DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK

DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.com DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK  |  Airlines  |  For my recent trip to Europe, I flew Business Class DELTA Airlines from New York JFK to Rome, and return from London, back to New York. I must say, I was happily surprised by their seats, service, meals and overall experience. Punctual, comfortable and smooth, despite a lightning struck our aircraft Boeing 676-400, just as we were taking off London Heathrow, which caused quite a scene and noise onboard. The incident was clarified by the Captain, not as quick as the entire crowd would have liked but comforting. The highlights were: Seat was very comfortable, full flat 180º bed, BusinessElite seats that cradle you from head to toe. If you are traveling solo, I like the concept of single window seats. Meals, celebrity chef and Napa tastemaker Michael Chiarello, were quite good and in perfect portions, with a nice selection of wines. Services was impeccable and very polite throughout the entire flight. Downfalls to me were: The entertainment system was not operating correctly, at least at my seat, which made watching the movies, rather unpleasant throughout the seven hours flight. Noise-canceling headsets could be improved. Amenity Kit is basic. Bathrooms are small for a Business Cabin.

DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.comCheckin IN at JFK New York was nothing to be mentioned other than as most other airlines you are granted PRIORITY Access through security points. In London Heathrow, you get access to a separate private check in area, were the entire process is easy and seamless. As for the lounges, when flying BusinessElite, you get access to the Delta Sky Lounge in New York, and the SkyTeam shared lounge in Heathrow. Note that flying BusinessElite, you are not allowed to bring any companions, only if you have a high status on their Frequent Flyer Program or you hold a Platinum of higher AmericanExpress card. The lounge in New York was way too overcrowded, so we decided to leave, being most seats taken and almost no food left. The lounge at Heathrow was much more enjoyable, featuring two levels, and the tranquility you would expect from a lounge.

DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.comFly in a flat-bed seat and sink into complete relaxation with full 180º recline. Speaking of full, you’ll also enjoy a full-size pillow, direct aisle access, more privacy and oversized personal entertainment screens. Stay productive, stay entertained or stay rested — the choice is yours. It’s nice knowing it’s all right there when you need it. Each flat-bed seat is outfitted with an electrical outlet and USB port, so you can keep your electronics powered up.

DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.comI must point out the excellent Lost & Found service by Delta Airlines. One of the members of our group, lost his phone on his flight from New York to London. A week after, when checking in, he was taken to the Lost & Found area, and his phone was there waiting for him, in a plastic bag, identified by date, flight number and seat.  DELTA Airlines Experience JFK/ROM-LHR/JFK by www.carlosmeliablog.comI must be fully honest, and say that I was not expecting much from an US carrier, as mentioned above, I was greatly and happily surprised by Delta Airlines International. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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First Day in Edinburgh Scotland

Edinburgh Scotland www.carlosmeliablog.comFirst Day in Edinburgh Scotland  | Edinburgh, Scotland  | I have arrived last night to Edinburgh, Scotland. This was my first fay walking around this charming city, exploring the district of Leith and then walking by Prince Street, the North Bridge, Royal Mile and the Edinburgh Castle. In Edinburgh till Tuesday when I board the luxury train, The Royal Scotsman for five days across Scotland. Special thanks to Delta Airlines Business Class, Belmond, The Balmoral Hotel and Nira Caledonia for hosting me. Plenty to come.!!! Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com Continue reading First Day in Edinburgh Scotland

EDINBURGH fully Curated by Carlos Melia

EDINBURGH fully Curated by Carlos Melia by www.carlosmeliablog.comEDINBURGH fully Curated by Carlos Melia  Edinburgh, Scotland |  I am beyond excited to announce that my visit to Edinburgh, prior board the Luxury Belmond TrainThe Royal Scotsman” is ready and fully curated. I want to thank the expert advise of Visit Scotland, and all my sponsors: Belmond, Delta Airlines, Hotel NIRA Caledonia (I will be using those bikes like crazy) and The Balmoral by Rocco Forte. See the itinerary below.Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com  Continue reading EDINBURGH fully Curated by Carlos Melia

The Royal Scotsman by Orient-Express Trains

The Royal Scotsman by Orient-Express Trains  |  Orient-Express  |  OMG !!!! I am BEYOND excited to announce that I have just been confirmed by Orient-Express Trains, to join them on the The Royal Scotsman experience on a journey from/to Edinburgh in traditional style and elegant comfort, unparalleled way to explore the very best of Scotland and the Highlands. Getting my Tuxedo ready. Four fabulous nights in the heart of the Highlands: The Royal Scotsman Classic Journey leads past mountains, castles and romantic coastlines to some of Scotland’s most scenic landscapes. This will be my fourth Orient Express Train around the world. SOOO EXCITED!!!! Thank you Orient-Express and Delta Airlines. More to come and all to be posted here. BTW this trip comes along with a previous visit to Italy also by Orient-Express Hotels, staying at Villa San Michele (Florence) and Hotel Cipriani (Venice) along with my partner Rubin Singer. My October 2013 is looking FABULOUS so far. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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To TIP or not to TIP is the question America

