Travel Tips For International Flights

International flights are often long affairs and generally involve one or two layovers. During these long flights, which can reach over 16 hours when traveling from North America to China or Australia, it is important to take care of your health and safety. With preparation, you can arrive at your international destination healthy, well-rested and ready to take on a new country.

Protect Your Health
In the days before an international trip, it can be tempting to stay up late taking care of last-minute packing and other travel details. Losing sleep can weaken your immune system, which means that you will be more susceptible to the germs of other passengers on your flight. If possible, stick to your normal sleep schedule to stay healthy. To protect your immune system further, Reader’s Digest recommends, that you use doses of echinacea or vitamin C.

Prepare for Jet Lag on Night Flights
Many international flights involve flying overnight and changing one or more time zones, which can confuse your body and cause trouble with sleep schedules. To prepare your body for a change in time, arrive to your international flight ready to sleep. Bring a sleeping mask, socks and earplugs. Consider taking a mild sedative or an over-the-counter sleep aid, which will help you get to sleep in an unfamiliar environment. Even a few hours of sleep will help you stay awake upon reaching your destination and will enable you to adjust your schedule to the new time zone.

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While dressing up might win you better treatment and upgrades in airports, formal clothing is not often conducive to a comfortable flight. For long international trips, consider packing a set of comfortable sweats to wear during the flight; change back into your original clothing before landing.

Stay Hydrated
One of the most common problems on long-haul international flights is dehydration, which can lead to a dry throat and exhaustion. Don’t count on the small cups of water handed out by flight attendants to keep you hydrated — instead, buy one or two large bottles of water after you go through the security checkpoint and sip throughout the flight. According to the Family Doctor website, you should stay away from caffeine and alcohol, which can lead to dehydration.

Pack Light
On an international flight, you will likely have at least one checked bag. To ease your time in the airport and on the plane, bring only one small carry-on that will fit beneath the seat in front of you. That way, you will be able to easily access items during the flight and will not have to deal with the overhead bins before takeoff and after landing.

Exercise
On flights lasting more than six hours, your legs can start to cramp and your body reacts poorly to sitting in the same position. Reader’s Digest advises that you take every convenient opportunity to get up, walk the aisles, and stretch your muscles. Do simple stretches of your calves and torso; you can also stretch your arms and twist your body while sitting. To prevent stiffness, perform calf raises, foot circles, neck rolls and heel raises occasionally during the flight.

Keep Documents Handy
Keep your passport and a pen in the bag you put beneath the seat in front of you so that when the flight attendant hands out the immigration and customs form for your destination country, you will not need to get up to dig through the overhead bins.

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Fiji Airways expands to San Francisco

Fiji Airways will add seasonal nonstop service between San Francisco and Fiji, the carrier announced Tuesday.

San Francisco will become the airline’s third U.S. destination, joining Los Angeles and Honolulu.

The San Francisco service will launch June 16, with Fiji Airways operating two flights a week through Aug. 14. The service will resume again Dec. 15 and continue through Jan. 15, 2017.

Fiji Airways will fly one round-trip flight each Thursday and Sunday during its seasonal schedules.

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The airline will use Airbus A330-200 aircraft for the route.

“This new service is in line with our network expansion targets and gives us further reach into North America,” Fiji Airways CEO Andre Viljoen says in a statement.

“The seasonal flying takes into account common vacation trends out of the United States,” Viljoen adds. “Along with the Fijian community, the Samoan and Tongan communities living in San Francisco are also big winners with this direct service.

It will offer them a convenient one-stop flight back to their homeland to see family and friends.”

Fiji Airways’ San Francisco-Fiji flights are timed “to provide easy connectivity within Fiji, to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Island nations.”

Preparing For Your Flight – Handy Tips

1. Identify all of the liquids, aerosols and gels you plan on taking on your travels.

Look carefully through your luggage and identify items you think could be a liquid, aerosol or gel. Pay particular attention to toiletries and cosmetics.

