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News and notes from around the interweb:
- TODAY IS THE LAST DAY: Free one-year memberships to hotel room wholesaler Club1 Hotels ends Monday. Sign up while it’s free, there are some great deals, but always compare prices because their rates (while sometimes over $100 less a night) won’t earn elite status credit or points. Joining now will give you access to the referral program they’re starting too.
- How arrestor beds helped prevent the Republican Vice Presidential nominee’s plane from meeting disaster. Here’s the history of Mike Pence’s Eastern Airlines 737.
Source: Eastern Airlines
- Airbus A350s offer one of the best experiences in coach. Standard configuration is 9 seats across like the Boeing 787, but the plane itself is wider. Since it’s not as wide as the Boeing 777 it’s tough to squeeze 10-across.
Given legroom and thoughtful touches like foot bars in Singapore’s economy seat their A350 which flies from San Francisco would be up there as most comfortable — but Singapore’s 777 has only 9 seats across not 10 so is even better.
- Sweet spot: intra-Asia business class on Star Alliance airlines is 27,500 miles each way when booked through Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. Here are 18 tips you should know about Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer because you can transfer points there from all the major US bank currencies.
EVA Air Business Class
- Bonus Starwood points for Le Meridien stays
- Air India has apologized and pulled copies of its inflight magazine after an article praising ‘non-vegetarian’ dishes.
Air India on Saturday apologised for an article in its inflight magazine referring to “non-vegetarian” dishes being served at the Jagannath temple at Puri in Odisha, NDTV reported. The article, titled ‘Devotion Can Be Delicious’, was published in the October edition of the magazine, Shubh Yatra.
The article said the Jagannath temple’s kitchen was “said to be largest in the country”, with “an army of 500 cooks and 300 helpers to serve 100,000 people every day, round the clock”, according to The Times of India. The article said this meant that “almost 285 varieties of vegetarian and non-vegetarian” dishes were being served at the temple every day.