Virgin Atlantic

How to sleep on long-haul flights: the ultimate guide

While long-haul travel can mean the beginning of an exciting adventure, getting to your destination is often the hardest part.<p>As a London resident …

Airlines

Virgin Orbit Wins First Defense Department Launch Contract

<i>Updated 10:00 p.m. Eastern.</i><p>LUXEMBOURG CITY — Virgin Orbit announced Nov. 16 that it has received its first launch contract for a LauncherOne mission …

Exploration

Letter of Recommendation: In-Flight Movies

The flight attendant passing a tomato juice to my seatmate did a double-take when she saw my tear-streaked face. She touched my shoulder: “Ma’am, are you doing O.K.?” I wiped the gobs of snot from my nose, pulled my headphones off and gave her that awkward, forced smile you do when you’re crying …

Long-form Journalism

Faster Wi-Fi is in the cards for passengers on Cathay and Emirates airlines

Your time in the skies may not fly by at 500 miles per hour (even if that’s how fast your airplane is moving), especially with Wi-Fi speeds that feel …

Airlines

Now You Can Use TSA PreCheck With Five More Airlines

Last year I finally got TSA PreCheck (and global entry), a move that dramatically changed how I travel. In San Francisco the security line at the …

Airlines

Last Chance Deals: Shop 'till these bonuses drop

Welcome to our weekly list of what’s ending this week as well as a collection of some of the best ongoing deals around.<p>We’ve got a number of key …

Shopping

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LAX joins Priority Pass

<i>In the interest of full disclosure, Monkey Miles earns compensation through affiliate links and referrals. You do not have to use them, but we</i> …

Airlines

IFE Film Review: Third time’s the charm for hard-driving Cars franchise - Runway Girl

Although I totally understand their appeal to budding gearheads around the globe, I’ve never been a huge fan of the <i>Cars</i> movies, and that’s mostly …

Lightning McQueen

Mum and daughter left stranded in Florida after girl suffers panic attack boarding flight home

A mother of three are finally heading home after she and her 12-year-old daughter were left stranded in Orlando International Airport, Florida.<p>Sharon …

Medicine

New Priority Pass Select Airport Restaurants and Lounges

One of the perks of several premium rewards credit cards including <b>The Platinum Card® from American Express</b> and Chase Sapphire Reserve is included …

Airlines

The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LAX Joins Priority Pass (With A Major Catch)

Earlier View from the Wing wrote about how the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse LAX is being added as a Priority Pass lounge. This is a really exciting …

Airlines

Mysterious Surcharges Appearing on Some Delta Award Tickets

<b>Update 11/17/2017 at 3:48pm ET:</b> When re-running the same searches as before, now we’re not finding any additional surcharges on awards for either …

Airlines

You have a horse in this race. Time to do something about it.

Talk about a squeaker! I’m looking at the votes for our 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards so far, and it’s a close one. <br>But did you know that you have a …

Airlines

Unreasonable Impact is backing entrepreneurs to provide solutions to our planet’s energy crisis

One of the defining challenges of our day is making sure that the world’s growing population gets all the energy it needs to carry out both economic …

Amazon Rainforest

5 London experiences to bookmark for this winter

‘Tis the season to be jolly<p>The stage is set—streets are shimmering with fairy lights, winter markets are luring the crowds with irresistible offers, …

Airlines

Bits: £119 Park Plaza London deal, Virgin Clubhouse in LA joins Priority Pass

News in brief:<p><b>Park Plaza London £119 deal</b><p><b>The Park Plaza hotel group has launched a £119 promotion for its London hotels.</b><p>This is a very good deal, …

Airlines

Booking Throwaway Tickets to Reduce the Price of Star Alliance Awards

ANA is a Star Alliance airline based in Japan. For the most part you can use their miles to redeem the same awards you can get with United miles, but …

Airlines

Workplace by Facebook gains acceptance at Virgin Atlantic

The nature of Virgin Atlantic’s business means many of its workers are continuously on the move around the globe. Ensuring effective communications …

Airlines

Bits: BA taking 4 ex-Singapore A380’s?, Virgin Trains discounts, classic video footage

News in brief:<b>British Airways to take 4 A380’s from Singapore Airlines?</b>A couple of weeks I wrote about the amazing new First Class Suites being …

Airlines

Virgin Holidays simplifies holiday experiences with Adobe

Virgin Holidays is adding what it sees as the last missing link in a transformation of its customer service.<p>The travel company has been working since …

Business Technology

British Airways vs Virgin Atlantic – One is a top 10 airline, the other is a complete loser

Virgin Atlantic was voted the best long haul European airline.<p>Across 22 categories, British Airways failed to win a single award.<p>Air New Zealand has …

Airlines

Bits: BA’s London City NYC gate lounge closes, Virgin’s CEO on cost cutting, HFP IT help wanted

News in brief:<p><b>British Airways closes the BA1 gate lounge at London City</b><p>If you have ever taken the British Airways ‘all business class’ A318 flight …

Airlines

Review Atlanta Sky Club Terminal F

<b>TL;DR</b><p>Delta’s game at home is superb. The Sky Club made me want to stay for longer, and the shower suites were top notch. Would recommend this lounge …

Airlines

Delta Joins American In Suspending Use Of LAX Kitchen Because Of Listeria

<i>This story was updated at 2:55 p.m. to include Delta action.</i><p>Two airlines have joined American Airlines in suspending the use of a catering facility at Los Angeles International Airport because of a listeria finding.<p>American suspended use of the Gate Gourmet LAX facility on Nov. 1. Virgin Australia …

Airlines

ANA offering better award availability to their own members

Here’s the short story: In at least some cases, ANA award flights are available to book through ANA, but not through Star Alliance partners like …

Airlines

Eyes on the prize: on the civil rights trail in Washington DC

As America lurches to the right, we check out the cultural heritage sites associated with Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement<p>At his memorial in Washington DC, the statue of Martin Luther King is half finished. The legs and back disappear, like a ghost, into a slab of uncarved white …

Black History

Virgin Atlantic Card Approved, Bad News: The 24k Spend

I was just approved for the Virgin Atlantic card which, after spending $12,000 within 6 months, nets 93,000 points. Those points will be applied …

Airlines

ANALYSIS: Retrofits strain interior providers as upstarts benefit

Many of the world's airlines are making ongoing improvements to their onboard products in response to various economic and competitive pressures. But …

Exploration

Bits: Cathay Pacific sale, book HEx tickets inflight with Virgin, Shangri-La conversion bonus

News in brief:<p><b>Cathay Pacific flash sale</b><p><b>Cathay Pacific is running a three day flash sale this weekend, albeit only in Economy.</b><p>You can’t argue with …

Airlines

United suspends flights to smog-filled Delhi

United Airlines temporarily suspended flights to Delhi on Friday over air quality concerns there.<p>"We are monitoring advisories as the region remains under a public health emergency, and are coordinating with respective government agencies," a representative for the airline said.<p>Heavy pollution in …

Environment