2. Identify all of the liquids, aerosols and gels that you NEED for your flight.

Separate any items that you believe you NEED to carry with you on the flight. The most common items people wish to carry are deodorant, moisturiser and lip balm.

3. 100ml or less? You can carry it on board.

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Review the items you plan on carrying with you on the flight.
Are they 100ml or less? If so, then you can pack them into one transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of no more than 20cm x 20cm.

Your plastic bag will need to seal easily.

Generally, you should be able to fit a maximum of five 100ml items into a 20cm x 20cm bag before it becomes difficult to seal.

4. Packing your bags.

Items not essential for your flight, and any items more than 100ml, will need to be packed into your check-in luggage.

Even if you believe an item is very important, it should still be packed into your check-in luggage if it is over 100ml.

Any items greater than 100ml, (even if partially filled) that are not checked-in will have to be surrendered at the security screening point and will be destroyed.

If you wish to take a personal water bottle or canister with you during your flight, arrive at the airport with it empty – filling it with water AFTER security screening.

Airlines Efforts to Help Avoid Lost Luggage

No matter how prepared you are, your bags may still end up in the land of lost luggage.

The airlines do have your back (in this situation), as they should if you are paying a fee for the privilege of checking a bag.

Alaska Airlines introduced a program that offers passengers a $20 discount on future flights or 2,000 frequent flyer miles if your bag does not arrive at the carousel within 20 minutes of the plane being parked at the gate.

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This program is great as it shows the airline taking accountability for the service they provide. Nothing says you are sorry like some free miles or a $20 discount toward future flights.

In a world with almost infinite ancillary fees, it would be nice to see more consumer-friendly services like this. Nobody likes being required to pay $20 (or more) to check luggage, but if airlines are held responsible for providing said service then it seems fair for them to offer travellers the same compensation in return if a problem arises.

Ultimately, if you do have a SuperSmartTag attached to your bag your chances of getting it back quickly is much higher!

KLM Employs Sherlock The Dog

KLM employs Sherlock the dog detective to find owners of forgotten items left on planes… by tracking their scent!

KLM Lost and Found at Amsterdam airport just got a whole lot cuter, with the introduction of an investigative beagle.

Airline KLM has employed a cute, uniform-wearing dog to help reunite passengers with lost items that they leave behind on planes.

The pooch – appropriately named Sherlock – uses its tracking skills to smell the lost item then dash through Amsterdam Schipol Airport to find the appropriate owner.

The energetic beagle can be seen bounding through the airport with mobiles and headphones tucked in his pouch and even carrying stuffed toys back to their rightful owners.

A video released by the airline shows how Sherlock is doted on by staff.

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Sandra List, a member of KLM’s Team Lost & Found said: ‘I think he is a real asset to the company

‘Our main goal is to return lost items to owners as fast as possible. I really love that we’re getting some help with that.’

But rescuing abandoned items from planes is a tough job and Sherlock certainly needed some training.

His handler Dirk van Driel, explained: ‘We train for muscle strength endurance and of course socialisation.

‘When you see the reactions of the passengers that really is amazing.’

Sherlock has become something of a star at the airport, with grateful customers posing for selfies with him and staff showing him with attention.

One woman who works on KLM’s check-in desk said: ‘He drops by regularly but I have to admit I do spoil him a bit.’

Alaska Airlines Loses it’s CEO’s Luggage

Not even airline executives are safe from losing their baggage.

Last week, Alaska Airlines president and CEO, Brad Tilden, got on stage at an airline gathering in Washington, D.C. and according to a report in the LA Times, told the audience that his checked bag had been misplaced during the flight and was delivered to him a day late.

It’s happened before, too. The airline exec said the last time his airline misplaced his bag was 25 years ago.

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Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden

Reached for comment, Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said, “Brad often will often check his carry-on bag on busy flights to make room for customers to stow their bags in the overhead bins.

While very rare since we implemented our baggage service guarantee, there are times when we misplace a bag and this was one of those times.”

FREE Worldwide Shipping!

