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American Airlines: What to Do About The Wine?

As the pandemic waxes and wanes airlines are still only flying at a small fraction of what they are capable of. In many cabins alcohol is banned to help defeat the spread of Covid-19. In turn, the booze is piling up! American Airlines has found a solution in the hopes of selling and shipping some of its excess wine. Where to? Directly to people’s homes.

The company announced the new program calling it American Airlines Flagship Cellars. It’ll give wine drinkers a chance to by wine (by the battle) or in curated custom cases selected by the airline or a monthly subscription service that will cost $99 a month.

The prices for American Airlines Flagship Cellars program ranges from about $13-$40. The most expensive offering is a 3-pack of champagne at $300.

The $99 monthly subscription to American Airlines Flagship Cellars gives a customer discounted prices, a monthly shipment of 3 bottles and they will earn up to two AAdvantage Miles for each dollar they spend in the program.

The wine for the Flagship Cellars program come from the stores that would have served American Airlines’ “Flagship” ticket holders. This is a luxury option on transcontinental or international flights.




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Airlines Reducing Waste Through New Programs

Believe it or not the average passenger averages 3.15 pounds of waste before leaving an aircraft. The International Air Transport Association estimated 6.7 million tons of waste was created on aircraft last year.

Another study reported that 23% of trash is food and beverage that could safely be consumed. Everything from food packaging and cultry waste, mini travel sized item packaging, aireline pillows, disposable headphones, everything imaginable.

Furthermore, many countries safety and health regulations insist much of the waste that is recyclable be incinerated.

Qantas, Australian airline, finished its first no-waste flight in May. All the waste on the flight was recyclable, compostable, or reusable. About one thousand plastic items were traded out for greener ones such meal packaging made from sugar cane and cereal starch forks, knives and spoons. All of this was later collected by the crew including recyclable items passengers brought on board themselves.

The result? A decrease of 75 pounds in waste according to a normal flight. KLM, Dutch airline, has announced it wants to follow suit with the use of more biodegradable materials. And Air France by the end 2019 has promised to reduce their usage of plastic by 210 million pieces.


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Unclaimed Baggage Gets a Second Life

While Scottsboro, Alabama may not immediately jump out as an interesting or exotic travel destination to many it is home to resale shop, of sorts, that gets all its product from the travel industry. The Unclaimed Baggage Center offers shoppers a unique experience in buying gently used items.

It works like this – after a 90 day period in which airlines attempt to reunite passengers with their wayward luggage it gets sold to the Unclaimed Baggage Center who has a contract with most of the major airlines. In fact, they buy lost luggage in bulk and sight unseen. After the sorting process all desirable clothes are dry-cleaned, jewelry is appraised and cleaned and electronics are cleared of personal data before making it to the sales floor. Anything that isn’t thrown away is cleaned and prepped to be donated through their Reclaimed for Good program which helps people around the world.

The major attraction, of course, are high dollar items that Unclaimed Baggage Center sells for a fraction of the cost.

The business idea was the brain child of Doyle Owens. In 1970 Owens set out towards Washington D.C. with only an idea, a borrowed truck and $300 dollar loan to acquire his first load of unclaimed baggage. He rented an old house for and simply set out the items on card tables. People loved it. The idea was an overnight success. This family business was run by Owens, wife Sue and their two sons. And eventually grew into the only lost luggage store in the United States. Today the business is run by son, Bryan who bought the business in 1995.

Over forty years of operation the business developed relationships with airlines and other transportation companies. At first the store only received attention in regional media, however, as word spread about the unusual store whose stock included high-dollar and exotic items from around the world, Unclaimed Baggage Center made a national name for itself.

The store attracts about one million visitors a year from all of the United States and many foreign countries.

Jody Victor

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Standing Room Only…on Airplanes?!

Yes. Jody’s crew found it seems there may be a future in which airplane passengers may be seated, or, rather stood, in some kind of vertical seat. Fairuz Romli, an aerospace engineer professor at the Universiti Putra Malaysia has observed that some bus and train passengers are willing to stand for almost an hour long journey. As a frequent flier himself, he noticed on short domestic flights that: “… it feels like the flying time is very short that the aircraft is already descending for landing before you can unfasten your seatbelt after takeoff …”

Romli conducted a study in which he used the widely employed Boeing 737-300 as the example. The study found that a standing cabin would increase passenger capacity to 21% while dropping ticket prices by 44%. Would you be willing to stand for an hour or so on a domestic flight for ticket prices cut almost in half?

You probably won’t have to make the decision any time soon. It seems many airlines and some airplane seat manufacturers have already looked into the issue. They cited issues with not only the stringent process through which airplane seats must go to pass safety tests, but also marketability to passengers. Among those who have looked into the matter are Airbus, China’s Spring Airlines, Ireland’s Ryanair and Recaro Aircraft Seating.

More Info Here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/10/travel/standing-cabin-plane-study/index.html?hpt=tr_c2

Jody Victor

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So where do I go to book my travel?

There are many sites out there that will compare airfares/hotel expenses/car rentals and give you the choices. There may be some limitations, however. For instance, the latest airline to do this is Frontier Airlines which penalizes passengers who don’t book directly through them. Not only that, they will get less frequent flier miles and not be able to book their seat until check-in. Another thing is if you don’t book through them, you will be charged for your carry-on baggage.

Southwest Airlines was the first to cut out booking on third-party sites. You won’t find American Airlines’ fares and selling tickets on Orbitz.com. Expedia is making American’s fares harder to find in protest.

~ Jody