To TIP or not to TIP is the question America  |  United States  |  This week on a rage after a unfortunate incident at the curbside of the Delta Airlines Bags Check IN area at the Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans, I posted this comment on my Facebook Wall. A comment I have been holding for over 8 years, and it came out of my last Monday without any filter. I must say that I am guilty of generalization, and I publicly apologized for that, but despite of that I still stay firm on my believe that the TIPPING situation in the United States is ridiculous and blown out of proportion. What do you think ?. If you want to see the whole thread, I invited you to check my Facebook Wall @ Carlos Melia Facebook Profile. There is over 40 Comments and 55 Likes. What I like and most enjoy about this open platforms is that everyone can express how they feel and their point of view, in a polite and respectful way. As I always say Agree to Disagree , correct ?
And for the RECORD everyone what started this comment was not a waiter. Was my taxi driver and the Delta Airlines guy checking my bags at New Orleans Aiport. After he tagged my bags, he looks at me and says… We work on tips here. Really man.!!! You just charged me USD 60 to check my damn bag, after I paid USD 644 for a RT Ticket NYC / MSY / NYC and you still expect me TO TIP YOU.? Hell NO. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

 

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Aeroflot Russian reliable airline?

Aeroflot Russian reliable airline?  |  Moscow, Russia  |  For over years and years I have heard many comments and reviews over Aeroflot, being a problematic airline, not reliable, unsafe… bla bla bla… so being who and how I am, I decided to give them a try. I flew Paris to New York, with a connection at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, and I must say Aeroflot from now on ranks as one of my TOP choices to fly to this side of the world and alternative locations in Asia. FYI Aeroflot is member of Sky Team, partnering on many routes and flights with Delta Airlines.
I would describe Aeroflot as professional, welcoming, reliable, punctual, comfortable and entertaining. In my head, for those routes I like and enjoy flying and visiting, a new and unexpected  rival to Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airlines. Of course do not expect the new A 380 Double Deck (at least for now), or if you choose to fly First Class not your option yet either, but in basic plain economy, their services, seats, entertainment system, are complimented by very accessible and competitive prices. In my case, Paris to New York OW was without taxes, EUR 500 last minute purchase 10 hours before the flight due to Hurricane Sandy hitting New York with all airports closing for 2 days, when I was truly expecting to pay over EUR 1000.
Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) is HUGE, but not quite spectacular I might say. I spend there over 9 hours at Terminal F, which fully belongs to Aeroflot and Sky Team. They do offer free WiFi, lots of electricity outlets (which out airports like Dubai), but there is not much to do, not many restaurants or shops. If you DO have a long connection time, you can always take the express train that in 35 minutes take you close to Red Square and come back, BUT for this you will need more than a Transit Visa and some time allowance to go in and out security, luggage room, etc.
Frequent Flyer Program, as member of Sky Team, you can redeem or collect miles – as I did – with Delta Airlines for example.
Onboard their Airbus 330-300 entertainment is fabulous, not as good and as many options in different languages as Emirates, but with over 10 new releases, and almost 50 other options. Great music selection, and games. Also you have the option to plug your iPad or iPhone at your seat in your own electricity outlet. They do promote WiFi access on their marketing material, but none of my flights regional or international had that service. Probably only on domestic flights.
Food wise, in economy class was more that sufficient and of very good quality and with healthy choices. They even distribute a menu with your meal options. On my international flight from Moscow to New York (almost 10 hours) I was served a full lunch upon departure and a full dinner 2 hours before landing. Beverage options, include free alcoholic drinks, but they serve directly from the BOX, yes you read correct, not very classy, and for wine lovers like me, well I missed my white wine small bottle which the least gives you two full glasses. On the regional flight from Paris to Moscow (3 hours and 3o minutes) the offer you a full lunch.
This time, I could not use my charm and charisma to get me upgraded to Business Class, but this is how it looked from the distance. Based on my commitment on experiential travel, I cannot say much about it since I have not tried it myself, but it looked pretty good. And from what I heard, seats recline almost to 180 degrees, the pitch between seats was more than enough for that.
But I DID secure, thanks for the agent in Paris, to get what I call my Ghetto UPGRADE. This is when you get the agent to block the seat next to you and get your own private row of two seats, since for long international flights I always choose window seat and over the wing, which in most cases give you 2 full windows for yourself. Hey I am spoiled and have spent almost half of my life on planes, I DO know what I want and how I wanted, even when traveling Economy. But I must say that if you do not get to secure the Ghetto Upgrade as I did, well the pitch in Economy class Aeroflot, I might say is a bit too tight and narrow. They should increase it a little bit, it is a 10 hours flight… I would go crazy if I had to be seated on the middle of the 4 seas middle row.
I am so happy I choose and got to try Aeroflot, specially on the weather conditions I got to fly yesterday, departing Moscow on the scene you see above, and being the last plane to land at JFK Airport in New York, together with Air France A 380, before they shut down the airport for two days, due to Hurricane Sandy, canceling over 7,200 flights. I mean if there are pilots that can put up with this weather conditions, without a doubt are the Russians.

If not, look at the video below, how they were defrosting the planes at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow, yesterday morning, right before our eyes.
As I always say, reporting LIVE… not talking from a brochure or website. This is the difference between old school travel agents like me, and others. Travel by Experience, my main commitment to you all.  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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