Due to the rapid increased number of online sales through 2015 SuperSmartTag is pleased to introduce free Worldwide shipping across the entire SuperSmartTag product range.

Customers are guaranteed to receive their orders within 3-21 days depending on their geographic location from the day of placing their order at no extra charge.

SuperSmartTag CEO Mr. Jovic said with the high volume of global sales, we are now in a position, to offer our customers an even more attractive buying experience by providing free shipping.

Customers across Australia can of course additionally pay for next day delivery while International customers can optionally choose delivery via an International courier including tracking at a higher rate.

Courier delivery guarantee delivery anywhere in the World within 2-4 days.

Mr. Jovic said that in the near future the company plans on shipping products from sub-depots in the United States and Europe which will of course tremendously speed up delivery times for our U.S and European customers.

STANDARD DELIVERY TIMES ON AVERAGE TODAY:

Australia 2-3 days.
United States West Coast 5-7 days
United States East Coast 7-14 days
Asia Pacific 5-10 days
Europe 5-14 days
Africa 7-14 days
South America 7-14 days

 

Qantas CEO Registers SuperSmartTag

There are already a number of celebrities from actors to sports stars using SuperSmartTag.

We were pleasantly surprised when Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Airlines recently registered one of our SuperSmart luggage tags.

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Alan Joyce QANTAS CEO Registers a SuperSmartTag

SuperSmartTag continues to attract some VIP travellers around the World.

If you are part of a large organisation and would like to consider using our corporate luggage tags for your company please visit our Corporate Branding page for more information.

 

Air New Zealand Band a World’s First

Air New Zealand has introduced a world first for children flying unaccompanied, giving parents and guardians the opportunity to follow the steps in their journey.
Children travelling alone on Air New Zealand services will now receive an Airband at check-in as part of the service.

The wristband is embedded with a chip which is scanned at key stages of the journey to trigger text notifications to up to five nominated contacts.

Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Carrie Hurihanganui says Airband is a great example of the airline investing in technology to enhance the customer experience.

“We know that having your child travel on their own can be a nervous time for both children and their guardians.

“While our staff have always taken great care of children travelling solo, we identified that there was an opportunity to enhance the experience for kids while at the same time giving caregivers further peace of mind and visibility of their journey.

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“We believe this is the first time this type of technology has been used by an airline anywhere in the world for the purpose of providing caregivers greater peace of mind when their child is travelling alone.

“We have been trialling it across our network over recent months and the feedback from parents and guardians has been very positive with many welcoming the additional reassurance of knowing where in the journey their child is.”

Air New Zealand is the only carrier in New Zealand offering a service for children travelling alone.

The airline’s new service applies to all children aged between five and 11 who’re travelling alone – but those aged up to 16 years can choose to opt in.

The new service is being offered on a complimentary basis through until 3 February 2016.

Bookings made from this date will incur a fee of $15 per child for each one way domestic journey, or $40 per child for each one-way international journey applies.

Expansion Plans Gatwick

The busiest six months in Gatwick’s history has prompted the airport to call for renewed consideration of its thwarted expansion plans.

Its chief executive, Stewart Wingate, said Britain’s second largest airport had passed the 40 million passengers mark – on a rolling annual basis – almost a decade earlier than forecasts by the Airports Commission, which has chosen Heathrow as the recommended site for a new runway. Wingate said the verdict was a “significant error” and represented “shoddy work” by the commission.

The government is expected to announce in December whether it will endorse expanding Heathrow. But Gatwick has been meeting the Department for Transport to press its argument that the report is flawed, taking issue with its assessment of economic benefits and pollution risks. Wingate said the airport had not ruled out a legal challenge should the government back Heathrow.

The Gatwick boss said: “The more we pore over the … recommendation and the evidence, the more we think it should be in favour of Gatwick. Even our sternest critics recognise that the environmental impact associated with a second runway at Gatwick are of a different order of magnitude than a third runway at Heathrow.”

Wingate warned: “Any decision in favour of Heathrow is a decision for further delay. They’ve had government backing three times and they’ve failed. We’ve seen this movie too many times. The country now has a different alternative.”

