Thirteen years ago, Rory and I made our first airplane trip together — from Kansas City to Craigsville Beach on Cape Cod.
As we arrive home tonight from Kentucky — on what is easily Rory’s 30+ flight as an ‘in-cabin pet,’ I never take for granted his zen presence and sunny predisposition that make him an easy, breezy traveller.
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To paraphrase Katy Perry:
“I flew first class, and I liked it.”
Don’t get me wrong — I’ve been in the ‘uppity-up’ cabin before. As a frequent flier for American Airlines, I earned points to travel first class from time to time.
But now that I am an elite member of Delta Airlines, they bestow first class on me whenever they have capacity (and no one higher up on the food chain is in the way). It’s like this little gift that appears at the gate when they swipe my ticket. Such joy!
This week, I’ve been upgraded on pretty much every flight — and there have been a lot of them — so I’m kinda getting used to it.
Now, first class is fairly stripped down these days. On most flights, you are no longer guaranteed a meal or even warmed nuts (my personal favorite). The drinks are still free, of course, and you board early.
But I think the two reasons first class will always be popular is the space and better service. Being able to stretch out is such a luxury, and I’ve rarely met a flight attendant in first who wasn’t pleasant and helpful.
First class is like taking a tiny trip to the South every time you sit there. Open spaces. Friendly people.
And, oh yeah — the liquor.
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Have you flown American Airlines lately?
During the month of December, passengers are getting a big ol’ serving of product placement with their complimentary beverage.
You see, American is the featured airline in the George Clooney film “Up in the Air” [opening Friday in theaters everywhere], and they are promoting the movie on every screen, magazine and mixed nut package.
Vera Farmiga, the actress who plays Clooney’s love interest in the film, also just happens to be the cover story for the December issue of the American Way in-flight magazine.
Funny how those things happen.
As an extremely frequent flier myself – usually on Delta Airlines (full disclosure) – I am very excited to see “Up in the Air.” While I don’t come close to the 322 travel days a year that Clooney’s character logs in the film, the promos that I have seen to date certainly capture the annoyingly-wearing-mind-numbing-sameness of business travel.
And while American Airlines may be pimping the movie a bit much, I’m still psyched to see this tiny slice of my life on the big screen.
It’s like I always tell people — business travel is only glamorous if you’re not the one doing it…or if George Clooney is.
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Tagged airlines, American Airlines, American Way magazine, business travel, Delta Airlines, frequent flier, George Clooney, magazines, Movies, product placement, Travel, Up in the Air movie, Vera Farmiga