel George V ParisPrince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel and the recently inaugurated The Peninsula Paris. Scouting for locations for Fashion Designer Rubin Singer and more. Quelle tragédie !!! But someone has to do it right.? Internet access and time will be limited, therefore I might not be able to blog or post as usual. I invite you to follow my hour by hour experiences, reviews and tips on hotels, restaurants, and more at my Instagram @CarlosMeliaBlog. Let’s keep the conversation going. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com Continue reading Off to Paris in full luxury again

Now you can Fly Private JETS with VICTOR

Now you can Fly Private JETS with VICTOR  |  Airlines  |  If you know me a bit already, you know that I LOVE to fly private, who doesn’t right. Avoid the huzzle of airports, delays and cancelations… If you always dreamt with flying private, well now VICTOR might be your new solution. VICTOR is revolutionizing the luxury flying industry, bringing people together that want to travel by private jet, but cannot afford their own, making luxury travel far more accessible. Travel private jets at Business Class fares. See the video below to lear more about it. Fly Smarter, Fly VICTORCM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Lufthansa’s brand-new Business Class


Lufthansa’s brand-new Business Class  |  Lufthansa’s brand-new Business Class comes to the U.S. market along with the new Boeing 747-8 and Carlos Melia and Carlos Melia Recommends have been invited to be among the first to try it. I will be flying to Berlin next Thursday and I will be reporting from onboard the new state of the art aircraft . Stay tuned. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Third gender flies high in Thailand

20111216-090143.jpgThird gender flies high in Thailand | Bangkok Post, Thailand | Congrats Thailand.!!! Third gender on the air. Mai Pen Rai. Ladyboys Attendants on PC Air. I am sure they will put a great show and live performance. First flight schedule to be on Dec 24 from Bangkok, Thailand to Vientiane, Lao PDR. Wish I could join.CM

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FYI Travel Milage Plus and OnePass becoming one

FYI Travel Milage Plus and OnePass becoming one  |  Continental Airlines + United Airlines | Continental and United Airlines are merging to create the world’s leading airline. The United MileagePlus and Continental OnePass loyalty programs are combining and will be merged into a single program in early 2012. The new program will be called MileagePlus. Find out more and take action. Press Release CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Big Apple to Big Five Daily Nonstop by South African Airways

Big Apple to Big Five Daily Nonstop by South African Airways |   Press Release by SAA |  Hi daar my vriende (Hi there my friends in Afrikaans). Great news by South African Airways, now offering nonstop service, in both directions, between New York (JFK) Airport and Johannesburg, South Africa, offering some of the fastest and most convenient service from the Big Apple to the Big Five. ( SA #204 – JFK/Johannesburg – 11:15AM/08.40AM // SA #203 – Johannesburg/JFK – 08:35PM/06.40AM ). This competitive advantage in the market gives you the ability to spend less time transiting airports and more time conducting business or enjoying time or on safari.

Onboard their new nonstop flights, SAA’s Premium Business Class customers will enjoy the comfort of our fully-flat 180° seat, with extra large pillow and thick duvet for a good nights sleep, on-demand audio and visual entertainment with an extensive menu of programming, gourmet meals and award-winning South African wines. There no shortage of comfort for Economy Class customers either, with SAA’s industry-leading legroom of up to 34” inches at every seat. That is 2”-3” inches more legroom in Economy Class than most other carriers to Africa. In addition to more space, their Economy Class offers audio and video on demand programming at every seat, featuring an extensive selection of blockbuster movies, short subject programming, music and games. Economy Class customers enjoy a selection of freshly prepared meals, complimentary beverage & bar service, including some of South African’s finest wines, and an amenity kit to refresh with during flight. So great excuse to get your plans together and join one of the Gay Luxury Safaris we are planning for 2012. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Luggage GPS by Delta Airlines


Luggage GPS by Delta Airlines
|  Delta Airlines | Since new federal rules require air lines to refund bag fees for lost luggage, airlines have decided to get their focus on this matter. Delta Airlines, for example, is easing some of that anxiety, letting you track your luggage online, allowing passengers to track their bags after they’ve been checked in similar fashion to that of a delivery company. Here are the new changes you can expect to see: Proactive notifications if your bag doesn’t travel with you, Checked baggage tracking on delta.com, Self-service baggage kiosks in 18 of our busiest airports by year’s end, All-online delayed bag claim process and Rebates for bags lost beyond 12 hours. +Read More CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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U.S. Orders Airlines to State Fees More Clearly