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He said that for David Cameron to back a third runway would be “worse than a U-turn”, adding: “Clearly he said ‘no ifs no buts, no third runway’. But this would be even worse than what he rejected in 2009, given the work on the M25, the number of flights over London and the environmental impact.”

Gatwick’s chief financial officer, Nick Dunn, said the commission had not properly assessed the economic benefits. “The government has got a well-established methodology and that would show expanding Gatwick has a bigger net present value than expanding Heathrow,” he said.

Wingate said the airport had told the commission it was “systematically underestimating the growth in traffic that was actually occurring, not even a forecast. That’s shoddy work.”

The airport announced a half-yearly profit before tax of £135.2m, with revenues up 5.2% to £411.8m. In the last six months, 23.5 million passengers flew via Gatwick, over one million more than the same period in 2014. Bigger and fuller planes contributed to the growth, but the airport also saw a growth in daily flights, with up to 935 takeoffs and landings on the busiest days.

Singapore Air Show Returns in 2016

Singapore Air Show is Asia’s largest and one of the most important aerospace and defence exhibitions in the world.

A truly global exhibition where the latest state-of-the-art systems and equipment, together with their related technologies and developments, are displayed by top aerospace companies around the world.

The event the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit, which attracts an unprecedented network of international senior commercial & government delegations. The other two strategic conferences that will be held during the week of the show are the A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum and the Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference.

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In 2016, the event will also be featuring three special zones within the exhibition site namely the Aerospace Emerging Technologies Zone, the Business Aviation Zone and the Training & Simulation Zon.

This event is supported under International Marketing Activities Programme (iMAP). For more details of the event, please contact the organiser.

10 Things Not to Do at Airport Security Lost Baggage

If the airline loses your bags, make sure you get a written claim for damages.

This may require a different form than the original “missing luggage” form.

This can be done at the airport or by mail. The maximum an airline pays on lost bags and their contents is currently limited to $3,400 per passenger on domestic U.S. flights, and a varying rate per passenger for checked baggage on international flights based on the Warsaw Convention or the Montreal Convention.

In the United States, if you paid a checked baggage fee for your lost bag, the airline must refund your fee.

Check your carrier’s website for specifics. You may need to produce receipts to prove the value of items you had in your suitcase.

If you have them, include copies in any documentation you send to the airline. (Keep in mind that you will be reimbursed for the depreciated value of your items — so the airline won’t give you the full $1,000 you paid for that suit you purchased two years ago.)

You can purchase “excess valuation” protection if your checked baggage is worth more than these limits (but before doing so, make sure the items aren’t already covered by your homeowner’s or travel insurance policy).

Some credit card companies and travel agencies also offer optional or automatic supplemental baggage coverage.

The airlines typically have a long list of items for which they will not be held responsible; these include jewelry, money, heirlooms and other valuables.

These sorts of items should always be left at home or packed in your carry-on bag.

 

Common Travel Disasters and How to Prevent Them

STOLEN BAGS

Head directly to the baggage carousel when you get off your flight to minimize the potential time for your bag to be stolen.

Many airlines scan bags when they’re loaded into the baggage claim area and keep records, especially at larger airports.

If your bag goes missing after you’ve left the baggage claim area, your claim is no longer with the airline, but with the police.

Your homeowner’s insurance may cover a stolen suitcase; if it doesn’t, consider purchasing travel insurance.

DAMAGED BAGGAGE

Once you’ve gotten your bags off the carousel, immediately check them for damage or other signs of tampering or mishandling.

Report any damage before leaving the airport; airline customer service will often want to inspect the bag. Keep in mind that most airlines won’t cover minor wear and tear.

You will most likely need to produce a receipt for any repairs, or be required to use airline-sanctioned luggage repair vendors. Ask the baggage claim attendant for specific information.

You don’t want to find out that you have paid for a repair that isn’t covered.

COMMON CAUSE FOR LOST LUGGAGE

The most common causes of lost and delayed bags are late check-ins and tight connections.

