Today, it’s a different story. Economy class is no longer a generic sardine can, but carefully split into as many as three distinct tiers… all offering incremental improvements in return for extra fees. United's Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is a case in point. The aircraft is the newest version of Boeing's modern classic, and it now flies between Dublin and Newark in a four-class configuration. A right turn takes you to the ritzy Polaris Business Class. Turn left, and you'll find 21 Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus and, deeper into the plane, 199 Standard Economy seats. So what’s it like ponying up for ‘Plus’? Are six additional inches of legroom worth the extra cash? Here’s my United Economy Plus review. The seats United’s Economy Plus seats are no wider than standard Economy, with the cabin laid out in a cramped 3x3x3 formation. They don’t recline any further and come with the same slick trim, but they do offer a USP - up to six extra … [Read more...] about Review: What’s it like to fly United’s Economy Plus class?
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O'Reilly's expenses included a €5,500 airfare for Dublin Mayor Nial Ring to fly to Chicago. Four executives at the port company - including Mr O'Reilly - spent close to €270,000 between them in 2018 on their company credit cards on everything from iTunes subscriptions and dishwasher repairs to regular foreign travel and business and staff entertainment. The Sunday Independent can also reveal that the State-owned company spent more than €200,000 commissioning a song from musician Philip King for the launch of the Luxembourg owned "Brexit Buster" ferry the MV Celine. The semi-State company which runs the country's biggest shipping port on behalf of the State also spent just under €7m on a garden for its HQ on Dublin's East Wall Road. Mr O'Reilly - who has a pay and pension package worth €359,000 - spent a total of more than €90,000 in expenses on his credit card during 2018, much of it on foreign travel for himself and his management team. Dublin … [Read more...] about Revealed: Port chief spent €95,000 on credit card
Successful blagging comes down to status, timing and charm... in that order. Sadly, there's no silver bullet or foolproof formula (if there was, I would be sipping champagne in business class, and not writing tips about blagging upgrades). The only guaranteed way to get an upgrade is to pay for one... in cash or points. There are ways to boost your chances of turning left for free, however. 1. Pick your route Free upgrades are the holy grail of travel hacks, and they generally happen when economy is over-booked (as opposed to business class seats being empty). When they do, upgrades tend to be either automatically allocated or given to customers with high points in the airline's frequent-flyer scheme. It seems counter-intuitive, but travelling on busy routes therefore increases your chances - particularly if there are likely to be a lot of families or groups on board. Aer Lingus flights to Orlando might be a good example here. Off-peak (e.g. bank holiday) flight times to … [Read more...] about How to get a flight upgrade
But on April 6, the new Istanbul Airport did just that, throwing open its doors with a ritzy offering set to welcome up to 90 million passengers a year (rising to a stonking 200 million when the project is complete in 2027). I flew to Istanbul last week, and got to experience the new airport first hand, as well as the business class offering from Turkish Airlines. The airport… It’s barely been open a month, so Istanbul Airport still has that shiny, fresh out the box feeling. It’s a whopper of a thing, with more than 500 check in points, 22,000m2 of lounge space and 53,000m2 of the all-important duty free. Despite the size, it’s easy to navigate and a dream to wander around – light floods in through the tall glass ceilings, tree-like metal sculptures are dotted throughout, and there’s a cool, space age feel to it all. The downsides? It’s a good deal further away from Istanbul – 40km from the previous location of Ataturk Airport and, … [Read more...] about Review: What’s it like to fly Turkish Airlines business class?