U.S. Orders Airlines to State Fees More Clearly | New York Times by SUSAN STELLIN |   Very interesting article about US Airlines and the extra hidden FEES. I relate to this story very much since, just yesterday I was booking a flight for myself on SPIRIT Airlines turning into quite a frustrating and disappointing experience. The government plans to announce a new set of passenger protections on Wednesday aimed primarily at travelers’ growing frustration over airline fees.
I was booking my flight from New York City to Miami International Airport. Price promoted by Spirit Airlines on an email BLAST…. fares from USD 9. I am a travel agent, and I am not fool of course, so I knew the story behind this. But I said let’s do a little exercise and give it a try, so I went along with it and did it. I went through all the booking process, passing promotion after promotion, extras after extras and so forth. Since I know in advance that I have to attend a conference in Ft. Lauderdale next month I had the dates and was ready to book. FYI lower fare on the competition USD 185 including taxes.
Logged into Spirit Airlines site and started with a base fare of USD 47 for the New York / Miami segment and USD 67 for the Miami / New York segment. The outbound and inbound from/to La Guardia Airport, which let’s be honest, is not the most accessible, convenient or modern airport in the US. Total fare before taxes USD 114. Taxes were around USD 37,40. Subtotal = USD 151,50. So I said to myself… OK I am saving USD 30 isshhhh… now here is where the trick begins and you start adding up without even realizing. Check IN Baggage USD 28 each way (total on Round Trip base USD 56) OH and that if you do it online, because if you do it at the airport it almost doubles. Seat assignment from USD 10 on each way, depending on the row and group number, so another USD 20. Food and Beverages, of course there is no food served on the plane and they measure the water or drinks on board so let’s say you spend another USD 30 in food and drinks round trip at the airport. The grand total now comes to USD 257,40. NOW were you aware of this when you went for the from USD 9 per segment marketing campaign? I don’t think so. In the end I booked with the competition the USD 185 fare…. but hey I was fooled again, since now I found out that I have to pay USD 25 each way for Check IN baggage plus my food (averaging USD 80) so my total now is USD 265. Of course that once on board they provide you with everything Headphones (USD 2 ha ha ha which are yours to keep if they last through out the flight), Pillows or Blankets (USD 10 each and we will turn the air conditioning on to make sure you freeze), WiFi (USD 12)… and so forth. Be careful now, because there are rumors that anytime soon they will begin charging for using the bathrooms, oxygen masks, life vests, seat belts and guess what breathing… Have a GREAT FLIGHT. !!! CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Air France Gourmet Food Truck in New York City

Air France Gourmet Food Truck in New York City | New York City | by ck |  First there were the hot dog stands and roasted chestnuts vendors on each corner. Then you had the pretzel and ice cream man! Now the latest trend: Gourmet food trucks, offering a wide variety of specialty foods, from Belgian waffles to tacos, to meat-on-a-stick and everything else in-between. For five days, starting Thursday, March 24 through March 28, 2011, Air France will have its own Gourmet Food Truck in New York City! “Taste the Journey of Air France” will bring the culinary delights of Air France to the streets of Manhattan. These special tasting menus, based on dishes served on Air France, include several creations from famous French Chef Joël Robuchon and are executed (in cooperation with Servair) at Flying Foods Group at JFK. Chefs from Flying Foods Group and Servair will be inside the truck preparing and serving the food (free to the public while supplies last)from the window. They all will be wearing traditional French Chef Toques and Air France branded aprons. In addition consumers will be welcomed by uniformed ‘Brand Ambassadors’ who will explain the menus and the charity angle. Air France is partnering with City Harvest, one of New York’s top food related charities, and consumers will be invited to donate money to help feed the hungry at a special marked box at the truck (message: “AF is offering a taste of our food on board: let’s give food back to the local community”). All proceeds will go to the charity. Condé Nast Traveler, one of our other partners in this venue, is working alongside Air France to ensure that there will be ample publicity.
Follow the truck on its journey through New York City (see route and menu information below) and stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner: Thursday March 24th Broadway between 41st St. and 42nd St. / Breakfast – 8am-10am / Lunch – 12pm-2pm / Dinner – 4:30pm-6:30pm. Friday March 25th 5th Ave between 49th St. and 50th St. / Breakfast – 7:30am-9:30am / Lunch – 12pm-2pm / Dinner 4:30pm-6:30pm. Saturday March 26th Park Ave and 15th St / Breakfast – 9am-11am / Lunch – 12pm-2:30pm/ Dinner – 4:30pm-6:30pm. Sunday March 27th Prince St. and Broadway / Breakfast – 10am-12pm / Lunch – 1pm-3pm / Dinner – 4pm-6pm. Monday March 28th Wall Street between William and Hanover / Breakfast – 7:30am-9:30am / Lunch – 12pm-2pm / Dinner 4:30pm-6:30pm.

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Airport Security getting worst and interesting

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