Avoid both when you can. Pack all valuables in your carry-on bags. Cameras, computers, medication, wallets, heirlooms, jewelry, passports, as well as confirmation numbers, itineraries, contact information and other documents necessary to your travel should never be in your checked baggage.

ITEMIZE

It sounds tedious, but when an airline asks what was in your bag, you don’t want to forget anything of value.

If you make a packing list before you travel, hang on to it — this is an easy way to remember everything you put into your bags.

Make sure the person who checks your baggage attaches the correct destination ticket to every bag, and get a claim ticket for each.

Pack a change of clothes in your carry-on bag so that you’ll have something to wear if your checked bag is delayed.

If you’re traveling with a partner, consider spreading each person’s clothes between your checked bags; this way if one of the bags is lost, you’ll each still have some of your belongings.

Travel insurance is the best guarantee that you’ll recoup any losses.

Consider using a baggage tagging service such as SuperSmartTag our tags offer a unique serial number that can be linked to the suitcase owner via an online database.

Lost and Found will contact you as soon as your lost item is found.

VIRGIN ATLANTIC LAUNCHES ORLANDO-BELFAST SERVICE

Delta’s joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic Airways is expanded outside its London hub today with the launch of a new summer service between Orlando and Belfast, Ireland.

The weekly flight between the Sunshine State and Northern Ireland will run for four weeks this summer and resume June 2016.

Orlando is a key leisure destination for U.K. travellers during the holidays, and this flight complements Virgin Atlantic’s year-round services to London-Gatwick and Manchester.

Virgin Atlantic also operates a seasonal nonstop flight to Glasgow, Scotland, improving regional connectivity within the U.K.

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“We’re extremely excited to be operating our first flights from Belfast and we’ve received a warm welcome from the people of Northern Ireland,” said Joe Thompson, Senior Vice President of Network and Alliances at Virgin Atlantic.

“We want to offer customers from all over the UK access to our popular leisure destinations during peak travel periods.”

To mark the launch of the inaugural flight today, customers will be treated to a special home-from-home service with an all-Northern Irish crew looking after them onboard.

“Adding a third regional departure point and a fourth route to Orlando strengthens our joint venture network outside London and also improves the convenience of travelling across the trans-Atlantic,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Virgin Atlantic also launched nonstop services between Detroit and London-Heathrow this month, supplementing Delta’s daily operation.

The Delta-Virgin Atlantic partnership will offer up to 39 daily flights between the U.S. and U.K. this summer.

AMERICAN AND QANTAS ADD NEW FLIGHTS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND AUSTRALIA 

FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines and Qantas Airways plan to significantly expand their joint business by adding new service between the U.S. and Australia.

New routes between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Sydney Airport (SYD), operated by American Airlines, and between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and SYD, operated by Qantas, will provide customers with expanded options when traveling between the two regions.

Through this enhanced alliance, American will begin operating a daily, nonstop flight between LAX and SYD on Dec. 17, 2015, further strengthening its global network and its world-class LAX hub.

Beginning Dec. 20, 2015 Qantas will begin operating service between SYD and SFO, expanding the airlines’ joint network to another key market for business and leisure customers. Services will initially operate on peak days and ramp up to six times per week in January 2016.

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Pending regulatory approvals, this expansion represents the natural evolution of the collaboration between American and Qantas, with revenue-sharing and other agreements that provide the airlines with a platform for closer commercial ties and an even more seamless customer experience on routes between North America and Australia/New Zealand.

The closer and more integrated relationship also provides opportunities for future growth into trans-Pacific markets not currently served by either airline, such as New Zealand.

“Qantas has been a fantastic partner through oneworld and our joint business relationship, and strengthening those ties has provided us with a solid foundation to introduce American-operated flights into the Australian region,” said Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American Airlines.

“Our customers have asked us to expand to important business destinations across the Pacific, and flying our flagship aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, to Sydney will provide another world-class travel experience from our key gateway at LAX.”