8 Luxe Airline Perks You Need to Take Advantage Of
Read this before your next trip.
So fine, yes, reaching your dream cross-off-the-list destination is often the best part of the trip. But it doesn’t have to be the only draw of getting on a plane and getting TF out of town! While the headlines will tell you airlines are cutting corners—and the heyday of glamorous air travel is bygone—there are some pretty sweet perks you need to know about (and take full advantage of!) on your next trip. Amenity sets loaded with mini-beauty products you’re going to want to hoard, layover spa services, 30,000-feet-high bars, and Moet-stocked lounges are just a few luxurious extras airlines are offering these days. Here are the ones you can’t miss.
Long-Haul Amenity Kits
Lufthansa’s First-Class Rimowa Hard Case
Just in case the Rimowa hard case didn’t already have you sweet-talking your employer into splurging on first-class tickets for your next business trip, the baby La Prairie Moisturizing Lip Balm, Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream, and Cellular Hand Cream will.
Emirates First-Class Loungewear and Bulgari Sets
Available in eight designs and real leather cases, Emirates get it right when it comes to in-flight accoutrements. Inside you’ll find the airline’s luxury patent technology moisturizing loungewear with matching slippers and eye mask, and Bvlgari’s Eau Parfumée au Thé Noir and other long-haul beauty essentials.
Qantas’ Designer Tailor Pajamas
Qantas tapped Australian designer Martin Grant as its creative director of fashion. Grant, who has designed a capsule collection from Moncler and outfitted the likes of Miranda Kerr and Zendaya, created 100 percent cotton unisex navy and black trim pajamas with tailored necklines and tapered silhouettes for the airline’s first-class travelers.
Delta One’s Tumi and Kiehl’s Kit
Another luxury travel case, this time by Tumi, is stuffed full of Kiehl’s best sellers: Deluxe Hand and Body Lotion with Aloe Vera and Oatmeal.
Salvatore Ferragamo miniature Eau de Parfum and Signorina are the Italian fashion house’s product partnership with Singapore Airlines for their first-class amenities kit, and it’s glam.
A couple years ago, Lufthansa outfitted their Airbus A380 first-class cabin with humidifiers to stave off the dry, parched skin that comes with the recycled air of high-altitude travel. Skin-care lovers rejoice.
Airplane food has had some major upgrades. Take JetBlue for example, which serves up small dishes from NYC-based eatery Saxon + Parole, Milk Bar sweets (crack pie, anyone?), artisanal ice creams, breads from Hot Bread Kitchen, and most important (in our opinion), cappuccino and espresso from Brooklyn Roasting Company.
Layover Spas & Lounges
Doesn’t a stress-relieving Deepak Chopra Dream Weaver light therapy treatment, or relaxing neck and shoulder massage, sound like the best way to spend your time between ports? Delta’s Asanda Spa Lounge in Atlanta, JFK, and Seattle airports is a much more enjoyable way to pass the time than sitting in the food court. If you happen to be flying through Hong Kong on Cathay Airways, you won’t want to miss their “Retreat” lounge that’s stocked full of Aesop goodies and a menu of complementary 15-min spa services. Another ultra-exclusive lounge is Air Canada’s Signature Suite at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, which has bottomless Moëtt. Enough said.
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